March 2012

Having fun with cancer

Life only stops when you quit living; get out there and have some fun


Having fun is something that we often take for granted, that is until it’s gone. When a tragic event comes into our lives we often forget the importance of having fun all together. A time of tragedy is when we need to have fun the most. If you’re currently battling cancer or know someone who is fighting with cancer then it’s vital to remember to have fun.

There are numerous ways to experience fun even while you walk down the difficult path of cancer. Take up dancing either by yourself or with friends. Honestly just go all out with it, learn a dance you’ve always wanted to learn, enjoy a large charity dance or take up private lessons. Whatever route you take to dance, just do it and have fun.

So you have Cancer – Now What?

Finding Strength after a Cancer Diagnoses

Hearing a doctor say that you have cancer is quite a blow. You may feel hopeless, experience fear or even get angry. All of these emotions and reactions are normal, though normal or not you’ll have to move pass them.

You’ll need to find and regain your strength. Over the next couple of months you’re going to be going through everything imaginable and you’ll need to be stronger than you ever thought you were. The good news is that many people have sat where you sit today and they just like you found their inner strength.

3D Mammography

3D mammography shows the breast in slices, enabling radiologists to detect hidden or very small cancers.

There's a new weapon in town for the fight against breast cancer. It's called breast tomosynthesis. In layman's terms, it's 3D mammography.

3D mammography is similar to the 2D digital mammography widely used today. Patients receive the same amount of compressions. However, while a 2D image takes rough four seconds, a 3D mammography takes an additional 11 seconds.

The 3D mammography also takes a series of low-dose images of the breast, but it takes them from multiple angles. Studies have shown that using a combination of 2D and 3D mammography offers the best breast cancer evaluation. In effect, 3D mammography shows the breast in slices, enabling radiologists to detect hidden or very small cancers.

Implementing time management into a cancer support and care system

Utilize the strengths of each person involved and you’ll limit frustrations

Developing time management into a care program following a cancer diagnosis is essential in having a support system that caters to the wellbeing of the person diagnosed with cancer and those that are closet to that person. Without time management, you risk having holes within the support system that can lead to frustrations and hurt feelings. Additionally, lack of time management can turn into missed vital appointments.

The first thing you’ll want to consider when creating a time management based care program is the individuals that will be involved in the care plan. Someone who is more free spirited and always late wouldn’t be the best option for scheduling and keeping appointments. You’ll want to consider the personalities of each person and capitalize on individual strengths.

What to Expect after a Cancer Diagnoses

Being diagnosed with cancer is a hard blow and each person accepts it differently. Family members are often affected by it as well, which inadvertently bounces back onto the person who has cancer. Sometimes people are lucky and they are surrounded with a support system filled with both family and friends, others aren’t so lucky.

Old family dynamics can often resurface after a cancer diagnoses. The adult children that tended to be the responsible ones in childhood tend to step up and take charge. Some family members don’t want the burden and others just can’t emotionally deal with it.

Colonoscopy and Colon Cancer Death

Through a colonoscopy, polyps or precancerous growths can be removed.

Physicians and experts in the medical field have been touting the benefits of a colonoscopy for years. Not only can a colonoscopy diagnosis digestive conditions such us diverticulitis, ulcerative colitus, and Crohn's disease, but it can help detect the early development of colon cancer.

Now, a recent study confirms that a colonoscopy does help reduce the risk of dying from colon cancer. Through a colonoscopy, polyps or precancerous growths can be found and removed -- thus lessening the chance that these growths could develop into colon cancer.