VIGILANCE FOR BRAIN CANCER

Brain cancer is a very serious form of cancer. Recently, Sen. John McCain revealed he has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) – the most aggressive type of brain tumor. GBMs originate in the brain; it does not spread there from another part of the body. The cause is not known. This tumor has no relation to melanoma, the skin cancer for which McCain was treated in the past.

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QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT CHEMOTHERAPY

Chemotherapy is a standard treatment for cancer. It kills healthy cells along with cancer cells, inflicting damage on the body and seriously compromising the immune system. Chemotherapy also kills most rapidly dividing healthy and cancer cells, but not all the cells are fast growing. Cancer stem cells (CSCs), a small population of cancer cells that are slow growing and thus resistant to treatment, do not die. Chemotherapy makes these cells even more numerous as the ratio of highly malignant cells….

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RESTORING DIGNITY AND ’DOS

For many women facing cancer, the most devastating aspect is learning they may lose their hair due to chemotherapy.  “Most women tell me that as soon as they hear the oncologist say, ‘You’re going to lose your hair,’ that’s the last thing they remember hearing,” said Eric Johnson, co-owner, with his wife, Jeletta, of Hair Institute in Lexington. “They can deal with the sickness; they can deal with the treatments; but it’s the hair loss that gets them the most.

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fatal coma. Becoming aware of the symptoms and risks is a great way to be proactive about your health and the health of your family members.

Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system tries to destroy the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. More than 700,000 Americans have this type of diabetes. The symptoms of Type 1 diabetes are caused by high blood sugar. Initially, the symptoms may be overlooked or mistaken for another illness such as the flu. These are some signs and symptoms of Type 1 diabetes:


•  Extreme hunger – your body isn’t using the calories you are eating so it doesn’t get the energy it needs.

•  Headaches and feeling dizzy.

•  Leg cramps.

•  Abdominal pain, nausea and/or vomiting.

•  Blurred vision, which occurs because the lens of your eye changes shape.

•  Increased thirst.

•  Slow healing of cuts and scrapes.

•  Fatigue and weakness.

•  Frequent urination that is more noticeable at night. The kidneys try to get rid of excess sugar in the blood. To do that, they get rid of more water, which means more urine.

•  Unintended weight loss and loss of muscle bulk. This happens because you are dehydrated. Weight loss may also happen if you are losing all the

BE ALERT FOR SYMPTOMS OF TYPE 1 DIABETES

sugar calories in the urine instead of using them.

•  Irritability and other mood changes.

•  Bed-wetting in children.

•  A vaginal yeast infection or regular bouts of thrush (a yeast infection).


Although most people with Type 1 diabetes are diagnosed in childhood and early adulthood, the symptoms are the same at any age. Adults diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes may not recognize their symptoms quickly, which can prove detrimental because diagnosis and then treatment may be delayed. Adults may develop a specific form of Type 1 diabetes known as latent autoimmune diabetes of adulthood (LADA), which tends to develop more slowly than Type 1 diabetes in children and young adults. People with LADA may sometimes be misdiagnosed as having Type 2 diabetes.


Type 1 diabetes is managed with insulin injections several times a day or the use of an insulin pump. It’s not easy to ignore the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes because they appear very quickly. However, leaving it untreated can cause serious health problems such as diabetic ketoacidosis, which can result in a potentially

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