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Living with Colon Cancer / Cologuard test
« Last post by markred3 on September 18, 2019, 03:26:13 pm »
I recently got a new doctor and he pushed me into taking a cologaurd test. I previeously did a fecal blood test and it was negative, but the Cg came back positive. I have a colonoscopy scheduled for the beginning of August but I am going crazy cause I heard Cologaurd can have false positives. I also have been trying to get my report back but it has been impossible. Do you think I could get my doc to do another blood test? That may help ease my mind.
Living with Prostate Cancer / husband embarrassed by diagnosis- how can I help?
« Last post by carriemarie on September 12, 2019, 01:49:05 pm »
My husband was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and he is so embarrassed to talk about it with anyone, including me. I know that this is something that many men struggle with and struggle with the stigma or associations of the diagnosis, but I just want him to understand that thsi does not make him any less of a man and he should not feel any shame or embarrassment. To any men who have experienced something similar- what can I do or say to help? To anyone with loved ones who have experienced this- what did you do to help your loved one get through this difficult time?
Off Topic Forum / how to have cancer and be a normal young adult
« Last post by metsfan232 on September 03, 2019, 01:49:29 pm »
hi! So a quick recap of my situation: I’m 19 years old and was a sophomore in college when I was (unexpectedly) diagnosed. I study medicine so the scientific terms and medical stuff is less daunting (but obviously still scary when it’s about yourself), but what I’m having the hardest time with is the fact that I’m no longer just a young adult. It feels like from the second I was diagnosed, I became separate from my friends (not because of anything they did, they’re so so supportive). They’re worried about finals and keeping up with netflix and the new gossip, but it feels like overnight my priorities shifted and I wish they could just go back. It just feels like cancer ages you and it isn’t a disease for young people (even though I know it affects everyone), so now I don’t belong to the group of carefree college students because I have cancer but I don’t belong to the cancer community because I WAS just a carefree college student. I don’t know if this makes sense but I just wish there was an in between.
Living with Liver Cancer / HCC
« Last post by livingwithLC on August 22, 2019, 04:18:58 pm »
Was just diagnosed with hep c and hcc, was told my only chances were to have a transplant. Doctors want to act fast and while i know it is my best option i want to know- what is life like after a liver transplant so I know what to expect quality of life-wise. Thanks.
Cancer Research News & Studies / Re: New information on safety of tofu??
« Last post by katiem on August 20, 2019, 10:18:29 am »
so the good news is that soy can help prevent breast cancer, but diets really high in soy apparently can mess with your ovarian function. I have heard from others and online that a lot of times it depends on how much the soy has been processed. It’s always better to have less unprocessed foods in general. There is an article on the site that addresses soy here https://www.cancerhealth.com/article/still-unsure-soy and id still say asking your doctor is safest, but moderation in all diets is important.
Living with Breast Cancer / Re: feeling guilty/have 3 daughters
« Last post by Maddie459 on August 13, 2019, 10:58:04 am »
Hey ladies, Your daughters love you no matter what. It is absolutely no one's fault if anything is passed on, that just makes you family, and every family has their hardships. The best thing to do is be as honest as possible. It will let them know you love them more than anything, and that you trust them. Wishing you the best of luck.
Off Topic Forum / Bringing my children to appointments
« Last post by sdpm7 on August 05, 2019, 04:01:16 pm »
I’ve been strugglign with what to do with my kids when I have to go to appointments with various doctors. My youngest isn’t in school yet and during the summer and on the weekends, I have to figure out what to do with my 3 kids. Occasionally my mom is able to help me out and watch them or in the past I’ve hired a babysitter. But recently I’ve been trying to save money because the treatments and medicines are adding up (so no babysitter) and when my mom is unavailable, I don’t know what to do. Is it inappropriate to bring them along to check ups and shorter, less serious visits? They know that I’m sick and going through treatment but I’m not sure what the proper etiquette is in this situation.
Cancer Research News & Studies / Solution For Targeting Cancer Cells
« Last post by danialthomas on August 01, 2019, 07:16:45 pm »
PROBLEM: Not all cancer cells can be induced to undergo apoptosis (programmed cell death). Even when they do, the mere act of apoptosis can trigger the proliferation of cancer stem cells. Cancer stem cells can lead to distant metastasis, treatment failure, and disease recurrence.

SOLUTION: Target the cancer stem cells by directly killing them and/or preventing them from entering a dormant and more resistant state.

PROBLEM: Instead of apoptosis, some cancer cells can be induced to enter a senescent or dormant state. Fortunately, senescent cancer cells permanently stop dividing, but unfortunately, they don’t die. They maintain cellular metabolism. This metabolism leads to the secretion of pro-inflammatory, cancer-causing compounds (also known as the “senescent secretome”). If enough senescent cancer cells accumulate, this can induce further growth and spread of cancer.

SOLUTION: Target accumulated senescent cancer stem cells by directly killing them and/or keep the senescence secretome under control.
I recently found out that skin cancer runs in my family. I’m trying to stay calm because I typiaclly take good care of myself and avoid tanning beds or excessive time in the sun, but I really want to avoid this by any means necesssary. Does anyone have particular sunscreen recommendations that have worked well on a day-to-day basis, or other general tips? Anything really is appreciated, just want to be proactive. Thanks!
Living with Breast Cancer / Re: feeling guilty/have 3 daughters
« Last post by becky0219 on July 29, 2019, 02:04:16 pm »
I have been there too, I look at my daughter sometimes and worry about her future. I think about her kids in the future and how I want to be there, and I never want her to have to feel this way. I try to push my daughter to live life to the fullest. I remind her to look at life with the glass half full view. Instilling this in my daughter keeps me positive for her future, and allows me to believe she will handle any obstacle with grace.
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