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Wishing you all a great Sunday!

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Wishing everyone a Happy Sunday, enjoy the day and get ready to show cancer how you do it tomorrow.

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Happy Caturday I hope everyone has dug out of the snowstorms. There is still a lot of snow on the ground here but the roads and walkways are clear.

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Do you look forward to the weekend? If you're in treatments do you enjoy the weekend to recuperate from them? Being several years past treatments I still look forward to Saturday morning to get up a little late, enjoy coffee while getting up and going before the day's activities. What about you?

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Photography keeps me going as a survivor. The simplest things turn out beautifully when we look at them as simple miracles. Just look at these eyes.

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Happy Friday. Hoping that everyone has survived the Big storm. Stay warm

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A simple daily statement will keep you positive to help you through each day.

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Being afraid of what's to come and the unknown are common emotions when we are going through a cancer diagnosis and treatments. Our blog post "Are You Petrified Over An Upcoming Procedure" has some tips on how to cope with it.

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February is Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Awareness Month

Accelerating Progress Against Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancers
Join the AACR in supporting research to find better ways to prevent and treat gallbladder cancer and bile duct cancer.
Gallbladder cancer and bile duct cancer are relatively rare forms of cancer.

The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ in the abdomen, below the liver. It collects and stores bile – a fluid made by the liver to aid with digestion of fats. The bile ducts are thin tube-like vessels that carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder and small intestine.

An estimated 12,190 people living in the United States were diagnosed with gallbladder cancer in 2018, according to data from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Extrahepatic bile duct cancer is a rare disease in which cancer cells form in the ducts that are outside the liver. Cancer can also develop in the bile ducts inside the liver. Bile duct cancer is also called cholangiocarcinoma.

Symptoms of both gallbladder and bile duct cancer include yellowing of the skin and/or the whites of the eyes (jaundice), abdominal pain, and fever. In addition, gallbladder cancer symptoms include nausea and vomiting, bloating, and lumps in the abdomen.

February is Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Awareness Month.

How Do Gallbladder Cancer and Bile Duct Cancer Develop?

Gallbladder cancer begins in the inner, or mucosal, layer of the organ, most commonly in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids. It then spreads into the muscle and outer layers. Bile duct cancer forms in cells in any portion of the bile duct network.

Risk factors for bile duct cancer include having chronic colitis, certain liver diseases, and infection with a worm parasite known as the clonorchis sinensis, or the Chinese liver fluke. Risk factors for gallbladder cancer are being a woman and being Native American.

Both forms of cancer are often diagnosed at later, more advanced stages because most people display few, if any, recognizable symptoms at early stages.

What is the AACR Doing in This Area?

The Warner Fund donated funds to the AACR to support early-career investigators who presented meritorious work relating to
cholangiocarcinoma at the AACR Annual Meeting 2018. The 2018 AACR-Warner Fund Scholar-in-Training Awards went to: Akiyoshi Kasuga, MD, of the Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo; and Jisce R. Puik, of the VU University Medical in Amsterdam, for their work in the field of cholangiocarcinoma.

The 2018 AACR Scholar-in-Training Award in Honor of Cathy Whalen supports a young investigator presenting a high-quality abstract in bile duct cancer at the AACR Annual Meeting 2018. The award went to Sunyoung S. Lee, MD, PhD, of the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Institute.

The AACR's mission is to prevent and cure all forms of cancer.​

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Thank you to everyone who is a caregiver, today is your day!

NATIONAL CAREGIVERS DAY
National Caregivers Day is observed annually on the third Friday in February.

Across the nation dedicated health care professionals serve those who require long-term or hospice care. National Caregivers Day honors those men and women dedicated to providing these vital services.

Caregivers deliver a variety of services from personal care to medical services with compassion and professionalism. Their days may be long and demanding, but they provide support to those who need it most.

National Caregivers Day recognizes caregivers providing quality, compassionate care every day.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Take time to thank a caregiver for their dedication and care of our loved ones. Use #NationalCaregiversDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Caregivers Day was founded by Providers Association for Home Health & Hospice Agencies (PAHHHA) in 2015. Its first observance is February 19, 2016. For more information please visit http://pahhha.org/.

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