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    Have you suffered mental issues through your diagnosis and treatments?

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    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      I did get anti-anxiety meds. Mostly to kill off the hamster on the wheel in my brain that wanted to rattle around at night...

      11 days ago
    • cards7up's Avatar

      Only when I took steroids, then I just wanted to take people's heads off! LOL!! but would warn my family when I was taking them and mostly stayed home. Only once went to Thanksgiving dinner and just stayed with the grandkids, easier that way! Though I did almost get into it with my now ex-DIL, I backed off! and to think she's an RN and not very compassionate!!!

      9 days ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      I was an emotional mess when diagnosed, in large part due to my gp who gave me an expiration date. I thought I was handling things pretty well all things considered, but my new gp thought I needed anti- anxiety medication. I fought this at first and then relented, it seems I could not discuss my diagnosis without a flood of tears. Like many, I had a misconception of what these drugs do and thought I would be in la la land if I took them. Surprise, tears dried up and I was able to function fine. I continued to take the medication until I finished chemo. To me, the anti- medications are just another source of support, and survivors need all the support they can get.

      8 days ago
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    From the Mayo Clinic
    Living With Cancer: Taking care of yourself after treatment

    Cancer survivors: Care for your body after treatment
    After your cancer treatment, you likely will be eager to return to good health. And beyond your initial recovery, there are ways to improve your long-term health and quality of life so that you can enjoy the years ahead as a cancer survivor. Here's what you can do to take care of yourself after cancer treatment.

    Treating ductal carcinoma in situ
    Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is the presence of abnormal cells inside a milk duct in the breast. DCIS is considered the earliest form of breast cancer. DCIS is noninvasive, meaning it hasn't spread out of the milk duct and has a low risk of becoming invasive. Learn about the diagnosis and treatment options for ductal carcinoma in situ.

    Paraneoplastic syndromes of the nervous system
    Paraneoplastic syndromes of the nervous system are a group of uncommon disorders that develop in some people who have cancer. They occur when cancer-fighting agents of the immune system also attack parts of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves or muscle. Depending on where the nervous system is affected, paraneoplastic syndromes can cause problems with muscle movement or coordination, sensory perception, memory or thinking skills, or sleep. Learn more about the different types and symptoms of paraneoplastic syndromes of the nervous system.
    The article has links to each of these topics for more information, click here for the full article>> https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/living-with-cancer-taking-care-of-yourself-after-treatment/

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    Cleveland Clinic performs first prostate surgeries in U.S. using Single Port SP Robot

    CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Clinic has performed the first prostate surgeries in the United States using a robot that inserts surgical instruments through one small abdominal incision.

    The Single Port SP Robot was successfully used for three surgeries at the Clinic Friday – two to remove cancerous prostates and one surgery to remove an enlarged prostate, according to a press release from the hospital.

    “This new robot allows us to do the surgery through one cut rather than five or six cuts that the standard robot needs,” said Jihad Kaouk, M.D., who performed the surgery. “We will be able to revisit surgeries that we do, invent new approaches that we were not able to do with a multi-arm robot.”

    Dr. Kaouk said the robot will allow for new routes for surgeries that were not previously possible.

    Read the full article: https://fox8.com/2018/10/01/cleveland-clinic-performs-first-prostate-surgeries-in-u-s-using-single-port-sp-robot/

    • wmsavs' Avatar

      I firmly believe robotics will be a major contributor towards many cancer surgeries in the not too distant future. Many surgeons I know have trained with robotics for surgeries they perform. The precision is unmatched by a human surgeon by him or herself. Thanks for sharing.

      18 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      It is amazing the things that mere men can do. I was quizzing a young Resident Dr. at Vanderbilt about how they knew where to steer the catheter when doing the stent installation just short of my brain. He just calmly said: "it's just what we do". What?? These Dr.s are amazing these days.

      18 days ago
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    For those who are stage IV and have been told you are done with treatment.

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    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Because I had such weird stage IV, with my mets wandering from uterus only as far as my omentum, both medical & surgical oncologist said cancer free. Stage IV but only grade 1.

      25 days ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      NED for 9 years, then recurrence, surgery, and another recurrence. Waiting until next surgery (which we're postponing as long as possible). No more chemo for me.

      22 days ago
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      What is tx?

      21 days ago