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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and experiences can help your teens know they are not alone. Show love and affection and care for your child. Encourage him to speak about his feelings with you. Deal with problems as they arise, rather than letting them build up. Lastly, be alert and attentive to your teen’s behavior.


Avoid sarcasm, threats, yelling and whining. Speak in a calm voice and be prepared to listen without interrupting your teen. Don’t demean or make personal attacks. If things get too heated, take a break and come back to the discussion later. Remember what it was like to be a teen.


Teens need to know mental health problems can be treated. To find help, they can talk to their school counselor, health care providers and, of course, their parents.

•  does reckless things that could harm you or others;

•  often feels very worried or angry;

•  is aggressive or consistently disobedient or has temper tantrums;

•  thinks someone is controlling their mind;

•  feels grief for a long time after death or a loss;

•  sleeps too much or not at all;

•  is not interested in academics;

•  experiences loss of self-esteem;

•  abandons or loses interest in his or her favorite pastime; or

•  displays excessive isolation and secrecy.


According to research, teens with mental health problems who got appropriate treatment showed an increase in scholastic test scores, and effective mental health interventions and a positive school climate contributed to improved student achievement.


As parents and caretakers, you must communicate constantly with your children by being honest and open about anything and everything. Talking about your fears

Being a teenager is not easy. They are under stress to do well in school, make big decisions, get along with family and friends and be liked. Most of these pressures cannot be avoided, and it is very normal for teens to worry about them. However, feeling persistently hopeless, sad or worthless may be warning signs of a mental health problem.


According to a study by the National Institute of Mental Health, 90 percent of people who develop a mental health problem show warning signs during their teen years. When left untreated, these problems may lead to family conflicts, school failure, trouble with the law, alcohol and drug abuse and even suicide.


Teenagers are known for their sudden shifts in behaviors and moodiness. However, if you notice a significant change in your teen, that can be a danger sign. Some common mental health disorders are depression/ anxiety disorders, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).


Help may be required if your teen:

•  uses drugs or alcohol;

•  is obsessed with dieting and/or binge eating and exercising;

•  destroys property or hurt others;

MENTAL HEALTH AND TEENS

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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