Posted on October 4, 2013
For those of you haven’t gone through cancer, it might seem like an odd question. Others of you will understand – it’s something I find myself asking often.
Beating the Odds
Many of you already know my story. I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer at age 43 during the second year of my pediatric residency. The prognosis didn’t look good. But after four years of surgery, chemotherapy, more surgery, recurrences, more chemotherapy – the whole nine yards – in May 2006, all my scans were clean. Read more
Posted on August 13, 2013
If you follow cancer-related news, you know staying up to speed with the constant pour of innovations and research can be overwhelming. On top of that, it can be hard to tell whether information on the web is legitimate or if it’s fallen victim to media hype. To help you tease out what’s promising versus what’s propaganda, we asked Dr. Laura Porter how she determines what a good study is. Here’s what she said:
Start by asking questions.
- Where is the information published and who reviewed it? Many times information in the popular press has gone through several hands before being published and the message can become muddled. Go to the original publication (there is usually a link), look at the abstract and read the introduction and the conclusion.
- Who did the study? Research can be done by a single office, institution or by a large group. Beware of information NOT coming from large cooperative groups such as ECOG (Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group). Large multi-center clinical trials are usually conducted through ClinicalTrials.gov and are more scrutinized than smaller single institution studies.
Posted on July 22, 2013
After her recent trip to the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Conference, we sat down with Dr. Laura Porter to hear more about the latest news in genetics and CRC.
What is the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA)?
Did you know that doctors are now able to predict which treatments will work for you just by looking at your genes? And they’re getting better and better at it every day, thanks to the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). Read more
Posted on July 15, 2013
Sleep problems: something too many cancer patients experience while going through chemo. (Thank you, steroids.) But sleep is one of the most essential parts of living your best life. If you count yourself among the many experiencing chemo-induced sleep troubles, try these helpful tips, brought to you by our very own Jeannie Moore:
1. Be diligent about your bedtime routine.
Creating a set bedtime and wake-up time can not only help you fall asleep, it can help you stay asleep. Do your best to establish a routine so that your body knows when it’s time to wind down.
2. Limit daytime naps.
If you can’t imagine giving up your daily nap completely, try to limit your mid-day shuteye to only 20 or 30 minutes. If possible, avoid napping in the late afternoon or early evening so that when you really want to wind down for the night, you’re tired enough to do so.