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Ovarian Cancer - Risks and Symptoms

by Jane Ashley

When we think of ovarian cancer, many of us immediately think of Gilda Radner, the Saturday Night Live actress and comedian, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989. While the treatment for ovarian cancer has greatly improved in the last 30 years, ovarian cancer’s onset is characterized by vague symptoms. Sadly, even in 2020, only 15% of ovarian cancer is diagnosed in the early stages.

Gilda Radner

An estimated 21,750 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year. In the last 10 years, new cases have...

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Prostate Cancer In The News

by Jane Ashley

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men, except for skin cancer. Almost 200,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in the US. If prostate cancer is detected early, local or regional stage, the 5-year survival rate is almost 100%. There are an estimated 3 million prostate cancer survivors. 

Prostate Cancer Awareness

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month so this is a good time to take a look at news about prostate cancer during 2020.
Tolmar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Increases...

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Comforting a Loved One Facing Cancer When Face to Face Isn't Possible

by Adrian Johansen

Love you to the moon and back!

 7 Ways To Support A Loved One With Cancer From A Distance

The coronavirus is a merciless adversary. It has cut short millions of lives worldwide and it has robbed us all of our sense of safety and normalcy.

But when it forces you to isolate yourself from a loved one in need, that’s when it gets personal. That’s when it gets real.

The virus may have forced you to physically distance from your loved one for their own protection. That doesn’t mean, however, you can’t still be a comfort to them through whatever...

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Should I Go To The ER Or To Urgent Care?

by Jane Ashley

We, as cancer patients, face difficult decisions all of the time.

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• Treatment decisions
• Getting a second opinion
• Taking a chemo break
• Type of surgery

There’s yet another decision that we may have to make. A medical “situation” occurs, and we have to decide if it’s cancer-related, treatment-related, or not related to our cancer situation at all. Where do we go? What do we do? Decisions, decisions.

What to do first?

Call your oncologist. Virtually every cancer center has a triage nurse...

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Topics To Discuss With Your Oncologist

by Jane Ashley

Cancer is a complex and complicated disease. There are so many new words that we hear, and we don’t know what they mean. So how can we possibly understand our oncologist’s conversation?

Tips For Talking To Your Oncologist

All too often, they talk, and we listen and even nod our heads, indicating that we understand. But we don’t. Our silence becomes a problem because we, as the patient or caregiver, have to make treatment decisions.

So what are some of the topics that we, as patients, should discuss with our oncologist?

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August is HPV Awareness Month

by Jane Ashley

Did you know that some types of cancer can be prevented with a vaccination?

Hpv Awareness Month

Yes, it’s true — but not everyone realizes that most cancers caused by HPV (Human papillomavirus) can be prevented by vaccination. August is HPV Awareness Month, and this month is the perfect time to learn more about HPV-caused cancers, and why it’s so important for our children and grandchildren to be vaccinated.

What is HPV?

HPV is the human papillomavirus — this virus is the most widespread sexually-transmitted...

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Liquid Biopsy - What They Are, How They Work

by Jane Ashley

Most of us know what a biopsy is — a biopsy is a procedure where a sample of tissue is removed to determine if a tumor or suspicious area contains cancer cells. The tissue sample is removed by a surgical procedure (either a small sample is obtained, or the entire lump is removed) or by a needle.

Liquid Biopsy

Most people haven’t heard about another kind of biopsy. It’s called a liquid biopsy.

What is a liquid biopsy?

Technically, a liquid biopsy is a body fluid sample (usually blood) to find significant...

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Should You Wear A Mask? Yes.

by Jane Ashley

“Should I wear a face mask?” has become an emotionally-charged question these days. You may be wondering what’s right for you as a cancer patient or survivor.

Wear A Cloth Mask

First and foremost, follow the advice of your oncologist — they know your particular situation and condition and will advise you as to what’s best for your situation.

Why should we wear masks during the COVID-19 pandemic?

First and foremost, wearing a mask helps slow down the spread of COVID-19. You may see that the recommendations...

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Sarcoma Cancer - What It Is And Who Is At Risk

by Jane Ashley

July is Sarcoma Awareness Month. Sarcoma is sometimes considered a “forgotten” cancer. It’s rare, accounting for less than 1% of all cancer cases in adults and about 20% of cancer cases in children. Sarcoma is a confusing type of cancer to understand because it doesn’t occur in just one organ — it can occur in blood vessels, bones, fat, joints, muscles, and nerves. It’s considered a “connective tissue” cancer.

July Is Sarcoma Awareness Month Yellow

Sarcoma facts – things you probably didn’t know.

1. 12,390 soft-tissue sarcomas...

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Coping With Isolation Due to Corona or Cancer Issues

by Jane Ashley

As cancer patients and survivors, we’ve been told to “shelter-in-place” and “self-isolate.” Before the COVID-19 pandemic, cancer patients were advised not to isolate themselves. We are told that we needed to maintain our connections with friends and family. We were reminded that we need our “social network’s” support to help us through the emotional and physical challenges that cancer brings.

Isolation

Isolation can lead to depression and anxiety. We may begin to have self-doubt and not take care of...

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