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Archive for March 2019

Cancer of Unknown Primary - What is it?

by Jane Ashley

Imagine finding out that you have cancer, but the medical team doesn’t know where the cancer began.

What Is Cup

How is Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP) Discovered?

It depends on the circumstances. Sometimes, CUP is accidentally found during surgery for something else or through a scan given for another reason.

A nodule might show in a CT scan of the lung when trying to determine if a patient has pneumonia.

• A person might fall and hit their head requiring stitches at the ER — the ER physician orders...

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Can Life After Cancer Include Dating?

by Jane Ashley

Can life after cancer include dating?

Dating After Cancer

Of course it can — life after cancer should include living life to its fullest, including the development of deep and enduring relationships. Dating after cancer can be more complicated because you may have physical scars, long term medical issues and physical/sexual issues. But no one is perfect. Other people have health problems too.

What kinds of cancer survivors might be interested in dating again?

Well, almost any cancer survivor could potentially...

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March is Kidney Cancer Awareness Month

by Jane Ashley

March is Kidney Cancer Awareness Month. 

Kidney Ribbon Logo

We have 2 kidneys. They filter our blood to remove impurities, excessive amounts of salt and other minerals and water. Our kidneys are amazing workhorses in our body — continuously filtering our blood (equivalent to about 200 quarts of blood daily) and producing 2 quarts of urine (waste products). Our kidneys also produce hormones that help regulate our blood pressure and red blood cell production.

Fortunately, our kidneys work independently of...

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Anal Cancer Awareness Day is March 21st

by Jane Ashley

March 21st is Anal Cancer Awareness Day. The anal passage is the lower end of our gastrointestinal system. The anus is located below the rectum and is about 1 to 1 inches long. Two strong muscles, called the anal sphincter muscles, open and close to allow stool to pass from our bodies.

Anal Cancer Ribbon

Anal cancer is relatively uncommon, affecting about 8,300 (2,770 men and 5,530 women) people in the U.S every year. Almost 1,300 deaths occur annually from anal cancer .

Risk Factors

HPV virus. HPV causes...

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Amazing Things: Sandy Kyrkostas - Victory Over Stage IV Colon Cancer

by GregP_WN

Originally Posted on Health Matters, Stories of Science, Care, and Wellness by New York Presbyterian

When this TV and film producer was diagnosed at 47 with aggressive colon cancer, doctors gave him little hope – until he met Dr. Manish Shah.

Sandy And Michelle Kyrkostas

Sandy Kyrkostas isn’t the kind of guy who lets life’s little challenges get in his way.

So in late 2013, when he noticed he was having diarrhea, coughing a bit, and occasionally feeling dizzy, he went to the drugstore to get some meds. He also made an...

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Coping With Pain During and After Cancer

by Jane Ashley

All of us look forward to our treatments ending. We think that that we will have an uneventful return to normal life. But for some cancer patients, they suffer from pain after treatment as a late side-effect of their cancer treatment.

Pain

The causes of chronic pain are as varied as are the diagnoses. These are the leading causes of pain in cancer survivors.
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy
Pain after head and neck cancers
Post-mastectomy pain

Oncologists estimate that about one-third of...

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The Value of Faith and Spirituality For People With Cancer

by Jane Ashley

A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 69 percent of cancer patients pray for their health. A 2015 study of over 32,000 cancer patients found that patients with a religious or spiritual belief system reported feeling better. The study was published in 2015 in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

Religions Of The World

Details of this report

Researchers and colleagues from Moffitt Cancer Center examined several published studies of cancer patients...

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

by Jane Ashley

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

One In23

Colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer, after lung and breast cancer (excluding skin cancer). Approximately 140,000 people were diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the past year — 97,220 new cases of colon cancer (49,690 men and 47,530 women) and 43,030 new cases of rectal cancer (25,920 men and 17,110 women). Ninety percent (90%) of all colorectal cancer occurs in people over 50. Colorectal cancer accounts for just over 50,000 deaths...

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