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!
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
Facebook, don’t ban me!! OK, this is a tough topic to discuss, but I have had more than one patient bring it up, so, here we go. The livestrong.org link below accesses the full article and goes into more detail than in a blog. Read it, if this describes you. Have your partner read it. … More Sex After Breast Cancer
Acupressure may improve fatigue related to cancer therapy. In this report, it specifically evaluated breast cancer patients and treatment related fatigue. Acupressure is used to stimulate body points without needles, similar to acupuncture. Recently reported online in the July 7, 2016 in JAMA Oncology, researchers looked compared the outcome of a control group, acupressure and stimulated acupressure. … More Acupressure and cancer related fatigue
This is a tough topic to discuss and harder than tossing up blogs in the evening after work. Our community has an epidemic hitting our community with almost every high school losing a student within the last twelve months. But, it isn’t limited to our community, as one of my patients, mentioned that her 21 … More Teen Suicide and getting help
I am tired tonight and thought I’d “throw up” a quick blog. As my mother in law is getting round two of her chemotherapy, I thought I’d list this for her. We know certain chemotherapy causes nausea and vomiting. We also know how to minimize this. Medications have improved tremendously for prevention of nausea and vomiting. If … More Chemotherapy and nausea
Courtesy of the Mayo Clinic. Some of these are no brainers: Don’t use tobacco Eat a healthy diet Maintain a healthy weight and exercise Protect yourself from the sun Get you immunizations Avoid risky behaviors Get a regular medical exam Seems simple yet: 1:6 people still smoke 75% of Americans are considered overweight 43% of … More 7 Mayo Clinic tips on reducing cancer risks