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The Poster Survivor of Childhood Cancer and Heart Transplant

I had the great pleasure of meeting Terri Dome after her first photoshoot as the 2011 poster patient of the Texas Heart Institute. In telling her story, Terri hit on several topics that I thought were particularly insightful – but first a little background on Terri. Terri was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma at age 13….

Do You Have Chemobrain?

Sometimes when I am giving a speech and am embarking on the subject of fatigue, I’ll ask the audience members to raise their hand if they are not tired. Usually not more than one or two hands go up. People laugh in that “ah ha” sort of way, and I imagine that they are thinking,…

A Flower from Jewel to Breast Cancer Survivors

For her entire career, singer-songwriter Jewel has been empowering broken women through tough times — a lyrical energy pushing up sunflowers through parched earth. Her playlist offers plenty of songs about life, love, heartbreak and loss. And she’s just added a new one dedicated to breast cancer survivors. With her latest song, ‘Flower,’ Jewel hopes…

Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship

“We are talking about disease where you really do have long-term survivors.” Ezra Cohen, MD If you’ve been diagnosed with head and neck cancer (HNC), you are considered a cancer survivor. You will be one for the rest of your life. If you’ve completed your treatment, you’re probably ready to move on with your life….

Jenee’s Story

I love the term “survivor.” It means so much to me because I am so grateful to be alive. Being diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) at age 32 was certainly a shock. I’d never known any one of my peers to receive such a diagnosis. I knew people whose moms had breast cancer, but…

Healthcare Leader Dan Wolterman: More Than Skin Deep

The view from Dan Wolterman’s office in the new Memorial Hermann tower at Memorial City shows both downtown Houston in the distance and Uptown Houston closer in. This is where Dan Wolterman works as CEO of the sprawling Memorial Hermann Healthcare System that has in recent months taken the world’s center stage as rehabilitation specialist…

Dietary Supplements: Risks, Benefits and Other Information

Surviving a cancer diagnosis can mean a continuous battle to maintain health and to prevent recurrence. Surveys show that majority of survivors resort to dietary supplements with the hopes of cure and improving quality of life. Whereas some supplements offer health benefits, others have unintended adverse effects.  Therefore, it is important for patients to address…

The Ultimate Survivor Looking Forward

In October, 2004, Elizabeth Edwards was traveling the United States supporting her husband, John Edwards, the former senator and Democratic vice presidential nominee. While on the campaign trail in Wisconsin, she detected a lump the size of a slice of plum on the side of her breast. Having a harmless breast cyst before, she thought…

Best Options for Prostate Surgery: Traditional versus Robot-Assisted Procedures

A diagnosis of prostate cancer that hasn’t spread comes with treatment options such as watchful waiting, hormone therapy, and radiation. But if your doctor recommends prostate removal, you have one very important decision: trust your surgery to human hands or to robotic arms controlled by your surgeon. A study led by researchers at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts…

Acupuncture for the Cancer Survivor

In the last two decades, many cancer survivors have resorted to Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which includes natural products, mind-body medicine, manipulative and body-based practices. According to the National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, acupuncture is considered a form of mind-body medicine. A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report indicated that more than 8…