Thursday, December 1, 2016

Polson Middle School Students Volunteer at Oncology Clinic

A Leadership Class of Polson Middle School students are sharing their smiles, positive life perspectives, empathy, respect and curiosity with cancer patients at Polson Oncology Clinic on Tuesdays. 

Class teacher, Nicole Dubuque Camel, has a connection with Cheerful Heart and the oncology clinic. Her father, Don Dubuque, was a vital cancer thriver who felt strongly about supporting fellow cancer patients until his death in April of 2010. He was a constant presence at the clinic for years while he was in or out of treatment.

Fifteen students rotate involvement in the community as well as in school. The class meets five days a week and work includes classroom mentoring, welcoming new students, organizing school-wide fundraisers in addition to the volunteer work at Cheerful Heart. Students give time, keep a journal and spend time talking amongst themselves and with Nicole about their experiences. At the oncology clinic, in addition to serving soup and stocking snack items, students spend time developing relationships. They have learned to respect the needs of all patients. When a patient needs privacy and quiet, the students have learned to respect that need and add the experience to their journal and in follow-up discussions.

Nicole says the students look forward to Tuesday more than any other day, and it seems that the majority of patients enjoy the youthful, hopeful perspectives of the students as well. Friendships have developed, in fact, one student has written a letter to a young relative of a current cancer patient. Nicole feels strongly that "we are not growing if we are not serving others." She echoes the probable sentiments of her father… "It is a blessed and sacred time…”


Polson Middle School students bring a positive,
hopeful attitude to the Polson Oncology Clinic.
Pictured with Cheerful Heart volunteer Jane Holland (right) students from left: Sophia Moderner, Tana Allison and Maggie Todd.









From left:  Taleah Hernandez, Jazlyn Dalbey and
Berkley Ellis.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Latest cancer news . . .

Latest Cinical News…Montana Cancer Center web site... Read more...

Complementary and integrative medicine…Montana Cancer Center web site...
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China Used Crispr to Fight Cancer in a Real, Live Human - Nov 18, 2016

Do you remember President-elect Trump holding forth on the campaign trail about “China beating us at our own game”? Well, it’s true, as long as the game in question is editing human DNA using Crispr/Cas9. China is now using Crispr-edited cells in living, breathing human beings.
Last month, Chinese scientists at Sichuan University injected cancer-fighting, Crispr-modified white blood cells into a patient suffering from metastatic lung cancer. It was just the latest in a line of recent firsts for the People’s Republic of China, following on the heels of the first Crispr-edited monkeys in early 2014, and the first Crispr-edited human embryos last May. So there it is, Mr. President-elect: Are you going to let China win the race to edit humans?  Read more...

Why the Latest Cancer Drugs May Not Be as Successful as They Seem  - Nov. 9, 2016  
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Olaparib approved for use in Scotland - Nov. 7, 2017
This week the drug olaparib (also known as Lynparza) was approved for use in Scotland for women with ovarian cancer by the Scottish Medicine’s Consortium. Scottish charity Worldwide Cancer Research funded work which kick-started the development of this drug over 20 years ago.  

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Cancer News
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New Cancer Drugs May Damage the Heart - Nov. 2, 2016  Doctors have found a disturbing downside to some powerful new drugs that harness the immune system to fight cancer: In rare cases, they may cause potentially fatal heart damage, especially when used together.  Read more...

Cancer / Oncology News. Medical News Today.  Read more...
The latest cancer and oncology research from prestigious universities and journals throughout the world.

Cancer Currents: An NCI Cancer Research Blog...
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Friday, September 16, 2016

The Longer You’re Overweight, the Greater Your Risk of Cancer


According to recent research, the longer a woman is overweight, the more likely she is to develop breast, endometrial, colon or kidney cancer.1 Obesity is indeed a known risk factor for cancer, so this finding in and of itself is not surprising.
Worldwide, obesity is responsible for an estimated 500,000 cancer cases each year,2 and according to the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), excess body weight is responsible for about 25 percent of the relative contribution to cancer incidence, ranking second only to smoking.3
When obesity is combined with other high-risk behaviors, such as a poor diet and lack of exercise, the relative contribution rises to 33 percent of all cancer cases in the U.S. What's new here is that the length of time spent being overweight also contributes to your overall risk. As reported by CBS News:4
"On average, the study found, the odds rose by 10 percent for every 10 years a woman had been obese. Similarly, they climbed by 7 percent for every decade she'd been overweight."

How Excess Weight Contributes to Cancer

Obesity can raise your risk of cancer in several ways. Some cancers, especially breast and endometrial cancer, are sensitive to the female sex hormone estrogen, and fat cells produce an excess of this hormone.
This is also why obesity in young children is such a grave concern. By carrying excess weight (and excess estrogen) for many years, if not decades, they're at a significantly heightened risk of cancer as adults.
Obesity is also associated with elevated inflammation levels in your body, which can contribute to cancer growth. One of the basic reasons why nutritional ketosis works so well against cancer is because it drives your inflammation down to almost nothing.
A high-sugar diet, which tends to pack on the pounds, also feeds cancer by providing cancer cells with their preferred fuel. A healthy high-fat diet, on the other hand, tends to discourage cancer growth, as cancer cells lack the metabolic flexibility to use ketones derived from fat as fuel.
It is likely that the obesity represents an indirect marker for the true cause of the problem that contributes to both obesity and cancer, namely insulin resistance, which is also associated with leptin resistance and activation of the mTOR pathway.
By lowering your blood sugar levels and normalizing your insulin receptor sensitivity, exercise has a similar effect, as this too creates an environment less conducive to cancer growth.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Latest Cancer News


New Mexico researchers part of mission to break down cancer barriers
...University New Mexico research

    UNM researchers earned national attention in 2011 when they identified a pair of harmful gene   
    mutations prevalent among Hispanic and Native American children suffering from a deadly form  
    of blood cancer.

    The research led to effective treatments for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, which takes
    an especially deadly form in Hispanic and Native American children. The work played a key role  
    in UNM’s designation last year as a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, 
    putting it among elite U.S. cancer centers. ...    Read article...

Cancer 'Moonshot' Plan: Sharing Knowledge Can Speed Cures  Read article...

Cancer Moonshot: Biden talks to Brokaw  Read article...

Researchers rally for Cancer Moonshot  Read article...

Time Is Right for Obama's Ambitious Cancer 'Moonshot,' Experts Say  Read article...

Doctor Targets Gene Mutations for Cancer Care
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President Obama's Cancer 'Moon Shot': How Scientists Are Trying to Cure the Disease
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Cancer survivor sets sights on winning weightlifting competitions
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Following prevention guidelines linked to lowered risk for cancer  Read article...

Sunday, June 12, 2016

How Diet and Nutrition Influence Cancer


Is it possible that chromosomal damage is simply a marker for cancer and not the actual cause of the disease? Compelling evidence suggests this is the case, and in the featured lecture, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gary Fettke reviews some of this evidence.

Having battled cancer himself, Fettke came to realize the influence of nutrition on cancer, and the importance of eating a diet high in healthy fats and low in net carbohydrates (total carbs minus fiber, i.e. non-fiber carbs). Fettke is not the only one promoting the metabolic model of cancer
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Friday, June 3, 2016

“A Series Of Catastrophes And Miracles”

Diane Rehm podcast:  Mary Elizabeth Williams:  “A Series Of Catastrophes And Miracles”  

Six years ago writer Mary Elizabeth Williams received a diagnosis of malignant melanoma. As the cancer spread through her body, she faced a grim prognosis. With little to lose, Williams seized the chance to take part in an early clinical trial for immunotherapy. Unlike chemotherapy and radiation, which directly target the cancer, immunotherapy helps the immune system fight the disease. Her treatment completely eliminated the melanoma in her body. In a new book, Williams offers an intimate view into this chapter of her life and how she became a breakthrough case for the revolutionary field of immunotherapy.

Click on the link above and listen to Diane Rehm's interview with Mary Elizabeth.

Exercise Can Lower Risk of a Dozen Cancers by 20 Percent

Exercise is an important component of cancer prevention and care; slashing your risk of cancer occurrence, improving your chances of successful recuperation, and diminishing your risk of cancer recurrence.
 
Studies suggest physically active individuals have anywhere from 20 to 55 percent lower risk of cancer than their sedentary peers. Read more ...