Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer Risk Factors: Ladies (and Gents), Please Read

Peach Ribbon for Uterine Cancer Awareness THIS POST IS BEING UPDATED. PLEASE CHECK BACK SOON. Read the companion piece, Breast Cancer Risk Factors. While this information is being updated, please keep in mind that estrogen-related factors account for 80% of uterine cancers and that obesity is a big part of the problem. Hereditary factors also play… Continue reading Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer Risk Factors: Ladies (and Gents), Please Read

Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Six Years Later

This year, the American Cancer Society estimated that 61,880 new cases of uterine cancer would be diagnosed and that 12,160 women—20 percent—would die from it. On December 13, 2013 (also a Friday), I underwent a total robotic hysterectomy for uterine cancer—type 1, stage 1B, grade 3 endometrial adenocarcinoma—at which time the estimates were 49,560 and… Continue reading Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Six Years Later

Diana’s Story: A Uterine Cancer Scare with a Personal Twist

A friend who attended  The Patient Path’s uterine cancer talk in January 2017 was inspired to consult a gynecologist, something she hadn’t done in five years,  about a mysterious abdominal pain. I’ll tell you at the outset that Diana’s story has a happy ending. But she did experience a uterine cancer scare, which has a personal… Continue reading Diana’s Story: A Uterine Cancer Scare with a Personal Twist

Enlightening Women about Uterine Cancer: A Live Conversation

Illuminating Enlightening Women about Uterine Cancer Central New Jersey-Area Residents: Please join me on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at 2:00 PM at the Hunterdon County Library Headquarters (Route 12) in Flemington for a conversation about uterine (endometrial) cancer—the 4th most common cancer in US women and the most common gynecologic cancer. (Registration information appears below.) Although… Continue reading Enlightening Women about Uterine Cancer: A Live Conversation

Living Her Life in “Jeopardy” Before Colon Cancer Claimed Her

Acknowledging the Sad Passing of Someone Who Had Time Enough to Live Her Dream: Cindy Stowell, “Jeopardy!” Champion Update – December 21, 2016:  Last Friday, it was announced that “Jeopardy!” champion Cindy Stowell died at age 41 of Stage 4 colon cancer on December 5, 2016, about a week before her episodes aired. She had… Continue reading Living Her Life in “Jeopardy” Before Colon Cancer Claimed Her

Update on Gynecologic Cancers in Memory of Gwen Ifill

On Monday, November 14, 2016, PBS NewsHour co-anchor and co-managing editor Gwen Ifill died from uterine (endometrial) cancer. On November 16, 2016, the NewsHour did a piece on gynecologic cancers consisting of interviews with Dr. Karen Lu, chair of gynecologic oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and Dr. Angela Marshall, an adviser to the Black Women’s Health… Continue reading Update on Gynecologic Cancers in Memory of Gwen Ifill

Diane’s Story – Breast Cancer: Part 3–Surgery

In Part 1–Chemotherapy, we entered Diane’s story as she was undergoing pre-operative chemo for invasive lobular cancer (ILC) and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) of the right breast, a relatively uncommon form of the disease. That post discusses breast cancer statistics, as well as the details of Diane’s chemotherapy protocol and its effects. In Part 2–Diagnosis, we reviewed why Diane… Continue reading Diane’s Story – Breast Cancer: Part 3–Surgery

Gwen Ifill, PBS Reporter, Dies of Uterine Cancer

Photo Credit: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images for “Meet The Press” I was Gwen Ifill’s age when I was diagnosed with uterine (endometrial) cancer three years ago. Today, the world lost an astute, inspiring reporter, whom I’ve followed on the PBS NewsHour for a number of years. More than 60,000 American women will develop uterine (endometrial) cancer in… Continue reading Gwen Ifill, PBS Reporter, Dies of Uterine Cancer

Diane’s Story – Breast Cancer: Part 2–Diagnosis

In Part 1—Chemotherapy, we entered Diane’s story as she was undergoing pre-operative chemotherapy for lobular breast cancer. In this post, we will take a close look at how Diane’s journey began a year ago last month and how she is currently preparing for surgery by getting second opinions while her body recuperates from chemo.  This is a cautionary tale… Continue reading Diane’s Story – Breast Cancer: Part 2–Diagnosis

September Is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month – Information & Stories Within

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer reports that in 2015, it was estimated that 98,280 women would be diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer and about 30,440 would die from the disease. The breakdown for the 5 types of gynecologic cancer from the American Cancer Society last year was as follows, in alphabetical order: Estimated new cases Estimated deaths Cervical cancer… Continue reading September Is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month – Information & Stories Within