In early 2017, Sandy Sepsey of Fallon, Nevada had an uneasy feeling—as if a pill was stuck in her throat. She went to her general practitioner to investigate. While initial blood tests came back normal, Sandy knew something wasn’t right and asked for a chest x-ray. It revealed a mass in her right lung, prompting a biopsy that confirmed her suspicion. In March, she was diagnosed with non-operable...
Madelyn Stikes, a retired English and special education teacher, has been training to beat cancer practically her whole life. She just didn’t know it. “I figured out how to help middle schoolers with learning challenges not to give up,” she said. “I believe in doing the best you can with what you have, and I taught that to my students.”
Fast forward to 2003. “I had just moved to the area when...
At any given moment in time, thousands of scientists in every corner of the world are working on research to find a cure or a better treatment for some form of cancer. In just the past few months, we’ve seen numerous breakthroughs in ovarian cancer treatment. Below is an overview of three of the most promising research projects. While still in the pre-clinical stage, prior to human trial, these...
Catching up on your reading is likely not at the top of your list when faced with a cancer diagnosis. However, the right read can provided helpful information, timely comfort, inspiration or the healing power of a good laugh. Here are 10 books that offer 10 unique approaches to facing cancer head on.
1. Because laughter is good medicine: Cancer Vixen by Marisa Acocella Marchetto
Every individual’s reaction to getting a cancer diagnosis is unique. When Constantine Kuzmicki of Wellington, Nevada got his, he reacted in a very no-nonsense manner. “Okay, so I have a melanoma,” he thought. “Either I die of cancer or we do something about it. It’s no big deal.” Perhaps Constantine’s relaxed attitude comes from the fact that he’s had to handle more than his fair share of...
Reno resident Dorman Dane was diagnosed with an inoperable form of cancer in one of his vertebrae at 86 years young. The subsequent advice he received from his primary care physician is something Dorman has appreciated every day since. “You need to go see Dr. Perez,” his doctor recommended. “If I ever got cancer, that’s the guy I’d go to.” With complete confidence, Dorman made an appointment at...
“Dr. Perez is a miracle worker.”
“I don’t have a death sentence. Dr. Perez is keeping me alive.”
“Dr. Perez stuck with me through it all.”
“He kept his promise. He saved my life.”
“In the first 20 minutes with Dr. Perez, I knew he cared about me.”
“He wants to find a way to heal his patients. He’s not just going to do what he did yesterday.
If there’s something out there that’s going to heal me...
What are e-cigarettes?
According to the FDA, electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are devices that allow users to inhale an aerosol containing nicotine or other substances.
Unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes are generally battery-operated and use a heating element to heat e-liquid from a refillable cartridge, releasing a chemical-filled aerosol. Vaping is the act of inhaling and...
In Part 1 of this series, we looked at five of the more common inherited cancers. These included: colorectal, breast, kidney, melanoma, and ovarian cancers. In this blog, we look at the 6th through 10th most common inherited cancers.
When trying to determine if cancer might run in a family, these factors must be assessed:
Who has the cancer? How are you related? Which side of the family are...
Cancer is caused by certain changes to genes that control the way our cells function, especially how they grow and divide. Some people have inherited gene faults that increase their risk of developing certain types of cancer. In this article, we touch on five of the more common inherited cancers. In part two of this article we’ll share the 6th through 10th most common inherited cancers.