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Healthy Lung Month - Tips to Keep Them Healthy

by GregP_WN

How to Care for Your Lungs During Healthy Lung Month

October Is Healthy Lung Month

Your lungs are a set of indispensable organs that allow you to breathe properly; just as your heart, liver, and brain work to support your body and mind, your lungs are a vital part of this system. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to accomplish normal day-to-day activities. Since October is Healthy Lung Month, there is an abundance of ways you can avoid specific lung cancers and diseases. While some of these may not be entirely...

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Image Guided Biopsies - The Why, What, and When

by Jane Ashley

Solid tumors discovered with mammography or CT scans may or may not be cancer. If benign tumors are small and not pressing on nerves, blood vessels, or an organ, it might be best for a patient to leave the tumor alone and not perform surgery (where there is always a risk for complications).

Biopsy

But how do our doctors tell the difference between a cancerous tumor and a benign tumor? They use a biopsy — a procedure where the cells of a tumor are examined under a microscope. If the cells are...

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Stem Cell Transplants - What They Are and What They Do

by Jane Ashley

A stem cell transplant is a treatment for blood cancers. It’s used to treat certain types of leukemia, some kinds of lymphoma and to treat multiple myeloma.

Northside Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant Unit

It used to be referred to as a bone marrow transplant because the stem cells were extracted from the bone marrow. Now, stem cells are harvested from the blood so they are referred to as stem cell transplants. But they are the same medical procedure, regardless of which terminology is used.

Who needs a stem cell transplant?

Stem cell...

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Genetic Testing Vs. Genomic Testing - Differences and Benefits

by Jane Ashley

Once we are diagnosed with cancer, we begin to hear words that we haven’t heard before. Often, we don’t understand their meanings — but it’s important to learn as much as we can about the disease we have.

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We may have heard about genetic testing and genomic testing on television. Some famous people, including Angelina Jolie and Kelly Osbourne, have been responsible for many of us hearing the words — “genetic testing” — for the first time. Both of these women tested positive for the BRCA1...

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Remembering, Honoring, and Preventing

by Jane Ashley

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month . This month helps increase awareness of the importance of screenings so that breast is caught in its early stages when it can be cured. It’s a time to remember those lost to breast cancer and to help those currently diagnosed with breast cancer.

October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in women (except for skin cancer). Almost 269,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2019, along with about 69,000 women...

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Genetic Testing - Knowledge Is Power

by Jane Ashley

It seems that we hear about a friend, a relative, a co-worker or someone in the news who gets diagnosed with cancer all too frequently. Although death rates for cancer have been declining since the 1990s, that is only part of the story — the diagnosis of cancer is traumatic, expensive and changes most people’s lives forever.

Genetic Mutations

Over 1/3 of the U.S. population will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives.

If our mother or father or one of our parents had cancer, does that mean we...

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From Prostate Cancer Patient to Prostate Cancer Coach

by GregP_WN

Editor's note: Our Guest Blog Post today is from Dennis Golden, a 7 year survivor of two diagnoses of prostate cancer. This is his story in his own words. 

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On the face of it, I was a healthy and physically active 70-year-old, 168-pound male. A 25-mile daily bike ride and a wholesome diet resulted in a 32-inch waistline and body fat readings of 14%. Except for the occasional cold, all indications pointed to a guy who was healthy and in great shape.

Like many males, I saw no need to ask...

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Straight Talk About HPV

by Jane Ashley

What is HPV? What is the HPV vaccine? Why should we give it to our pre-teen children? Does HPV cause cancer later in life? 

Protects Against6 Kinds Of Cancer

Let’s sit down and have a straight talk about HPV and the cancers that it causes. Perhaps, then we’ll understand why it’s so important that all of our young adolescent children get their HPV vaccines. These adolescents are our children and our grandchildren, our nieces and nephews – protect them against certain kinds of cancer that occur in adulthood.

What is...

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10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Cancer

by Jane Ashley

One of the things that we learn about cancer very soon into our treatment is that everyone is different — we respond differently to chemotherapy and radiation. Some of us recover rapidly from a surgical procedure while for others, it takes an extended time. Every person’s cancer experience is different, yet we share many of the same experiences.

Things I Wish I Had Known Blog

We think, “Boy, I wish I had known about this.” Another patient says, “I had no idea this could happen.”

What are some of the things that we...

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Cancer is a Thief - These Are Things it Has Stolen From Us

by GregP_WN

Cancer is a thief! It sneaks up and takes things like our ability to talk, our strength and stamina, our hair, our eyesight, our teeth, and even sometimes it takes organs from us. Cancer doesn't care if you are rich poor, white or black, skinny or heavy, an average person on the street or a celebrity on Hollywood Blvd. It will take something from all of us, lots of times it's our peace of mind and for the unfortunate ones, life.

What Cancer Cannot Do

We asked our WhatNext Community to tell us about some of the...

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