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...
For years, Bill Wadding had a persistent dry cough. Each year at Bill’s routine physical exam, the cough was attributed to reasons like post-nasal drip and a side effect of his heart medicine.
“In 2013, my wife threatened me,” Bill recalled. “She said if I didn’t pursue the cause, she would come with me to see the doctor.” So Bill discussed the cough again with his doctor, who agreed to order...
November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, so now’s the perfect time to make sure you’re up to speed on the symptoms, risk factors, treatment and research efforts to take on this challenging disease.
First, The Stats
Pancreatic cancer is projected to be the country’s third leading cause of cancer-related death, overtaking breast cancer. This is largely due to the fact that patients...
Lung cancer does not discriminate
You may have thought that lung cancer only afflicts those with a pack-a-day habit or those who have worked in a coal mine all their life. But the fact is, one in five people who die from lung cancer never smoked or used any form of tobacco.
Lung cancer afflicts men and women, smokers and non-smokers, and all ethnicities. In Nevada, lung cancer is the second most...