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Prostate gland testing - the low-down on screening with a PSA test 

Prostate gland testing - the low-down on screening with a PSA test 

Posted Jun 17th, 2020 in Posts

Prostate cancer is diagnosed in about 1 in 9 men throughout their lifetime.  Clear risk associations exist with age, race, and family history - should all men undergo testing? Increasingly somewhat controversial, population-wide screening in men without symptoms is generally not recommended. However, for some men, the benefits of prostate cancer testing - through clinical examination and the PSA  (prostate specific antigen)  blood test - are significant.

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Cigarette smoking - the trajectory of tobacco and reversing the risks

Cigarette smoking - the trajectory of tobacco and reversing the risks

Posted Jun 17th, 2020 in Posts

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death in the world today, according to the World Health Organization.  The American Tobacco Company began in 1890.  By 1924, over 70 billion cigarettes were sold. Finally, in 1947 there was enough evidence to confirm that smoking causes cancer. 

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Second opinions - how does your doctor feel?

Second opinions - how does your doctor feel?

Posted Jun 16th, 2020 in Posts

Some patients may feel as though asking for a second opinion may be interpreted as a loss of confidence in their physician.  Maintaining a good relationship and communicating clearly is paramount between a physician and patient.  For various reasons, many individuals with cancer will seek out the opinion of another specialist including to confirm their diagnosis, to learn more about their disease or to expand their treatment options.

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Physician advocacy - individual patient impact and social change

Physician advocacy - individual patient impact and social change

Posted Jun 1st, 2020 in Posts

Colorado physician-educators state in the Journal of Academic Medicine that "in a healthcare context, advocacy is defined as: action by a physician to promote those social, economic, educational, and political changes that ameliorate the suffering and threats to human health and well-being that he or she identifies through his or her professional work and expertise"

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VIDEO - Coronavirus has impacted cancer care - thoracic surgeons offer future hope

VIDEO - Coronavirus has impacted cancer care - thoracic surgeons offer future hope

Posted May 1st, 2020 in Posts

The coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on the management of cancer patients with virtually every sub-type.  A group of Thoracic Surgeons discuss their experiences with clinics and surgeries canceled due to COVID-19.  If you, or a loved one have had treatment decisions or care affected by the coronavirus, we would like help if you require support with management.

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COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on cancer patients treatment

COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on cancer patients treatment

Posted Apr 1st, 2020 in Posts

CAMO conducted an on-line national survey from March to April among Medical Oncologists to better understand the implications of coronavirus on cancer care.  Questions covered important issues surrounding demographics, COVID-19 risk, personal protective equipment usage, personal challenges and chemotherapy management. 

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VIDEO - Coronavirus social distancing - how to show support to a loved one with cancer

VIDEO - Coronavirus social distancing - how to show support to a loved one with cancer

Posted Mar 1st, 2020 in Posts

Explore ways to support a friend or loved one with cancer from a distance.

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What does Coronavirus mean if you have cancer

What does Coronavirus mean if you have cancer

Posted Feb 1st, 2020 in Posts

Whether you or a loved one has had a cancer diagnosis, significant precautions are imperative as both treatments and cancer itself have an impact on the body’s natural defense system.  Since your immune system functions through and in blood and organ systems, any impact from either a systemic anti-cancer treatment, or tumor(s) affecting any of these parts, leaves a person in an immunocompromised state. 

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Vaccinations as a strategy for cancer prevention

Vaccinations as a strategy for cancer prevention

Posted Dec 1st, 2019 in Posts

Over half a million women are estimated to be diagnosed with an HPV-related cancer each year. Many people are unaware that in North America, HPV is a risk factor for not only cervical cancers, but also oral, anal and penile cancers in both genders.

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Transforming cells in recurrent breast cancer

Transforming cells in recurrent breast cancer

Posted Sep 1st, 2019 in Posts

Cancer researchers continue to search mechanisms of how and why cancer cells change over time.  Several notable studies have described how the characteristics, such as surface receptors, do change as time goes on.  In some instances, these alterations can affect treatment recommendations for patients. 

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