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Are We Being Overtested And Overtreated For Cancer?

| Posted 10.07.2013 | Healthy Living

By John Horgan (Click here for the original article) I've complained in previous columns about excessive medical testing, which leads to unnecessa...

UNO in Beirut: Playing Kids With Cancer

Emily O'Dell | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
Emily O'Dell

It's easy to feel guilty when you're creaming a kid with cancer in UNO or Fussball, but the Lebanese and Syrian kids with whom I play each week in Beirut love a tough match.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 1 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 09.28.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Come along and listen to... I'm going on a journey and wanted to invite you to join me. I've never been down this road, but it is a trek many have ta...

A Peloton to Stave Off the Loneliness of Orphan Cancer

Rick Kaitz | Posted 09.24.2013 | Impact
Rick Kaitz

After what was described to us as "routine" surgery to remove a fibroid, my wife, Erica, was diagnosed with Myxoid, uterine leiomyosarcoma (LMS). That was the first shock. The second? The cancer is so rare, each year fewer than 100 people in the country receive such a diagnosis.

Still in the Trenches: A New Book Examines the Toll of the 'War on Cancer'

Julie Flynn Badal | Posted 07.24.2013 | Science
Julie Flynn Badal

In the new book The Truth in Small Doses, Clifton Leaf asks why there hasn't been more success in reducing the cancer threat, considering the enormous investment in research. He argues that a "strange, dispiriting, dysfunctional" cancer culture has actually stood in the way of progress.

When 'Unremarkable' Is a Good Thing

Myra Demeter | Posted 09.17.2013 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

I am usually perfectly capable of holding a conversation via my Bluetooth connection while driving my car. Almost three years ago, I received a phone call from a close relative that caused me to pull over to the side of the road to give the call my absolute attention.

Words of Wisdom From My Daughter: 'Be Grateful For What You Do Have, Not Unhappy For What You Don't'

Jay Scott | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Jay Scott

I learned so much from my daughter Alex, and am eternally grateful for those years that I did have with her. I continue to hold her close now, and follow in her footsteps to better treatments and cures. We won't let you down.

Being Angry at God for Cancer

Dan Duffy | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

Being mad at the disease made all the sense in the world to me. Being mad at God... didn't. Because in my own mind, God does nothing on a whim.

The Hindsight of Cancer

Dan Duffy | Posted 08.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

As a survivor, I owe it to humanity to share everything I can to take any shred of power away from cancer. And yes, it's taken me a little while to find my voice, to find my vulnerability and to squash it, and to be free and able and willing and happy to talk about my own path.

Suck It, Cancer

Dan Duffy | Posted 08.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

June has become the ultimate dichotomy for me. In 2002, on June 8, I had my last of 20 chemotherapy treatments in 11 weeks. I was unbelievably sick, but I had finally reached a finish line of sorts. That was the day when I finally told cancer to "suck it."

Sorting the Wheat from the Chaff: How Do We Know Which Cancer Therapies Really Work?

American Statistical Association | Posted 08.12.2013 | Science
American Statistical Association

How do we know which newly touted treatments really work (i.e., are safe and effective) and which do not? The best way, and one that has led to steady progress in the treatment of many types of cancer in recent decades, is through the randomized controlled clinical trial.

Your Life, Like Mine, Might Be Touched by Cancer

Stephanie Sliekers | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Sliekers

At the age of 25, I knew but one distant, family friend who had been diagnosed with cancer. I was shocked to know it was me. My diagnosis taught me that it's exactly the possibility that you can't imagine that presents the biggest threat to your happiness and well-being.

The Happy Indignity of Cancer Survival

Dan Duffy | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

It happens every year, like clockwork. I get the call, I mope about it, I go in, I put on the gown, I lay on the table. Every year, for the rest of my life, I have to subject myself to one of the most humbling experiences you can possibly imagine: the balltrasound.

Cancer's Best Friend: Fear

Molly Lindquist | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Molly Lindquist

Fear. We all deal with it at some point in our lives, but never had it been such an all-consuming part of my life until my cancer diagnosis.

Keep Your Cures Off My Cancer

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Joanna_Montgomery

Since my diagnosis a year and a half ago, I've received countless recommendations for purported cures and treatments for cancer. Most have been respectful and well-intentioned recommendations from friends and family members. Others, maybe not so much.

Defeating Denial in Cancer Caregiving

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah J. Cornwall

Denial for a short period can help caregivers and patients to cope. Yet when prolonged denial begins to stand in the way of the patient's treatment, comfort, or well-being, it's no longer helpful to anyone.

Take Control by Taking Action

Marcia Cross | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
Marcia Cross

When I think about how lucky I am that my husband survived, it only reinforces my dedication to taking action against this disease. My wish for every man faced with a cancer diagnosis is to have the same success story.

Study Reveals Troubling News About Cancer Treatments In California

The Contra Costa Times | Sandy Kleffman | Posted 07.21.2013 | San Francisco

Tracy has agricultural roots and affordable homes, but a new study reveals a less obvious distinction for this Central Valley city: Doctors use intern...

Playing Reverse Dodge Ball After a Cancer Diagnosis

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

We have two choices about how we handle painful life experiences: from a place of fear or optimism. When I was sick I chose (and it was a very active, decisive choice) optimism in the form of Silver Linings.

Skip Chemo? New Cancer Tools Allow Patients To Reconsider Harsh Cancer Treatments

Reuters | Posted 07.16.2013 | Healthy Living

By Deena Beasley LOS ANGELES, May 15 (Reuters) - After decades of using one-size-fits-all therapies to combat cancer, ...

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Now Is the Time

Seporah Raizer | Posted 07.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

When you're diagnosed with cancer, there's all this pressure to get out and "live your life," and anxiety about being judged for taking life for granted now that you're staring your mortality in the face. But living life to the fullest doesn't mean the same thing for everyone.

The Accidental Philanthropist

Dan Duffy | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

Regardless of how successful your philanthropic effort is, take heart in the fact that you had the desire to change the world, and we are all better for it.

Valleys: Episode 3 -- 'This Guilty Feeling'

Mike Lang | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Mike Lang

Talking about cancer can be difficult. And for many, the thought of sharing their actual feelings about cancer with those they love can feel insurmountable.

Valleys: Episode 6 -- 'The Choice'

Mike Lang | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Mike Lang

Getting cancer as a young adult seems so unfair. And holding all these conflicting and difficult emotions inside can cause an emotional cancer that takes almost as great a toll as the physical disease itself.

A Dancer Battles the 'Forgotten Cancer'

吉野ゆりえ | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
吉野ゆりえ

Five-year survival rate: 7 percent. That's what I was told about my cancer. Yet in 2010, I reached my fifth year of survival. Three years have passed since then. Now I have survived for eight years, and I give my most heartfelt thanks to be alive.