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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog! 

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I love Robin Williams! Well, as much as anyone can care for and love someone they have never met. His death was a great loss … and to suicide, was a hard pill to swallow for most.  So, I was taken a back when someone said to me,

robin williams“I am tired of hearing about Robin Williams dying! What’s the big deal?”

“Well, he was a talented actor and enriched many people’s lives, on and off the screen.”

“So what? Many people are dying everyday. Why should his death be different?”

“Hhhmmm. Different as in worth, no. But he did make an impact during his life … and well, it is a great loss.”

“To whom?”

“Hmmm”  I see this was going no where. I did not need to defend Robin Williams. His life spoke for itself. Anyone who would take the time to speak with someone in hospice, to honor a “bucket-list” dying wish, is ok in my book. No personal introduction needed.

However, I wonder, how many people are depressed and go by unnoticed because they always seem to have a smile and/or keep occupied with busywork? Do you suspect that you or a love one may be depressed? Suicidal? Please know, there is help! Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-TALK (8255)) or visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Read more about Depression HERE and take the test in the middle of the page OR

Take this DEPRESSIONS SCREENING TEST by clicking HERE . Regardless of what the test may reveal, you should discuss it with your doctor! The urgency is NOW if you or a love one is suicidal! Life is BEAUTIFUL!

Robin Williams was gracious in his life and in his death, he brings attention to a very serious matter that can affect anyone. Give a hug to someone today. You may make a difference … you just never know!

 

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog! 

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Over 30,000 men die of prostate cancer in the United States last year. That is a large number and should grab your attention if there is an older men in your life.  A recent review concluded that, “there is under-treatment of elderly, but healthy men with high-risk prostate cancer, the most aggressive form of this disease(1).”  The study showed under-treatment of HEALTHY men over 75yrs old.

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Healthy Lifestyle!

High Risk Prostate Cancer is aggressive and should be treated with a combination of Radiation and hormone therapy – for men at ANY AGE! This is level 1 recommendation, therefore a conversation should be had with the patient and his doctor. Level 1 studies have shown evidence that there is an overall survival benefits when High Risk prostate cancer is treated aggressively with Radiation plus Hormone vs hormone alone. This goes for healthy men over 75 years old as well. Hormone therapy alone for healthy male with high risk prostate cancer is not appropriate. The review (1) showed that many healthy older men were either not being treated (active surveillance) or treated with hormone therapy alone. That is BAD!

Treat the cancer not the patient’s age…take into consideration that many older gentlemen are very healthy and doing well at 70 and should not have to succumb to prostate cancer. Prostate Cancer, even High Risk, is treatable.

REVIEW: Prostate Cancer is a slow growing cancer and most men will not die from the disease, especially if they are in the Low Risk Category. There are 3 common risk groups for prostate cancer (some may consider 5):

  • (Very Low Risk), Low Risk
  • Intermediate Risk
  • High Risk, (Very High Risk)

old golferLow risk prostate cancer has many treatment options, one of which is no treatment, called “active surveillance” where the patient repeats the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood work every 3-4 months and have a repeat prostate biopsy at one year. One of the risk of active surveillance, is of course, progression of disease (even though Low Risk). Selection for this “non-treatment” must be done in consultation with a physician considering all the possible risks.

Low Risk Prostate Cancer is NOT the same as High Risk Prostate Cancer. Please be sure that you and/or your love one know the difference! Read more and “Watch Videos” about prostate cancer and its treatment here – http://www.legacyeducators.org/prostate-cancer.html  peruse this page thoroughly and I hope it is helpful!

REMEMBER: Being a Black male is a risk factor, so all AA/Black Male should start their screening at age 40, as Prostate Cancer in Black males also tend to be more aggressive (High Risk)!

  1. Chen RC, Carpenter WR, et al., Receipt of guidelines-concordant treatment in elderly prostate cancer patients. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2014 Feb 28; 88(2).332-8

 

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Remember …

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…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog! 

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It is summer and it is hot! There is nothing I dislike more than standing still, doing nothing and sweating profusely…simply because it is hot.  If I am exercising, then it is justified. But doing nothing – that’s annoying (smile).  Notwithstanding my dislike, I still subject myself to “hot yoga” on a regular basis for its benefits… no, its not crazy…not really…(performing “Bikram” yoga in a “hot sauna” room for 90 minutes, we are usually drenched within the first 5-10 min, just lovely…)

Water

Well, we all have heard that in the summer time we should drink water…and lots of it! Oh…do not forget to replace the electrolytes too. However, no one really publicize, that drinking water, like anything else, should be done in moderation. If not, you could literally die from drinking too much water…yes, die from drinking too much water! The medical term is “hyponatremia” … also known as “water intoxication” … it can be very dangerous. Please be careful this summer and especially educate and keep an eye our children! MODERATION is the word for the year.

Please view 2 videos below for more information …

 

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Remember …

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…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog! 

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“The best exercise is stooping down and lifting up another!”

Mentorship_helping-othersI recently attended a medical conference where I had the privilege of giving an oral and poster presentation. While the location of the conference was great – I barely did anything out in the surrounding area (except for a quick, difficult hike)…no beaches, no partying, no hanging out… the academic wealth the conference had to offer was my main focus. Many physicians gave guidance and “instantaneous” mentorship through anecdotal “lessons learned”, insights, and shared experiences (both good and bad). The younger physicians absorbed the information like a sponge from these seasoned veterans …

One such physician is Dr. James Collins, a Radiologist whom I first met back in 2006 (seems like just yesterday).  Today, at the tender age of 82, Dr. Collins remains very active in the medical community and had much to share.   His depth of knowledge is comparable to the “treasure of gold at the end of the rainbow” – so much to learn from our elders!

I have had many mentors over the years, but consider my faith in Jesus as my #1 guide and foundation. My current mentor, Dr. Calloway, is always there to offer a listening ear, give advice, encouragement and a nudge in the right direction when needed. She is an awesome and supportive mentor and I am blessed to have her in my life!

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I try to be an open book…always willing to share and guide others when asked…but I do not have any one person specifically that I am mentoring on a regular ongoing basis.  ‘Tis time for a change.  My experiences, and not my age, dictates that I can be a mentor! I do have much to share…and so do you!

Do you have a mentor?   Are you mentoring anyone?

CHALLENGE: Find 1-2 young adults to mentor on a regular basis for the next 8-12 months. A phone call (or text) once every week or so to check on them. Don’t have a mentor … find one! BUT before you embark on this mentorship journey, watch video clip below for a few tips…

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Remember …

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…

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