Some pictures of April Produce. Are you hungry yet?

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Here is a list of April Vegetables. Some of my favorites are on the list. My favorite is of course asparagus it does have a very short season. Spinach was my childhood favorite I love it in bean soup.

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Dennis Golden, a 2-time prostate cancer survivor shares his journey through 8 weeks of radiation treatments. He candidly talks about the issues that come up during this course of treatments.

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This is National Volunteer Appreciation Week! We want to thank everyone who has finished their treatments and continue to stop by the site each day to check on others that are still in the thick of the fight and see how they can help. Your simple answers, comments, and positive posts are appreciated by those who are in need each day. Keep up the great work and thank you for supporting each other!

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We hope you are all feeling better.

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Eye damage is a side effect of radiation or chemo, depending on the type of cancer and where your treatment is focused. Our blog post today has some information about the possible issues and who might be at risk. Take a look at it here>>

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Here is a list of things that a person might say to a cancer patient instead of the things listed first. We might share this with our social media contacts to help them understand what we are thinking or feeling.

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Despite what I am going through, I thank God every day that I am still here.

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My Head and Neck Cancer Clinic at Vanderbilt is offering free head and neck cancer screenings on April 12th this is my Doctor in the picture, Dr. Rhode probably the best Doctor I've had in my 32 years of cancer treatments.

Head and neck cancer screening event set for April 12
Apr. 4, 2019, 9:13 AM

by Tom Wilemon

Early diagnosis of head and neck cancer greatly increases odds of survival, but its symptoms can be subtle or mimic viral infections, so Vanderbilt Health offers a free screening annually.

This year’s screening will be Friday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the John S. Odess Clinic for Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery in the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center at 7209 Medical Center East, South Tower. No appointment is necessary.

“Not only are we going to do a thorough exam of the mouth, throat and neck, but we are also going to teach people how to examine their own mouth and feel their own neck for symptoms,” said Sarah Rohde, MD, assistant professor of Otolaryngology. “We will also talk about awareness and risk factors, so that people can leave the screening knowing what they should be concerned about if something pops up.”

The highest risk groups for head and neck cancer are smokers and men between the ages of 45 and 75, but the cancer also strikes women and younger people. Another risk factor besides tobacco use is exposure to the human papilloma virus (HPV). The sexually transmitted virus is extremely common, and most people exposed have no long-lasting effects. However, HPV infections can lead to several cancers.

A vaccine is available to protect against HPV. Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a vaccine for men and women from the ages of 27 to 45. Previously, the vaccine was approved for minors and people up to the age of 26.

Symptoms of head and neck cancer include persistent or bleeding sores in the mouth or areas that don’t heal, persistent trouble swallowing, changes or issues with voice and painless neck masses.

“Every year out of the 100 people that we usually screen, we probably find three to five people who need further follow-up,” Rohde said.

The screening is a walk-in service with people examined on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parking is available in the Central Garage, and people may use the Vanderbilt Valet Service on Medical Center Drive free of charge.

The annual screening is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

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Have a GREAT day! We hope you all are able to relax, recuperate, and get recharged for the next week. Remember that fighting cancer is a marathon, not a sprint!

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