Here is a great write-up for post-cancer body image from Dana Farber. After cancer treatment is over, and you are declared cancer free, your loved ones are celebrating that you are cured and the treatments worked. However…….. Many patients undergo surgery for cancer. Scars, mastectomy, missing limbs, and other changes can alter self-image. Even after … More Self esteem after cancer therapy
OK, Coronado Class of 1985, Naval Academy Prep School Class of 1986 and U.S. Naval Academy class of 1990, we are all due for a colonoscopy or due very soon. For my patients and other followers, this is a cancer prevention screening, no different than a mammogram or a pap smear. Proper screening can prevent … More Colonoscopy at age 50, check that box off!
Source: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
So, in the last six months I have met: A gentleman who was a Word War 2, 17 year old pb-4y navy aircraft turret gunner who still screams at night for his aircrew. A Vietnam vet who lives in a fortified house in the middle of the desert. A Korean war vet who survived a … More Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Happy birthday to me? Yep, just turned 50, which means it is time to make that dreaded age 50 medical appointment. Recommendations from the American Cancer Society for colon screening…….. Starting at age 50, both men and women should follow one of these testing plans: Tests that find polyps and cancer Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years*, or Colonoscopy every … More Happy birthday to me! Yep, just turned 50.
If it sounds to good to be true, it likely is. I have had patients try alternative therapies for cancer and I recently heard that a good friend’s relative did this as well. I have not seen one “cure” from non-traditional medicines/treatments, but have seen progressive disease with unapproved treatments are used. If you present … More Non-traditional Cancer Treatments
For ages 55-69 from the USPSTF website: “The decision about whether to be screened for prostate cancer should be an individual one. The USPSTF recommends that clinicians inform men ages 55 to 69 years about the potential benefits and harms of prostate-specific antigen (PSA)–based screening for prostate cancer. Screening offers a small potential benefit of … More Prostate screening is (almost) cool again.
NORTH INDIAN BEND WASH SUPERFUND CLEANUP South Scottsdale groundwater was contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE). This was discovered in 1981. The chemicals were found in the groundwater used for drinking purposes. Yep, that would cover Coronado/Scottsdale/Saguaro high school regions for several generations. Per the CDC: “There is strong evidence that trichloroethylene can cause kidney cancer in … More South Scottsdale Superfund contaminated groundwater explained
“Scanxiety” – defined by the anxiety surrounding having scans, can be overwhelming for many people. Interesting read from the Memorial Sloan Kettering website. I am glad they addressed it. Patients may undergo many scans after therapy is completed. The worry with each of these can be great. “The unpredictability of the outcome of a scan … More SCANXIETY-?!?! A new word ?!?!
So, I was having a conversation with a Vietnam Vet at the cancer center today and he hasn’t applied for Agent Orange disability evaluation though he has a “presumptive” diagnosis of an A.O. related disease. He feels guilty about applying for it when he had some many buddies with traumatic injuries. This is a common … More VA Disability IMO