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Breast Cancer Awareness Poster – CoC

Published on September 25, 2016 By Michele

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If you are a CoC-accredited facility a free Breast Cancer Awareness Poster is available to your organization for the month of October.  This year’s poster was announced in the CoC newsletter is stunningly simple and beautiful and available for immediate download.  There are any number of ways you can use the poster, consider: Hospital Employees and Staff […]

Particle Pollution and Lung Cancer

Published on July 29, 2016 By Michele

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Is there a connection between lung cancer and outdoor air pollution, or particle pollution?  We are aware of the connection between cigarettes, smoking and lung cancer, but did you know air pollution is also a risk factor?  There is overwhelming evidence to suggest that the air we breathe, that comes from vehicle exhaust, coal-fired power […]

What are the chances DCIS will come back?

Published on December 6, 2014 By Michele

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As Cancer Registrars we all hear physicians and cancer conference participants talk about the risk of a DCIS recurrence.  In this short video Dr. Rick Baehner, Senior Director of Pathology at Genomic Health, talks about what DCIS breast cancer patients can expect in terms of percentages.

GIST – Reportable Case or Not?

Published on September 13, 2014 By Michele

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Recently, while performing case-finding, I came upon a path report with a diagnosis of a gastrointestinal stromal tumor, or GIST.  After discovering that there was no statement of malignancy I contacted my pathologist and asked for a clarification.  What seemed like a simple step ultimately led me to learn more about these tumors and how the pathologic […]

What is Your Mental Strength?

Published on April 22, 2014 By Michele

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Cancer Registry Resource

Published on April 11, 2014 By Michele

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Cancer Registrars need good, up-to-date resources on the diagnosis, treatment and clinical progression of malignancies.  Evidence-based medicine has found its way into the Cancer Registry and case abstracts should also document the diagnostic workup and treatment the patient received in comparison to evidence-based medicine. If you are a cancer registrar who is looking for a […]

Crazy Sexy Kitchen

Published on October 30, 2012 By Michele

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How many times in the past year have you said you wanted to get healthier, eat healthy or improve your overall fitness?  If you’re like me, A LOT!  Here’s what I am learning:  diets never last, lifestyle is forever!  Powerful, isn’t it?   In the past month I’ve also become a fan of Marie Forleo, she […]

@TumorBoard

Published on October 27, 2012 By Michele

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Here’s an interesting oncology service called @TumorBoard.  “@TumorBoard is a web based platform that provides real time support for both engaged physicians and their cancer patients. Traditionally excluded from the decision-making process characteristic of most hospital based tumor boards, the inclusion of the patient promotes a patient centered or integrated care approach characteristic of the […]

Annual Report on Cancer 2012

Published on October 25, 2012 By Michele

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To study and plan on how to reduce the risk and incidence of cancer it is important that we look at where we have come from.  Retrospective review includes looking at the prevalence of the trends in health behaviors and the incidence of cancer.  To do this the cancer registrar must identify a good source […]

Zapping Negative Thoughts

Published on October 23, 2012 By Michele

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How many times have you been told to “just get rid of negative thoughts” and your life will be great?  Sound familiar?  But what is so frustrating is that you still continue to have negative thoughts!  Why?  Because we’re human beings, that’s life and it happens to all of us, even those who are most successful. You […]