Archive for October, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New Help for Radiation Side Effects Available at Hurley Medical Center

Cancer patients at the Hurley Medical Center in Flint, search Michigan can now conveniently purchase Jeans Cream at the Lobby Gift Shop to help their skin cope with radiation side effects. At Hurley Medical CenterHurley, capsule they combine state-of-the-art treatment efforts with educational and support services to achieve faster recovery rates and positive long-term outcomes. Their team of trained oncology specialists is involved in every aspect of screening, and diagnosis, treatment, recovery and rehabilitation. Their board-certified physicians and nurses certified by the Oncology Nursing Society develop individual, comprehensive treatment plans for each patient.

Hurley’s cancer program has received continuous approval from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) since 1956 and meets the qualifications for a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program. This means that Hurley accessions over 650 newly diagnosed cancer cases each year and in addition to having board-certified experts on staff, the Center provides a full range of diagnostic and treatment services that are available on site or by referral. The Center is also required to participate in clinical research.

From helping patients receive the best treatments for their situation, to helping them cope with chemotherapy and radiation side effects, Hurley makes cancer care a priority.  Visit the Hurley Medical Center on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

E’s Giuliana Rancic To Cope with Radiation Side Effects

E! News anchor, Giuliana Rancic Giuliana Rancicwill be going through what so many of us have experienced: radiation side effects. She recently learned that she has Stage I breast cancer thanks to a mandatory screening prior to undergoing IVF treatment.

Treatment for breast cancer is determined according to a number of different factors, including tumor size, cancer type, the speed with which the cancer is growing, how far it’s spread, the woman’s age and general health, whether she’s had breast cancer before, etc. In Giuliana’s case, her doctors and health care team have determined that her treatment protocol will involve surgery and radiotherapy.

Most people who undergo a lumpectomy will experience a recovery time ranging from one day to two weeks. In most cases, radiation therapy causes radiation side effects such as skin redness and burning, fatigue, and nausea. Giuliana can support her skin by using a good cream, avoiding irritating clothing, and staying out of the sun.

Another thing that can help women recover from a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment is a good support system. Fortunately for Giuliana, her husband Bill Rancic has been extremely supportive.

“Bill is unbelievable,” Giuliana said. “He lets me cry when I want to cry, he doesn’t say, ‘Hey, look at that person who’s worse off than you are.’ He just lets me feel what I’m feeling.”

So with a few months of medical care, including surgery and radiation side effects, ahead of her, how does Giuliana feel about continuing her IVF treatment?

She has said, “I’m not gonna give up, I want that baby. And what’s amazing is that baby will have saved my life…Now I truly believe that God was looking out for me. Had I gotten pregnant [earlier], a few years down the line I could be a lot sicker.”

We are grateful to see that another woman has caught breast cancer early and are reminded of how important it is for all of us as adult women to be proactive about our health. Staying on top of diagnostic testing is so important in being able to nip cancer as early as possible so that we can live our lives to the fullest for many years to come.

Our prayers go out to Giuliana and Bill, and to every other woman who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. May your journey be grace-filled and may you have all the support and resources you need.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sean Swarner: The First Cancer Survivor To Climb the Highest Peaks of All Seven Continents

Sean Swarner did more than beat cancer. At age 13, he was diagnosed in what is generally the final stage of Hodgkin’s Sean Swarnerdisease, and doctors gave him three months to live. Sean overcame his illness only to be diagnosed with cancer a second time when a golf ball-sized tumor was found in his right lung. After the Askin’s tumor was removed, Sean was expected to live for less than two weeks. BUT a decade later, with only partial use of his lungs, Sean became famous for being the first cancer survivor to climb Mount Everest.

Here is his story: