Vicki Pocock has long operated a small alterations business out of her home off Talbot Run Road. Now she is putting her sewing skills to use for breast cancer survivors, sewing pockets that can hold a breast prosthetic onto donated bras for low income and uninsured women who have had a mastectomy.
"I tell people I have three birthdays in November," Peggy James said. "November 11 was my first mastectomy. November 17 is 11 years since my second breast cancer. And November 14 is my actual birthday."
There's no way around it, lung cancer is a tough challenge. It may not be the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, but it is particularly deadly, according to Dr. Randy Becker, a radiologist who practices at Advanced Radiology in Westminster.
After surviving Hodgkin's Lymphoma when I was just 17 years old, now at 39 and the mother of three girls, I faced the diagnosis of an aggressive brain tumor earlier this year. I needed brain surgery right away. Most of the fears and concerns I had before my brain surgery — knowing all the possible complications I could have — unfortunately came true. Right after surgery, I faced not only pain, but also immobilization of my right side, weakness and vision problems, along with memory
Exploratory surgery would later confirm her fears: Megan had bilateral ovarian cancer, and would need both ovaries removed. The news that her hopes for a family were dashed hit hard.
Carroll Hospital's new head of radiation oncology on this community, patient care, future of oncology
Carroll Hospital is welcoming a new physician on staff this October. Dr. Darlene Gabeau has joined the teams as the radiation oncology at the William E. Kahlert Regional Cancer Center, a position she said she was drawn to because in both culture and practice, it exemplifies all she loves best in the practice of medicine.
When Westminster resident Laurie O'Banion was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic pancreatic cancer in the emergency room of Carroll Hospital, she was given three to six months to live if she sought treatment, even less time if she chose not to undergo treatment. After initial efforts at treatment yielded no results, doctors switched her to a different drug regimen. Today, O'Banion said her tumors have shown some reduction in size and she is as hopeful as ever that she'll make a full recovery.
But despite temperatures starting to dip as October progresses, concern over sun exposure — and skin cancer — should remain at the forefront.
Mammothons will be held Monday, November 14 at the Center for Breast Health at Carroll Hospital, the Herman & Walter Samuelson Breast Care Center at Northwest Hospital, and the Herman and Walter Samuelson Breast Care Center at Quarry Lake.
In 2011, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force changed their prostate cancer screening guidelines, in effect, recommending that men not undergo the prostate-specific antigen, or PSA test
Women are encouraged to get a regular breast cancer screening, a mammogram, to detect the cancer early when it can still be cured. Doing so can put more options on the table for treatments, including less extensive surgery, and a better chance of beating the cancer. Sometimes, though, life can get in the way of scheduling those regular screenings.
Scientists with the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have created a free, web-based app that will help better detect a woman's risk of getting breast cancer more than once using analysis of a patient's tumor biopsy.