Items Tagged ‘cancer’

March 31, 2019

Comprehensive Doctor

By GREAT FULL GREAT FULL

My UCLA endocrinologist, Dr. Stephanie Smooke checked comments from my other doctors and discovered I was to have cat scans because of spots on my right kidney. It determined I had a cancer on my right kidney. Because of Dr. Smooke, I was treated for this cancer and of now cancer free. I will always […]

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Tags: cancer, Doctors Day, Dr. Stephanie Smooke, endocrinology, kidney cancer, patient stories, UCLA Endocrine Surgery


Don't Let a Polyp Become a Cancer Tree

March 28, 2019

Don’t Let a Polyp Become a Cancer Tree

By uclahealth uclahealth

“Colon cancer is a very preventable disease,” says Dr. Rajinder Kaushal, lead physician in gastroenterology at UCLA Health Santa Clarita and medical director of the UCLA Health Santa Clarita Endoscopy Lab. “Colon cancer does not start as a cancer; it starts as a benign growth called a polyp. The example I tell my patients is […]

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Tags: cancer, colon cancer, colonoscopy, colorectal cancer screening, Dr. Rajinder Kaushal, featured, polyp, UCLA Health Santa Clarita, UCLA Health Santa Clarita Endoscopy Lab


Baking for Awareness

March 20, 2019

Baking for Awareness

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I love to bake, and the blue ribbon helps raise awareness,” says Marissa Chavez, a gastroenterology technician at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “March is colon cancer awareness month. Two years ago I wanted to make a cake, so I made it in the form of colon, with intestines that had polyps. It’s become a […]

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Tags: cancer, colon cancer, colon cancer awareness month, featured, gastroenterology, gastroenterology technician, polyps, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


Coming to UCLA is Like Coming Home

March 18, 2019

Coming to UCLA is Like Coming Home

By uclahealth uclahealth

“Little did I know that there was kind of a time bomb within me,” says Michael P. Richards, a patient liaison volunteer at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center who checked into the emergency room after having trouble walking. “I was diagnosed with stage three colorectal cancer in March of 2014. I’m so prejudiced because of […]

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Tags: cancer, chemotherapy, colorectal cancer, emergency room, featured, patient liaison volunteer, stage three colorectal cancer


Precision health at UCLA: gene studies lead to personalized medicine

March 15, 2019

Precision health at UCLA: gene studies lead to personalized medicine

By uclahealth uclahealth

Until now, medical treatments have been used in a one-size-fits-all fashion. But diseases can affect people differently. Each individual has a unique genetic makeup, lifestyle and environment. As a result, the same medical treatment may be more or less effective for different people with the same diagnosis. Precision medicine means health care personalized to you […]

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Tags: autism, cancer, depression, electronic medical record, genetic risk factors, heart and vascular disease, neurodevelopmental disorders, obesity, precision health, precision health initiative, UCLA Institute for Precision Health


All your awkward colonoscopy questions answered

March 5, 2019

All your awkward colonoscopy questions answered

By Ryan Hatoum Ryan Hatoum

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women combined in the United States, yet it is estimated that 60 percent of those deaths are preventable through current screening methods. Why, then, are people so hesitant to get screened? “There’s an ‘ick’ factor when it comes to colorectal cancer screening because […]

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Tags: cancer, colonoscopy, colorectal cancer, Dr. Fola May, FIT kit


50+? Get Screened

March 4, 2019

50+? Get Screened

By uclahealth uclahealth

“Colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer related death and the really unique thing is that it’s largely preventable,” says Dr. Fola May, assistant professor of medicine and physician-scientist. “You’d think people would take advantage of screening modalities to catch it early, but only 60% of the population participated in screenings, despite […]

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Tags: cancer, colon cancer, colonoscopy, colorectal cancer screening, Dr. Fola May, featured


February 6, 2019

My friend, Dad*

By Oats33 Oats33

After my father passed away from lung & brain cancer. He’s body was donated to UCLA for research & study. I’ve been always proud to have worked for President Reagan & to know that one of u/r centers is named after him. My mother mailed me from L.A., my birth place, a cap w/d letters […]

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Tags: brain cancer, cancer, Dr. Christopher Tarnay, female bladder solutions, lung cancer, patient stories, UCLA Donated Body Program


Beautiful Wedding

January 11, 2019

Beautiful Wedding

By uclahealth uclahealth

“It was a really beautiful day, I didn’t expect it to be so grand,” says Tanyce Bush, who got married in the Intensive Care Unit at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica to long-time partner Christopher Johnson, who has stage 4 T-cell lymphoma cancer. “The nurses told me they were going to decorate, but I didn’t […]

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Tags: 3 Wishes, 4 T-cell lymphoma cancer, cancer, ICU, ICU Wedding, intensive care unit, lymphoma, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica


January 10, 2019

A Mom’s Cancer Story

By Grateful Grateful

First off, I wanted to thank Dr. Gofnung and Dr. Yeh for their detection and treatment of my thyroid cancer from 2015-2016. After Dr. Gofnug detected abnormality in my ultrasound screening, I started researching for the best surgeon at UCLA and found Dr. Yeh. I chose him due to his expertise in endocrine surgery. I […]

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Tags: cancer, Dr. Michael Yeh, Dr. Yaroslav A. Gofnung, endocrine surgery, endocrinology, patient stories, thyroid cancer, UCLA Endocrine Center, ultrasound