We’ve talked a lot in this blog about the professional, medical, and scientific journals that your medical staff leaders want you to have access to as part of our commitment to transparency at the Cancer Center. But what and where do you search when you are first diagnosed, or first being screened for cancer, and your knowledge base just isn’t up to speed yet? What do you do if the scientific language in the Medline journals only confuses you?
I feel the first stop for anyone who has a concern about cancer is the American Cancer Society’s site, CANCER.ORG.
A complete database of the many types of cancer can be found under the heading LEARN ABOUT… Read More >
In 2013, the American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 1,660,290 new cases of cancer diagnosed in the United States alone. That means approximately (if equal across 365 days) 4,548 people will hear the words "you have cancer" each day in the United States. What is humbling (and scary) is that within an hour of reading this blog, approximately 190 Americans heard those words "you have cancer". The time is now to finish the fight!
I’ve been fighting cancer since I was 16 years old…not in my personal cancer battle, but starting as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society, as a part of the cheering squad for the GWB Challenge, a fundraising event… Read More >
Although December is officially recognized as national pear month, pears are perfectly in season now to add variety and a nutritional kick to our diets. Known for their culinary versatility and long shelf life, pears are high in fiber and are a good source of Vitamin C with no sodium, fat or cholesterol. They are one of the oldest cultivated fruits dating back to 5,000 B.C. There are over 3000 varieties of pears grown throughout the world but the most common cultivars in the United States are green and red Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc, Comice, Concorde, Forelle and Seckel. Commercial production is centered in the Pacific Northwest and California.
All pears are… Read More >
For a game day party, you want to have hearty, tasty foods that can be prepared in advance so that the host or hostess is not busy in the kitchen while everyone else is enjoying the game, entertainment, and other people’s company. Two items often mentioned for game day parties are soups and chili. I chose Southwest Stew, similar to a chili but all vegetarian. This is a dish that had been on the menu for inpatients here at Hackensack University Medical Center for many years. Eventually it also became one of my favorites as a lunch choice in the cafeteria. It is a hearty blend of tomatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, chickpeas and spinach. For further color contrast and flavor,… Read More >
Six days after Katelyn’s visit, acute pain in my right side wakes me during the night. I ask for intravenous Dilaudid for immediate relief, but the narcotic fails. The physical pain intensifies my anguish over losing Lily and missing Katelyn. My daughter’s growing up without me. What new words has she learned? Does she still ask for me? I don't want her to feel my absence, yet selfishly, I worry that she’ll forget me. Morning takes a month to arrive. Dr. Monroe conducts the daily assessment, and I describe the pain. He loosens his tie and tells the nurse to schedule a CT scan at 2:00 p.m. He looks at his chart and at my face, twisted in agony. “Let’s… Read More >