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Survivor's Guilt - It's Real and How You Can Cope

by Jane Ashley

Survivor’s guilt happens to many people — survivors of an airplane crash where other passengers died, September 11th survivors of the Twin Towers, survivors of mass shootings. Most cancer survivors have never thought about survivor’s guilt . When we are diagnosed, we are focused on our treatment and hoping that we’ll survive. The thought that we’ll feel guilty about surviving never enters our minds.

Every Person Is Different

But then, someone who was in treatment at the same time succumbs to their disease or they...

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Things You Should Know About Brain Tumors

by Jane Ashley

A brain tumor is a growth of abnormal cells within our brain. Some are non-cancerous, i.e., benign. Other tumors in the brain are cancerous. 

Men Are More Likely To Develop Brain Cancer

These cancerous tumors are one of two types:

• Primary – this is a tumor that begins in our brain.
• Secondary/Metastatic – this is where cancer begins to grow somewhere else in our body and spreads to our brain.

Almost 24,000 adults in the U.S. are diagnosed with primary brain tumors annually. More men have brain tumors than women — about 57...

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Robotic Surgery - What It Is, How It Works

by Jane Ashley

When we hear about robotic surgery, some of us envision a robot standing above the operating table. Our immediate response is, “No way am I going to let a robot operate on me!”

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But robotic surgery is nothing like those science-fiction images. The robot doesn’t do the surgery; your surgeon does the surgery, guiding the surgical instruments through the master console.

What is robotically-assisted surgery?

The da Vinci surgical system is the only robotic system approved in the United States....

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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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