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  • Breast cancer: are men the forgotten victims?

    Breast Cancer News From Medical News Today
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    In the US, 2,360 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. But still, many people believe that it only affects women. We investigate the reasons why.
  • Disease decoded: Gene mutation may lead to development of new cancer drugs

    Cancer News -- ScienceDaily
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    The discovery of a gene mutation that causes a rare premature aging disease could lead to the development of drugs that block the rapid, unstoppable cell division that makes cancer so deadly, researchers report.
  • Breast cancer: are men the forgotten victims?

    Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    In the US, 2,360 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. But still, many people believe that it only affects women. We investigate the reasons why.
  • New discovery approach accelerates identification of potential cancer treatments

    Breast Cancer News -- ScienceDaily
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    A new approach to discovering potential cancer treatments has been described by researchers that requires a fraction of the time needed for more traditional methods. The researchers have used their method to identify an antibody that stops breast cancer tumor growth in animal models, and they are investigating the antibody as a potential treatment in humans.
  • Golf greats take a swing at accelerating the effort to end cancer

    MD Anderson Cancer Center - News Releases
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    Professional golfer Ben Crenshaw is the honoree of the 2014 A Conversation With a Living Legend® in Dallas, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Hilton Anatole.
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    Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Disease decoded: Gene mutation may lead to development of new cancer drugs

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    The discovery of a gene mutation that causes a rare premature aging disease could lead to the development of drugs that block the rapid, unstoppable cell division that makes cancer so deadly, researchers report.
  • New blood test determines whether you have or are likely to get cancer

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    Early detection and the risk assessment of cancer as easy as a simple blood test, a new study suggests. "A blood test to detect cancer and determine one's risk for cancer is a game-changer," said one expert. "A test like this -- which is sophisticated in design and simple to perform -- could make effective cancer screening available in places where traditional medical technology might not be available."
  • Ebola: New therapies to combat virus

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    New human antibody therapies have been developed for people exposed to the deadly Ebola and Marburg viruses, researchers report. Researchers are using a high-efficiency method to isolate and generate large quantities of human antibodies from the blood of people who have survived Ebola and Marburg infections and who are now healthy. No live virus is used, they say.
  • Endoscopists recommend frequent colonoscopies, leading to its overuse, study finds

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    An overuse of colonoscopies for colorectal cancer screening and surveillance has been identified by a retrospective study. The study demonstrated that endoscopists commonly recommended shorter follow-up intervals than established guidelines support, and these recommendations were strongly correlated with subsequent colonoscopy overuse.
  • Cancer therapy: Driving cancer cells to suicide

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    A new class of chemical compounds makes cancer cells more sensitive to chemotherapeutic drugs, researchers report. They have also pinpointed the relevant target enzyme, thus identifying a new target for anti-tumor agents.
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    Prostate Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Vitamin E, selenium supplements unlikely to affect age-related cataracts in men

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Taking daily supplements of selenium or vitamin E appears to have no significant effect on the development of age-related cataracts in men. Some research, including animal studies, has suggested that dietary nutrients can have an effect on the onset and progression of cataracts. Vitamin E and selenium are of particular interest.
  • Professional recommendations against routine prostate cancer screening have little effect

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    The effect of guidelines recommending that elderly men should not be routinely screened for prostate cancer “has been minimal at best,” according to a new study. The review focused on the use of PSA – prostate-specific antigen – to test for prostate cancer.
  • Blood test could identify when cancer treatment has become detrimental

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    Some treatments for prostate cancer, while initially effective at controlling the disease, not only stop working over time but actually start driving tumor growth, a major new study shows. Researchers, in a new study, set out a new 'treatment paradigm' -- the constant monitoring of patients using a blood test for signs that therapy is becoming counter-productive.
  • Finding new genetic links to prostate cancer

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    23 new regions of the genome have been discovered that influence the risk for developing prostate cancer, according to a study. Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in American men. About 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with the disease in his lifetime. Family history is the strongest risk factor. A man with one close relative, a brother or father with prostate cancer is twice as likely to develop the disease as a man with no family history of prostate cancer.
  • Study identifies when and how much various prostate cancer treatments will impact urinary and sexual functioning

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Men with prostate cancer may one day be able to predict when and how much various treatments will impact their urinary and sexual functioning, thanks in part to new findings.
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    my Breast Cancer blog

  • A Night to Remember

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:10 pm
    It has been almost TEN YEARS since I stood with a malignant tumor in my left breast and watched my sleeping 3-year-old in his big-boy bed and my sleeping 18-month-old in his comfy crib and tried like mad to crush the panic in my gut that told me I may not see these beautiful beings grow up. And […]
  • On Paper

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    This is me. On paper. In black and white. Defined by numbers. Like 1.1 (size of my breast cancer tumor in centimeters), 1 (stage of my disease), 4 (number of lymph nodes removed), 12 (number of Herception infusions I received), 93 (percentage that predicted my survival for 5 years). The numbers go on and on. […]
  • Why I Posted a Skin Selfie

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    My intention today was NOT to post a no-make-up selfie (or any selfie at all, really) on Facebook, but I did because these photos tell a story of a girl who did not listen her to wise grandma when she warned of the dangers of tanning, a girl who cried her mascara off this morning […]
  • And the Survey Says . . .

    30 Aug 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Yesterday, I featured a poll asking, “Which one is the wig?” The results are in. And the answer is: The wig is shown in the bottom image. Thank you for playing!
  • Hair It Is

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    I knew the day my nurse walked into my exam room post-lumpectomy and pathology with wig catalogue in hand that I would receive chemo for breast cancer. I was devastated. DEVASTATED. But I managed to survive baldness for the few months it lasted because I found a wig that kind of tricked people into thinking […]
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    Colon Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • An apple a day could keep obesity away

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Nondigestible compounds in apples -- specifically, Granny Smith apples -- may help prevent disorders associated with obesity, scientists have concluded. "We know that, in general, apples are a good source of these nondigestible compounds but there are differences in varieties," said the study's lead researcher. "Results from this study will help consumers to discriminate between apple varieties that can aid in the fight against obesity."
  • Genetic modifier affects colon tumor formation

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    The adenomatous polyposis coli protein, which protects against colon cancer, has been the focus of recent study. Many experiments involve testing mice with APC mutations, which cause colon cancer, and seeing if any new drug compounds will work against the mutations.
  • New anti-cancer peptide vaccines and inhibitors developed

    24 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    Two new anticancer peptide vaccines and two peptide inhibitors have been developed as part of a larger peptide immunotherapy effort. The vaccines and inhibitors are designed to target the HER-3 and IGF-1R receptors, which are over-expressed in cancers of the breast, pancreas, esophagus and colon.
  • Newer tests clarify hereditary risk of cancer

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    Not all genetics tests that screen for cancer risk are the same, says a genetics counselor. While knowing you are at a higher genetic risk for cancer is stressful, that knowledge can guide how you manage your health going forward. For instance, you might be more likely to stay on top of health screenings or choose to have preventative surgery, which can be a difficult choice, she outlines.
  • Five genes to predict colorectal cancer relapses

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    Five genes have been discovered differentially expressed in normal accompanying cells in colorectal tumors. Analysis of these genes could be used to classify colorectal tumors, predict the evolution of the patient and thus take appropriate clinical decisions to prevent relapses.
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    EurekAlert! - Cancer

  • Scientists wield plant viruses against deadly human disease

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Case Western Reserve University) Case Western Reserve University researchers have won grants to customize a plant virus into a vaccine for an aggressive form of breast cancer, and to turn another plant virus into a transporter that delivers clot-busting drugs to a blood clot before it causes a heart attack or stroke.
  • Medical discovery first step on path to new painkillers

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Nottingham) A major medical discovery by scientists at the University of Nottingham could lead to the development of an entirely new type of painkiller.
  • Advances & Controversies in Clinical Nutrition: Addressing Gaps, Biases, and Shifts

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (American Society for Nutrition) Save the date for the American Society for Nutrition's fourth annual Advances and Controversies in Clinical Nutrition conference, being held 4-6 Dec. at the Gaylord National Harbor outside Washington, DC. Added sugars, vitamin and mineral supplements and microbiota are featured topics in a robust program on clinical themes, including advances in hospital-based nutrition.
  • 'Stealth' nanoparticles could improve cancer vaccines

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (American Chemical Society) Cancer vaccines have recently emerged as a promising approach for killing tumor cells before they spread. But so far, most clinical candidates haven't worked that well. Now, scientists have developed a new way to deliver vaccines that successfully stifled tumor growth when tested in laboratory mice. And the key, they report in the journal ACS Nano, is in the vaccine's unique stealthy nanoparticles.
  • FDG-PET/CT shows promise for breast cancer patients younger than 40

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Society of Nuclear Medicine) Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering found that PET/CT imaging of patients younger than 40 who were initially diagnosed with stage I-III breast cancer resulted in change of diagnosis. As reported in the October issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, while guidelines recommend FDG-PET/CT imaging only for women with stage III breast cancer, it can also help physicians more accurately diagnose young breast cancer patients initially diagnosed with earlier stages of the disease.
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    Cancer Treatment

  • Four Questions to Ask Before Participating in a Clinical Trial

    Ross Bonander
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    With regard to medicine, now and in the future, I doubt there is a more relevant or important book out there than Ben Goldacre's Bad Pharma. No one can finish that book and not be convinced by the overwhelming amount of data that the pharmaceutical industry has been and continues to be up to no good. read more
  • An Amazing Video

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    The purpose of this video is Hannah wants to explain what its like to have cancer to her friends. She has been very brave and will make you cry.She also wants to be famous so help share her story.And she has a really cute outfit.
  • Scanning Your Body for Cancer? There May One Day Be An App for That

    Ross Bonander
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Putting the power of PET/CT or even a biopsy into a smartphone seems like just a little too much science fiction, but it may not be all that far off thanks to the mantis shrimp. According to researchers out of the University of Queensland in Australia, the mantis shrimp has a unique ability: this sea creature can actually see cancers within the human body. They can also see neurons in the brain. read more
  • Excerpt from “What a Blip” - by guest blogger Alicia Garey

    Susan Beausang
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
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  • Are we all braced????

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    It starts tomorrow. That ugly pink month. Go celebrate Columbus Day, Halloween, apple picking, leaf peeping and other seasonal activities. Go help organizations with their fundraising activities that do not require pink feather boas. For myself this month I am doing the following:read more
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  • got Cancer? meet CANCERcare

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
      Despite the fact that CANCERcare is a national organization providing free support services to anyone affected by cancer in the US and Puerto Rico, not everyone knows about them or about the amazing assistance they offer.  Candidly, I wish I had known about them when we were battling my husband’s cancer. CANCERcare literally helps anyone touched by cancer, and I mean A-N-Y-O-N-E -patients, caregivers, survivors, family and even friends.   Services include free individual counseling, free support groups, free resource referrals, free meals, financial assistance and even the…
  • Live, Love & Laugh MORE Often… despite the fact that #cancersucks

    23 Sep 2014 | 6:03 pm
      While we were battling Alan’s cancer, I printed out the 50 inspirational lessons below and placed them on my bathroom mirror.  I needed to be reminded that life was still good, despite the onslaught of heartbreaking news we were receiving.   And now, 4 years after his passing, I STILL read them every morning as I’m getting dressed.  It gives me perspective and helps me remember that although life isn’t what I expected it to be, it’s still a gift…. after all, that’s how Alan always saw it.   In honor of the Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish…
  • What You Should Know About the 2014-2015 Influenza Season

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Image credit: 72soul / 123RF Stock Photo Today marks the first day of Autumn.  I love this time of year…. Alan’s birthday, cooler temperatures, crisp air, beautifully colored leaves, and flu shots.  Yes, you read that right… now is the time- BEFORE winter arrives (and with it, the flu)- when it’s best to get your flu shot.   Regardless of how severe this season’s flu will or will not be, it sucks if you are the one who gets it.   What do cancer patients & survivors- whose immune system may be weakened from cancer treatments- need to know about the…
  • The Power of Resilience is in EVERYONE!

    13 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    The power of resilience is in everyone.   I saw this on HopeLab’s FaceBook Page and had to repost it on CancerHawk today.  It so eloquently redefines what is within each of us. Cancer has shown me that each one of us is stronger than we realize.  When you look in the mirror, what do you see? xoxoxoxoxo
  • 2014 – 2015 Top Ranked US Cancer Hospitals

    9 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    Each year US News & World Report ranks the top 50 cancer hospitals in the US.  Every hospital ranked is experienced in treating difficult cases.  Reputation among specialists, survival rates, success in keeping patients safe and patient volume are among the criteria used to evaluate the cancer hospitals.  For a complete explanation of how these rankings are determined, click HERE. *** Regardless of which hospital center you choose, even if it’s a top ranked one, it is still important to get a second opinion… or a 3rd or a 4th. *** So without further ado, below are the…
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    Cancerwise | Cancer blog from MD Anderson Cancer Center

  • 3 things I learned during CLL treatment

    Cancerwise Blogger
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    By Alex Madgaleno Although cancer has rocked my world in every which way imaginable, I've tried to find the silver lining in it. There have been many lessons from my chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) journey that I'm not sure I would have learned otherwise.  Here are three things I've learned. I now appreciate simple pleasures When you are facing the real possibility of not living much longer, you're forced to have a new perspective on life. I've been paralyzed by fear of not being able to see my nieces and nephew grow up. Fear of not being able to spend time with my loved ones. But…
  • An insider's guide to MD Anderson

    Cancerwise Blogger
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    It can take a while to learn all the ins and outs of MD Anderson. To help you get ahead and make your next trip to MD Anderson even better, we're sharing our insider tips. Grab free coffee while visiting a Hospitality Center.  Coffee is available in the cafeterias and the various coffee shops throughout campus, but you can find free coffee in our Hospitality Centers in the Main Building and Mays Clinic. Stop by and chat with our volunteers. Many of them are members of the Anderson Network and are cancer survivors themselves. Find our Hospitality Centers.Leave the babysitting to us. Our…
  • Coping with physical changes after sarcoma surgery

    Cancerwise Blogger
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Kristine Keeney When the doctors first told me about the details of my surgery for my sarcoma of the tongue, I couldn't have imagined how much the surgical incisions would cause the injured tissues to swell or that the graft site on my left arm would end up looking like something out of a bad Halloween horror story. In order to remove the sarcoma, doctors had to perform a full neck dissection and a resection of the floor of my mouth and part of my tongue. Then they rebuilt these parts with skin grafts from my left thigh and my arm.Life after sarcoma surgeryThe first time I saw my arm…
  • Why I chose MD Anderson for my mastectomy

    Cancerwise Blogger
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Erika Archer LewisIn August 2013, I tested positive for a BRCA genetic mutation, which increases the chances that I would develop breast cancer or ovarian cancer. Add that to a family history of aggressive breast cancer, and you have a recipe for constant worry and sleepless nights, anxiety and a feeling of helplessness. In my conversations with other women like me, there was always a general sense of, "Whew, I made it another year" after each negative mammogram. That's psychologically draining and not a healthy way to live one's life. I wanted out of that stressful cycle, and fast, but I…
  • What should you pack for cancer treatment?

    Cancerwise Blogger
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    What do you pack when you head to MD Anderson for cancer treatment? If it's your first trip, you might be a little overwhelmed. So we asked the experts --the patients, caregivers and survivors that make up MD Anderson's Facebook community. Here's what they recommend packing for a trip to MD Anderson: Something to keep you busy while you're here. Whether it's your laptop or tablet, a book, games or letters of encouragement, it can be helpful to have something to pass the time and keep your mind occupied while you wait. A notebook and pen or a digital voice recorder. Your first visit can be…
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    Mesothelioma News Center | Latest in Asbestos & Mesothelioma News

  • Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute to Hold Mesothelioma Fundraiser

    Tim Povtak
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Brothers Kevin and Gerry McCarthy won't be there physically when the dressed-in-green "Irish Stampede" gathers again later this month at the Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, California to help raise money for mesothelioma research. They will be watching from high above, arms draped over each other's shoulder, saluting approval with pints of Guinness Stout raised high — proud Irishmen who died much too young. The McCarthy brothers are the spark behind the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute's third annual 5K Walk/Hike for Mesothelioma held on October 12. Both died of mesothelioma, the rare…
  • Georgia Regents University Launches Immunotherapy Clinical Trial

    Tim Povtak
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The Georgia Regents University Cancer Center, a national leader in immunotherapy research, has opened its first clinical trial for mesothelioma patients. The Phase 2 trial is open to patients with unresectable peritoneal or pleural mesothelioma, providing a promising new treatment option for this rare and aggressive cancer. Immunotherapy involves triggering the body's own immune system to identify and destroy the cancer cells without harming the healthy ones. This multicenter trial will study the drug tremelimumab, which has shown an ability to stimulate the immune system and attack tumors.
  • Joe Sample, Jazz Pioneer, Dies of Mesothelioma

    Kaitlyn Fusco
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Joe Sample, a musician who became a household name by pushing the limits of jazz music, died of mesothelioma on Sept. 12 in his hometown of Houston. He was 75. The legendary keyboard player and composer is known as the founder of the Jazz Crusaders, a bebop ensemble that originated in his high school days. The group later dropped “Jazz” from its name and became known as The Crusaders — a band with a distinctive, amalgamated jazz, funk, blues and soul sound. Although his family confirmed he died of mesothelioma, news reports do not explain how he developed the asbestos-related cancer…
  • Aggressive Therapy Shows Hope for Peritoneal Mesothelioma Patients

    Tim Povtak
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Repeating an aggressive procedure that removes recurring cancer tumors from a patient's abdominal cavity and bathes the area in a heated chemotherapy solution is extending the lives of some peritoneal mesothelioma patients. A recent retrospective analysis of 161 peritoneal mesothelioma patients at the Washington Cancer Institute shows those who repeated cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) two or three times after the initial procedure are living five, 10 or more years beyond their prognosis. The median overall survival rate at the cancer institute…
  • Researchers Evaluating Proposed Peritoneal Mesothelioma Staging System

    Michelle Whitmer
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Data gathered by an international group of peritoneal mesothelioma experts is leading to changes in the way patients with this rare asbestos-related disease are diagnosed and treated. The cancer's rarity and resistance to treatment have complicated past efforts to create a formal staging system. Its low incidence also has limited the amount of data necessary to ensure a staging system is useful. Dr. W. Charles Conway, of the Ochsner Cancer Institute in New Orleans, offers insight into a batch of data collected over a 20-year span that is paving the path toward formalizing a staging system for…
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    Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog

  • 10 Facts You Should Know About Mesothelioma Cancer

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This year, September 26th marks the 10th annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Mesothelioma Awareness Day was created to promote awareness about this rare and deadly disease. Unfortunately, it’s a disease that lacks widespread awareness. In honor of the 10th annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day, we want to publish 10 key facts about the disease that can be shared with your family and friends to help educate loved ones about this preventable disease.1. A definition of mesothelioma.Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects mesothelium cells. The mesothelium is the protective lining that protects…
  • How Do Cancer Cells Develop?

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Each day, doctors and research and health organizations are working to better understand the development process of cancer. By understanding how a disease develops, doctors and researchers can create more targeted treatment protocols for patients.Normal cells behave themselves—when cells are damaged, they grow into the adjacent spaces and then stop. However, the first inklings of transformation into cancer starts with damage to a cell. Cells can sense when their DNA has been damaged using the p53 gene. The p53 gene can determine the damage in the cell and start a cascade of enzymes and…
  • Advocate of the Month - September 2014

    MCA Warrior Stories
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to thank Hana Haatainen-Caye for contributing as our September Advocate of the Month. Hana is a writer, speaker, and voice-over talent who spreads her passion for green living on her blog Green Grandma. Today, she shares her story of how asbestos and mesothelioma have played a part in her life. Read and share her story below:I grew up less than two blocks away from an asbestos plant in Manheim, PA. I don’t know what the actual name of the company was in my early years, we just referred to it as “The Asbestos.” My mom worked in the office…
  • Combating Chemotherapy's Side Effects With Nutrition

    Jennifer Lucarelli
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Many mesothelioma patients choose to undergo chemotherapy as part of their cancer treatment. Unfortunately, chemotherapy may cause loss of appetite, nausea, sore mouths, and fatigue; often, chemotherapy leads to weight loss. While many patients find it difficult to eat before and after chemotherapy treatments, nutritious food can be a powerful tool that mesothelioma patients may use to combat cancer and the side-effects of chemotherapy. Rebecca Katz, author of The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen and One Bite at a Time cookbooks, provides cancer patients and their families with nutritious, wholesome…
  • Can a Popular Mesothelioma Chemotherapy Treatment Cause Kidney Damage?

    24 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    For mesothelioma patients, a number of factors come into play when trying to determine what treatment options will be most effective. For patients who choose to undergo chemotherapy treatments, the commonly used combination of pemetrexed and cisplatin is shown to have potentially harmful effects on a patient's kidneys.When mesothelioma patients are treated with the anti-folate anti-cancer agent, pemetrexed, and cisplatin, most patients are instructed to supplement with folic acid and vitamin B12 which can reduce some of pemetrexed’s side effects.1,2 About 1 in 3 patients (35%) treated with…
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  • Infographic: The U.S. Maternal Health Care Crisis

    Fredda Branyon
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Source: amnestyusa Amnesty International, an international non-governmental organization that is known for its strong human rights advocacy, released this infographic regarding the maternal health crisis that plagues the United States of America. It is a valiant and timely effort to capture the attention of the general public to this particular concern, as more and more women and their children are at risk of suffering from pregnancy-related complications. Dr. Fredda Branyon has dedicated her life to the advancement of complementary medicine, and has worked diligently to educate both patients…
  • Is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Worth All the Attention It is Getting?

    Fredda Branyon
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Source: Instagram If you’ve seen a video of Vin Diesel pouring a bucket of ice tubes over his head on top of a pickup truck or former president George W. Bush,  Jr. being doused with water by no other than the former first lady Laura Bush, then you have seen what the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has achieved over the past few weeks. Started in July 29, 2014 by 29 year old ALS patient Peter Frates of Boston, MA as a way to raise ALS awareness among family and friends became a viral sensation. Dozens of celebrities, political figures, and athletes have now participated in the challenge and have…
  • ALS Facts You Need to Know Before Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Fredda Branyon
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you are social media-savvy, then there is no way you could have missed the trending phenomenon that is taking the internet by storm. Dubbed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, this movement seeks to raise awareness on a rare but extremely lethal neurodegenerative disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Creative Commons The challenge starts when someone nominates you to either donate money to the ALS Association or do the Ice Bucket Challenge. This is done in the hopes of either raising awareness and/or encourage people to donate to the cause. If you decide to accept the challenge,…
  • Ten Unhealthy Breakfast Options

    Fredda Branyon
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    A healthy breakfast can set the tone for nutritious choices all day long. Consider these not-so-healthy breakfast foods sabotage. Low- or no-fiber cereals Source: Cereal that is high in carbohydrates and sugar and low in fiber will causeq your blood sugar to spike, then quickly drop—which can lead to mid-morning cravings and moodiness. Nutritionist Mitzi Dulan, RD, author of The Pinterest Diet, recommends choosing cereal with at least 3 grams of fiber per serving. Boost the fiber further by adding berries, a sprinkle of wheat germ or flaxseed, or sliced almonds.   Breakfast…
  • Shorter day, less sunlight

    Fredda Branyon
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:50 am
    Source: Infographic Did you know that autumn means shorter days and longer nights? This means less time for individuals to bask under the sun, and appreciate the warmth that comes with it. Since we rely on the sun’s rays to give us some of the nutrition we need, individuals need to come up with ways to cope with it. Take a look at this infographic and see just how much limited sun exposure can affect a person. Maybe the next time you go outside for a walk on a sunny day, you can enjoy the sun a bit more than you have in the past. Dr. Fredda Branyon has dedicated her life to the advancement…
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    Cancer, Medicine and Life

  • The Fault in Our Stars: Cancer based Movie

    14 Sep 2014 | 12:04 am
    Saw the movie "The Fault in Our Stars" today. Nicely done. Good acting. More importantly taught me about the the "person suffering" as compared to the "patient with an illness".What about life beyond doctors visits, chemotherapy sessions, support groups, etc? What about friendship circles? What happens to relationships? What about families? Parents, brothers, sisters, Husbands, Wives, Children? The trauma of the entire process of treatment and poor prognosis (several times).Good movie.
  • Best Cancer Chemotherapy Reference Website in the World

    9 May 2014 | 10:36 am
    I think that the best true cancer chemotherapy reference website in the world is is a free registration for access, and gives you detailed information about chemotherapy regimes, protocols, patient information sheets, supportive care data, etc.Brilliant site.
  • Women and the Cancer Gene - ABC

    6 May 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Nice article from the ABC by Elise Worthington. This highlights the issues with BRCA1 genes.
  • Look Good Feel Better - for cancer patients

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Look Good Feel Better - patients with cancer who feel dreadful about their appearance, this workshop is great. I personally think that it is not so much for the make-up and cosmetics that help them.... as much as the fellowship of knowing that there are so many other people in the same boat as them.Massive boost to their esteem and confidence.This is an initiative of the Australian cosmetic industry for cancer patients in Australia.A definite suggestion to patients.from
  • Alternative Medicine in Curable Cancer

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:55 pm
    One of the most frustrating things in the clinic is meeting with patients and their families who refuse standard proven treatment in favour of options which may not have any logical or scientific basis.It gets worse when the cancer is completely curable with standard treatment.Most of us can reason with patients to an extent, after which it is their call. Their life. Their responsibility.Or is it?Do we as a medical community need to increase awareness about wrong information being dissipated amongst patients and their families? Or do we already have enough work than to spend time on this.
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