Cancer Control Month on April, 2024: April is "National Cancer Control Month" - What does that mean?
April, 2024 is Cancer Control Month 2024. Cancer Awareness Months Making Prevention & Care a Priority Every Day of the Year - Learn More
Cancer Control Month is a month-long United States observance established by 36 U.S.C. § 101.
Each cancer patient is worth $300,000 to the medical industry. Now that is incentive to get people to believe that our modern medical system really cares and needs you to participate. The reality is that current cancer remedies is failing miserably and this "National Cancer Control Month" is a way to raise more money and to encourage people to buy into the marketing Rhetoric that our current medical methodologies are good and need your support.
If what was being done was so good, they would not need an "awareness or control month" at all. It's just more indoctrination techniques, that's all, nothing more.
good luck to you
!What causes Breast Cancer and how can you get rid of it or fight it?
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer happens when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control and can then invade nearby tissues or spread throughout the body. Large collections of this out of control tissue are called tumors. However, some tumors are not really cancer because they cannot spread or threaten someone's life. These are called benign tumors. The tumors that can spread throughout the body or invade nearby tissues are considered cancer and are called malignant tumors. Theoretically, any of the types of tissue in the breast can form a cancer, but usually it comes from either the ducts or the glands. Because it may take months to years for a tumor to get large enough to feel in the breast, we screen for tumors with mammograms, which can sometimes see disease before we can feel it.
What are the signs of breast cancer?
Unfortunately, the early stages of breast cancer may not have any symptoms. This is why it is important to follow screening recommendations. As a tumor grows in size, it can produce a variety of symptoms including:
* lump or thickening in the breast or underarm
* change in size or shape of the breast
* nipple discharge or nipple turning inward
* redness or scaling of the skin or nipple
* ridges or pitting of the breast skin
If you experience these symptoms, it doesn't necessarily mean you have breast cancer, but you need to be examined by a doctor.
How is breast cancer diagnosed and staged?
Once a patient has symptoms suggestive of a breast cancer or an abnormal screening mammogram, they will usually be referred for a diagnostic mammogram. A diagnostic mammogram is another set of x-rays; however, it is more complete with close ups on the suspicious areas. Sometimes, particularly if your doctors think that you may have a cyst or you are young and have dense breasts, you may be referred for an ultrasound. An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to outline the suspicious areas of the breast. It is painless and can often distinguish between benign and malignant lesions.
Depending on the results of the mammograms and/or ultrasounds, your doctors may recommend that you get a biopsy. A biopsy is the only way to know for sure if you have cancer, because it allows your doctors to get cells that can be examined under a microscope. There are different types of biopsies; they differ on how much tissue is removed. Some biopsies use a very fine needle, while others use thicker needles or even require a small surgical procedure to remove more tissue. Your team of doctors will decide which type of biopsy you need depending on your particular breast mass.
Once the tissue is removed, a doctor known as a pathologist will review the specimen. The pathologist can tell if it is cancer or not; and if it is cancerous, then the pathologist will characterize it by what type of tissue it arose from, how abnormal it looks (known as the grade), whether or not it is invading surrounding tissues, and if the entire lump was excised, the pathologist can tell if there are any cancer cells left at the borders (also known as the margins). The pathologist will also test the cancer cells for the presence of estrogen and progesterone receptors as well as a receptor known as
HER-2/neu. The presence of estrogen and progesterone receptors is important because cancers that have those receptors can be treated with hormonal therapies. HER-2/neu expression may also help predict outcome. There are also some therapies directed specifically at tumors dependent on the presence of HER-2/nue. See Understanding Your Pathology Report for more information.
In order to guide treatment and offer some insight into prognosis, breast cancer is staged into five different groups. This staging is done in a limited fashion before surgery taking into account the size of the tumor on mammogram and any evidence of spread to other organs that is picked up with other imaging modalities; and it is done definitively after a surgical procedure that removes lymph nodes and allows a pathologist to examine them for signs of cancer. The staging system is somewhat complex, but here is a simplified version of it:
Stage 0 (called carcinoma in situ)
Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) refers to abnormal cells lining a gland in the breast. This is a risk factor for the future development of cancer, but this is not felt to represent a cancer itself.
Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) refers to abnormal cells lining a duct. Women with DCIS have an increased risk of getting invasive breast cancer in that breast. Treatment options are similar to patients with Stage I breast cancers.
Stage I: early stage breast cancer where the tumor is less that 2 cm across and hasn't spread beyond the breast
Stage II : early stage breast cancer where the tumor is either less than 2 cm across and has spread to the lymph nodes under the arm; or the tumor is between 2 and 5 cm (with or without spread to the lymph nodes under the arm); or the tumor is greater than 5 cm and hasn't spread outside the breast
Stage III: locally advanced breast cancer where the tumor is greater than 5 cm across and has spread to the lymph nodes under the arm; or the cancer is extensive in the underarm lymph nodes; or the cancer has spread to lymph nodes near the breastbone or to other tissues near the breast
Stage IV: metastatic breast cancer where the cancer has spread outside the breast to other organs in the body
Depending on the stage of your cancer, your doctor may want additional tests to see if you have metastatic disease. If you have a stage III cancer, you will probably get a chest x-ray, CT scan and bone scan to look for metastases. Each patient is an individual and your doctors will decide what is necessary to adequately stage your cancer.
Cancer Under Control?
All this means is that the cancer is not growing and spreading. The treatment she is taking has been working for her . . and the problem unfortunately is not that the treatment doesn't work . . its what happens when it is stopped or stops working. I do not think it is a good idea to stop chemotherapy all treatments at this time . . this sounds like the 'wait and see' approach. If the doctors can't detect or see any cancer . .they like to 'wait and see' what happens. The cancer may not be gone . .it just may be too 'small' to be seen. A cancer patient will stop treatment and a few months later the cancer grows large enough to be seen again . . than it is treatment all over again.
This is tough . . because it is likely that the cancer is still there . . but the doctor won't treat her unless they can see the cancer . . she needs to be pro-active and research her type of lung cancer .. talk to other people and see what they are doing in her type of situation. Perhaps there is some type of Maintenance therapy she could do . . in either case there is no way of anyone knowing if the disease is gone, under control . . or if treatment is stopped it won't come back with a vengence. She needs to stay in some type of treatment.
You did not say which type of lung cancer she had but she can locate others online at ACOR. Have her join and ask these same questions. :
The situation your mom is in is common among those who gain control of their cancer . . doctors routinely do not want to use toxic drugs to treat a patient who has no evidence of disease . .even though it is likely the disease is just dormant or you can't see it. So 'waiting' becomes the 'option' . . . and that is really not a good option.