Posts tagged ‘cancer survivor’

Bladder cancer patient thought symptoms were due to infection (VIDEO)

March 13, 2014 | by
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Christine Crews thought she had a bladder infection she just couldn’t shake. Turns out, the Memphis, Tenn., resident had been living with bladder cancer for 15 years. A surgeon recommended invasive surgery, but Crews wasn’t comfortable with that recommendation; she wanted other options. When a urologist friend recommended she call City of Hope, she did. “They actually listened to what I wanted from the surgery,” Crews said. “They were able to give me options that other hospitals were not able to give me.” In the video above, Crews shares her story to help other people…

Is an epidemic of thyroid cancer really an epidemic of diagnosis?

February 25, 2014 | by
Screening for thyroid cancer
An epidemic of thyroid cancer in the U.S. is actually an epidemic of diagnosis, conclude the authors of a new report. Their analysis pointed out that, although thyroid cancer diagnoses have nearly tripled during the past 30 years, mortality rates have remained the same. To them, this means the disease has been dramatically overdiagnosed. Thyroid cancer is overdiagnosed, a new study bluntly claims. A City of Hope expert disagrees, pointing to mortality data as proof that screening works. Here, a woman undergoes screening for thyroid abnormalities. City of Hope thyroid cancer expert John Yim, M.D., associate professor…

From the expert: How to help families whose children have cancer

February 13, 2014 | by
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Learning that a friend or colleague’s child has been diagnosed with cancer can leave people wanting to help – then stopping short because they have no idea how to do so. Friends and family often don’t know what to say to, or how to help, parents whose children have cancer. We offer some guidance. “So often, people don’t know what to do or say, so they back off, waiting for the family to reach out. Meanwhile, the family is in chaos and trauma, and doesn’t know how or when to reach out,” said Jeanelle Folbrecht, Ph.D., associate…

Lymphoma changed Emmet and Toni Stephenson; now they want to change it

February 12, 2014 | by
During their 46-year marriage – an attraction begun as kindergarten sweethearts – entrepreneurs Emmet and Toni Stephenson have worked together to build diverse businesses ranging from portfolio management to Internet publishing. When Toni was diagnosed with T cell lymphoma last spring, the couple refocused their energies into restoring her health. Emmet and Toni Stephenson with their daughter Tessa Stephenson Brand “Cancer became the center of our life,” Emmet said. “Our priorities really got changed and turned upside down almost instantly.” “It did change us,” Toni said. “It was quite a summer.” Toni is currently in remission following treatment…

Childhood survivors of BMTs need medical monitoring in adulthood

December 20, 2013 | by
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Improvements in hematopoietic cell transplants have been credited with increasing survival among patients undergoing the procedure by an estimated 10 percent per decade. More children than ever are surviving bone marrow transplants, but they often suffer long-term health problems. Photo credit: Photodisc Yet, childhood survivors of the transplants, which are often referred to as bone marrow transplants (BMT), also are at a substantial risk of developing chronic and sometimes life-threatening medical conditions after transplantation. In fact, nearly one in four will develop a severe or debilitating health condition (such as stroke or heart disease, another type…

‘My cancer diagnosis: What I wish I’d known’ – Roshen Tikari (w/PODCAST)

October 16, 2013 | by
Three-time lymphoma survivor Roshen Tikari made it through by keeping her family and friends close.
One in a series of stories asking former patients to reflect upon their experience … Three-time lymphoma survivor Roshen Tikari made it through by keeping her family and friends close. When Roshen Tikari received her first lymphoma diagnosis, 30 years ago, she experienced a flood of fear and anxiety. When she received her third diagnosis, last year, that deluge of emotion was replaced with a calm sense of purpose. “When it came back for the third time, I didn’t freak out. There was no fear,” said Tikari, a resident of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. “‘OK. It’s come…

Ask the Experts: Breast cancer survivor Maria Flores (w/VIDEO)

October 13, 2013 | by
In the coming weeks, the Supreme Court will decide whether genes can be patented - impacting future research and development of diagnostic tests, including those for cancer risks.
Maria Flores was 33 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. To say she was stunned would be an understatement. But — as is her nature — her next step was to make a plan. Her boss at the law firm she manages in downtown Los Angeles urged her to go to City of Hope, where a client of theirs was undergoing treatment. There, Flores found a team of doctors ready to answer all of her questions. Breast cancer runs in Flores’ family, and she discovered that she carries the BRCA mutation that predisposes her to the…

‘My cancer diagnosis: What I wish I’d known’ – Candida Orosco (w/PODCAST)

August 27, 2013 | by
Confronting and overcoming breast cancer inspired Candida Orosco to seek out more chances to make a difference in the lives of others.
One in a series of stories asking former patients to reflect upon their experience … Confronting and overcoming breast cancer inspired Candida Orosco to seek out more chances to help others. Candida Orosco describes her breast cancer treatment as “a whirlwind.” Only two weeks after finding out that she carried a BRCA2 mutation that greatly increased her risk, the then-44-year-old had a routine mammogram followed by a biopsy that revealed she had an aggressive form of breast cancer. Her sisters had already confronted and beaten breast cancer. They pointed her to the place where they…

‘My cancer diagnosis: What I wish I’d known’ – Jeff Maurer

July 6, 2013 | by
Jeff Mauer and daughter Rachael after she won the Miss Los Angeles Pageant
As a veteran Ventura County firefighter, Jeff Maurer was hardwired to respond to emergencies. So, in 1995, when his captain’s 6-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, he and his colleagues mobilized and took turns donating blood on her behalf to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  The day Maurer donated, he went upstairs to visit the child’s family. Jeff Maurer and daughter Rachael after she won the Miss Los Angeles Pageant A nurse interrupted their reunion, escorting him to the hallway with disturbing news:  A lab tech had found an abnormality in Maurer’s blood work. He soon…

‘My cancer diagnosis: What I wish I’d known’ – Ben Teller

June 24, 2013 | by
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One in a series of stories asking former patients to reflect upon their experience … Lymphoma survivor Ben Teller learned that as an inpatient, you should never hesitate to seek your nurses’ help. (Photo credit: Courtesy of Ben Teller) Cancer interrupted the path of Ben Teller’s life at a critical milestone. Just as he was starting college five years ago, the West Hills, Calif., resident received a diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma. Teller’s immediate response was to set up an emotional shield. The then-18-year-old leaned on his family, particularly his mother. He didn’t want to know…