There is perhaps no incident more devastating than being told that you have cancer. Some survivors recall that hearing a physician say the words, “I’m sorry but you have cancer” is by far the most painful and shocking event that they have lived through. One method that has been proven to be effective in helping cancer patients cope more than the variety of drug interventions that are prescribed by physicians is the existence of a support group. Read More →
Most autoimmune diseases wreak tremendous havoc on the body because the immune system is compromised and the body cannot put up a defense to protect itself. In the case of Ulcerative Colitis, the body even attacks itself. There is no known cause for the disease but patients are generally weighed down with symptoms that affect the colon. There is pervasive inflammation and pain in the area which only worsen as the disease progresses.
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Unlike most women who typically get mild cases of spider veins in their legs and ankles, I had a rather above normal case. They were very evident and could likely have been seen from as far as 20 ft away if I was wearing shorts. The worst parts were below my knees and down to my ankles. I’m not exactly sure why or how I got them so bad, but that’s just what happens sometimes, I guess. Eventually I got tired enough of them that I went to professional help to see if there was anything I can do about them.
I went online and looked up spider veins Miami and thought this could be the doctor for me. So, somewhat embarrassed and somewhat excited, I called and set up my appointment. The next week is when I went into my consultation meeting with the doctor. I got really embarrassed when he first thing he said about my spider veins upon inspection was, “woah!” That really didn’t make me feel good, but what can you do.
He inspected both of my legs for a few minutes and then wrote some stuff down. He told me that this is a pretty sever case and far above typical treatments. Shaking, I just nodded my head continually. He eventually told me that I needed to see a professional who was able to deal with extreme cases such as mine. He told me about some various doctors, but none of them were in the area. I would have to fly out of the state to get my treatment? Then he said, “but if you really want the best treatment, you should probably go to varicose veins Orange County and get spider vein treatment done by one of my colleagues who specializes in extreme cases.”
Since I had to fly anyway, I might as well go to the best doctor. That afternoon, i booked my ticket for the following month and made an appointment. I’ve never been to California before so I thought I’d also take a little vacation while I was there. So after a few days of shopping at South Coast Plaza and eating some amazing food by the beach, the time for my appointment came. I went to the office and waited for my appointment. I was scared to hear some kind of bad news like they have never seen anything like it or it’s too sever of a case to treat.
The doctor called my name and I got in the office. He took a few glances and said yup we can treat that. I was so relieved after hearing that! Because he knew I was out of town, we did the procedure that morning. It was laser treatment and it took a couple hours, but at least it didn’t hurt too bad. I was able to walk out of the office after the procedure. He said it would take about two weeks to see signs of improvement and boy was he right! I couldn’t believe the difference at just two weeks. I felt like a whole new person!
If you are considering going into the exciting field of an Emergency Medical Technician then you will have to study some Oncology before you can get your certification. After all an EMT has to be prepared if they get called to respond to someone with Chemo, Radiation, or other types of cancer. This article will go over what an EMT needs to know about oncology in order to get their certification and the possibility of becoming an oncology nurse after you get your EMT certification.
When you are learning about the medical field one of the most interesting subjects out there is oncology. As an EMT you will may be working in several different environments. Many EMT’s go on to work as nurses that may even specialize in an Oncology hospital or clinic.
It is important to study some of the basic signs of cancer if you are going to be an EMT. This will allow you to assess a situation where a patient may be suffering from a tumor or some mass. For example, perhaps an EMT responds to a call where the patient is suffocating. If the EMT can recall his Oncology studies he may be able to realize that the patient is choking from a tumor in their throat. This might seem like a bad example, but lives are saves everyday by the little things an EMT knows.
If you decide to go on form an EMT to an Oncology nurse. There are several important steps to take. Of course you are going to have to complete your EMT training and certification which can take up to two years. After that you are going to want to attain either an associates or bachelors degree in nursing. This is going to give you the experience and education needed to take an entry level job in the field of oncology. Most hospitals will have their own specialized or dedicated wing just for oncology. This would be an ideal place to work for someone interested in this career. When you are pursuing your nursing education it’s important to make a plan on where you want to work. Often hospitals can give you the best advice on what education to pursue for the career you want.
If you want to take your education even further you can always get your masters degree as an official oncology nurse practitioner or get certification as an oncology nurse.
What will you get paid?
As far as money goes. The EMT/Oncology/Nurse path is not to shabby. The demand for this job is only going to increase, especially with all of the baby boomers retiring. You can make anywhere from $35000 to $125000 a year being an oncology nurse. Of course the amount you are paid is largely going to depend on your experience level, the education you have, and the area you live in.
When a friend of mine was diagnosed with oral cancer (cancer of the mouth) back in the fall of 2012, needless to say, her world was turned upside down. Even more concerning was that she was just 31 when she was hit with the terrible news.
Technically, anyone can get any time of cancer any time. That is, everyone, is at some risk of cancer. After all, cancer is essentially just a malfunction in the gene replication process–one of the many amazing human functions that we all take for granted. However, it is now well proven that life style choices (what you eat, environmental factors, how well you take care of yourself) play a big part in the causation of cancer in general, and certain types of cancer in particular. Oral cancer fits into this category of cancers that are heavily impacted by lifestyle choices. The following are some of the major risk factors for oral cancer:
- Smoking – The many toxic chemicals that are found in cigarettes and cigars are known carcinogens. Long term exposure to these chemicals reaks havoc on your body’s ability to carry out natural cell production
- Chewing Tobacco (dip) – Similar to smoking, chewing tobacco places toxic chemicals in direct contact with the sensitive areas around your tongue, gums, teeth and lips.
- Alcohol – Although the occasional drink is not thought to increase your risk of oral cancer much, excessive alcohol consumption is detrimental to your mouth and not just your liver
- Sun – In addition to damaging your skin, the sun can also take quite a toll on your lips. Your lips are actually more sensitive and more easily damaged than your skin on your arms, legs, chest, etc. Many people forget this fact when applying sun block.
Aside from protecting yourself by avoiding the risk factors above, arm yourself with the right information to be able to spot the signs of oral cancer. Catching cancer in its early stages is one of the biggest predictors of a successful treatment.
- Bleeding in the mouth for unexplained reasons
- Difficult time swallowing, talking, moving your jaw
- Unexplained pain in your mouth, tongue or teeth
- Weight loss
- Sores or bumps in the mouth
More information on the symptoms and risk factors can be found here.
Treatment and Recovery
One of the beneficial things about treating oral cancer is that the cancer is often more visible and accessible than for other cancers (that might be on internal organs). This provides a big advantage regarding (not just diagnosis), but treatment and recovery.
The first method of treatment often includes removing the impaired tissue. Often, a slightly larger area is removed to try and ensure that all cancer cells have been extracted. Close monitoring ensues and, if the cancer appears to still be present, a regiment of radiation might be administered to kill any remaining cancer cells.
Cosmetic procedures post recovery
Luckily, my friend who had oral cancer was able to catch the disease early enough to not need radiation treatment. Her cancer was mild enough that removing a portion of her gums and teeth was enough to catch everything. However, one very real life consequence of this procedure is that your appearance can look quite different than it did previously. Fortunately, she had some help from some oral surgeons and experts in cosmetic dentistry in Mississauga and was able to regain her bright smile and attractive appearance.
For someone who’s considering phlebotomy training, it may be a bit scary when dealing with a patient who has AIDS or HIV. After all, when dealing with blood, there is always the risk of infection if a blood draw is performed incorrectly. And when we’re talking about an infection from AIDS or HIV, it’s a very serious matter.
So what are the risks of a phlebotomist when dealing with a patient that has AIDS?
One thing to note is that among all injuries in healthcare settings, needlestick injuries are one of the most common. Every year, it’s estimated that 600,000 to 800,000 of these accidental needlestick injuries happen every year in the US. This is a dangerous statistic. These injuries put these employees at risk not only to HIV, but also to any other diseases that can be transmitted through blood like hepatitis C or hepatitis B.
However, so far the transmission of HIV in these needlestick injuries has been rare. From 1985 to 1999, there have only been 55 documented cases where HIV was transmitted through accidental needlestick injuries and an estimated 136 possible cases of HIV transmission. The 136 possible cases are listed as such because there was no way to decisively connect the HIV transmission to the needlestick injury versus another factor(potentially unprotected sex).
One thing to note is that a large share of needlestick injuries don’t involve blood infected with HIV. Earlier, we quoted 600,000 to 800,000 accidental needlesticks per year, but it is estimated that only 2 percent of these incidences involve any dealing with potentially HIV contaminated blood. That’s at most 16,000 incidences.
The chance of HIV transmission has been estimated at .3%. This means that of those 16,000 incidences of accidental needle sticks involving HIV contaminated blood, only 48 per year may actually be transmitted HIV.
However, while this is a small number, there are many ways to increase the risk of transmission. If the needle is extra bloody, or if the needle has been stuck in one of the patient’s veins/arteries, or if there was a deep injury, then the chance of HIV increases.
While contracting HIV from needlesticks is rare, if you believe you are at risk there are certain steps that you need to take. If you have been accidentally stuck by an HIV-contaminated needle, you should begin post-exposure prophylaxis immediately after the accident. This means you should take either lamivudine or zidovudine. Taking these reactive measures has been estimated to reduce the likelihood of infection by 79%!
So phlebotomists are definitely at risk of contracting HIV when dealing with contaminated patients. This usually occurs because of an accidental needlestick. However, of the hundreds of thousands of accidental needlesticks per year, only an estimated 16,000 incidences per year will even involve HIV contaminated blood, and only 48 of those may result in transmission of HIV. Of those 48, if you take reactive post-exposure prophylaxis measures, that reduces the total to 10 infected per year. So the risk is there, but you can take measures to make sure that even if you make a mistake, you can keep yourself from infection.
Drug and alcohol addiction can cause serious health issues as well as harm relationships with people that love the victims. In short, the problem doesn’t just hurt the abuser but also those that are close to the abuser. Unfortunately, alcohol addiction is more common these days than ever in history. It seems that as a society we are more likely to look the other way when someone has a drinking problem but if you find yourself in this situation, either as someone addicted to alcohol or as someone who has a loved one addicted to alcohol, then you should do something about it, something strong instead of making excuses. Most likely the problem will not go away on its own. Less than 5% of alcohol addictions are self-cured. Most abusers will need to enroll in some sort of alcohol rehab program to successfully kick the habit and even then they will need to maintain some sort of rehabilitation to continue being successful at kicking the addiction.
When looking at places to enroll for rehab there are a number of factors to consider. The program should have a facility that abusers can reside at until they are strong enough to be placed in the real world. They need to gain the ability to deal with the triggers that are putting them in the position to make bad decisions. They should have a comprehensive program that continues to treat the patient well after their release. Check out the way that New Awakenings runs their program. Staying at their facility for a minimum of 4 weeks is a requirement and you have to sign a waiver saying you will not leave at any time prior to them signing off on your ability to handle triggers in the real world. They also require checking in for a minimum of 8 weeks after your release. They know that an abuser can slide back to their former habits rather easily if they don’t have a support system in place to monitor and help them avoid falling off the wagon so to speak.
They know that abusers are always going to be facing the threat of abuse for their entire lives and they create a support system around that theory. They understand that not everyone has the money to pay for such comprehensive rehab programs so they offer financing options as well. This can make the difference between someone getting help and someone saying they won’t get help because they can’t afford it. Not everyone needs such a full on program like the ones offered by stay in facilities like New Awakenings but the chances of success increase greatly when an overall approach is taken toward ending the abuse of drugs and alcohol. In fact, you are 75% more likely to be drug free or alcohol free if you attend a comprehensive program as opposed to joining a support group or going to a psychiatrist.
The proof is in the pudding as they say. If you are serious about ending the abuse in your life or in a loved one’s life, then you need to do your research and if at all possible, get that person in to a comprehensive drug rehabilitation center to be treated.
I would like to share the story of Rebecca who was diagnosed with rectal cancer last year. Her cancer was rather far along and her diagnosis included more than one surgery and plenty of rectal chemotherapy. She was told that her chances of surviving were not that great due to cancer being in the late stages. Rebecca seemed to take all this in as best as anyone can in her situation. She was very depressed at first but she was a trooper and made it to every treatment. At first the doctors were encouraged by how well the treatments were going and they gave her some hope that maybe she could beat this cancer which lifted her spirits somewhat.
I saw her after her last treatment and she seemed to believe she had beaten the cancer but it wasn’t more than two months later that I saw her at the hospital. Her condition had worsened and the prognosis wasn’t good. They told her she only had 3 months to live if that and she went home to be with her family for her final time on this earth.
It wasn’t even one month later that she came to me and asked me for help. She had made 10 quilts with the word hope embroidered across them and asked me if I would distribute them to chemotherapy patients as a reminder to keep fighting the good fight. Here this woman had 3 months to live and she was making quilts for other people going through what she had endured, what she had endured for what seemed like a waste of time now. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her. She had spent all this time going to her treatments in the hope that she would beat this cancer and it hadn’t worked for her. After all her fight she was going to die in a matter of months.
Well a few weeks went by and she came to me again with another 15 “hope quilts” and told me that she had started a foundation that would make these hope quilts for people going through chemotherapy but that she was the only member of the foundation at this time and that she didn’t have the time to grow the foundation because she was too busy making the quilts. She asked if I would join the foundation as the person in charge of handing these quilts out to patients. I accepted, knowing that this wouldn’t go on for much longer but feeling that I could do my small part in making this happen.
After that second visit from Rebecca, I saw her one more time before she passed. She had brought me another 20 “hope quilts” that last time and I handed them out to patients at the center I work at. The people who received the hope quilts were happy to receive them, knowing they came from a fellow patient. I couldn’t believe the joy each patient expressed when receiving their quilt. It was a few months after Rebecca had passed that a little girl by the name of Sarah came up to me and asked if I was the person she needed to see about getting a “Hope Quilt”. I was floored and didn’t know what to say so I told her I was indeed that person and that I would get her one when the next batch came in.
It was because of Sarah that I now own a janome serger sewing machine from JanomeFlyer.com and it is because of Sarah that I taught myself how to sew quilts and embroider the word “Hope” on every quilt that I make.
There are many reasons people can get cancer. One of them being messing around with hormones. One of the hottest new supplements called deer antler velvet is a product that can have drastic health side effects. This article will outline some safety precautions to taking this substance and some of the worse side effects.
The basic idea behind using deer antler velvet as a supplement is that it’s harvested when a male deers antlers are fuzzy. It is said to be used for muscle repair and body building. It can also be used as a growth supplement to get bigger or grow taller. The only problem with all this is the supplement is messing with your hormones. Some studies suggest it can actually cause increased levels of estrogen.
There problem with increase levels of estrogen is it’s been suspected as a carcinogen for many years now. Women who take estrogen as a supplement or treatment for menopause are at a higher risk of breast cancer. So if deer antler velvet is increasing estrogen levels in both men and women then they may be exposed to increased risk of breast cancer as well. Other reported adverse side effects of this product include any hormone specific conditions such as ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, and other conditions that are affected by estrogen.
It is highly suggested to do your research before testing this new supplement. There are many companies that offer Deer Antler Velvet, Nutronics Labs being one of the most popular. It’s important to make sure the company sells the real natural form of deer antler velvet, and not some manufactured chemical version.
It is also recommended to consult with a trusted doctor before taking the supplement. Other side effects people have started noticing include sleep apnea. It’s also a natural HGH or human growth hormone. Harmful side effects that have been reported with HGH include nerve and muscle pain, as well as joint pain. If you are pregnant then you shouldn’t even think about it. It’s also important to monitor your hormone levels to make sure they are in balance.
It’s all up you and your own decisions. If you want to try this new supplement just know there are associated risks. It’s better to eat healthy natural foods. From my personal experience there is always going to be some hot new marketing product, but if you really want to be healthy, you should avoid these all together. You will want to make sure your eating healthy natural food, and try to avoid pesticides and genetically modified food as well.
So if you are looking for a supplement to add to your body building regimen, then you may want to consider using this deer antler velvet. However just know there are risks associated with this supplement. You have been educated and now the choice is up to you.
A simple HIV test will detect the presence of the HIV infection in your body. It’s important to point out from the beginning that what it will not do is detect how long you have been infected or if the HIV virus has developed into AIDs. The test works by detecting the presence of antibodies in your blood stream. Whenever you are infected with a foreign bacteria or virus, your immune system will produce specific antibodies to try and eliminate it from your body. HIV tests detect the specific antibodies your body produces in response to the presence of the HIV virus.
This guide will go through some of the things that you can expect during a HIV test and some of the things that you should be aware of. For a full example of the difference between HIV and AIDs check out our full guide on the topic.
Understanding the Window Period
One of the first things to understand is that your body will take several weeks (the period is usually between two and twelve for the vast majority of people but it can take much loner in some rare cases) to start producing HIV antibodies. This is called the window period.
Whilst there are some tests that look to detect the virus itself (it’s worth asking what kind of test you will be taking) you will usually have one that finds antibodies. This causes some confusion. What this essentially means is that you could be infected with the HIV virus but still test as negative if you are still in the “window period.” Take the following as an example: if you have sex at the beginning of the week on a Sunday and go for a HIV test on the Wednesday or Thursday of the same week it is almost certain that you will have a negative result. If you were to go and have a test three or four weeks later it is still possible that you would test negative. For this reason it’s vital, if you are having sex with multiple partners, that you are getting a regular sexually transmitted disease test. This will mean that you will know if you have HIV but also other potentially harmful STIs.
What Happens in the Test?
Whilst the specific test for HIV will vary from country to country, there will be several similarities wherever you are. Almost all tests will be absolutely confidential and it is also rare that you have to give any personal details. You may also have to fill out a short questionnaire. Very often, you will also be given a short explanation of what the test involves.
In terms of the actual test, there are three options that are likely. The first two take several weeks to process and involve either a small toothbrush-like mechanism that you hold in your mouth for several minutes or a blood sample. There is also a much quicker test where a prick of blood is taken and you receive the results instantly.
Remember, the health structures are in place to help you and you should never be scared thatyou will not be fully supported, whatever the outcome.
Being diagnosed with HIV can seem like an incredibly life-altering thing. It can also be a very daunting process to go through. A range of emotions will naturally accompany any response to being told that you are HIV positive. The thing to remember is that there are many support structures in place to help you get through this difficult time. There are also numerous treatments that have been shown to be effective beyond any scientific doubt.
These treatments are successful at preventing the onset of AIDs and at helping an individual diagnosed with HIV continue to lead a fulfilling and health life. The most vital thing to remember, if you are diagnosed with HIV, is to seek treatment as soon as possible. The practitioner who gave you your test will most likely be able to refer you to a specialist or a clinic depending on your needs. They will also be able to offer some guidance regarding the various support structures that are in place.
The treatment that you need will vary depending on numerous factors including, but not necessarily limited to, the viral load and number of T-Cells in your system.
Practical Tips for Coping With HIV
Your reaction will most likely be a strong and confusing one when you are told that you have a HIV infection. Depression, fear and anxiety are all emotions that you may feel. Remember, that these feelings are only temporary and that, given time, you will adjust to some of the changes that will occur in your life. Here are a few practical tips for coping with your emotions:
- Create a network of supportive people around you. Family, friends and doctors are all people that you should be able to share your feelings with.
- Engage with activities that relieve stress. Focus on fulfilling and meaningful work. Such a difficult time will create a gap in which the things that are truly important to you will crystallize.
- Focus on developing healthy daily habits. Make sure that your are getting enough sleep every night, cut down on harmful substances like recreational drugs, nicotine, alcohol and caffeine, and make sure that your are eating regular, healthy meals throughout the day.
- Start practising relaxation activities. Meditation and yoga are two examples of an activity that you could easily build into your daily life that can have numerous, often unexpected, benefits.
- Join a support group. There are many of these groups that offer a safe and open environment for discussing your feelings and learning about how others are dealing with their HIV infection.
Always remember that there are various forms of therapy and counselling available to you. If you are in a delicate emotional state, these kinds of activity can offer tremendous benefits. Many will be available to you and you should consult your health practitioner to talk about the options.
Remember, that whatever happens, you are not alone and you have the strength to deal with an HIV infection. There is no reason why you cannot lead a healthy, fulfilling and passionate life.