Drusilla “Dru” Beveridge, a 73-year-old Carson City resident, was not surprised when she was handed a cancer diagnosis two years ago. The symptoms she had prior to a routine colonoscopy led her to believe something was not right. “I was told that I had stage 2A rectal cancer,” Dru said. “I was fine though. I’m a very strong person. I have Jesus, and I have family and friends who are very...
It can be embarrassing to talk about our bathroom habits with anyone, much less our physician. However, discussing what’s happening, or not happening, on the toilet and how things in the bowl look is a necessary step in managing our colon health. March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, the ideal time to remind ourselves about this disease, including symptoms we need to watch for and...
Cancer is not always a case of bad luck. Often the power is in our hands to stay healthy. February is cancer prevention month, a perfect time to emphasize the lifestyle changes we can all make to reduce our risk of getting many forms of cancer.
The American Institute of Cancer Research estimates that approximately one-third of annual cancer cases in the United States could be prevented with...
February is Gallbladder and Bile Duct Awareness Month, so we are taking the opportunity to share some information about the disease. To start, many of us have little knowledge of the gallbladder, besides its association with gallstones, which are those often-painful cholesterol masses that can develop in the gallbladder.
The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ under the liver that stores...
There are multiple facets to the cancer journey: the physical, the mental and the spiritual. While our doctors and care teams are often focused on the physical — developing the treatment plans that will be most effective in slowing and stopping the disease — other needs can be neglected.
Exercise, good nutrition, counseling and prayer are now widely viewed as effective ways to enhance and even...
Last month, we shared information on ways to support a friend or family member who is battling cancer. In addition, Sierra Nevada Cancer Center patient Paula Steinmetz was kind enough to share her advice and experience. Now, patient Bill Wadding shares his thoughts on this very important subject.
Be Open To Kindness
By Bill Wadding
When I was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, the first...
Last week, we shared five tips on how friends of cancer patients (or other serious diseases) can support their friend during battle and recovery. We reached out to Paula Steinmetz, a patient of Dr. Perez with Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (a rare autoimmune disease), who has some pertinent insight and words of wisdom to share.
Continue To Be A Friend
By Paula Steinmetz
I have an invasive...
Linda Jenkins was no stranger to cancer—her husband had been undergoing treatment for lymphoma and she was his caregiver. But after a routine mammogram in 2010, she got news she was not prepared for. “I had felt a little lump underneath my arm so I told them about it. They immediately did a biopsy and within a day, they determined it was breast cancer,” Linda recalled. “I was in total shock.”...
Nutrition is a key part of fighting cancer and tolerating treatment. This can be challenging since treatment often causes the eating challenges in those cancer patients who must be well-nourished. Sierra Nevada Cancer Center has some dos, some don’ts and some nutrient-specific advice to help support patients in their cancer journey.
Dos & Don’ts
Listed below are some general nutrition...
For every person who is fighting cancer (or other serious disease), there are many more who are eager to help their friend or family member. For some supporters, there is a noticeable gap between wanting to pitch in and knowing how to. If we just described you, never fear—you’re not alone, and we happen to have some helpful suggestions.
5 Tips For Support
Though support comes in many forms, and...