Cancer

Pediatric Infusion Center: A Space to Heal and Learn

July 11th, 2017

Pediatric Infusion Center: A Space to Heal and Learn

By uclahealth uclahealth

The boat is the first thing kids notice when they come to the Pediatric Infusion Center at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. Dina’s Beach, as the front-desk area is known, is named for a former patient whose family donated funds to make the infusion center a more enjoyable place for kids and parents. The tropical theme, complete […]

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Tags: antibiotics, biologic therapies, blood transfusions, cancer, central-line blood draws, chemotherapy, child life specialist, chronic conditions, Dina’s Beach, infusion center, intravenous therapies, nursing


July 11th, 2017

Weathered the Storm

By cory cory

My words to others is – it gets better, It was a challenge and the unfamiliar and unknown can be scary. The process was rough. I didn’t see or feel a lump and barely knew what a thyroid was. I just had a minor sore throat. My regular doctor gave me some antibiotics and said […]

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Tags: biopsy, cancer, cancerous, CT scan, Dr. Michael Yeh, endocrinologist, ENT, lymph node, patient stories, radioactive iodine, sore throat, support system


Volunteer Hair Stylists Help Patients Look and Feel Their Best

July 7th, 2017

Volunteer Hair Stylists Help Patients Look and Feel Their Best

By uclahealth uclahealth

Even when recovering from major surgical procedures and lengthy illnesses, our patients don’t want their hair to look like its in critical condition. To help these patients look and feel their best, UCLA Health volunteers are now offering free hair services. “We currently have five licensed cosmetologists who volunteer their time at Ronald Reagan UCLA […]

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Tags: bedridden patients, cancer treatments, hair services, haircuts, licensed cosmetologists, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, surgical procedures, transplant patients, treatment milestones, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, UCLA Medical Center


Volunteers Work Their Magic to Boost Patients’ Moods

July 6th, 2017

Volunteers Work Their Magic to Boost Patients’ Moods

By uclahealth uclahealth

There’s something magical in the air at the hematology/oncology unit at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Every week, UCLA Health volunteers and amateur magicians Alan Chien and Jeff Lee entertain patients with their magic tricks. “We set up a stand near one of the nursing stations and perform card tricks and other magic tricks for […]

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Tags: amateur magicians, bone-marrow transplants, hematology/oncology unit, junior magicians, Magic Castle, magic tricks, medical careers, nursing stations, oncology department waiting room, Peter Morton Medical Building, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, stem-cell transplants


Prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment have evolved. Here’s where we are:

July 3rd, 2017

Prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment have evolved. Here’s where we are:

By Tami Dennis tamidennis

If you’re a man of a certain age, or someone who loves him, the thought of prostate cancer is never far away. After all, the disease is the most common cancer diagnosis in men, and the likelihood increases with age. That’s why researchers and physicians worldwide are working to improve diagnoses and treatments. No one […]

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Tags: diagnosis, Dr. Mark Litwin, prostate cancer, treatment, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


June 20th, 2017

Depending on your voice and thyroid cancer risks

By lorennah2002 lorennah2002

I sing professionally so taking care of my vocal chords is very important to me. I had thyroid cancer and the risk of surgery was very critical for me. I was also concerned about the potential scar on my neck. Both turned out to be fabulous. You can’t see the scar and I am regaining […]

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Tags: cancer, patient stories, professional singer, sing, surgery for thyroid cancer, telecommunications, thyroid cancer, vocal chords


June 15th, 2017

What I learned in the plastic room

By mjf mjf

I was seeing my regular doctor, Jan Miyakawa M.D., for other reasons when she noticed a thyroid nodule. She has been my doctor for over 30 years and she is amazing. Because of regular check ups and a good relationship, she was able to notice this right away, She said they are usually benign but […]

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Tags: benign, biopsy, cancer, cancer in lymph nodes, Dr. Janice Miyakawa, Dr. Micheal Yeh, Dr. Stephanie Smooke Praw, Geiger counter, low iodine diet, lymph nodes, nuclear medicine, papillary thyroid cancer


June 3rd, 2017

Amazing Cancer Facility

By michelleco76 michelleco76

You never want to receive a diagnosis of cancer. Like, EVER! It is a terrifying word that can bring your whole universe crashing to a sudden halt. When I received my thyroid cancer diagnosis, I was in the middle of planning a European trip for a bus load of teenagers. I was also juggling the […]

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Tags: anesthesia, cancer, cancer survivor, cancer survivorship, cancer treatment team, Dr. Masha Livhits, patient stories, surgery, surgery recovery, thyroid cancer


Thyroid Cancer—It Runs In The Family

June 2nd, 2017

Thyroid Cancer—It Runs In The Family

By uclahealth uclahealth

“It started a familial witch hunt to find family members who have the gene MEN2A,” says Alexandra Cantrell, who has a genetic condition that causes medullary thyroid cancer. “My dad used to work for Samsung Korea, and they do regular PET scans on the entire body. That’s how they detected his thyroid cancer; his throat […]

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Tags: cancer, cancer survivor, cancer survivorship, endocrine, endocrinology, featured, National Cancer Survivorship Day, patient stories, thyroid cancer, ucla endocrine, UCLA Endocrine Center


May 26th, 2017

At risk for melanoma? Get checked annually, UCLA cancer expert says

By Reggie Kumar reggiekumar

As rates of skin cancer, or melanoma, rise for men and women in the United States, health experts are debating the effectiveness of annual total body examinations in helping to detect the disease in its earlier stages, since skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Routine full body exams […]

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Tags: cancer, men's health, metastatic melanoma, physical examination, self-skin exams, women's health