In March 2014, my mother, Cathy Pera, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Her journey was not easy, but I am proud of the strength she has shown and I am grateful that I was able to support her during some of her most difficult times.
Ten years ago, patients diagnosed with advanced-stage kidney cancer had few options, and none of them were very promising. But in recent years, we have seen a revolution in kidney cancer treatment with ten new targeted drugs winning FDA approval.
Can men get breast cancer? For Dana and Bill Everett, this question hits close to home. Yes, males can get breast cancer, and yes, it’s something that’s not discussed frequently. Watch this video to hear Dana and Bill give their very honest account of a very tough time in their lives. Then, spread awareness about male breast cancer to the men in your life.
Sex may be far from your mind when you’re first diagnosed with cancer and facing so many decisions. However, after things settle a bit, you may start wondering how cancer or your treatments will affect the everyday aspects of your life — including sexual activity and sexuality. Sexuality is how you view yourself, how much vulnerability and intimacy you allow, and how you experience the sense of touch.
In April 2016, a “spot” was discovered on Bonnie Hewett’s liver during a pelvic examination. “It was really found by fluke,” says Bonnie. Her internist advised her to have the spot checked out and Bonnie turned to Roswell Park.
When I was about 4-years-old, I knew I wanted to be a nurse. My grandmother was a licensed practical nurse, and she had a significant influence on my career. I often flipped through her nursing textbooks and marveled over all the fascinating photos and medical images.
Is there a connection between certain types of cancer and diabetes? There could be, although the relationship is a complex one, according to Rajeev Sharma, MBBS, MD, FACE.
“Diabetes and cancer have many common risk factors and a potential biological link might exist as both diseases are diagnosed in the same person more frequently compared to a person without diabetes,” explains Dr. Sharma.
I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (AML) in August 2014. Two weeks later I found out that I would need a blood and marrow transplant (BMT). Four out of five of my siblings were tested. My one sister was going to be the donor, but she became ill and passed away before we were able to do the transplant. Afterward, we tried to find another match, but I did not match with anyone on the BMT registry. My youngest daughter Kelly was my only hope for a BMT match.