All Cancer

Cancer Patients 2A cancer diagnosis turns a person’s world upside down–emotionally, physically and financially.

The American Cancer Society has programs and services to help people with cancer and their loved ones understand cancer, manage their lives through treatment and recovery, and find the emotional support they need. And best of all, it is free.

CancerCare® can help. provide telephone, online and face-to-face counselingsupport groupseducationpublications and financial and co-payment assistance. Professional oncology social workers offer personalized care, and all of our services are free of charge.

Ovarian Cancer

In women ages 35-74, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths. An estimated one woman in 75 will develop ovarian cancer during her lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 22,280 new cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed this year.

When one is diagnosed and treated in the earliest stages, the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent. Due to ovarian cancer’s non-specific symptoms and lack of early detection tests, about 20 percent of all cases are found early, meaning in stage I or II. If caught in stage III or higher, the survival rate can be as low as 28 percent.

I personally, have lost a dear friend to ovarian cancer. I miss her terribly. I am so blessed to have Meredith share her story of overcoming ovarian cancer, and her dedication to bring awareness to the symptoms and to help win the fight over this terrible disease.

The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s ( mission is to save lives by fighting tirelessly to prevent and cure ovarian cancer, and to improve the quality of life for Survivors.

Through national programs and local NOCC chapter initiatives, the NOCC’s goal is to educate communities and increase awareness about the symptoms of ovarian cancer. The NOCC also provides information to assist newly-diagnosed patients, hope to Survivors, and support to caregivers. The NOCC is also committed to the advancement of ovarian cancer research.

Meredith and her husband are hosting the “Run/Walk to Break the Silence of Ovarian Cancer”, which is being held November 6 at the University of Arizona mall. I will be attending and would encourage all those who are part of Scarred Beautiful to come. If you are unable to make it, but would like to participate in your communities NOCC events, please go to to find a chapter in your area.

There are also other online support groups for those who are affected by cancer.

Cancer Support Community
The Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. With its network of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals, the organization offers personalized services and education, by telephone and the Internet.

Together we can make a difference, together we can educate and bring awareness, and together we can save lives.

Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid cancer does not get the attention that other diseases do, yet there are 20,000 to 200,000 US cases per year, and rates seem to be increasing in the United States.

Did you know Thyroid cancer is much more common in women than in men?
Prompt attention to signs and symptoms is the best way to diagnose most thyroid cancers early. Thyroid cancer can cause any of the following signs or symptoms:

• A lump in the neck, sometimes growing quickly
• Swelling in the neck
• Pain in the front of the neck, sometimes going up to the ears
• Hoarseness or other voice changes that do not go away
• Trouble swallowing
• Trouble breathing
• A constant cough that is not due to a cold

If you have any of these signs or symptoms, talk to your doctor right away. Many of these symptoms can also be caused by non-cancerous conditions or even other cancers of the neck area. Lumps in the thyroid are common and are usually benign. Still, if you have any of these symptoms, it’s important to see your doctor right away so the cause can be found and treated, if needed.


Most thyroid cancers can be treated successfully. But advanced cancers can be hard to treat, especially if they do not respond to radioactive iodine (RAI) therapy. Doctors and researchers are looking for new ways to treat thyroid cancer that are more effective and lead to fewer side effects.
More information on thyroid cancer can be found at
Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:

The American Thyroid Association
Toll-free number: 1-800-THYROID (1-800-849-7643)

National Cancer Institute
Toll-free number: 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)
TTY: 1-800-332-8615

ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc.
Toll-free number: 1-877-588-7904

Pediatric Cancer

It is especially heartbreaking when a child suffers from it. We can help this prayer become a reality by supporting Steele Children’s Research. The UA Steele Children’s Research Center’s physician-scientists and researchers are passionate and dedicated to improving children’s health through basic science research, translational research and clinical research. As the research arm of the UA Department of Pediatrics, the Steele Center is one of the prestigious Centers of Excellence in the UA College of Medicine. To learn more about Steele Children’s Research please go to their website