This study leads to the question how many diagnosed had a history of PCOS polycystic ovary syndrome which is linked to metabolic obesity? October is BreastCancerAwarenessMonth , but our scientists work hard to fight breast cancer year-round. Here's one of them describing an exciting potential new treatment that targets "dark matter" genes at our Open House. I won't lie, the side effects are no picnic, but this study shows the benefits may outweigh the side effects
Radiotherapy is a critical component of treatment for the majority of women with breast cancer, particularly those who receive breast conserving surgery. Although medically beneficial, radiotherapy can take a physical and psychological toll on patients. However, little is known about the specific thoughts and feelings experienced by women undergoing breast cancer radiotherapy. Therefore, the study aim was to use qualitative research methods to develop an understanding of these thoughts and feelings based on diary entries, completed during radiotherapy by 15 women with Stage 0-III breast cancer. Thematic analysis identified four primary participant concerns: a a preoccupation with time; b fantasies both optimistic and pessimistic about life following radiotherapy; c the toll their side-effect experience takes on their self-esteem; and d feeling mystified by radiotherapy. These themes are consistent with previous literature on illness and identity.
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LONDON - A new social networking website dedicated to young cancer sufferers has gone live this week as a way of helping patients connect with other people experiencing the same hopes, fears and fight after being diagnosed with cancer. The website, No Surrender , was launched by Jason Boas after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at age 33 and given less than a year to live, Boas was unable to find a support network for young people going through the same thing he was. After his initial diagnosis Boas bought a video camera to provide his close friends with an update on his progress, and discovered that over people around the world were tuning in to watch his video blogs -- many of which were streamed direct from hospital -- on a weekly basis. Boas created the network to allow users to vent their feelings, upload video blogs, meet friends and chat while offering support, advice and encouragement. Users can meet other sufferers and discuss the host of new issues and worries unique to young ill people, from dealing with grief of parents and friends, being too exhausted to work or date, the sheer boredom of hospital life and the huge outward physical changes from invasive treatments.