Posts tagged colon cancer

Treating Cancer Comes At A Cost

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Why do I post info about cancer on this blog? Besides the obvious reason: my family’s fight with colon cancer, I share it because if you aren’t thinking about these things now and take care of yourself the best you can – health issues creep up. They may not be as serious as cancer or disease, but it could be simple mobility and not being able to move around. The ramifications of an unhealthy, unhappy life do appear — it’s just a matter of when.  You have to be aware of what you could be in for —

During our cancer fight, we did have good insurance thank god, so it was manageable.  But I did see the bills –and there were times that monthly, Scott’s treatment cost in excess of $25K! That is a MONTH!! We had over a year of cancer/chemo care! Can you even imagine and of course do whatever it takes to save the person you love — but what about afterwards if you don’t have good insurance? You are left with a pile of bills and have to rebuild your ‘new’ life….

food for thought —

Cancer’s Growing Burden: Rising Cost Of Care

— Patti Tyree was afraid that cancer would steal her future. Instead, the cost of treating it has.

She had hoped to buy a small farm with money inherited from her mother. But copayments for just one $18,000 round of breast chemotherapy and one shot of a nearly $15,000 blood-boosting drug cost her $2,000.

Bills for other treatments are still coming, and almost half of her $25,000 inheritance is gone.

“I supposedly have pretty good insurance,” said Tyree, 57, a recently retired federal worker who lives near Roanoke, Va. “How can anybody afford this?”

Forty years after the National Cancer Act launched the “war on cancer,” the battle is not just finding cures and better treatments but also being able to afford them.

New drugs often cost $100,000 or more a year. Patients are being put on them sooner in the course of their illness and for a longer time – sometimes for the rest of their lives. The latest trend is to use these drugs in combination, guided by genetic tests that allow more personalized treatment but also add to its expense.

It’s not just drugs: Radiation treatment is becoming more high-tech, and each leap in technology has brought a quantum leap in expense. Proton therapy is one example – it costs twice as much as conventional radiation and is attracting prostate cancer patients despite a lack of evidence that it is any better.

The financial strain is showing: Some programs that help people pay their bills have seen a rise in requests, and medical bills are a leading cause of bankruptcies.

A Colonoscopy Can Save Your Life

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Report Affirms Lifesaving Role of Colonoscopy

A new study provides what independent researchers call the best evidence yet that colonoscopy — perhaps the most unloved cancerscreening test — prevents deaths. Although many people have assumed that colonoscopy must save lives because it is so often recommended, strong evidence has been lacking until now.

In patients tracked for as long as 20 years, the death rate from colorectal cancer was cut by 53 percent in those who had the test and whose doctors removed precancerous growths, known as adenomatous polyps,researchers reported on Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine. The test examines the inside of the intestine with a camera-tipped tube.

Team Live Fit and Sore! Chris4Life Scope it Out 5K

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Please support me in my quest to raise money to help fight and support those with colon cancer. I will be running in the Chris4Life Scope it Out 5K in honor of my husband and his gorgeous colon: Scott Hoaglund – on March 25th in DC and need help!

Whatever you can manage would be appreciated:http://www.active.com/donate/scopeitout5k2012/SHoaglu2

Here’s some inspiration -the story of the Chris4Life Inspiration — a story not unlike other colon cancer fighters and their families…

Remembering A Mother Lost to Colon Cancer

Over the next three years what we as a family had to endure was, in my opinion, one of the worse things humans can experience in life. There was fear, pain, grief, good news, then fear, pain and grief all over again. It was almost as if as soon as we would get up, we would be knocked down again and again. One of the painful memories of my life came about three months before my mom passed away. She had been in and out of the hospital for weeks, and on one occasion she was bent over on the stairs in our foyer crying/screaming in pain. The look of fear in her face will be something I will never forget. She was terrified, to the point that the fear had crippled any positive thinking. You could tell the only thing she was thinking was that she was dying. This memory is still in my mind. This memory is the impetus for fighting to make sure not another single human being will ever have to suffer from this preventable disease again.

It was 9 a.m. on May 11, 2009, the day after Mother’s Day that our mother, wife, friend and inspiration passed away at the early age of 59.

After mom passed, I had remembered many times her bringing up the fact that no one ever talked about colon cancer. That it wasn’t sexy to talk about it. It wasn’t pink, and unfortunately colon cancer was still the second leading cause of cancer related deaths when men and women are combined – with over 150,000 new cases a year, and 55,000 deaths. My mother had such passion, to the point where she was almost mad that she never heard about getting screened on TV, radio, in the newspapers, or through an NFL game – like breast cancer.

In August 2009, I was watching Ted Kennedy’s funeral on TV, and it truly inspired me. We as a family had been dealt a blow similar to the experiences that the Kennedys unfortunately had been dealt over and over. I remember hearing his family talk about how when Ted was knocked down he would always transform a tragedy into something positive, life changing at times.

This is what Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation is. We are an organization that has truly turned the tragedy of a loved one into a “force for good” for millions of Americans.

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t wish that I could give my mom a big hug, share dinners, movies and holidays together. But in my opinion my mom’s life (like many others that came before and after her) have given the ultimate sacrifice to rid this world of colon cancer.

Mom Had Labor Induced To Let Dying Father See Daughter

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Such a sad story — colon cancer strikes again, stealing away someone way too soon…

Diane Aulger, Mom, Had Labor Induced To Let Dying Father See Daughter.

Fiber helps Cut Colon Cancer Risk

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I read this article yesterday and as you all know — I gave up whole wheat/gluten a while back and have never felt or looked better — so I am very skeptical about this report. I realize they also mentioned that in the study “didn’t find that getting extra fiber from vegetables or fruits was linked with the decreased colorectal cancer risk”. I gotta say that I call foul on this one — and studies like this should be looked at much more carefully.

There are many sources of fiber — I found a list of gluten-free sources of fiber from Livestrong.com. 

I do find the fact that “researchers reviewed the results of 25 studies that included nearly 2 million people. They found that for each additional 10 grams of total dietary fiber and cereal fiber consumed a day, the person’s colorectal cancer risk decreased by 10 percent.” very encouraging!

Fiber From Whole Grains Could Cut Colorectal Cancer Risk: Study

Getting your fill of fiber from whole grains could help ward off colorectal cancer, according to a new review of studies.

Researchers from Britain and the Netherlands found that the more total dietary fiber and cereal fiber people consumed, the lower their colorectal cancer risk. For example, people who consumed an extra 90 grams of whole grains a day also had a 20 percent lower risk of colorectal cancer, according to the British Medical Journal review.

However, these researchers didn’t find that getting extra fiber from vegetables or fruits was linked with the decreased colorectal cancer risk, which means that there might be something else in the whole grains at work, too.

Researchers reviewed the results of 25 studies that included nearly 2 million people. They found that for each additional 10 grams of total dietary fiber and cereal fiber consumed a day, the person’s colorectal cancer risk decreased by 10 percent.

Study researcher Dagfinn Aune, of Imperial College London, told WebMD that even if a person starts off with a low level of fiber consumption — say, 5 grams a day — and increase it by 10 grams — to 15 grams a day — that could still be beneficial at lowering colorectal cancer risk.

“This study highlights the importance of a diet rich in fiber,” Dr. Anthony Starpoli, a gastroenterologist at Lenox Hill Hospital who was not involved with the study, told USA Today. “We know that soluble is most helpful in improving colon transit times. As the contents of the colon move at a better rate, there is thought to be less toxic exposure to the interior of the colon thereby reducing risk of developing colon cancer.”

Men may need colon cancer screening earlier than women do

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Study: Men may need colon cancer screening earlier than women do

Men may need to begin colon cancer screening earlier than women, new research suggests.

The study found that men were far more likely to have potentially precancerous lesions (also called polyps or adenomas) in their colon — 24.9 percent of men compared to 14.8 percent of women — and to have them at an earlier age.

“In our study, analysis of age- and sex-specific prevalence of adenomas, advanced adenomas and colorectal cancers indicates a significantly higher rate of these lesions among men compared with women in all age groups, suggesting that male sex constitutes an independent risk factor for colorectal carcinoma and their precursor lesions, and indicating new sex-specific age recommendations for screening colonoscopy,” said study author Dr. Monika Ferlitsch, an associate professor of medicine at the Medical University of Vienna in Austria.

But, at least one U.S. expert says that screening guidelines don’t need to be changed based on these findings alone.

“This is a very interesting, very well-done study that included a lot of people. But, I have a lot of concerns about making changes to currently accepted screening guidelines that are well thought-out,” said Dr. David Bernstein, chief of the division of gastroenterology at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y.

“There were very few people under 50 in this study, and all of those were referred because they have a high risk of colon cancer,” noted Bernstein, who said all of these people would have been referred for screening in the United States because of their higher risk anyway. He added that while the issue might warrant further investigation, he doesn’t see any need to make gender-based screening recommendations for colorectal cancer.

Marriage helps Colon Cancer Survival Rate

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Marriage Improves Odds of Surviving Colon Cancer

ScienceDaily (June 21, 2011) — A new study shows that being married boosts survival odds for both men and women with colon cancer at every stage of the disease. Married patients had a 14 percent lower risk of death according to researchers at Penn State’s College of Medicine and Brigham Young University. That estimate is based on analysis of 127,753 patient records.

Similar to studies of other types of cancers, the researchers did find that married people were diagnosed at earlier stages of colon cancer and sought more aggressive treatment. The researchers took those and other factors into account before calculating the benefit of marriage on survival odds.

“Controlling for the stage that the cancer was detected is key,” said Sven Wilson, a study coauthor and professor at Brigham Young University. “Without that, it’s hard to know whether the analysis is just picking up a diagnosis effect.”

Colon cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in the United States for both men and women. Curiously, the marriage benefit seen in the new study was nearly identical for both men and women.

 

Cancer Patients – What NOT to say to them.

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What not to say to a cancer patient

Have any experiences or any to add?

Three little words kept me from sharing my feelings with family and friends until long after my cancer treatment was done:

“You’ll be fine.”

Though well-intended, the words were conversation-enders, and made me feel guilty for being sad and frightened.

“Cancer is the boogeyman,” says Walter Baile, a professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and director of their ICare program, an online resource aimed at helping improve communication between cancer patients, their families and their medical team.

“More than any other disease the word cancer scares us to death and evokes thoughts of death,” Baile says. Our reaction to such frightening or bad news, is almost like a reflex. “We try to counteract our fears by reassuring others and saying things such as, ‘you’ll be fine.’”

Talking about cancer can be painful and awkward for both the patient and the well-wisher. Here’s advice from cancer survivors and medical professionals on what not to say to someone with cancer, as well as helpful alternatives.

“My friend died of cancer”

Dr. Wendy Harpham, 56, doctor of internal medicine and mother of three from Dallas, learned she had non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1990. As both a patient and a physician, cancer tales have been the narrative of her life for the last 21 years.

“Patients don’t want to hear other people’s bad cancer stories — and sometimes not even good stories — because they’re focused on themselves. It can make them feel badly if you set the bar too high with stories about how well someone did during treatment.”

Skip Rogers, 50, of Plano, learned he had prostate cancer in 2008. His theory about why people tell these stories? “I think maybe they’re trying to connect with you. In some way they’re saying they’re sorry but don’t know how to do it.”

Mevelyn Mendoza, 63, of Garland, has survived several cancers. They all began in 2002, with her diagnosis of colon cancer. “Someone told me a friend had colon cancer and it came back and she passed away. I said, ‘Oh I wish you hadn’t told me that!’ They seemed shocked at my response, said they were sorry. I had to tell them it really hurts to say something like that when I am in the middle of this.”

 

Colon Cancer Sucks

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I keep reading about these young people being taken away from all of us from cancer.  So many of us live our lives worrying about some pretty insignificant things — cancer is the reality in so many people’s lives and it doesn’t go away. Take a moment every day to realize how much you have in life and how much you are blessed …

Ty Lewis dedicated his life to coaching and mentoring youth in the game he loves, Soccer. He strives to develop attitudes of perseverence, dedication and hard work. Through fitness he strives to support those in need.  Coach Ty Lewis died Saturday April 2, 2011 at the age of 44 from stage IV colon cancer.

Erica Paul: Her own words: But, here I am, 2 years since my diagnosis, and although still fighting to beat cancer each and every day, I feel happy, healthy, and determined to help others by sharing my story and increasing awareness of cancer in young-adults.

This experience has taught me not to take life for granted, and to thank God for each and every day He gives me. I try not to stress about silly, petty things anymore because it’s just not worth it.  Life is just too short and precious. Getting healthy and spending time with my family and friends is my top priority. I know something positive will come from this, and so much has already. I am hopeful that more than just my life is changed from this experience.  Erica died March 7, 2011 at the age of 29 from colon cancer.

Eric Olsen: Olsen taught history and served as Freedom’s cross country and boy’s lacrosse coach in Loudoun County, VA since the high school’s opening in 2005. He lost a prolonged battle against colon cancer on January 25th 2009 at the age of 38. I remember reading about Eric’s passing and thinking –holy crap, this could have been my family. I think of them often.

 

It’s a Wrap! Scope It Out – Colon Cancer 5K

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A great day for a 5k for a great cause!

Top 20% finisher!

Age Category Results : 16    Stephanie Hoaglund      40 Ashburn VA            30:24 29:26  9:29

 

Race Overall: 240  91/488   1670 Stephanie Hoaglund      40 Ashburn VA       30:24 29:26  9:29

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