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    buckhunter asked a questionKidney Cancer

    Has anyone been to support groups like this one?

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      I too have been to a support group at Gilda's Club named after Gilda Radner from SNL. She passed away from ovarian cancer, and later her friend, and husband, (Gene Wilder), formed a club named after her. Everything is free to cancer patients, and caregivers. They not only have support groups for those with cancer, they also have volunteers who give of their time, and instructional lessons for yoga, step aerobics, painting, needle point, cooking, and many, many, other things at no cost, and most of them come with supplies. I went to a Tuesday night Wellness group. People who are 1-2 years into their cancer. It has a counselor, but she/he is after those in the room to speak up about how they are feeling. The counselor will at times throw out a question for the group to discuss.
      I hope this helps...my best to you, Russ

      about 1 month ago
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      Yes, several online and a face to face first Wednesday of each month at local hospital just for prostate cancer and caregivers, very informative and supportive group.

      about 1 month ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      Support groups are a great place to learn and ask questions. They also are a good place to meet new friends who have cancer in common with you. If you keep chatting after the meeting, ask several to go to eat something while you chat, and you'll have some new friends.

      Often the program is a health professional giving you extra info about a certain aspect, such as nutrition for cancer patients or massage therapy for pain. Enjoy it.

      about 1 month ago
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    buckhunter asked a questionKidney Cancer

    According to ACS and The Washington Post cancer death rates are down again. Do you get any comfort in this?

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      Nope as they can make figures and numbers mean anything they want them to be.

      about 1 month ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      Some slight comfort, although when it comes to individuals, these statistics don't mean much. As for more people being diagnosed, many factors are involved (our population has increased; better diagnostic tools and more awareness; more possible environmental causes; people are living longer, etc.).

      about 1 month ago
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    I found this article that links oral health to cancer, even pancreatic cancer


    Oral health may have an important role in cancer prevention

    The bacteria that cause periodontitis, a disease affecting the tissues surrounding the teeth, seems to play a part also in the onset of pancreatic cancer.

    The bacteria that cause periodontitis, a disease affecting the tissues surrounding the teeth, seems to play a part also in the onset of pancreatic cancer, say the researchers at the University of Helsinki and the Helsinki University Hospital, Finland, and the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.

    The researchers have investigated the role of bacteria causing periodontitis, an inflammation of the tissues surrounding the teeth, in the development of oral cancers and certain other cancers, as well as the link between periodontitis and cancer mortality on the population level.

    The study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, has for the first time proven the existence of a mechanism on the molecular level through which the bacteria associated with periodontitis, Treponema denticola (Td), may also have an effect on the onset of cancer. Researchers found that the primary virulence factor of the Td bacteria, the Td-CTLP proteinase (an enzyme), occurs also in malignant tumours of the gastrointestinal tract, for example, in pancreatic cancer.

    According to another study finding, the CTLP enzyme has the ability to activate the enzymes that cancer cells use to invade healthy tissue (pro-MMP-8 and -9). At the same time, CTLP also diminished the effectiveness of the immune system by, for example, inactivating molecules known as enzyme inhibitors.

    In another study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, it was proven that on the population level, periodontitis is clearly linked with cancer mortality. An especially strong link to mortality caused by pancreatic cancer was found. Some 70,000 Finns took part in this 10-year follow-up study.

    "These studies have demonstrated for the first time that the virulence factors of the central pathogenic bacteria underlying gum disease are able to spread from the mouth to other parts of the body, most likely in conjunction with the bacteria, and take part in central mechanisms of tissue destruction related to cancer," says Timo Sorsa, a professor at the University of Helsinki.

    Researchers have come to the conclusion that a low-grade systemic inflammation related to periodontitis facilitates the spreading of oral bacteria and their virulence factors to other parts of the body. They point out that the prevention and early diagnosis of periodontitis are very important not only for patients' oral health, but their overall wellbeing.

    "In the long run, this is extremely cost-effective for society," notes Sorsa.

    The studies were conducted by research groups led by Professor Timo Sorsa (University of Helsinki and Karolinska Institutet), Professor Caj Haglund (University of Helsinki and the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa HUS), Docent Jari Haukka (University of Helsinki) and Docent Jaana Hagström (HUS). Further studies are already ongoing at both the University of Helsinki and the Karolinska Institutet.