From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!
Next week, just about every town will be painted in pink…yeah! I am so very proud of the years of advocating and hard work done by many to bring awareness, not only to breast cancer, but CANCER in general. Breast cancer awareness and support programs, while not replete, has set the standard for many other less commonly known cancers to emulate. It would do my heart proud to see the country painted in BLUE during the Prostate Cancer awareness in JUNE each year. I believe one day, we will get to a place, where every cancer is equally represented…because every life is equally as important!
Sometimes, despite our optimism, hope and prayers, the ugliness of cancer can re-manifest itself as a “recurrence” growing in other places than area of origin – This is called Metastasis. Example: A diagnosis of colon cancer treated with surgery and chemotherapy. Patient remained cancer free for ~7yrs, but then fainted at work and MRI of the brain revealed spots in the brain, likely metastatic colon cancer (the cancer that originated in the colon, traveled via the blood to the brain).
It is important to know that when/if this unfortunate instance of metastasis occurs, that all is not lost and different types of treatments are available. There are many people living “with” metastatic disease and are doing fairly well. Ofcourse, this depends on how aggressive the cancer is, where it migrated (bone, brain, liver, etc.,), and toxicity from some of the palliative treatment. Stay tuned for these upcoming discussions! In the meantime, help others by showing your support in the fight against cancer!
If you are in the DC area, join our church Cancer Ministry on
- OCT 5, 2014 for the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk and for
- OCT 18,, 2014 Lymphoma & Leukemia Light The Night DC walk
- Hope to see you there!
The Basics of Metastasis
Prostate Cancer Bone Metastasis
Ipsa Scientia Potestas est ——— Knowledge itself is power!
Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org
Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!
See you next week…