Cancer

Normalizing After Cancer

March 19, 2019

Normalizing After Cancer

By uclahealth uclahealth

“If the other doctor had done a physical inspection in 2016 instead of assuming it was hemorrhoids, my colon cancer would have been stage one or two instead of stage three,” says 52-year-old Cesar Perez, who came to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for a second opinion on treatment and surgery in November of 2017. […]

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Tags: chemotherapy, colon cancer, colonoscopy bag reversal, Dr. Kevork Kazanjian, featured, hemorrhoids, radiation, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


Coming to UCLA is Like Coming Home

March 18, 2019

Coming to UCLA is Like Coming Home

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“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


March 15, 2019

Women of UCLA Health: Trailblazers in health care, medicine and science

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March is Women’s History Month, which “honors and celebrates the struggles and achievements of American women throughout the history of the United States.” We take this opportunity to recognize the many contributions women have made to the fabric of our nation, including in the fields of medicine and science. This observance traces its roots to 1981, […]

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Tags: biobehavioral sciences, Health Care Leader to Know, Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center, Neurological Surgery, nurse practitioner, Precision Medicine, psychiatry, public health, thoracic imaging, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, women leaders in health care


Pick a test, get it done: Colon cancer screening options

March 11, 2019

Pick a test, get it done: Colon cancer screening options

By uclahealth uclahealth

Colon cancer is highly preventable and treatable. Yet more than 140,000 people are diagnosed with—and more than 50,000 people die from—colon cancer each year in the United States. The key to improving these statistics is to ensure that every person completes a routine colon cancer screening test, which can stop the disease before it starts. […]

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Tags: cologuard, colon cancer, colon cancer screening, colonoscopy, FIT kit, flexible sigmoidoscopy, home tests for colon cancer, prevention, virtual colonoscopy


One Question

March 9, 2019

One Question

By uclahealth uclahealth

“It’s just one question: ‘Have you had your colon cancer screening?’” says Dr. Daniel Croymans, a primary care physician at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “March is colon cancer awareness month and the purpose of this is to increase awareness both for the general public as well as in the healthcare system. You don’t have […]

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Tags: colon cancer awareness month, colon cancer screening, Dr. Daniel Croymans, electronic medical record, featured, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


Colon cancer cured thanks to routine screening

March 6, 2019

Colon cancer cured thanks to routine screening

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Kells Jesse, a production designer who lives in Venice, says that in recent years, he and his wife, Sylvia Castillo-Jesse, have made major lifestyle changes to prioritize their health. They optimized their nutrition and now eat a mostly vegan, plant-based diet; they incorporated more exercise into their routines; and last spring, they scheduled their routine […]

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Tags: Bob Hope Health Center, colon cancer, colon cancer screening, colon polyps, colonoscopy, Dr. Mary Farid, patient story, The Checkup


Do You Want to be Healthy?

March 4, 2019

Do You Want to be Healthy?

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“Do you want to be healthy? Not just now, but in 10, 20 or 30 years from now?” asks Dr. Eric Esrailian, Chief of the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Disease and director of the Melvin and Bren Simon Digestive Disease Center at UCLA. “If the answer is yes to that question, it […]

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Tags: colon cancer, colonoscopy, Dr. Eric Esrailian, featured, stool testing


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


March 2, 2019

Positive mindset helps lead to a positive outcome

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Robert Miller had no idea his life was about to be turned upside down by cancer. He expected some routine blood tests in preparation for back surgery. But his doctor found that his platelet levels (which should have been around 140,000) were at 40,000. “By the time I repeated the test a few days later, […]

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Tags: all, blood cancer, leukemia, leukemia and lymphoma, patient story, UCLA bone marrow and stem cell transplant program


February 6, 2019

My friend, Dad*

By Oats33 wildpanther82

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