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Blog Profile / Cancer Realities


URL :http://blogs.webmd.com/cancer/
Filed Under:Diseases & Conditions / Cancer
Posts on Regator:129
Posts / Week:0.8
Archived Since:August 12, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Cancer Hits the “Reset” Button

By Heather Millar The New Year is when people, especially journalists, love to take stock: The last week of the old year, and the first weeks of the new are filled with “round-up” stories, “best of” stories, “what’s coming” stories. This is true if you’re talking about celebrities, or food, or cancer. However, I would [...]

The Value of Checking Metastases in Advanced Breast Cancer

By Richard C. Frank, MD Breast cancer begins in the breast, where it can be detected by imaging tests, such as mammography and MRI or when a lump is felt by the affected woman or her physician. The cancerous tumor in the breast is referred to as the primary tumor. Metastatic breast cancer is diagnosed [...]

3 Ways to Reduce Cancer Risk

By Margaret I. Cuomo, MD What can we do to reduce our risk of getting cancer? WebMD asked Margaret I. Cuomo, MD, author of A World Without Cancer, to share some insights with us on this topic. Cuomo is a board certified radiologist who served as an attending physician in diagnostic radiology at North Shore [...]

Early Screening Not a “Get Out Of Jail Free” Card

By Heather Millar As a cancer patient, it feels intuitively right that early screening and early detection of cancer means a better chance of survival. I’m pretty sure that I won in the mammography sweepstakes: My aggressive breast cancer was found when it was still Stage I. On the other hand, my father didn’t have [...]

Soon, You May Not Need Wigs During Chemo

By Heather Millar With the flurry of news releases out of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Forum earlier this month, I forgot to mention the study in which I actually participated: an effort to see whether scalp cooling to help patients keep their hair during chemo seems to be safe and feasible. Twenty lucky women [...]

Remember to Sing in the Lifeboats

By Heather Millar The headline above is a quote from “Anonymous,” one of my favorites from that prolific author. I’ve been thinking a lot about this idea, as the United States reels from the horrific mass shooting of first-graders and their teachers in Newtown, Connecticut. Not long after the terrible news broke, I came across [...]

Whaddaya Mean, the Docs Aren’t Sure?

By Heather Millar Last week, lots of headlines came out of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Forum. This happens every year, as breast cancer researchers gather in Texas to present their latest research. Here’s the news flash that caught my eye: A new British study published in The Lancet concludes that breast cancer patients who [...]

The Big Picture

By Richard C. Frank, MD When you are in the throes of cancer treatment, it is sometimes easy to overlook or avoid looking at “the big picture.” The big picture is how you are doing overall with regard to the status of the cancer and whether or not the prognosis for life is long, short, [...]

What if Something Happens to Me?

By Heather Millar I’ve written a few times about the dear family friend and neighbor who now fights metastatic lung cancer. Somehow you just know that he doesn’t want to talk in great detail about what’s happening to him. He bravely walks the dog every day. He smiles and waves when you see him on [...]

You’ve Got Cancer? Why Are You Smoking?

By Heather Millar I must admit that I’ve not always been the most understanding person when these two questions have come up in the past. When I’ve seen benches and courtyards outside cancer hospitals filled with smokers, some pulling oxygen tanks or IV poles along, I’ve shaken my head and wondered how so many people [...]

Just Say “No” to Ridiculous Drug Prices

By Heather Millar I’m not the kind of person who feels the need to balance my checkbook to the penny. I don’t pore over every credit card statement, looking for mistakes. While I’ve long found math concepts interesting, the detailed slog of actually doing math is not normally my passion. But the numbers on my [...]

As a Cancer Patient, What Do You Want?

By Heather Millar As I was scrolling through a cancer patient newsgroup this week, I came across a cry for help from a fellow breast cancer patient. She was facing a major medical crossroads: Should she do radiation therapy, or not? If she did it, then when should she start, before or after surgery? Apparently, [...]

Anger, Sure. Managing Anger is What Counts

By Heather Millar When I first saw the news item that a Taiwanese cancer patient had set fire to his hospital, I flashed back on a recurring exchange that I have with my daughter, “Can you think of a more constructive way to deal with your anger?” Apparently, a 67-year-old man named Lin Chi-hsiung [cq, [...]

Take a Chemo Holiday

By Richard Frank, MD It is a fact of life for some cancer patients that they will be off and on some form of cancer treatment for the rest of their lives. They are dealing with a cancer that cannot be fully eradicated. Some situations involve cancers that never seem to go fully away or [...]

What’s the Best Thing I Can Say This Week? Vote!

By Heather Millar I had lots of ideas for this week’s post: • It’s Halloween today. What’s more scary than cancer? (Cue spooky music here.) • The Journal of Clinical Oncology has a whole issue devoted to progress in cancer survivorship care: preserving fertility, second malignancies caused by treatments like chemo, cardiac complications from treatment, [...]

Got Cancer? Here Come the Marketers!

By Heather Millar This is only my third October as a member of the “breast cancer community” and I’m already tired. I’m not sure how I’m going to face year after year of Breast Cancer Awareness Month marketing. Last week, I was away on a press trip to a wine region and was poured a [...]

Suspicious Lab Result? Turn Left at Pathology…

By Heather Millar I hate GPS systems that talk. “Turn left here, turn right there.” And if you overshoot, or decide to make your own decisions, or go around the block, the system barks that you are doing the wrong thing. But it sure would be nice if there was some sort of cancer patient [...]

“Hi, How Ya Doing? I’ve Got Cancer.”

By Heather Millar Do you ever notice how, when you bring up cancer, people get all serious? When you’re first diagnosed and you tell people about it: Long faces; reassuring pats on the shoulder. Or in my case, you tell people what your blogs are about, and it’s a conversation door-slammer. (I did that in [...]

Coping With The High Cost of Cancer Care

By Richard C. Frank, MD I rarely give my patients prescriptions for cancer- fighting medicines. I know there is no way they can just bring it to the local pharmacy and come out with a month’s supply of pills costing $10,000. I no longer assume that I will be able to treat my patients with [...]

Don’t Cross Bridges Before You Come to Them

By Heather Millar Last Friday, I went in for what I hope is my very last clinical trial appointment, a brain MRI and a series of cognitive tests to see if—18 months after my last chemo infusion—I have any residual problems related to what’s commonly called “chemo brain.” For about two years, I have been [...]

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