Battling Beating Cancer – Lymphoma Signs, Symptoms Treatments With Dr. Leo Gordon

February 9, 2012 by  
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UNICEF: “Women Deliver 2010” addresses maternal health and child survival

April 6, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it! NEW YORK, 4 June 2010 — UNICEF and other international leaders in maternal health and child survival will meet in Washington, DC next week to accelerate a global campaign aimed at reducing deaths of pregnant women and young children. Participants in the ‘Women Deliver 2010’ conference will seek more such commitments, with a focus on political, economic, cultural and technological solutions to the crisis in maternal and newborn health. UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake will join delegates in emphasizing that the Millennium Development Goals can be met only by investing in women — and that the 2015 deadline for the MDGs is achievable if funds are committed. MDG 5 calls for reducing the maternal mortality ratio by three-quarters by the 2015 target date, while MDG 4 aims to reduce under-five mortality by two-thirds. If current trends continue, however, the 68 countries covered in ‘Countdown to 2015’ will face a billion gap in funding for the maternal, newborn and child-health interventions needed to meet these goals.

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Breast cancer survivor: psychological intervention improves outcomes

August 12, 2010 by  
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Surviving breast cancer is a big victory. But it comes with a lot of psychological stress, reduced quality of life, and the constant threat of relapse. Health experts believe that postcancer care and follow-up for breast cancer survivors should include psychological intervention that would address the previously mentioned issues.

Researchers at the Ohio State University in Columbus and at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center compared women had breast cancer, and randomly received either a psychological intervention or standard assessment during posttreatment and were followed up for about 11 years.

Psychological intervention included the following clinical objectives for patients:

understand the nature of cancer stress; learn tangible ways to reduce stress and improve quality of life; maintain adherence and follow-up to cancer care; enhance communication with medical care providers; increase well-being during treatment, facilitate recovery and improve overall health.

The study results showed that women who underwent psychological therapy have a 45% reduction in recurrent rates. A follow-up study also showed that these women had a 59% reduction in the risk of dying of breast cancer.

According to lead researcher Barbara L. Andersen

Survival advantages occurred above and beyond the improvements from state-of-the-science oncology treatments received at an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. An empirically supported psychological intervention for cancer patients can yield robust gains of enduring quality, and ones that may include important health benefits.”

The study results suggest that postcancer follow-up treatments should not only address the physical effects of cancer but the psychological impact of the disease that has some long-term consequences. The psychological stress of cancer leads to disruptions in quality of life, health behaviors and immunity, and all these contribute to poorer health outcomes of cancer patients. Providing psychological intervention can help reduce the risk for recurrence and mortality due to breast cancer.

According to Dr. Sarah Gehlert of The Brown School, Washington University, St. Louis:

“We currently have few empirically supported psychosocial interventions for use with women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. An intervention that increased survival would be incredibly valuable. It represents a new tool for improving the lives of women with breast cancer.”

Researchers are hopeful that these results can help not only breast cancer survivors but survivors of other cancers.

Cancer film feature: In the family

March 17, 2009 by  
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inthefamily_dvdHow much do you sacrifice to survive?

She was young, had a promising career as a filmmaker. Joanna Rudnick was 27 years old when she tested positive for a mutation in the breast cancer gene BRCA which makes her a high-risk candidate for breast and ovarian cancer. In a way, it seems inevitable because her family has a history of the diseases. In high risk cases like Joanna, pre-emptive removal of the said organs (prophylactic mastectomy and oophorectomy) is sometimes recommended before the monster cancer strikes.

Armed with a positive genetic test result that leaves her essentially ‘a ticking time bomb’, she balances dreams of having her own children with the unnerving reality that she is risking her life by holding on to her fertility. In The Family follows Joanna as she takes us on a journey through the unpredictable world of predictive genetic testing.

Turning the camera on herself, Joanna bares her conflicting emotions about preventative surgery and the potential consequences. Turning the camera on her new relationship, she and her partner capture a young couple falling in love in the shadow of the mutation. Turning the camera on the company that owns the patents to the BRCA genes, she questions their control over access to the test. Along the way, she looks to other women and families dealing with the same unbelievable information.”

Based on her experience, Joanna wrote, produced and directed “In the Family”. In the process of making the film, Rudnick tries to answer the question “How much do you sacrifice to survive?”

About the interventions

According to a research report at Columbia University, prophylactic mastectomy and oophorectomy can prolong life expectancy by about 8.5 years but “at a great cost to quality of life.” A more recent study University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center seems to confirm that ovary removal can substantially reduce the risk for both cancers.

The lifetime risk of breast cancer ranges from 56 percent to 84 percent, according to the researchers, whereas the risk for ovarian cancer ranges from 36 percent to 46 percent for BRCA1 mutation carriers and 10 percent to 27 percent for BRCA2 mutation carriers.

Cancer event at University of Michigan, March 17

On March 17, 2009, a forum at the University of Michigan will focus on community engagement and breast cancer research. The event at will kick off with a showing of “In the family” as part of the National Institutes of Health-funded program “Engaging the Community in Clinical Research.” The film showing will be followed by a panel discussion, including Joanna Rudnick herself.

Women’s Resource Fair Film Screening, March 20

The film will also be shown at The 2009 Evanston Women’s Resource Fair in Evanston, IL on March 20, 2009.

The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know

March 8, 2006 by  
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