Monday, April 25, 2011

The Day That Changed My Life - Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer is found in the pancreas that may often grow without any initial symptoms. This may indicate that the pancreatic cancer is more advanced once it is diagnosed. Most people fear the disease as it seen as a terminal illness. However, there are those who have had to walk through the journey of pancreatic cancer and they are the voices of hope.

Hear the voices of those who dare to share their journeys with us. They certainly cover many issues:

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Day That Changed My Life - The Real Deal

Early detection is very important - get screened. No family history? Get screened.

Check out Coralee's Journey:

In the final video, you may need to sign in to YouTube to view as Coralee shares the reality of her mastectomy.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Day That Changed My Life - Colon Cancer

Colon and rectal cancer is known collectively as colorectal cancer. In many cases, it begins with a small polyp in the colon. Colorectal cancer may be caused by high fat diets as well as low fiber intake. The recommendation for those who have no identified risk factors (other than age) should begin regular screening at age 50. However, if you who have a family history or other risk factors for colorectal polyps or cancer, you should talk with your health care practitioner on screening at a younger age as well as getting screened more frequently. Furthermore research studies show that there is a specific population who may have an increased risk of having colorectal cancer:

• Women who have a history of ovarian cancer
• If one was diagnosed with Uterine cancer
• Breast cancer patients or survivors
• Reoccurrence of colorectal cancer may develop a second time
• Ulcerative colitis
• Crohn’s disease
• Diabetics have a 30 – 40% chance to develop colorectal cancer

Alissa Murphy was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at the age of 36. The diagnosis came as a surprise to her as there were no warning signs. Listen to her journey...

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Day That Changed My Life - Depression

The truth is receiving a cancer diagnosis can be quite depressing. It is the initial phase that many people go through. Well, it is really about the uncertainty of the outcome. While some people find that they can get pass the depression and focus on getting better, there are those who are overwhelmed with fear. Listen to Dr. Michelle Riva Director of the PsychOncology program at the University of Michigan Health System and patient Bill Howe discuss depression - his journey:

Mental health is a major part of dealing with any illness. If you or someone you love has is going through a state of depression, we encourage you to seek counseling with a support group, discuss with your oncologist, speak to the social worker, your religious leader or call a cancer support line. Do not try to face it alone, there is nothing wrong with reaching out for help.

National Cancer Institute offers assistance to locate the support services within your area. You may contact through a live online chat session or you may call them at 1-800-4-CANCER 1-800(422-6237).

CancerCare offers online, telephone and face-to-face support groups that connect you with other people who are in a similar situation. To learn more about support groups, please call at 1-800-813-4673 or email