World Cancer Day!!

February 4 is celebrated as the World Cancer Day. Make this day special for your loved ones who fought it courageously, the ones who are fighting it with positive attitude and remember the brave ones who fought till the end but couldn’t make it.

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Always remember you beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live 🙂

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10 Facts about Cancer you should know!!

The best known fact is that as per the survey there are more than 28 million people worldwide who survived cancer. So do not give up on it; if they can do I am sure others can as well…..
Always remember the most important thing in illness is not to lose heart and hope 🙂

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November is Cancer Caregiver’s month

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Although it is the last day of the month and I know it is late but it is not too late to share the information. We talked of different types of cancer every month but caregivers and relationships of family members with the cancer patients is very important aspect which cannot be overlooked.

Caregivers are often family members or friends who provide important physical, practical, and emotional support to a person with cancer. Caregivers may have a range of responsibilities on a daily or as-needed basis. Below are some of the responsibilities caregivers may take on:

  • Providing support and encouragement
  • Giving medications
  • Helping manage symptoms and side effects
  • Coordinating medical appointments
  • Providing a ride to appointments
  • Assisting with meals
  • Helping with household chores
  • Handling insurance and billing issues

Parenting while living with Cancer: Being a parent while living with cancer is often physically and emotionally exhausting. You may wonder how you can cope with a cancer diagnosis while caring for your family and yourself. Start by accepting help from others and reconsidering your schedule and to-do list. Asking for help when you need it allows you to spend less time worrying and more time enjoying your loved ones.

  • Get support from family and friends
  • Seek community support
  • Ask your children for help
  • Reevaluate your priorities
  • Care for yourself

Family Life: As any person with cancer knows, a cancer diagnosis also affects family members and friends. Sometimes, the complex feelings and lifestyle changes caused by cancer and its treatment become as overwhelming for others in your life as they are for you. Understanding the potential changes in the way you relate to specific family members and friends may help you take steps to foster healthy, mutually supportive relationships during this challenging time.

Spouse and Partners: Cancer has the greatest effect on marriages and other long-term partnerships. After a cancer diagnosis, both individuals may experience sadness, anxiety, anger, or even hopelessness.The effects of cancer vary from couple to couple. For some couples, facing the challenges of cancer together strengthens their relationship. For others, the stress of cancer may create new problems and worsen existing problems.

Friends and other family members: The effects of cancer on your relationships with friends and family members vary widely, based on the closeness of each relationship. Different families have different communication and coping styles. Consider how your family reacts in a crisis and how family members have dealt with other difficult situations. This will help you plan your strategy for communicating news and asking for support.

 

Journey from Cancer to First Sub 2 in Half Marathon

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, patience, dedication, determination and persistence
Some moments are memorable for life; this is surely one such moment;my first sub 2 post cancer. It took me two and a half years to reach but the wait was worth it and full of learnings….
A big thanks to all my friends who were there throughout, supported and motivated me. This run is dedicated to my parents, family and all my friends…

Life is bigger than Cancer!!

Life is bigger than cancer. Never give up!!

Look for these hoardings in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Vadodara at the following places MANINAGAR -KRISHNABAUG CIRCLE – Ahmedabad, MANSI CIRCLE- Ahmedabad, KUNDANHALLI ROAD – Bengaluru

Please spread the message, there is life after cancer……

October is Liver Cancer Awareness Month!!

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The liver is one of the largest organs in the body. It filters harmful substances from the blood, produces bile that helps in the digestion of fats, and stores sugar that the body uses for energy.

There are two types of primary liver cancer in adults – hepatocellular carcinoma and cholangiocarcinoma. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common type of adult primary liver cancer. It is relatively rare in the United States, although its incidence is rising, principally in relation to the spread of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection.

According to these available data the age adjusted incidence rate of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in India for men ranges from 0.7 to 7.5 and for women 0.2 to 2.2 per 100,000 population per year. The male:female ratio for HCC in India is 4:1. The age of presentation varies from 40 to 70 years. According to a study conducted by verbal autopsy in 1.1 million homes representing the whole country, the age standardized mortality rate for HCC in India for men is 6.8/100,000 and for women is 5.1/100,000.

Having hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or cirrhosis are significant risk factors for adult primary liver cancer. Liver cancer is more common in men than women, and among Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native populations.

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September is Childhood Cancer and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Month

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Cancer in children and adolescents is rare and biologically very different from cancer in adults.It is estimated that about 148000 cancers occurred during 2008 in children aged 0–14 years in less-developed regions. In India cancer is the 9th common cause for the deaths among children between  5  to  14  years  of  age. The  proportion  of childhood  cancers  relative  to  all  cancers  reported  by Indian  cancer  registries  varied  from  0.8%  to  5.8%  in boys, and from 0.5% to 3.4% in girls. Some shocking statistics of Indian children are given below:

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So be aware and don’t be ignorant, this can happen to anyone at any age.

Hodgkin’s lymphoma — formerly known as Hodgkin’s disease — is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of your immune system.

In Hodgkin’s lymphoma, cells in the lymphatic system grow abnormally and may spread beyond the lymphatic system. As Hodgkin’s lymphoma progresses, it compromises your body’s ability to fight infection.
Hodgkin’s lymphoma is one of two common types of cancers of the lymphatic system. The other type, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, is far more common.Advances in diagnosis and treatment of Hodgkin’s lymphoma have helped give people with this diagnosis the chance for a full recovery. The prognosis continues to improve for people with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

I would not comment much on it and let Harteij comment, he is a fighter and Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor. Salute to you buddy; take a bow.

Gout can also lead to Kidney damage!!

Gout is a painful disease that occurs when uric acid, a normal waste product, builds up in the blood and forms crystals in the joints and/or kidneys.

Uric acid normally dissolves in the blood, processes through the kidney, and leaves the body in the urine. If the body makes extra uric acid, or if the kidneys cannot clear enough of it, then uric acid levels in the blood will become too high, a condition known as hyperuricemia.

Hyperuricemia is not a disease and may not cause problems, but if it continues for a long time and conditions in the body are right, crystals may form and cause gout. Most experts recommend that uric acid levels stay below 6.0 mg/dL in order to prevent gout attacks.

Uric acid comes from the breakdown of purines, naturally-occurring chemicals that are found in both our diets and our bodies. Foods and drinks that contribute most to hyperuricemia and gout include: redmeat, organ meat, seafood, beer, liquor, and sugar-sweetened items, especially with high fructose corn syrup. Health problems such as obesity,high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol may also lead to increased uric acidand the development of gout. And because some medications may also increase risk, you should review all your medications and supplements with your doctor. Other causes of hyperuricemia and gout include kidney disease, exposure to lead, hypothyroidism, severe illness or stress, and extreme physical exertion.

Some people with gout do not have high uric acid levels, so it is very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle no matter the level. Do not smoke, follow a well-balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight, and exercise.

Joint and Kidney Damage Caused by Gout

Uric acid crystals deposited in the joints can cause pain, swelling, stiffness, and deformity, and impair movement.

Uric acid crystals deposited in the kidneys can become large stones. These stonesare very painful and can cause permanent kidney damage by 1) forming an obstruction that prevents your kidneys from removing wastes and causing infection, and 2) scarring the kidneys with rough or sharp edges. Both problems can lead to chronic kidney disease and even kidney failure.

Chronic kidney disease occurs when the kidneys have been damaged and/or kidney function has been greatly decreased for more than 3 months, andit is detected with routine laboratory tests. One of these tests is estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) which determines the level of kidney function. Another test measures albumin in the urine and is called urine albumin-to–creatinine ratio (ACR). Albumin in the urine may be a sign of kidney damage.

Kidney failure occurs when kidney function is so poor that there are severe symptoms, or when there is a need for dialysis or transplant to treatcomplications that could lead to more sickness and death.

Prevent Gout Attacks and Kidney Damage

Focus on lifestyle changes to reduce your risk for developing gout and kidney damage. High uric acid is the strongest risk factor for developing gout, but if you eliminate the causes of high uric acid such as obesity and high blood pressure, then you may prevent gout attacks.

Follow a healthy diet that contains mostly vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and low fat dairy products. Limit sugar-sweetened foods and drinks, especially those that contain high fructose corn syrup. Limit alcohol, meat, and fish, especially shrimp and lobster. Avoid crash diets because they can make the urine more acid, which makes it harder for uric acid to dissolve.

Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day (8 cups) to help reduce the risk for stone formation.

Kidney disease may lead to bone disorder..

Why are kidneys important for bone health?
Healthy kidneys do many important jobs. They remove wastes and extra fluid from your body, help make red blood cells, and help keep bones strong. They also help to keep the right amount of minerals in your blood. Minerals are nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy.

When you have kidney disease or kidney failure, your kidneys cannot do these important jobs well. As a result, you may develop mineral and bone disorder. It is a common problem in people with kidney disease, and it affects almost everyone with kidney failure.

What is mineral and bone disorder?
Mineral and bone disorder related to kidney disease happens when there is an imbalance in your blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. This mineral imbalance can affect your bones, heart and blood vessels.

How does kidney disease and kidney failure lead to bone and heart disease?
When too much kidney function is lost, your kidneys can no longer filter out extra phosphorus and remove it from the body in the urine. Over time, phosphorus from the foods you eat can build up to high levels in your blood.

Healthy kidneys also change vitamin D from sunlight and the foods you eat into active vitamin D that your body can use. When kidneys fail there is a short supply of active vitamin D. This causes calcium and phosphorus to get out of balance.

When the blood phosphorus level goes up and blood vitamin D level goes down, your body makes too much parathyroid hormone (PTH). High PTH levels cause calcium to move from your bones into your blood. As calcium leaves your bones they become weaker, more brittle, and are more likely to break. Some calcium may also end up in the heart and blood vessels. This may cause or worsen heart disease.

What are the signs and symptoms of mineral and bone disorder?
Mineral and bone disorder can cause you to have:

Itchy skin
Bone pain
Weak bones that break easily
Blocked blood vessels
Heart problems
Anemia
Nerve problems
Difficulty fighting off germs

How do I know if I have mineral and bone disorder?

You will have blood tests to check your blood levels of calcium, phosphorus, PTH and vitamin D. Some people may need to have a bone biopsy. A bone biopsy is a sample of bone taken for study. Your healthcare provider may order an x-ray of your abdomen, or an echocardiogram of your heart to check if mineral imbalance has affected your heart and blood vessels.

How do you treat mineral and bone disorder?
Many people with kidney disease or kidney failure need treatment for high blood phosphorus or PTH levels. Your healthcare provider will order the treatment that is right for you.