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BREAKING NEWS IN DIAGNOSING BREAST CANCER

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"The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the somo*v® Automated Breast Ultrasound System (ABUS) for breast cancer screening in women with dense breast tissue, as an adjunct to a negative mammography. ABUS has been marketed in the United States since 2005 as a diagnostic tool. It is the first system of its kind approved by the FDA for the expanded indication of breast cancer screening.1,2

This expanded approval is based primarily on a study demonstrating that somo*v ABUS scanning following digital mammography screening, compared with screening mammogram alone, significantly improved sensitivity for physician readers without significantly reducing specificity. The large-scale, prospective, multicenter somo*v INSIGHT trial (NCT00816530) is ongoing and will be completed by the end of 2012; the results are expected to be presented at the December 2012 Radiological Society of North America meeting"

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YAZ presents various risks

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With a consistent growth in medical advancements and technological breakthroughs, we live in a time where products, medicines and treatments are being introduced all the time. The safety and protection of consumers and patients must be the focal point of modern medicine.
Too often than not, drugs are approved for national use, only to be recalled weeks or months later due to adverse side effects and symptoms that went unnoticed or repressed from public knowledge. By providing FDA alerts, drug interactions and up to date information about prescription and over the counter medications, we can ensure an environment where patients have the best knowledge on their medical treatment and health.
YAZ
Drospirenone, known as “Yaz,” was approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) on March 16, 2006 as an oral contraceptive to prevent against pregnancy, treat acne and treat the symptoms associated with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). The medication contains the hormone estrogen and a type of progestin called drospirenone to prevent ovulation.  
Yaz was formulated to avoid pregnancy by preventing ovulation, the process that occurs in women when a mature egg is released from the ovary. The drug also may treat moderate acne in women 14 years of age or older, who have already experienced their first menstrual cycle and elected to use birth control as a contraceptive. PMDD symptoms may also be treated by Yaz. Symptoms associated with PMDD include: depression, anxiety, irritability, breast tenderness, joint or muscle pain, headache, weight gain and lethargy. There are many different methods to treat PMDD and elected birth control.
In 2008, television commercials lead to the FDA to cite Bayer for overstating the approved uses of Yaz while failing to address the risks of the drug. Bayer was then required to admit to the inaccurate information in those advertisements and created new ones that that clarified its uses.  Hundreds of people who developed serious side effects from Yaz went on to file lawsuits, claiming insufficient warnings and information and failure to properly research the medication.
YAZ Recall and Side Effects
Certain serious side effects have been linked to Yaz. If you experience any of the following side effects, seek immediate medical attention. Women over the age of 35 and those who smoke are at an increased risk for experiencing severe side effects. Serious side effects include: Nausea, Vomiting, Weight gain, Breakthrough bleeding between menstrual periods, Breast tenderness, breast pain.
Other more serious side effects include increased chance of developing certain types of cancers long term: Liver cancer, liver tumors, severe liver bleeding, High blood pressure, Breast cancer, Stroke, Heart Attack, Blood clots in the legs or lungs
A Black Box warning currently exists for Yaz consumers of the risk of cardiovascular side effects that may occur in patients who smoke while taking the medication.
Yaz Side Effects are increased with age and the amount of time the drug is taken. Women over the age of 35 who smoke 15 or more cigarettes daily have their chances of developing the following side effects: stroke, blood clot and heart attack. Seek immediate medical attention following an overdose.
Healthy Advice
The body cannot effectively fight cancer without the right balance of nutrients. In addition, malnutrition causes the body to be vulnerable to infection. Many cancer patients do not pass away from the cancer itself, but rather a medical condition stemming from the body’s weakened condition.
By consulting your physician(s) and doing individual research, you can obtain the best method of treatment that is right for you personally. Sometimes, prescription of over the counter medications can provide the best treatment, other times they may not.
Eating a well balanced diet is vital in preventing cancers and other health problems. Medical experts suggest eating simple organic foods; avoid junk foods; fried foods and make sure to eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables every day. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, obviously your health and well-being is your first priority.

New Targeted treatments are benefiting people with lung cancer

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In 2007, more than 213,000 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer--the number one cause  of cancer death in the US among both men and women.  Mearly twice as many women die of lung cancer than of breast cancer.

About 85 % of people who develop lung cancer either are or have been smokers.  Yet some people who have never smoked get the disease.  Because the lungs are large, tumors can grow in them for a long time before they are found.  In fact, lung cancer can easily spread outside the lungs without causing any symptoms.The more commom symptoms are cough and fatigue.  Many peop who have these symptoms often assume they are due to smoking itself or to a minor illness, such as a cold.


New Breast Health Coordinator added at hospital

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Our hospital, Beaufort Memoroial has just added a Breast Care Coordinator and I think that is a wonderful needed service.  Ronda O'Connell, a registered nurse with more than 20 years' experience knows about patient fears, and she knows how to communicate with physicians.  Most women will be connected with O'Connell throught their physician at the time of a diagnosis; others will meet her after they've had surgery.  In either case, from the moment a connection is made, work providing one-on-one support and helping her patients get the timely, compassionate care they need.

O'Connell will work closely with physicians to ensure that treatment instructions are followed and can facilitate scheduling, provide preoperative education and even coordiate follow up care.  At the time a referral a one-on-one consultation to understand the patients needs, provide relavent information and resources, and determine how to make the whole experience more comfortable, understandable and manageable.

Depending on the patients needs she will esure appointments and consultations are scheduled efficiently, provide ongoing communication with physcicians to enhance care, help patients understand their diagnosis and their plan of care once it has been determine, coordinate treatment scheduales so they are more convenient for patients.  She will also provide educational information of interest to the patient and family,  make contact with the patient at regular intervals throughout treatment and identify resources and make appropriate referrals for the patient and family.  This is a FREE service provided by BMH Women Services.


My Personal Action Planfor Cancer Awareness in my community

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During the past twelve years of cancer survivorship I have amassed huge quantities of quality knowledge and experiences.  As a former educator, advocate, and LAF local army leader my personal action plan is to educate my community about cancer and LAF and the resources they offer. To me personally the Knowledge is Power component is first and foremost the most important.  I share with people things I learned the hard way.  I dispel mis-information.  I provide resources for recent good information such as the nih.gov or cancercare.org and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. When I speak at these workshops I stress the each person is the first line of defense for catching cancer at its early stages.  One myth which incidently caused my misdiagnosis and cost me the chance of early detection is "You're not old enough to have breast cancer."  When I went to Austin in 2006, Washington in 2007, and Ohio in 2008 for Survivors Summit and Livestrong Day.  I was bowled over by the number of people telling me the age their cancer presented.  In Ohio I met  at least five men in my small group of 100 who had been diagnosed with testicular cancer at ages between 18-22.  The cancer community tries to box us all into their idea of who gets cancer, when and how to treat it. 

You are the first defense line in early cancer detection.  Be aware of your body.  Know your family history and write it down.  You know your body better than anyone else.  If something does not feel right and it last for a couple weeks you should seek medical attention.  Make sure you write down the symptoms, how often they occur and when.  Anything unusual for you.  For example, bloating, swelling, bleeding, pain, fatique, inability to swallow, stomach filling fast. rapid weight loss etc.  When you get into the doctor discuss your list of symptoms and your family history.  Make sure the doctor is listening to you.  Ask what tests, bloodwork, medicine do we need to do to determine the cause of your symptoms.  Make sure the doctor listens to you and communicates with you.  If you feel uncomfortable because of the way the doctor is or is not communicating go to another doctor.  This relationship especially in the oncology field is majorly connected with your dianosis, treatment and survival.

Be aware.  Very aware.  Do your homework on what these symptons might be.  Knowlege is Power---Patient Power


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