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My doctor led into it, not being awkward and beating around the bush. He used the medical platitudes often trotted out for chronic lymphomas in general, as in: "This is the good cancer," and "You will likely die with this cancer, but not from this cancer." I just stared at him.
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With greeting cards featuring tableaus of fishing, golfing and barbecuing with Dad, I can't help missing my father-in-law and feeling the void of his absence. I try to look back with fondness at all the great memories he made with my family, but the pain stings and I'm left feeling bitter that he was taken too soon.
In early May, we buried an amazing 19-year-old-boy. This was Ryan Marston, an inspiration to us all. He fought the good fight three times before finally losing his battle, but in his passing, this young man left behind a legacy -- he was determined not to be forgotten, though he did not know it then.
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The medical community recently announced that colon cancer is on the rise for people under 50 and tumours are often diagnosed at a more advanced stage. This news opened a much needed conversation about the disease but, for the colon cancer community, it is also incredibly frustrating.
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Since the turn of the millennium, the fight against cancer has seen significant progress in all areas of treatment. One of the most promising routes happens to be through a process known as oncolytic virotherapy, or simply OV. The term may be a mouthful but the process at its core is incredibly simple and effective.
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We know that time may be limited but that's no reason to stop living. So we celebrate that. Every good scan we have a little party or a high-five or a hug. Hugs are common in our clinic. There's much more happiness than people would expect.
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It is important to know that unlike other types of cancers, lung cancer doesn't show symptoms until in much later stages. This means that by the time an individual begins to notice changes to his or her health, the cancer has significantly advanced, often making treatment more complex. However, there is still hope.
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The healthiest people in the study were obese.
My daughter saved my life. In the doctor's office for her sore throat, she urged me to have our physician look at my mole. The mole I had had on my hip all my life, the mole that had changed colour and shape over the course of six months, the mole that I would quickly learn had mutated into stage 3b melanoma.
They really are humans' best friend.
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Testicular cancer doesn't necessarily cause pain in the testicles -- that's why feeling for a hard lump or bump and looking for changes is the best way to find this kind of cancer early.
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The dark fear of living with cancer is like living with death on your horizon. For a long time I let myself feel like that was a certainty. First, before chemotherapy I took a stance of come what may. Since then, I've taken a more active line in trying to move away, and pursue a better, longer life. The truth was that until the appointments of this month I still had no long term vision. I was constantly repeating in my subconscious that radiation therapy was coming, to not be irrational and look into the future,but to stick in this moment and deal with it.
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I may not have the mutated gene, and I may not be in the high risk group, but I am a woman who is looking to avoid a silent killer. While medicine today may not share my thoughts, something tells me that in 20 years from now, removing your ovaries will become a common procedure among women over 40.
It's important to understand the negative effects of cancer care on your dental health, including the teeth, gums, salivary glands and other oral tissues. When there are pre-existing dental issues such as cavities, abscesses, or gingivitis, the infection may become worse during treatment.