Rhoda Baer for National Cancer Institute, ID 7496.

You don't get a choice in whether or not you get cancer. 

But you do get a choice--many choices, in fact--in how your cancer is treated.  This is the main message radiation oncologist David Palma delivers in his book Taking Charge of Cancer

Dr. Palma explores the reasons why doctors choose certain treatment approaches; why they advise radiation, or chemotherapy, or surgery, or a combination. 

The book is full of details on making treatment plans AND picking the best treatment team. 

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The terms "cure" and "cancer" generally do not appear in the same sentence, except to describe what we all hope for the future. 

Yet Glenn Sabin swears his health regimen allowed him to recover from leukemia.  And he's gotten the attention and support of medical professionals, including Rogue Valley oncologist Dawn Lemanne

She helped Sabin write a book describing his medical odyssey, "n of 1".  The name refers to the number of patients in a medical study... and in Sabin's case, he's the ONE who took part in his therapies. 

Getting Into Our Genes

May 20, 2016
Simon & Schuster

We know a whole lot about the way genes work, but we still get into debates about nature vs nurture. 

How much DO our genes determine the kinds of people we are? 

We will doubtless find out more over time, but we're already at a point when we can not only "read" genes, but "write" them as well.  Pulitzer Prize winner Siddhartha Mukherjee ("The Emperor of All Maladies") recounts the journey so far in his book The Gene: An Intimate History.

Tom Brokaw Reflects

May 6, 2016
Virginia Sherwood/NBC

Tom Brokaw was once called "The Kid," the youngest of the major TV network evening news anchors. 

His career may be behind him, but not his journalistic penchant for investigation.  When doctors diagnosed cancer three years ago, Brokaw set about learning more about multiple myeloma and its treatment. 

The resulting memoir is A Lucky Life Interrupted, now out in paperback. 

Riding For Lung Health

Sep 18, 2015

Good friends stick together, through thick and thin.  Kathy Oliver, Judy Pouley, and Michelle Andersen first started hanging out 40 years ago, and they're not done yet. 

Michelle's diagnosis of lung cancer four years ago gave them a scare. 

So they've diverted their energy into a drive/bike down the West Coast to the Ellen DeGeneres show, "The Ride To Ellen." 

Paying Attention On Colorectal Awareness Month

Mar 3, 2015
U.S. Navy/Public Domain

Colorectal cancer kills around 50,000 people in the United States every year. 

It certainly can be treated when detected, which is why the push is on once again for people to get screened. 

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. 

Carestream Clinic in Medford performs an alternative prep and other procedures. 

Beating Cancer With Gene Sequencing

May 12, 2014
Wellcome Images

Beating some types of cancer involves thinking small… VERY small. 

Down to the gene level and below, in the case of acute myeloid leukemia, or AML. 

The "Beat AML" team at Oregon Health Sciences University researches how gene sequencing could help interrupt or even stop the growth of AML. 

Sharing The Knowledge On Breast Cancer Gains

Feb 27, 2014
U.S. Marine Corps

We know a lot more about breast cancer than we once knew. 

More lives are saved, but women still get the disease and die from it.

Kicking An Old Habit In The New Year

Jan 7, 2014
Oregon Public Broadcasting

Even the people who resist making New Year's resolutions may be inclined to think in terms of "turning a page" into a new year, and changing some long-established habits. 

Smoking is a popular item for the top of that list.