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

Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the risk factors for breast cancer, the most common malignancy in women after skin cancer. Although this disease predominantly affects women, men can also develop breast cancer. The American Cancer Society predicts that of the 246,660 American women who develop new cases of invasive breast cancer in… Continue reading Breast Cancer Risk Factors: Ladies (and Gents), Please Read

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Second Colposcopy and Repeat Pap

Yesterday began another two-week waiting period for more Pap results. In the July 22, 2014 post, I described the results of the uncomfortable colposcopy and biopsy I had earlier in the month (reported on July 10). I returned to the doctor's office yesterday for what I thought would be a routine Pap test. However, after the doctor… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Second Colposcopy and Repeat Pap

Health Benefits of Yogurt

While my assistant, Little Miss Muffet, is helping me restructure ThePatientPath, she needs to keep up her strength. For this she frequently turns to curds and whey,* although my preference is plain vanilla yogurt. (I say this with apologies to the plant—and to the Aztecs—for using the word “plain” to describe vanilla: it does, after all,… Continue reading Health Benefits of Yogurt

Healthful, Delicious Eating: Five-Minute, Five-Ingredient Lunch

Five-Minute, Five-Ingredient Lunch Plate Now, please don't say "ugh" or "yuck." Even if you're not a cottage cheese fan, you can put together a quick, healthful, satisfying lunch plate in five minutes using five simple ingredients of your choice. I used low-fat cottage cheese, arugula, a Campari tomato, some red bell pepper, and a scallion. You can… Continue reading Healthful, Delicious Eating: Five-Minute, Five-Ingredient Lunch

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Looking Back & Forging Ahead to Radiation

 Glowing, Radiant Health RECAPPING MY STORY TO DATE AS I PREPARE TO START VAGINAL RADIATION THERAPY ONE WEEK FROM TODAY . . . Note: The blue-green highlighted terms in the text contain links to previous posts. Symptoms & Preliminary Diagnosis When I started this blog on November 9, 2013, it was with a warning for all… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Looking Back & Forging Ahead to Radiation

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Orange Pee & Radioactive Tampons

Example of a pelvic field for external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) after hysterectomy for stage I-II endometrial cancer. This treatment uses a low radiation dose and takes place over five to six weeks, five days a week. Surrounding structures, such as the bowel and bladder, also receive some radiation, which can result in gastrointestinal and urinary side… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Orange Pee & Radioactive Tampons

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Cancer No More–The “da Vinci” Code & Diagnosis

 Very glad to be home after surgery and recuperating well, with what I hope are only a few more bumps in the road to traverse. Here I offer a few more details about my brief hospital stay and its aftermath for those who are interested. Some of what follows is of minor importance and is… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Cancer No More–The “da Vinci” Code & Diagnosis

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Cancer No More –What a Difference a Day Makes

 A lot of the medical aspects of this blog are about the things that go wrong. But a lot of things also go right. It is amazing what can happen in the span of a single day. I returned home this afternoon, just before the weather got really bad, from St. Barnabas Medical Center in… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Cancer No More –What a Difference a Day Makes

Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: My Timeline, My Impending Surgery

Just before midnight on December 12, 2013, I am preparing for my da Vinci robotic radical hysterectomy tomorrow . . . only hours away now after waiting for more than five weeks after getting my diagnosis of uterine (endometrial) cancer (adenocarcinoma). It will be good to be on the other side of this problem. I thought… Continue reading Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: My Timeline, My Impending Surgery

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Wise Words from Warm, Wonderful Women– Getting by with a Little Help from My Friends . . . Synchronistically

Thanks to the power of synchronicity, I received a Facebook message and a telephone call at almost the same time this morning from two warm and wonderful women friends who had wise words to share. Their communication methods were different, but their basic theme was the same: women facing difficult diagnoses have decision-making power and, for… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Wise Words from Warm, Wonderful Women– Getting by with a Little Help from My Friends . . . Synchronistically