Cancer 101

Cancer 101 is a series of blog entries that serve to educate patients, family members, and other interested parties on select topics that are crucial to understanding the biology and treatment of cancer. While this information is widely available on the internet, Cancer 101 is meant to provide information that is clear, accurate and understandable without significant scientific background.

Prostate Cancer: not a good week

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Cancer 101 | 7 comments

Prostate Cancer: not a good week

Man, do I hate this horrid disease.

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What we blame on chemo

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Cancer 101, Cancer Care | 19 comments

What we blame on chemo

The invasive stress of poisonous polypharmacy

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No cancer? Give chemo.

Posted by on Jan 4, 2013 in Cancer 101, Cancer Care | 5 comments

No cancer?  Give chemo.

Giving chemotherapy to a patient with no cancer, how can you tell if it works?

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Lynched by Colon Cancer

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in Cancer 101, Education | 4 comments

Lynched by Colon Cancer

True or false; the biggest genetic risk is for breast cancer? False. In the United States, the risk for being born with a gene, which will result in breast cancer, is 1 in 300, but the risk for being born with a gene, which has a 70% chance of giving you colon cancer, is the same, 1 in 300.

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The aggressive chemo fallacy

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Cancer 101, Cancer Care | 3 comments

The aggressive chemo fallacy

We are in a war, a war on cancer. We talk of battle and attack, magic bullets, proton beam rays, laser surgery and targeted drugs, doctors as combat commanders, patients as foot soldiers, the disease as the enemy, and defeating cancer in a titanic struggle against death.

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Can we watch prostate cancer?

Posted by on Sep 11, 2012 in Cancer 101, Cancer Care | 2 comments

Can we watch prostate cancer?

Almost 80% of 80-year-old men carry a small amount of prostate cancer. However, 80% of men do not die from this disease.

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Back to School Cancer Quiz

Posted by on Aug 31, 2012 in Cancer 101, Cancer Care | 0 comments

Back to School Cancer Quiz

Only you grade this test, but the information is vital, therefore this quiz is open book and cheating is encouraged.

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Cancer 101: Malignant brain tumors

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in Cancer 101 | 10 comments

Cancer 101: Malignant brain tumors

…my “least favorite” cancer

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Blood – it ain’t red bile

Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Cancer 101, General Medicine | 1 comment

Blood – it ain’t red bile

The most basic of tests is the Complete Blood Count or CBC.

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Cancer 101: Male breast cancer

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Cancer 101, Cancer Care | 0 comments

Cancer 101: Male breast cancer

Men with breast cancer have shorter average life spans than women.

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