You’re getting ready for treatment and you’re trying to do everything you can to make sure your experience is positive, productive and proactive. But let’s face it, healing journeys are always easier when we look and feel better.
Which is why this is a good time to take a look at what you are putting on your skin, both face and body.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects your mesothelium, a thin layer of tissue that covers most internal organs, including your lungs, stomach and heart. However, tumors in the mesothelium can also be benign, meaning non-cancerous. Benign tumors of the mesothelium typically can be removed with surgery and do not require additional treatment.
In my 30 years on this planet, I have been relatively – and thankfully – unaffected by cancer. My family and I have been blessed with mostly good health. As a journalist, I’ve written a little about a lot of things. One assignment, in particular, will stick with me forever. I met Ella in 2011. Ella had been battling a rare and aggressive type of cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma since being diagnosed as a toddler.
Lymphedema—a potential side effect of cancer treatment—is abnormal fluid retention and swelling that typically develops in the arms or legs, but may occur anywhere in the body, including the trunk, breasts, genitals, face, head and neck. Symptoms may range from mild, with uncomfortable heaviness, fullness, tight skin, and tight-fitting clothing and jewelry, to severe, where the skin forms deep folds and becomes thickened, reddened, scaly and weeping. Although the condition is chronic, lymphedema can be treated.
David Scott, Roswell Park's Director of Diversity and Inclusion, takes his job seriously. "I know what it feels like to be an outsider. I never want someone else to feel that they can't give their best at work because of their differences." David makes it his personal and professional mission to ensure no one he encounters feels that way.
It probably comes as no surprise to hear that alcohol and cancer do not make for a happy or healthy couple. But what if you or someone you know already had a preexisting relationship with large amounts of alcohol, before they were diagnosed with cancer? If you are undergoing treatment, it’s important to stay informed of the risks that alcohol may bring to your outcome.
In November I began my journey as a Community Patient Navigator here at Roswell Park. This position was created through a New York State (NYS) grant with the goal of increasing the number of women in NYS getting screened for breast cancer. For most women over 40, the recommended breast cancer screening is a yearly mammogram.
While 90% of colorectal cancer diagnoses occur in those ages 50 and older, incidence rates are increasing for young people under 50. The reason behind this growth is unclear, and unfortunately, because these cancers are usually found in a later stage, mortality rates for young men and women are rising as well.
Cancer patients often experience pain, nausea, emotional distress, and other symptoms caused by the disease and/or the side effects of treatment. Their caregivers may become stressed and overwhelmed, too. When those issues grow beyond basic, expected side effects and are no longer under control, supportive and palliative care can help.