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

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

Diane’s Story – Breast Cancer: Part 1–Chemotherapy

Mammary gland at 40x under lab microscope (Accessed July 2016) © MicroscopeWorld 2015 Beginning with this post, we will be following the progress of my friend Diane, who is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer and has generously agreed to tell her story. Along the way, we will provide reliable information and resources to help others… Continue reading Diane’s Story – Breast Cancer: Part 1–Chemotherapy

Breast Cancer – Diane’s Story & More

  Invasive & Non-invasive Lobular Carcinoma, Right Breast ON THIS SITE, I HAVE TOLD DIANE’S PERSONAL STORY, INCLUDING HER PRE-OPERATIVE CHEMOTHERAPY. THESE POSTS PROVIDE MUCH WELL-DOCUMENTED MEDICAL INFORMATION AND LINKS TO INFORMATIVE AND SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES THAT WILL HELP READERS BECOME EDUCATED, ENLIGHTENED, EMPOWERED, AND ENCOURAGED AS THEY PURSUE THEIR OWN JOURNEYS WITH BREAST CANCER. ALSO SEE BREAST CANCER RISK FACTORS.… Continue reading Breast Cancer – Diane’s Story & More

My Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer Story: Two-and-a-Half-Year Checkup–Pap or No Pap?

Still Life: Basket of Peaches by Raphaelle, Peale, 1816 Display Peach for Uterine Cancer Yesterday, June 14, 2016, I saw my regular gynecologist at the 30-month mark post-hysterectomy for uterine (endometrial) cancer. I thought the “no-Pap policy” discussion had been lain to rest . . . but not quite. You Can Say Anything If You Smile Since… Continue reading My Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer Story: Two-and-a-Half-Year Checkup–Pap or No Pap?

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Two Years Post-Hysterectomy

This Tuesday, November 17, 2015, was my (almost) two-year post-hysterectomy checkup. I underwent a total da Vinci hysterectomy for uterine (endometrial) cancer on December 13, 2013 (a Friday). Following is a brief update on my progress and information about a clinical research study I agreed to participate in. Previous posts about my cancer story are here. On Tuesday,… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Two Years Post-Hysterectomy

My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Pap-Free at Last

Image: Micrograph of a Pap Stain Update: As noted in the March 5, 2015 post, since my hysterectomy for uterine cancer (endometrial adenocarcinoma) on December 13, 2013,* I have had five Pap tests, all but one of which were normal. It was that pesky first test done last summer because of ongoing vaginal discharge, which… Continue reading My Story – Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer: Pap-Free at Last

My Story – Osteopenia: What’s bone loss got to do with uterine cancer?

     DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) Scan In the August 13, 2014 post, I discussed the second colposcopy and repeat Pap test I’d had the day before. My doctor, concerned about my ongoing vaginal discharge and previous Pap result showing abnormal glandular cells of undetermined significance (AGUS), said he might put me on an estrogen… Continue reading My Story – Osteopenia: What’s bone loss got to do with uterine cancer?

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