Larynx Liver‡ Lung & bronchus Melanoma of the skin Oral cavity & pharynx
Urinary bladder§ Uterine cervix Uterine corpus
78 70 68 91 82 95
*Rates are adjusted for normal life expectancy and are based on cases diagnosed in the SEER 18 areas from 2002-2008, followed through 2009. †Includes renal pelvis. ‡Includes intrahepatic bile duct. §Rate for in situ cases is 96%.
Local: an invasive malignant cancer confined entirely to the organ of origin. Regional: a malignant cancer that 1) has extended beyond the limits of the organ of origin directly into surrounding organs or tissues; 2) involves regional lymph nodes by way of lymphatic system; or 3) has both regional extension and involvement of regional lymph nodes. Distant: a malignant cancer that has spread to parts of the body remote from the primary tumor either by direct extension or by discontinuous metastasis to distant organs, tissues, or via the lymphatic system to distant lymph nodes.
Me: What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Cancer’
Kikie: *looking so bored*Some deadly disease
Me: What do you mean by ‘deadly disease’
Kikie:Like that disease that like,it’s a certain disease,let’s say that like there are different types and some are curable some are not..but a lot of people die form it every year.*so many ‘likes’*
Me: Have you ever had someone close to you die from cancer?
Kikie: No contact whatsoever
Me: How would you feel if someone close to you died from it?
Kikie: If it could have been avoided it would have been very sad and devastating but it couldn’t,it will be like a normal death *feeling sad because she thinks he’s not emotional enough*
Me:What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Cancer’
James: *in deep thoughts* Well,the first thing that comes to mind is death because I know it’s an incurable disease but then I also come to think about encouragement since I was taught by our preacher that the only cure of it is the faith in God;so it also brings to me trust.
Me: So you think it’s totally incurable?
James: Medically,I think it is curable unless its found out in its early stages.
Me: What type of cancer do you know of?
James: Kidney Cancer
Me: Do you know their scientific names?
James: No,I don’t but I just know them by the parts they affect like brain cancer,kidney cancer etc.
Me: Have you had anyone close to you die of cancer?
James: Well I’ve never heard of anyone butI’ve heard and seen of those who have it but they are still living by now.
Me:How would you feel if someone close to you died from it?
James: Well,death is a loss so that will bring about unhappiness. And to an extent,I will feel like God doesn’t really love me.
Me: But what if it was the case where the cancer the person had was curable but you didn’t know,so you used your own treatment methods..What will you do..and how would you feel?
James:First,I’ll feel like its my fault because I didn’t provide the right treatment but it would also give some kind of encouragement that we shouldn’t keep professional issues to ourselves but we should give a chance to the people in charge to do their part
Me: Do you think you need more knowledge on cancer or you don’t thing it’s that important?
James: I think it is because we have to be aware of surrounding issues because anything can happen at any time.
Scientist Explores Gene to Increase Survival Rate of Patients with High-Risk Leukemia
Research could lead to targeted therapies
Chris Porter, MD from the University of Colorado and Children’s Hospital of Denver splits his time seeing pediatric oncology patients and researching targeted therapies aimed at improving treatments for leukemia. His lab at the University of Colorado is focused on using functional genomic screening to identify novel therapeutic strategies for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
With an overall survival rate of 80%, most leukemia patients receive a standardized treatment that has been proven successful. However, when a patient with leukemia relapses, their chances of survival decrease significantly. Dr. Porter plans on researching why these cancers do not respond well to traditional chemotherapy, and what therapies can be created to improve survival rates. He believes that to understand this, doctors need to explore the genes responsible for initiating and maintaining the leukemia and then develop therapies targeted to vulnerabilities that these genes create to successfully treat the disease. Read more
Are there any ordinary people? John Legend seems to think so. He wrote a song about it. He says, We’re just ordinary people. We don’t know which way to go.
His lyrics are filled with maybes… maybe we’ll live and learn, maybe we’ll crash and burn… maybe this, maybe that, blah, blah, blah. He’s clearly so confused, and lost. I can relate. I once was lost too.
So what is ordinary anyway? By definition, ordinary isn’t all that glamorous. In fact, one would hope NOT to be ordinary by how Dictionary.com would define the word. Mediocre. Average. Unexceptional. Am I that kind of ordinary? Let’s see.
I consider myself a regular girl who loves coffee, candy corn and cupcakes. I love to read, write, and eat, but hate to cook. I’m sensitive, self-conscious, and sarcastic. And I prefer people watching more than socializing.