"CANCER IS SNEAKY"
There is a constant debate in the cancer survivor community abouut the term "CANCER FREE". Historically, cancer has proven to be quite "sneaky" in its behavior during treatment and post-treatment prevention. For most survivors and doctors alike, recurrence is a major concern because living with that level of FEAR itself can be quite debilitating. Meanwhile, records of mortality rates from recurrence victims show a significant spike in effect, whereby "cancer often comes back with a vengeance".

Recurrence rates depend on the type of cancer. According to the Journal of Clinical Oncology, an international study group reviewed recurrence rates for Breast Cancer (at a24 Years of Follow-Up) reported risk of recurrence was highest during the first 5 years (10.4%), with a peak between years 1 and 2 (15.2%). During the first 5 years, patients with estrogen receptor (ER) – positive disease had a lower annualized hazard compared with those with ER-negative disease (9.9% v 11.5%; P = .01) [Journal of Clinical Oncology- source].

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"Stay CANCER-FREE... Be CANCERSMART!"
The nature of cancer cells and what makes cancer such a threat to us all is its ability to spread, hide, mutate and RETURN WITH A VENGEANCE. More and more doctors and survivors agree that being "cancer free" does not necessarily mean we are truly ever out of the woods. Some even rename this as "Free FOR NOW".

To be safe, it is suggested to look upon the first bout with cancer as a signal to be VIGILANT ABOUT CANCER RE-OCCURRING, whereby CANCER RECURRENCE has a tendency to happen with a vengeance. Where deadly METASTASIS is the ultimate enemy of it all, global cancer awareness needs an upgrade in its message. The NY Cancer Resource Alliance offers a proactive strategy dedicated to "Getting Checked Now!" and KEEPING IT AWAY with prevention programs and life-saving resources. "Fight Recurrence" was originally launched within the firefighter community in NYC (9/11 responders) and has proven effective to battle re-occurrence and potential metastasis. see: www.healthscannyc.org

Thanks to alliances with organizations like the Male Breast Cancer Coalition, Movember and Firefighters Against Cancer Exposures, FIGHT RECURRENCE is the ultimate front line in the war against cancer. We offer ALL initiatives to keep cancer from returning where it often means facing a tougher (and even more LETHAL) battle than the first. * See complete article in Journal of Modern Healing

 


"IT CAN HAPPEN AGAIN- AND TO ANYONE!"
RECURRENCE PREVENTION FROM 3-TIME CANCER SURVIVOR: VANESSA SILVA

Eight years after my first bout with breast cancer, I was really hoping I was done with it! Then one day, while taking a shower, I decided to check and feel for any lumps- just to make sure everything's okay. Surprisingly, I felt a lump. It was small but experience says to keep an eye on it. By September, it grew to the size of a pea and it was getting bigger. My doctor elected a sonogram then an MRI just to confirm that my cancer came back. This time, I was angry, because I felt like I did everything I needed to do. I did the chemo. I honestly didn't believe my eating would have brought my cancer back. They recommended four treatments of chemo, but this time it was stronger. For the first time, I had to take Taxotere, and then, this time, I had to do the AC. I looked at my husband and said, "This is a joke. I feel like I'm being punked… we're going to do this again!" (See Vanessa's complete article in Awareness for aCure/Survivor Stories)


CANCER RECURRENCE IN THE MOST RARE CASES:
"LIGHTING STRUCK TWICE WITH MALE BREAST CANCER!"
“I contracted Male Breast Cancer TWICE, just when I thought it was gone the first time. I learned that cancer doesn't give up - so neither should you! Stay smart, be proactive and follow a RECURRENCE PREVENTION plan to KEEP CANCER AWAY.” MARC FUTTERWEIT- Survivor/Senior Ambassador for Male Breast Cancer Coalition Doctors will never guarantee that your cancer is gone forever, even after the remission period. The American Medical Community suggests that all survivors of cancer should subscribe to proper health and nutritional standards to support continued prevention. Take the right steps to OUTSMART CANCER TODAY by learning how recurrence works. Start by managing a healthy (and organic) lifestyle, support a regular fitness regimen and schedule an annual monitoring program with an advanced imaging professional or physician specializing in cancer diagnostics to maintain regular screening protocols for early detection or to help prevent cancer recurrence. (See complete flyer)

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A NEW WEAPON AGAINST RECURRENCE
"I have helped support cancer patients emotionally throughout their battle... to stay in the fight and maintain that inner strength that we all need to empower our immune system. But taking on the mindset to prevent RECURRENCE is (in many ways) another major hurdle. COMPLACENCE tends to take over especially after surgery, but this is the most important time when we need to stay alert. Join a prevention program where your physician, a trusted coach or health advisor can help you structure your new lifestyle"

- JESSICA GLYNN, LCSW is a practicing professional psychotherapist in NYC and is one of our top mental health advisors at the NY Cancer Resource Alliance's "Get Checked Now!" program.


Welcome to SMART SENSE- our new section publishing some of the latest 'smarticles' in the world of wellness from some of the most recognized supporters of a healthy existence 2.0! Meet our patient advocates, lifestyle & nutrition advisors and professional cancer coaches and get the latest insights on how to live up to that lifestyle upgrade that you deserve. Part of our mission in fighting cancer recurrence (and to stay in remission) is to subscribe to a personal program designed to keep the bad stuff away. That's the road to Ultimate Wellness!


9 KEY FACTORS IN RADICAL REMISSION (by: Atara Weisberger)

• Radically changing your diet (primarily eliminating sugar, dairy, meat and refined foods)
• Taking control of your health
• Following your intuition
• Using herbs and supplements
• Releasing suppressed emotions
• Increasing positive emotions
• Embracing social support
• Deepening your spiritual connection
• Having strong reasons for living

These 9 key factors in radical remission are the same powerful drivers of true wellness for everyone. If the body can heal itself from major illness with this holistic approach to self-care, how dramatically can we shift our sense of well-being if we adopt these principles when the body is not fighting for it's life? (TELL ME MORE!)


 

Welcome to the World of CARE

The desire to extend a helping hand to those in need is in all of us- especially when someone's health or physical well being is at risk. Leading the global front of this helping hand means searching for a cure against ALL major diseases and banding together as a community to form a solid support resource system from a grassroots level.

In the early 1900's, identifying cancer meant certain death. This brought the medical and non-medical people together to help establish the beginnings of what is to become a world-wide mission to battle and elimintate cancers and other devastating illnesses. Some of the most remarkable organizations have formed such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (1949) and the American Cancer Society (1913) who worked tirelessly in their crusade by assembling fundraisers, perform outreach projects and conduct educational programs-- all in the name of finding help for the many victims while funding the continuance of medical research for advanced treatment options. In recent years, cancer mortality has successfully shown a consistent decline due to the effectiveness of modern treatments and advanced methodologies. Where strongly funded and well-supported sciences are gaining significant technological advantage over what was once a vastly unknown disease, the rate of survivors are measuring well above the stats from years prior. But the fight is far from over.

 


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Visit: Awareness for a Cure "Survivor Stories" If you have a survivor story worth telling and wish to share it with us on camera, just drop us a line (email: awareness4acure@gmail.com). Your story can help so many pull through the rough parts of recovery.

One of the main reasons for public awareness includes the empowering inspiration of 'good news'. Especially in the fight against chronic diseases like cancer, success stories from innovations, medical breakthroughs and personal achievements, "positivity" in the form of a testimonial can be quite impactful to us all. Hearing about a survivor's journey can reinforce our inner strength throughout our own personal challenges. They can easily help us through the dark loneliness of illness and help elevate us through the emotional hurdles of the treatment and (even) post-treatment phases. Here is just one of a growing number of stories direct from a cancer survivor working her way into remission. Rachel Klein has completed her treatments battling Leukemia and reflects on how it all happened.


 

Innovative New Cancer Detection from A "SIMPLE BLOOD TEST"
Recently, a new form of blood test called IvyGene can confirm the presence of cancer as early as stage 1 by providing measurable data in the form of a score to make it easier to understand- while confirming the presence of cancer early, when it can be more easily managed and treated. "...our mission is to make cancer testing available and affordable for everyone. We work closely with thousands of physicians nationwide to provide early cancer confirmation and save lives sooner. Unlike many genetic tests that use DNA to determine the propensity or possibility of developing cancer over time, the IvyGene test confirms actual disease presence at the time of testing." (see complete article)

 


WE SUPPORT THE SUPPORTERS
The world of cancer care is comprised of some of the most dedicated and compassionate individuals who committed much (if not most) of their lives into the pursuits of helping others. To truly get in the fight, there is no better way than to bond with colleagues and gain the support of our fellow do-gooders. The New York Cancer Resource Alliance (NYCRA) is a privately managed Linkedin-based private group of cancer related professionals. NYCRA is established as a private circle of like minds bringing support to the existing resources (that's YOU) in the form of increasing your web visibility, new exposure to your events or article posts and grow your alliance. (Visit our website)
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UCLA Health is among the world’s most comprehensive academic health systems, with a mission to provide state-of-the-art patient care, train top medical professionals and support pioneering research and discovery. It includes four hospitals on two campuses — Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA in the Westwood area of Los Angeles, and UCLA Health - Santa Monica Medical Center – and more than 200 medical practices throughout Southern California. UCLA Health also includes the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.


HIGH MARKS FOR HIFU IN EARLY PROSTATE CANCER
by Charles Bankhead, Senior Associate Editor, MedPage Today | July 10, 2018

Failure-free survival of almost 90% at 5 years
Men with newly diagnosed, nonmetastatic prostate cancer had a 5-year failure-free survival (FFS) of 88% when treated with focal high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) therapy, results of a multicenter European clinical experience showed. The 625-patient cohort had a 5-year overall survival of 99%, and none of the patients died of prostate cancer during a median follow-up of 56 months. In a subgroup of men who submitted questionnaires on patient-reported outcomes, 98% said they did not require absorbent pads for urinary incontinence. "While it is accepted that whole-gland radical prostatectomy and radical radiotherapy are effective in treating clinically significant nonmetastatic prostate cancer these modalities involve significant probabilities of urinary and sexual side effects, and some bowel toxicity in the case of radiotherapy," Hashim U. Ahmed, MD, of University College London, and co-authors reported in European Urology. "Focal therapy, by treating known areas of cancer with a margin, aims to preserve prostate tissue and minimize damage to the neurovascular bundles, bladder neck, external urethral sphincter, and rectum." "We have shown that this strategy has a low probability of treatment-related side effects and achieves good cancer control in the medium term. Despite the absence of long-term follow-up, we find these results reassuring and acceptable, considering that we predominantly used focal HIFU in intermediate- and high-risk cancer." The study reflects improved outcomes that have occurred since urologic oncologists added local HIFU to their armamentarium, said Leonard S. Marks, MD, of the University of California Los Angeles, who was not involved in the study. A UCLA-supported study of focal HIFU for newly diagnosed prostate cancer is ongoing. (see full article: go to medpagetoday.com)

 


HIGH-INTENSITY FOCUSED ULTRASOUND OFFERS NONINVASIVE TREATMENT FOR CANCER PATIENTS
Melissa Rohman | March 19, 2018 | Oncology Imaging

High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) may potentially replace drug treatment for pain in cancer patients when combined with surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy, according to new research published online in the March-April 2018 issue of Radiographics. Cancer related pain may directly stem from tumors, injury to nociceptors or result from surgery or radiation therapy and is commonly treated with prescribed opioid analgesics. The noninvasive technique of HIFU however, which is approved for uterine fibroids, bone metastases, essential tremors and encouraged to treat pancreatic cancers, may be more effective than drugs and spare patients serious side effects and toxicity, according to researchers. At the forefront of HIPU treatment is precision: MRI technology localizes high-intensity ultrasound waves on a targeted region of the body without damaging surrounding tissues or organs. Noninvasive in nature and able to be safely repeated and combined with chemotherapy or radiation therapy, HIPU alleviates cancer related pain through tissue denervation, tumor mass reduction and neuromodulation, the researchers wrote, ultimately offering a multimodality approach to treating malignant diseases. (see complete article)


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