Melinda Welsh writes about the prognosis for her metastatic squamous cell head and neck carcinoma and how she learned she likely has a "yearish" to live. She feels well after recovering from the side effects of treatment. "I am working part time. And I have turned my attention to the question How do I best spend the time I have left? My answer is writing, family and friends, the pleasures of small things," she writes.
If you are 50 or over or have a family history of colon cancer, you should be screened. African-Americans should be screened beginning at age 45. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable -- and curable -- types of cancer when detected early. Since the risk of colon cancer increases with age, getting screened is essential. Learn more about colon cancer, who is at risk and when you should get tested. If you have a colonoscopy scheduled or would like to learn more about what to expect during the procedure, see the video, What to Expect During a Colonoscopy here.
Draft guidance issued by the U.K.'s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence does not endorse the use of GlaxoSmithKline's Tyverb or Roche Holding's Herceptin in addition to an aromatase inhibitor for women with hormone-receptor and HER2-positive breast cancer. "The evidence suggests that these drug combinations do not offer enough additional value to patients over and above currently available treatment to justify the high cost that the [National Health Service] would have to pay for them," NICE CEO Andrew Dillon said.
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and a colorful diet rich in fruits and vegetables plus a lively lifestyle are good ways to help prevent the disease. Experts also advise knowing the warning signs of colon cancer, including changes in bowel habits, and getting regular cancer screenings.