Sylvester Cancer Center’s ‘Game Changer’ vehicles conduct prostate cancer screenings in Liberty City
The Sylvester Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s game changer vehicles conducted prostate cancer screenings in front of the Liberty Square Community Center in Liberty City on Friday.
New program provides comprehensive approach to pancreatic cancer
A new program is focused on fighting one of the deadliest cancers.The Sylvester Pancreatic Cancer Research Institute was created to increase collaborations between scientists and clinicians and provide more treatment options for patients.
South Florida man walks 26 miles to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the 11th most commonly diagnosed cancer among Americans, recently taking the life of Jeopardy host Alex Trebek. South Florida resident Michael Fitzpatrick is a 20-year survivor of the disease, which is a rarity for a cancer that typically has a five-year survival rate. On Thursday, designated World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day, Fitzpatrick launched a 26-mile walk from Boca Raton to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood in an effort to raise money to help fund research for better treatments to fight the disease. “I’m going to be honoring them through my walk.”Over 95 affiliates of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in 35 countries around the world are participating in events to mark this day to continue to raise awareness. Even once vaccinated, a quarter of those surveyed believe it will still take one to two years before things return to normal.
Blood test reduces need for biopsy in lung cancer
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – Every two minutes someone is diagnosed with lung cancer, which is currently the leading cause of cancer-related death for both men and women. She was stunned when the results came back positive for lung cancer. “I never would have thought I would get lung cancer. Raez said the results of the DNA blood test also come back faster than traditional tissue biopsy, speeding up the treatment process. While the cure rates for lung cancer are increasing so are the number of cases of the disease as the population grows.
Photos: Alex Trebek through the years
Alex Trebek, the iconic host of Jeopardy, lost his battle with cancer and died on Sunday, according to multiple reports. is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Alex Trebek, Vanna White, Pat Sajak and Merv Griffin in 2006. (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images) (Getty Images.)
Chemotherapy and COVID-19: Are you at risk?
B cells are cells that make antibodies against bacteria and viruses. Chemotherapy and COVID-19Before coronavirus, we really didn’t see patients getting more severe infections in the months after chemotherapy. However, we don’t know if patients might be more at risk for severe COVID-19 infections in the months after chemotherapy. There is also a very interesting study about cigarette use and immune system recovery after chemotherapy. In the study, smokers and nonsmokers have about the same number of B cells on average before chemotherapy, and about the same two weeks after chemotherapy.
Nail tumors: Don’t ignore the signs
People with darker skin are particularly vulnerable to nail tumors' risks because discolorations on or under the nail may be considered normal and go ignored. The most serious nail tumor, melanoma, may look like a brown, black, or grey line or streak on or underneath the nail. Dr. Morrison, along with Sylvester’s team of dermatological oncologists, treat malignant nail tumors, such as:melanomasquamous cell carcinoma (or Bowen’s disease)onychocytic carcinomaCommon benign (non-cancerous) nail tumors include:onychopapillomanevus (moles)lentigoonychomatricomaglomus tumorAre these tumors contagious to others? “More research will need to be done in this area to confirm any true benefit.”What is the treatment for nail tumors? “Excision of the complete nail matrix (the cells that make up the hard part of the nail) may result in permanent nail dystrophy (like a split nail).
Ovarian cancer -- or is it?
For years, ovarian cancer has remained one of the leading causes of death for women with cancer. Oral contraceptive (birth control) pills, when taken for years, reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by as much as 50%. Many cases of the most common type of ovarian cancer, called high-grade serous carcinoma, are not ovarian at all – they start in the fallopian tube. The genes that are mutated and drive the growth of ovarian cancer cells are also mutated in STIC lesions, suggesting that they may come before actual cancer. Older studies from Europe suggest that taking this action may reduce ovarian cancer rates for a large population.
Sunscreen tips for babies, acne, and more
While it may help prevent sunburns, sunscreen with an SPF below 15 provides no protection from skin cancer or wrinkles. SPF 30 filters out about 97% of harmful UVB rays, SPF 50 blocks about 98%, and SPF 100 can protect you from 99%. Sunscreen tipsWear SPF 30 or higher sunscreen every day. Sun protection for babies and childrenProtecting the skin as a child and teenager can significantly reduce the risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging as an adult. The Food and Drug Administration advises that babies younger than 6 months do not wear sunscreen, but rather stay out of the sun altogether or wear with clothing with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) built in.
Health panel proposes colon cancer tests start at 45, not 50
NEW YORK – A panel of health experts wants U.S. adults to start getting colon cancer screenings at age 45, five years younger than it previously recommended. The group is proposing that adults of average risk for colon cancer be screened from ages 45 to 75. The task force advice on screening doesn't apply to those with colon cancer, polyps or a family history of colon cancer or genetic disorders that increase their risk. Colon cancer, along with rectal cancer, is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., with an estimated 148,000 new cases this year. With the change, doctors should feel comfortable recommending colon cancer screens to younger patients, said the cancer group's Robert Smith.
Friends bring businesses to aid needy Bangladeshi people
With that, they began distributing food packs in the impoverished neighborhoods in Dhaka. Eventually, they succeeded in bringing about 120 organizations and business houses under one umbrella for their aid campaign, Mission Save Bangladesh. Kadir spoke with The Associated Press as he and other volunteers visited a cancer hospital in Dhaka to distribute food packs. The group provided food packs to about 13,000 families and another 60,000 individuals. Abdullah Biswas, a father of a cancer patient in a specialized cancer hospital in Dhaka, was happy to get food packs.
My pandemic pregnancy: From infertility to cancer to IVF to a 20-week scare: ‘It happened exactly how it was supposed to’
When Hillary Calhoun’s fertility doctor brought her in for a procedure and then a nurse called her just a few short business days later, asking her to come into the office immediately, the now-36-year-old had a hunch something wasn’t right.
Local 10’s Janine Stanwood shares her breast cancer survival story
I also have a history of breast cancer in my family: my mom had it, my dad’s sister had it, and it has struck numerous cousins, too. It was the MRI that saw what the mammograms and breast ultrasounds missed: a nearly eight centimeter area of cancer in my left breast. So it was a very extensive area,” said Susan Kesmodel, M.D., director of breast surgical oncology at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center/University of Miami Hospital and Clinics. I can’t believe how lucky I was to hear from others who unflinchingly shared their own cancer stories with me. Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Miami Dolphins are teaming up again to fund cancer research.