Category Oncology

Post 111 – “Princess Lacey” becomes the March Madness Spotlight

During my March Madness watch recently, CBS Sports had a spotlight on a unique relationship between a player with Michigan State and an eight-year-old battling neuroblastoma. Adreian Payne  met Lacey Holsworth two years ago during a hospital visit when she was first diagnosed with a large tumor in her abdomen wrapping around her spine.   […]

Ask Prof: Cancer Staging

I love this time of the term – the term’s almost done. The toughtest, most challenging parts of Anatomy have been taught and tested, and now it’s “easier” stuff. Students have learned how to study and about themselves. It’s also a great time to assimilate different systems that we’ve gone through. And that has made students […]

Ask Prof: Have you heard of a sweat gland tumor?

I don’t know how we got to this in class, but one student who is a caretaker mentioned about one of her clients having a sweat gland tumor – I hadn’t heard of it before. Looking it up, they did say this is rare. WebMD reviews a June 2010 study that shows while this is […]

Actress battling leptomeningeal carcinomatosis cancer has 3 months to live

Actress Valerie Harper revealed this week to People magazine that she has brain cancer. The type of cancer she has is leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, which is a rare condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain. Her doctors say she has as little as three months left to live. What […]

Coffee Lowers Cancer Risk

All the national news programs Tuesday evening were covering this Harvard study on coffee and prostate cancer. Basically: men who drank 6 cups a day were the only ones that showed a reduced rate of death from prostate cancer. It wasn’t the caffeine, because it didn’t matter if the coffee was caffeinated or de-caffeinated. ABCNews […]