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  • Study finds more breast cancer patients opting for mastectomy

    Breast Cancer News From Medical News Today
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Far more breast cancer patients are choosing to undergo mastectomy, including removal of both breasts, instead of choosing breast conservation surgery even when they have early stage disease that...
  • Fluorescent nanoprobe could become a universal, noninvasive method to identify and monitor tumors

    Cancer News -- ScienceDaily
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    Researchers have developed a hybrid metal-polymer nanoparticle that lights up in the acidic environment surrounding tumor cells. Nonspecific probes that can identify any kind of tumor are extremely useful for monitoring the location and spread of cancer and the effects of treatment, as well as aiding initial diagnosis.
  • Key factor discovered in the progression of liver cancer

    Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the most aggressive and common forms of liver cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma.
  • New model of follow up for breast cancer patients

    Breast Cancer News -- ScienceDaily
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Public health researchers from Australia have evaluated international breast cancer guidelines, finding that there is potential to improve surveillance of breast cancer survivors from both a patient and health system perspective.
  • Taking Up Hiking As A New Hobby

    Artsy Asylum
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    29 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    I hate how completely work obsessed our society has become in the past few decades. I have really grown to dislike the massive amount of work that has to be done to pay for your own life from 0 to 80. I have spent many years working in a cubicle, but I want to do that no more. I certainly do not want to die having worked away my whole life for nothing but the system. I have adopted a part time week a long time ago. You won’t believe the criticism I have had to endure from people in my life about working ‘only’ 4 days a week. My boss is a totally relaxed guy and he himself…
 
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    Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Fluorescent nanoprobe could become a universal, noninvasive method to identify and monitor tumors

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    Researchers have developed a hybrid metal-polymer nanoparticle that lights up in the acidic environment surrounding tumor cells. Nonspecific probes that can identify any kind of tumor are extremely useful for monitoring the location and spread of cancer and the effects of treatment, as well as aiding initial diagnosis.
  • Marker polyps do not cause cancer, experts say

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    Although serrated polyps usually are associated with colorectal cancer, it turns out that such polyps are themselves not dangerous, according to a study.
  • New model of follow up for breast cancer patients

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Public health researchers from Australia have evaluated international breast cancer guidelines, finding that there is potential to improve surveillance of breast cancer survivors from both a patient and health system perspective.
  • Possibilities for personalized vaccines

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    Medical researchers are considering the possibilities for personalized vaccines in all types of cancer. The first vaccine will be prepared from a warehouse of 72 targets previously identified by the researchers as relevant for treatment in glioblastoma.
  • Novel regulatory mechanism for cell division found

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:27 am
    A protein kinase or enzyme known as PKM2 has proven to control cell division, potentially providing a molecular basis for tumor diagnosis and treatment, researchers report. Understanding how cytokinesis goes awry is important since abnormal cell division impacts tumor cell growth and spread, they add.
 
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    Breast Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • New model of follow up for breast cancer patients

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Public health researchers from Australia have evaluated international breast cancer guidelines, finding that there is potential to improve surveillance of breast cancer survivors from both a patient and health system perspective.
  • Possibilities for personalized vaccines

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    Medical researchers are considering the possibilities for personalized vaccines in all types of cancer. The first vaccine will be prepared from a warehouse of 72 targets previously identified by the researchers as relevant for treatment in glioblastoma.
  • Cutting-edge computer software helps pinpoint aggressiveness of breast cancer tumors

    14 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    Cutting-edge genetic mutation-analysis software is being used to interpret mutations in tumor genomes that may provide insight into determining which breast cancer tumors are more likely spread to other parts of the body and which ones won't.
  • Hedgehog signaling pathway for breast cancer identified

    13 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    Molecules called long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been implicated in breast cancer but exactly why they cause metastasis and tumor growth has been little understood… until now.
  • Genetic testing could improve breast cancer prevention

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    Screening women for a wide range of known genetic risk factors could improve strategies for breast cancer prevention, a new analysis shows. Scientists used mathematical models to show that analyzing genetic data, alongside a range of other risk factors, could substantially improve the ability to flag up women at highest risk of developing breast cancer.
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    Artsy Asylum

  • Taking Up Hiking As A New Hobby

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    I hate how completely work obsessed our society has become in the past few decades. I have really grown to dislike the massive amount of work that has to be done to pay for your own life from 0 to 80. I have spent many years working in a cubicle, but I want to do that no more. I certainly do not want to die having worked away my whole life for nothing but the system. I have adopted a part time week a long time ago. You won’t believe the criticism I have had to endure from people in my life about working ‘only’ 4 days a week. My boss is a totally relaxed guy and he himself…
  • Remembering When I Had A Baby For The First Time

    admin
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    The last time I have given birth to children has been a really long time ago. I clearly remember it like it was yesterday. I was making a big big list months in advance of all the stuff that I needed to get. But you need so much stuff when you are having a baby that you will always forget a lot of what you really end up needing. So for that reason I continuously kept adding more things to the list until the list became really big. Everything that I could think of was on that list. But then I did an internet search for baby stuff lists and I quickly figured out that there was much more stuff…
  • Went To The Gym For The First Time Today

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    I must confess I’m not exactly the slimmest girl on the block. I’m not chubby either, don’t get me wrong. However… we do have a slight tendency towards becoming slightly obese over a long period of time in our family. I see it as a genetic trait. My mom has it, my dad has it. Even my sister has it. And I have it too. I eat healthy foods most of the time, but still I gain weight when I’m not exercising at the same time. I suppose those few chunks of chocolate that I have per week are really adding up to the total calorie count. Today, I hit the gym together with a…
  • Welcome To My New Website, The Artsiest Asylum On The Net!

    admin
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:12 am
    Hello world, my name is Amber! This is my very first blog. I’ve never really written anything on the web before. Well, except maybe on Facebook. But I would hardly count that as publishing anything worhtwhile. A friend of mine has helped me set up this website, because I couldn’t do it when I was going at it alone. I was looking for a good domain name and came up with this one. Turns out it was just expiring. It used to belong to a woman named Susan Reynolds, who had now forwarded it to her new blog. I’ve taken the liberty of reading some of her writing. Susan Reynolds has…
 
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    MD Anderson Cancer Center - News Releases

  • Novel Regulatory Mechanism For Cell Division Found

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    A protein kinase or enzyme known as PKM2 has proven to control cell division, potentially providing a molecular basis for tumor diagnosis and treatment.
  • MD Anderson, Memorial Hermann Launch Innovative Breast Program

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Memorial Hermann and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have launched operations under their recently formed partnership to offer high-quality, specialized breast screening and diagnostic services at a network of community breast care centers in the greater Houston area.
  • Power Behind 'Master' Gene For Cancer Discovered

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    A study at MD Anderson led by Mong-Hong Lee, Ph.D., a professor of molecular and cellular oncology, has demonstrated the significance of CSN6 in regulating Myc which may very well open up a new pathway for treating and killing tumors. The study results are published in this month's issue of Nature Communications.
  • Metabolic 'Reprogramming' By the p53 Gene Family Leads To Tumor Regression

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    Scientists have found that altering members of the p53 gene family, known as tumor suppressor genes, causes rapid regression of tumors that are deficient in or totally missing p53. Study results suggest existing diabetes drugs, which impact the same gene-protein pathway, might be effective for cancer treatment.
  • Hedgehog Signaling Pathway For Breast Cancer Identified

    13 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    Scientists at The University of Texas at MD Anderson report that hedgehog, a unique cell signaling pathway known to contribute to many types of cancer, may be behind breast cancer metastasis. This molecular message service works with the lncRNA known as BCAR4 giving the genetic green light for tumor growth.
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    Prostate Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Prostate Cancer Researchers Develop Personalized Genetic Test to Accurately Predict Recurrence Risk

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Prostate cancer researchers have developed a genetic test to identify which men are at highest risk for their prostate cancer to come back after localized treatment with surgery or radiotherapy. "Our findings set the stage to tackle the ongoing clinical problem of under-treating men with aggressive disease that will recur in 30% to 50% of patients due to hidden, microscopic disease that is already outside the prostate gland during initial treatment," says the lead author.
  • Novel molecular imaging drug offers better detection of prostate cancer

    11 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    A novel study demonstrates the potential of a novel molecular imaging drug to detect and visualize early prostate cancer in soft tissue, lymph nodes and bone. The research compares the biodistribution and tumor uptake kinetics of two Tc-99m labeled ligands, MIP-1404 and MIP-1405, used with SPECT and planar imaging.
  • Molecular breakthrough could halt spread of prostate cancer

    10 Nov 2014 | 5:37 am
    Scientists believe a new treatment, shown to be effective in mice, could halt the growth of tumors in patients with prostate cancer. The findings show that targeting a molecule called SRPK1 could stop progression of prostate cancer.
  • Olaparib shows success in tumor response rate for patients with BRCA-related cancers

    6 Nov 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Olaparib, an experimental twice-daily oral cancer drug, produces an overall tumor response rate of 26 percent in several advanced cancers associated with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, according to new research. The positive response provides new hope for patients with ovarian, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers whose conditions have not responded to standard therapies.
  • Sorting bloodborne cancer cells to better predict spread of disease

    6 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    For most cancer patients, primary tumors are often not the most deadly. Instead, it is the metastatic tumors -- tumors that spread from their original location to other parts of the body -- that are the cause of most cancer deaths. Now researchers have developed a method to predict this spread.
 
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    Lung Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Race, Hospital, Insurance Status All Factors in How Lung Cancer Is Treated

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:43 pm
    African Americans, Hispanics, and those who receive care at a community hospital are all significantly less likely than other patients to receive treatment for early stage non-small cell lung cancer, according to a report. The study is the largest to date looking at treatment received by patients with stage I non-small cell lung cancer, an early stage of lung cancer that has not spread to the lymph nodes and is characterized by a small nodules in the lung tissue. Treatment during this early stage offers the best chance for long-term survival.
  • Lung regeneration mechanism discovered

    12 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    A research team reports on the role of certain lung stem cells in regenerating lungs damaged by disease. Their work sheds light on the inner workings of the still-emerging concept of lung regeneration and points to potential therapeutic strategies that harness these lung stem cells.
  • Chromosomal rearrangements help distinguish between independent primary tumors and metastasis

    11 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    A diagnostic test based on chromosomal rearrangements can trace the lineage of lung cancer to determine whether two separate lung cancers in the same patient are independent tumors or a tumor that has spread to another region of the lung, a study has found.
  • Lung cancer screening with low-dose CT could be cost effective

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Lung cancer screening in the National Lung Screening Trial meets a commonly accepted standard for cost effectiveness, researchers report. This relatively new screening test uses annual low-dose CT scans to spot lung tumors early in individuals facing the highest risks of lung cancer due to age and smoking history.
  • Smoking associated with elevated risk of developing a second smoking-related cancer

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:06 pm
    An analysis of five large, prospective cohort studies indicates that lung (stage I), bladder, kidney and head and neck cancer survivors who smoked 20 or more cigarettes a day prior to their cancer diagnoses have an up to five-fold higher risk of developing a second smoking-associated cancer compared to survivors of the same cancers who never smoked.
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    my Breast Cancer blog

  • Believe It, Girl

    Jacki
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
    That girl. In the pink wig. And the tutu. And the date 8-19-14 written on her shirt. That is my friend Jenn. She received her breast cancer diagnosis just after she returned home from dropping her fifth- and eighth-grader kids for their very first day of school. She rang me shortly after her devastating call arrived. Still in […]
  • HIS Breast Cancer

    Jacki
    11 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Filmmaker Chris Thibault reached out to me today. He shared with me a documentary he is making about HIS breast cancer. Yes, HIS breast cancer. He is THAT GUY, and he wants you to know about it. So do I.
  • Babbling About Breast Cancer

    Jacki
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    My voice is on the Internet. I am not quite sure how I feel about that, but if you have 45 minutes to spare and want to hear me babble on about breast cancer, well, then, here you go. World Changer Sessions offer behind-the-scenes access into the journeys of forward-thinking, big-hearted, conscious individuals who are pioneering positive […]
  • I Can Give Her Presents

    Jacki
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Today, I passed on my wig and a bundle of gifty items to a friend who will embark this week on chemotherapy for breast cancer. I do not know if my almost-40-year-old pal will use the wig because she has already chosen one that makes her look like a young college kid. But I do […]
  • A Night to Remember

    Jacki
    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 […]
 
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    Colon Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Cheap malaria drug could treat colorectal cancer effectively too, say experts

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:16 am
    A common malaria drug could have a significant impact on colorectal cancer providing a cheap adjunct to current expensive chemotherapy, medical experts say. Colorectal cancer (CRC) makes up about 10 percent of the annual 746,000 global cancer cases in men and 614,000 cases in women.
  • Need to encourage patients to screen for colon cancer? Try a lottery

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Convincing patients to do an often dreaded colon cancer screening test could just take a little extra nudge – like a chance to win $50. Patients who were told they had a 1-in-10 chance of winning $50 were more likely to complete home stool blood tests that help screen for colon cancer, according to a new study.
  • Scientists find way to reduce ovarian cancer tumors, chemo doses

    13 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    In a potential breakthrough against ovarian cancer, researchers have discovered how to both shrink tumors and improve drug delivery, allowing for lower doses of chemotherapy and reducing side effects.
  • Researchers silence leading cancer-causing gene

    13 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    A new approach to block the KRAS oncogene, one of the most frequently mutated genes in human cancer, has been developed by researchers. The approach offers another route to attack KRAS, which has proven to be an elusive and frustrating target for drug developers.
  • Scientists challenge efficacy of FOLFIRI in a colorectal cancer subtype

    7 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Scientists warn that an erroneous correlation between drug and 'stemlike' colon cancer subtype could lead oncologists to prescribe inadequate treatments, following a study that focused on the efficacy of the chemotherapy regimen FOLFIRI in a colorectal cancer subtype.
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    EurekAlert! - Cancer

  • New model of follow up for breast cancer patients

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Adelaide) Public health researchers from the University of Adelaide have evaluated international breast cancer guidelines, finding that there is potential to improve surveillance of breast cancer survivors from both a patient and health system perspective.
  • Women with serious mental illness less likely to receive cancer screenings

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Study finds that women with symptoms of serious mental illness are 40 percent less likely to receive three cancer screenings: mammography, clinical breast exams and PAP smears.
  • Possibilities for personalized vaccines revealed at ESMO symposium

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (European Society for Medical Oncology) The possibilities for personalized vaccines in all types of cancer are revealed today at the ESMO Symposium on Immuno-Oncology 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • North Carolina researchers unveil a new center for evolutionary medicine

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)) Scientists reveal a new center, Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM), to foster cross-disciplinary research in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. This announcement is part of the weekend symposium, "Evolutionary synthesis, past and future," which celebrates the 10-year legacy of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent). NESCent will close in June 2015.
  • Immune checkpoint inhibitors may work in brain cancers

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (European Society for Medical Oncology) New evidence that immune checkpoint inhibitors may work in glioblastoma and brain metastases presented at the ESMO Symposium on Immuno-Oncology 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.
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    Cancer Treatment

  • It all caught up to me

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:16 am
    Exhaustion that is. I have been riding this wave of feeling okay most of the time. This happens every so often. Wednesday I felt it a bit. I came in the door at 530 after getting my nails done (a post chemo personal preference - after destroying my nails in chemo, I appreciate them much more now) and felt a wave of exhaustion come over me. We did go out to dinner anyway. I figured I would be okay if I just went to bed after that.read more
  • Vacation breasts?

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:23 am
    Or even 24 hour breasts? Really? Yes, seriously. This is the latest in the fad for women. What happened to 'love your body the way you are'? Well thanks to this new doctor in New York, you can get 'instabreasts' which last 24 hours for a paltry $2500. Then in a couple of years you can get vacation breasts - that last 2-3 weeks.read more
  • The big scary headline

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    The latest big scary headline from the pharmaceutical industry says that it will cost $2.5 billion to bring a new drug to market. That's a lot of hype over a little factoid. And this kind of thing pisses me off. Increasing drug prices are an increasing part of medical costs in recent years.read more
  • Snake oil or good treatment?

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Every so often I become a skeptic, well maybe a bit more frequently, but sometimes I am just not sure what I think of new treatment options. And here is an example.read more
  • Over treatment issues again

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:39 am
    Electronic medical records do all kinds of helpful things. I remember going from doctor appointment to doctor appointment, lugging a six inch thick file. Now the doctors and nurses carry laptops or tablets and can look up information quicker to see when I last had a blood test or MRI.Now the data is being mined to find out if Americans are getting their cholesterol blood tests, mammograms, and colonoscopies and all sorts of other helpful tests. But also to see if people are getting their tests too frequently.read more
 
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  • Announcing Cancer Survivor’s Scholarship

    Robyn
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Copyright: roxanabalint / 123RF Stock Photo I’d like to introduce you to yet another new scholarship program for cancer survivors- the first annual Survivors Scholarship- created and funded by The Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik.  This $1000 scholarship is open to any cancer survivor attending college or law school this spring.  The award will be paid directly to the college in the student’s name to help with tuition or materials costs.  Additional requirements include: Recipient must be a U.S. citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the United States Recipient has…
  • Pam’s Angel Kit Gives Comfort & Warmth

    Robyn
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:18 pm
      We all need a little love once in a while… and if you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer and are receiving chemotherapy, check out the Pamela A. Kearby Foundation.   To help provide comfort and alleviate some of the more common side effects caused by chemotherapy, the foundation delivers Pam’s Angel Kits (PAK) to women undergoing treatment for breast cancer who live in the Dallas-Fort Worth (Texas) area FREE of charge.   The PAK includes items such as a soft travel pillow and a warm, cozy blanket plus an inspirational book, a glass water bottle, word…
  • Giving Thanks for this FREE Thanksgiving Dinner

    Robyn
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Copyright: piccolamarina / 123RF Stock Photo   Fifth Season Financial is looking to donate a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings to three patients diagnosed with an advanced cancer and their families. Here’s how it works: Visit Fifth Season Financial.com to fill out the form on the right side of the page.  You can either nominate a patient or they can fill out the form themselves.  Entries must be made on behalf of a person who is: 18 years or older Diagnosed with an advanced cancer A United States citizen or permanent resident At 11:00 am on November 20, three…
  • Questions to Ask Your Oncologist at the Initial Consultation

    Robyn
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Copyright: convisum / 123RF Stock Photo   When we received Alan’s diagnosis of sarcoma, we were in complete shock and terrified. We could barely breathe, much less begin to have an intelligent conversation with our doctor.  Fortunately we had a day to process the diagnosis and were then able to make an attempt at preparing for our initial meeting with our medical oncologist.   Depending on the doctor that you are meeting with, he or she may or may not be proactive in giving you all the information you need to really understand what’s going on.  Since you don’t…
  • Personalizing Your Treatment Plan with Cancer Panels

    Robyn
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:07 pm
      No two people are alike; and no two cancers are alike.  This explains why two people with the same cancer diagnosis can respond differently to the same treatment regimen. This is the basic premise behind precision medicine and individualized treatments.   Now imagine a room filled with top oncology experts and scientists.   In this room, a 3 hour conversation takes place about one individual’s cancer diagnosis.  Various treatment approaches- both conventional and novel are discussed and debated.  The end result: the treating physician is given treatment recommendations…
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    Cancerwise | Cancer blog from MD Anderson Cancer Center

  • 4 holiday party tips for cancer patients

    Cancerwise Blogger
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Kristine KeenyFor many, the holidays mean food and fun with friends and family. But for us cancer patients and survivors, the holidays mean the stress that comes with dealing with all those things. During my sarcoma treatment, I had to go out of my way to avoid small children and anyone who looked like they might have a cold at holiday events. Even now that I've completed sarcoma treatment, I have to avoid a long list of vegetables and all dairy products.  But along the way I've learned how to get by during the holidays. Here are my tips for cancer patients and survivors on staying…
  • Why I'm thankful after my esophageal cancer diagnosis

    Cancerwise Blogger
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Mary GinleyLast fall, I had trouble swallowing. I assumed it was acid reflux and went to the doctor for some swallow tests. My doctor also suspected it was acid reflex. That afternoon, he called to say we were both wrong."It's bad, Mary. It's esophageal cancer. You need an endoscopy and biopsy immediately, and you need to clear your calendar. It's going to be rough."I remember sitting down, stunned. I had never heard of esophageal cancer. While I always go into a mammogram braced for the worst, it hadn't occurred to me that the swallowing tests could reveal something equally serious. After…
  • What my kids should know about sun safety

    Cancerwise Blogger
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Amanda Woodward Sometimes I ponder the inevitable conversation with my kids about my melanoma diagnosis. I know I can dodge the subject for a while and chalk the frequent check-ups up to simply that -- check-ups. At some point, though, I will have to share that "mommy had melanoma" and all that it means. YUCK! Not a day that I look forward to and certainly not something I'm prepared for. But my melanoma journey has taught me a thing or two about sun safety and caring for my skin, and I want to share that knowledge with my kids. Here's a short list of things I hope our kids come to know…
  • A stem cell transplant patient looks to returning home

    Cancerwise Blogger
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Harley Hudson I decided to keep a diary of my stem cell transplant experience so it might help others in preparing for their stem cell transplants. You can read my previous entries here.I used to own a primitive flight simulator that I ran using the keyboard. I could take off and fly any airplane on the list. What I couldn't do was land. I had two problems: I was ignorant of the process, and I was impatient. I had never flown before, so I had no idea what was involved.My stem cell transplant experience -- a part of my chronic lymphocyctic leukemia (CLL) treatment -- was much like using the…
  • Dating after tongue cancer

    Cancerwise Blogger
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Rita Avila Not too long ago, one of my good friends got hitched and, over a year later, got married to the man of her dreams. It was a gorgeous wedding, and I was extremely happy for her, but it made me think: Am I ever going to get married? As if dating weren't tricky enough, I have the added pressure of telling any guy I'm interested in that I've had tongue cancer and I still have the scars, the feeding tube and the follow-up appointments that came along with it. Telling others about my tongue cancer treatmentSometimes the idea of dating is scarier than cancer itself. Specifically, the…
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    Mesothelioma News Center | Latest in Asbestos & Mesothelioma News

  • Australian Government Will Compensate Residents of Mr. Fluffy Homes

    Lorraine Kember
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    In a landmark decision, the Commonwealth of Australia has offered the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) a concessional loan of $1 billion to mitigate the catastrophic aftermath caused by the notorious Mr. Fluffy insulation product that contained deadly asbestos. The Mr. Fluffy insulation company pumped loose-filled asbestos into the roofing spaces of more than 1,000 homes across the ACT during the 1970s. The company marketed the product as "Asbestosfluf" because of its fluffy appearance. A 1980s government-funded cleanup operation failed to completely remove the asbestos product from those…
  • Mesothelioma Survivor Credits Cannabis Oil Treatment to His Recovery

    Tim Povtak
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:18 am
    Twelve months ago, doctors told Ruth Ashcraft it was time to look seriously into a palliative care or hospice facility for her husband, Andy, whose health had taken another turn for the worse. He already had surpassed the typical survival time for a pleural mesothelioma patient, and his experimental, clinical trial drug had stopped working. He was struggling to breath and deteriorating steadily. They had just drained more than three gallons of fluid from around his lungs and inside his abdomen. It was time, doctors said. Ruth listened, but she didn't listen very well. She had other plans —…
  • New Skin Cancer-Fighting Drug Keytruda Boosts Mesothelioma Survival

    Tim Povtak
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Help could be on the way for future mesothelioma patients who need it the most. Researchers in Spain are the first to successfully identify a specific protein found only in mesothelioma patients with the shortest survival times. The findings should provide a clearer target for potential therapy advances, giving those cancer patients more of a fighting chance. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this year granted accelerated approval for the drug pembrolizumab, known by its brand name Keytruda, which is designed to target skin cancers. However, the drug also targets…
  • Surgeon David Mason Building Thoracic Program at Baylor in Dallas

    Tim Povtak
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    A decade after thoracic surgeon and mesothelioma specialist Dr. David Mason built his practice at the Cleveland Clinic, he has begun building a new multidisciplinary program at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. The progression has been invigorating for Mason, the center's new chief of thoracic surgery and lung transplantation, as well as for the patients he now serves. Mason is constructing the new thoracic surgery program - the first of its kind in Dallas - that will attract top specialists in pulmonology, radiology, pathology, oncology and surgery. These specialists will work…
  • Brigham and Women's Study Shows Benefits of EPP Mesothelioma Surgery

    Tim Povtak
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    The most aggressive surgical procedure for pleural mesothelioma, which involves removing a lung, the pericardium and major parts of the diaphragm, should remain a viable option for select patients, despite the growing debate over its usefulness. A recently completed review of an extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston shows the procedure will continue to be an effective tool in multimodal treatment. "This was a confirmation that in high-volume centers, the operation can be done safely, and that many patients will do fine under the right circumstance,"…
 
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    Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog

  • The Importance of a Second Opinion

    Jennifer Lucarelli
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Quite frequently, patients may receive a cancer diagnosis from their primary care physician or a doctor at the local hospital rather than from an oncologist specializing in mesothelioma.If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma you should consider getting a second opinion from a mesothelioma specialist. A second opinion is a medical review by an independent physician of the first physician’s diagnosis and/or treatment protocol. It is a standard medical practice to seek a “medical consult.”A second opinion by a mesothelioma specialist will ensure that you can be…
  • Talcum Powder as a Cause of Mesothelioma?

    Staff
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A woman came down with mesothelioma but she could not recall any obvious source for exposure to asbestos. Neither she nor any family member worked in a shipyard. No asbestos insulation was reported in her house. The roads did not contain any gravel containing asbestos fibers.One possibility was that she had used a type of talcum powder as long as she could remember.Woman's Lung Tissue Contained Asbestos FibersGordon et al 20141 recently analyzed the type of fibers in 50 samples of her brand of talcum powder. The age of the samples ranged from 50 years ago to those purchased within several…
  • Advocate of the Month - November 2014

    MCA Warrior Stories
    2 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to welcome Amanda Linehan to our blog to share her story of how cancer has affected the lives of her loved ones and the impact it's had on her life. Amanda writes on her blog at Organicglory about living a healthy lifestyle. Read and share her story below.Last month, I joined a friend for his 30th birthday on a fancy dinner cruise around Boston Harbor. It was a magnificent evening, full of great food, dancing, and stunning skyline views. But as we passed by the city’s North End and Charlestown Navy Yard, I couldn’t help but reflect: how did I…
  • How Pleural Effusions Can Help With Early Mesothelioma Diganosis

    Staff
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    One of the major challenges of mesothelioma is early or earlier diagnosis. Mesothelioma causes pleural effusion or fluid build-up between the layers of the lining of the lung cavity in about 70% of its cases.1 About 1.5 million people are diagnosed with pleural effusion in the US each year. Since about 3000 cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year, most cases of pleural effusions are not due to mesothelioma. However, finding mesothelioma in the pleural effusion or pleural soup could provide an early or earlier diagnosis.Basics About Pleural EffusionsPleural effusions between the layers…
  • Aggressive Treatment for Peritoneal Mesothelioma Patients Yields Positive Results

    Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma is cancer that develops in the abdominal cavity (peritoneal cavity), like polka dots on the lining of the intestines and the cavity. Peritoneal cases account for approx. 18%- 20% of all mesothelioma diagnoses,1 with approximately 400 new cases in the USA each year.2Most patients (98%) were exposed to asbestos for an average of 28 years but the exposed time varied greatly (±14 years).2 Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma included abdominal pain and bloating, weight loss, shortness of breath, change to abnormal bowel movements (diarrhea or constipation), and…
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  • Patient data: can we use it better?

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
     Great video about patient data. Innovative ways to making data work better for everyone.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ED9YSxgB9w
  • Oesophageal Cancer - New Standard of Care

    10 Nov 2014 | 4:06 am
    The standard therapy of offering patients Cisplatin with 5Fluorouracil with Radiotherapy has been around for a long time. Has worked well over time, but not well enough.The recent CROSS study has proven that Carboplatin and Paclitaxel with Radiotherapy (neoadjuvant or definitive) is the new standard of care. It is much more effective for squamous cell cancers as compared to adenocarcinomas (but works well in both conditions).This regimen is well tolerated and most patients complete therapy. I have now changed my clinical practice and use this regimen as the default.
  • Some Partners and Cancer Sufferers

    9 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    What is wrong with some guys? I met with three women with cancer in the past two weeks, who were diagnosed with nasty cancer - and their partners have walked out on them (after diagnosis). This is when these women need the maximum amount of support. This is when their world is falling apart... more of it falls apart :(Some of these stories are so sad, that it drives us to despair.This is supposedly delinked from the medical world, but it is absolutely interlinked with our care. If a patient is falling to bits in her/his mind, how can they deal with everything else?The nurses in the Unit are…
  • Immunology for Oncology and Others

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Recently found an excellent Immunology course in Sydney - Immunology for BPTs (Basic Physician Trainees).Held once a year, over a weekend. Covers all the stuff needed for most of us.Immunology is taking over bits of Oncology and thus is vital to understand.www.immunology4bpts.com
  • Gestational Trophoblastic Cancer Chemotherapy

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    Affects younger women in the child bearing age. Monitored by checking HCG levels.Usually chemotherapy with methotrexate is adequate.If the hormones levels do not return to normal or keep rising, the patient needs to be switched over to the EMA-CO procotol - Etoposide, Methotrexate, Dactinomycin - Cyclophosphamide, Vincristine (alternating week regimen).Curable diseases must always be treated.
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