2019 On The Rise

February 2, 2019

When Should I do a Clinical Trial? By Dr. Laura Porter

January 1, 2019
  An important question to ask regarding clinical trials is when is it appropriate to look for clinical trials? The short answer is immediately, and I will tell you why. Less than 3% of people with cancer participate in clinical. Not only is this a result of misconceptions but also…

"Not the News I Wanted" A Guest Blog Post by Danielle Ripley-Burgess

November 11, 2018
  I had dreams of posting a blog about my colonoscopy earlier this week and sharing that I was polyp-free and the coast was clear in my colon. Although I didn’t leave the clinic like I have in previous years, worried and concerned cancer was growing in my body, I didn’t leave like I’d…

Treatments for Colorectal Cancer: A Guide by Dr. Laura Porter

October 10, 2018
  Today I want to talk about the mechanisms of action of various treatments for colorectal cancer.  There are three different categories of systemic or drug treatment. Chemotherapy This treatment uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by…

New to Chemo? Survivors Share their Tips

October 10, 2018
  One of the most intimidating parts of a cancer diagnosis is beginning chemotherapy. Patients wonder what to expect and what they need to have to make treatment easier. It is important to understand all patients should communicate clearly and openly about their side effects with their…

Dear Caretakers: Thank You Isn't Enough

August 8, 2018
One thing I think all cancer patients can agree on is that caretakers are the unsung heroes of a cancer diagnosis. You may be a spouse, family, or friends, but you all have something in common. Selflessness. You put us first and take on all the tasks we may be too sick to do ourselves. You feed…

Why them and not me?

July 7, 2018
  I think every cancer patient asks why at some point? I know I did. Why did I get sick? Why did I get colorectal cancer under 50? Why me? I quickly realized there are no answers to those questions and stopped asking. But why has been creeping back into my mind a lot recently. This time…

Harvesting the Journey: Embrace, Empower, Endure

June 6, 2018
Embrace: to accept As a pediatric palliative care nurse practitioner, I journey with patients and their families through the toughest of diagnoses, including disease-related pain and symptoms. I sit with them as they receive good and bad news, including conversations leading up to the last…

I Have Cancer: How Do I Tell My Children

June 6, 2018
Any parent can tell you, they have all had conversations that they would rather not have with their children. It could be the awkward puberty talk or confronting them about suspected substance abuse. If you are a new patient and a parent, you may be wondering how best to approach the subject of…

Living with Cancer as a Chronic Illness -Diana Sloan

May 5, 2018
When you hear you have stage IV cancer, it is hard to wrap your head around the connotations that go with the news. Immediately your mind goes to this is the worst possible diagnosis. What do I do now? As you discuss options or the lack thereof with your doctor, the fear and uncertainty can be…