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There are two things most people believe about lung cancer, says Jamie Studts, PhD, co-leader of the Cancer Prevention & Control Program at the University of Colorado (CU) Cancer Center: Those who suffer from it most likely caused it by using tobacco, and the prognosis for surviving the disease is poor.

While neither of those things is strictly true, the common perception of lung cancer means that those who survive it often do so alone, without the sense of community and togetherness that is the norm for many survivors of breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and other cancers.

That’s why, when he served as professor of behavioral science at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, Studts led the development of an intervention to help support lung cancer survivors through their survivorship journey.

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Nearly half of people in treatment for breast cancer use cannabis to alleviate common therapy-related problems, such as pain, anxiety, insomnia and nausea, but many do not discuss this usage with their doctor, according to an article in U.S. News and World Report about new study findings published in the journal Cancer.

Cannabis, or marijuana, is the product of a family of plants that also produces hemp. For centuries, many groups of people have used cannabis medicinally. But the herbal remedy, which is legally available in many states for specific illnesses, has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat cancer patients.

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Do you agree? Disagree?

Physical activity, including a variety of exercises, may improve sexual dysfunction in people being treated for prostate cancer, according to results published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Sexual dysfunction, a common side effect of prostate cancer treatment, is known to impact quality of life. Treatments like prostatectomy (surgery to remove all or part of the prostate), external beam radiation therapy, brachytherapy (internal radiation) and hormone therapy can all lead to sexual problems, including erectile dysfunction and loss of sexual desire, in a substantial proportion of people with prostate cancer. Previous research has found that physical activity has been linked to improved sexual function in prostate cancer patients.

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A new study suggests that excess consumption of fructose can promote both obesity and colorectal cancer.

Conducted largely in mice, the study found that large amounts of the sweetener, which is present in both table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), increased how long both normal and cancer cells in the intestines live.

In normal mice, this increased cell survival led to more nutrients being absorbed, leading to weight gain. And in mice prone to develop cancer, the increased cell survival led the animals to develop larger tumors and more anemia, a common tumor-related complication.

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Living with Liver Cancer / Re: HCC
« on: December 02, 2020, 07:28:04 pm »
So happy to hear you were able to get your transplant and are doing well.

Having survived a major surgery myself several years ago my suggestion is to take it slow and be patient with yourself. Everyone responds differently to major trauma so listen to your body and take pleasure in the small steps. You'll get there.

Living with Prostate Cancer / Re: Wife of prostate cancer patient, blog rec
« on: December 02, 2020, 07:24:09 pm »
For any other wives out there, Fans For The Cure just started support group specifically for women who have a partner living with prostate cancer.


In our conversations with families who are journeying with prostate cancer, we often hear how women in their lives have little or no support for the stress and challenges that they face in supporting their loved ones. In the months since COVID-19 spread across the globe, we have come to realize that this lack of support has created even more stress and difficulties for those women who are an integral part of a man’s prostate cancer journey.

Living with Breast Cancer / Re: diagnosed with triple negative BC
« on: December 02, 2020, 07:20:43 pm »
Hi Katie. Thanks for joining the Cancer Health Forums.

COVID has definitely made everything tougher and living with cancer is high among them.

Cancer Health has a list of Breast Cancer Support Groups on the site. You can find it here:  https://www.cancerhealth.com/basics/health-basics/breast-cancer-support-groups

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation speficially says it has support groups so that's a good place to start.

Living with Colon Cancer / Re: curious about screening
« on: December 02, 2020, 07:13:23 pm »
The standard is to start screening at age 50. With that said, I had digestive issues when I was 16 that led to a colonoscopy that found a full adult polyp. I would be dead by now if it hadn't been found.

So barring any specific personal concerns/issues your doctor is likely to tell you age 50. And that's also what insurance is going to cover too.

A novel cancer drug that mimics a virus helps the immune system identify and target tumors that might otherwise be missed by immunotherapy. These findings were published in Science Translational Medicine. 

“In some patients, tumors escape the immune system through mutations in genes involved in the interferon signaling pathway,” coauthor Anusha Kalbasi, MD, of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), said in a press release. “This is a critical pathway because it normally allows tumors to increase their antigen presentation, an intricate machinery that makes tumors visible to T cells.”

Called BO-112, the new drug resembles the double-stranded RNA structure found in certain viruses that can stimulate an immune response. Once inside a tumor, BO-112 has the ability to alert the immune system and kick-start a protective response to attack cancer cells. 

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When Sandra Lee was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy in 2015, the stress of it caused her to lose weight. But the celebrity cook decided to gain back the weight, according to Today.com.

“I gained weight on purpose,” said the 53-year-old, who is in remission. “I actually worked at it with my doctor as I was borderline underweight.” She gained 10 pounds, including muscle she put on as result of exercise, and feels and looks great.

Lee was recently named one of People magazine’s “Most Beautiful” honorees. “Loving your body and yourself is super important,” she said. “Our bodies are a gift and our lives are a gift and they’re both to be cherished every single day.”


A new study finds disruptions in health insurance coverage are common in the United States and are associated with poorer cancer care and survival. The study appears in JNCI: The Journal of the National Cancer institute.

For years, experts have known that lack of health insurance coverage is associated with poor access and receipt of cancer care and survival in the United States. Meanwhile, disruptions in coverage are common among low-income populations and little is known how these disruptions can affect cancer care, from prevention and screening to diagnosis, treatment and survival.

Disruptions can be caused by gaps in coverage, or transitions between types of coverage (e.g., public and private) or between specific health insurance plans.


The news is coming fast. To follow all Cancer Health's #coronavirus coverage watch here...


Living with Lung Cancer / Re: favorite uncle diagnosed with lung cancer
« on: December 10, 2019, 04:25:33 pm »
So sorry to hear about your uncle. Hopefully the heart attack helped discover the lung cancer early which increase his chances of beating it as often lung cancer isn't discovered until late in the process.

And yes, your uncle is likely to be referred to an oncologist once he is healthy enough to travel.

Here's a couple of places to start to get yourself up to speed on what he is going to go through.

Newly Diagnosed? Start Here

Lung Cancer 101

Best wishes to you and your uncle and please keep us updated on his progress.

Off Topic Forum / Prefer talking on Facebook?
« on: December 04, 2019, 02:14:36 pm »
Check out our new Facebook Group "The Future of Cancer Care"

A place where people affected by cancer can learn about new treatments and care options, including those related to quality of life issues.


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