Boston Red Sox Pitcher Raises Cancer Awareness

After defeating cancer and winning the World Series with the Boston Red Sox, Jon Lester has a second chance to make history. For left-handed pitcher Jon Lester, 2006 was a whirlwind of a year. Not only was it his rookie season playing for the Boston Red Sox, it was also the year that Lester was diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma. A little more than a year later, to the disbelief of many, he was pitching at the 2007 World Series, which Boston went on to win. Lester’s journey through battling cancer is an incredible one, from sudden sickness to … Continue reading

Mesothelioma Treatment and Life Expectancy Information

A cancer diagnosis is a serious matter regardless of the type of cancer that has been detected. However, some cancers are far more lethal than others and such is the case with mesothelioma. This is a cancer that is caused by long-term exposure to asbestos. This type of cancer typically will develop within the lining of internal organs, such as the heart, the abdomen and most commonly, the lungs. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, there are many questions that you probably have in terms of life expectancy as well as which mesothelioma treatments will be the best course … Continue reading

Study: Advanced Breast Cancer Rates on the Rise for Women 25-39

According to an analysis of more than 30 years of data from the U.S. National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database, metastatic breast cancer rates in young women have increased about 2 percent each year since 1976. Metastatic cancer is cancer that has spread from the place of origin to other parts of the body. Results of the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, show that out of every 100,000 American women aged 25 to 39, 1.53 were diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 1976, and 2.90 were diagnosed in 2009. Women 25 … Continue reading

Who You Gonna Call? CANCER-MYTH-BUSTERS!

Not ALL brain cancers need to be operated on! There are alternative non-invasive treatments available, such as radiosurgery Our resident Blogger Nurse, Robyn Nazar RN, clears up some common myths and misconceptions about brain tumors. This year, Cancer Awareness Day-ran by the Union for International Cancer Control-is on a myth busting mission. Focusing on four primary misconceptions about cancer, the day aims to break down the ivory towers of suspicion and misunderstanding that surround cancer. They aim to put the record straight. Naturally, there are hundreds of misconceptions about cancer. Cancer Awareness Day focuses on four: Myth 1: Cancer is … Continue reading

According to Consumer Reports: Cancer Tests to Avoid

For the first time, Consumer Reports has rated 11 different cancer screening tests, taken by millions of patients every year. The magazine found most of these tests should be avoided. A just-released analysis of the latest research and extensive expert interviews reveals that many cancer tests have been oversold to the general population, and the risks of some outweigh the benefits. According to the Consumer Reports, the message that people have nothing to lose and everything to gain from being screened – that is, to be tested for a cancer before you have any symptoms of it – simply isn’t true. … Continue reading