Healthy and Cancer Free for 30 years.

February 22, 2018

Healthy and Cancer Free for 30 years.

By Andrew abarquera

30 years ago this month, I had a testicular cancer and it took a part of me and almost my life with a recurrence to my lymph nodes and spine a year later. I had chemo and radiation following. I spent several years dealing with my self-worth and self-value and feeling “incomplete”. The emotional scars […]

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Tags: cancer, chemo, Dr. Jesse Mills, featured, lymph nodes, Men's Health Month, patient stories, prosthesis, radiation, speaking engagement, testicular cancer, testicular prosthesis implant

Stem cell discovery may help conquer pediatric germ cell tumors

February 9, 2018

Stem cell discovery may help conquer pediatric germ cell tumors

By Tiare Dunlap tdunlap

Cancer treatments often come with a trade-off: They beat back the disease, only to leave a host of side effects in its place. Some of those side effects – such as chemotherapy-related infertility – can be permanent and life changing. Patients with germ cell tumors know this trade-off well. Such tumors, which begin in the […]

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Tags: cancer, cancer treatment, cancer treatments, chemotherapy, childhood cancer, childrens health, germ cell tumors, germ cells, infertility, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, pediatric cancer, pediatrics

February 2, 2018

Don’t Look Back on Life, Just Go Forward

By Manny rmannys78

Monday morning I went to work and had a little pain on my abdomen and called my wife and said I’m gonna go to the doctor. She actually said it must be a big pain because I don’t really go to the doctor. I went home and went to the doctor and did some research […]

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Tags: chemotherapy, CT scan, Dr. Masha Livhitz, hernia, kidney, patient stories, renal cancer, testicle cancer

February 1, 2018

The Best Cancer To Have

By DS3737 daniellzpink

I found out that I had thyroid cancer in a weird way. I had a CT scan on my lungs and it showed up. I went to have a test to see if it was suspicious and it was and they did a biopsy which was positive. I went to see Dr. Ann who referred […]

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Tags: biopsy, CT scan, Dr. Masha Livhitz, Endocrine Center, endocrinologist, endocrinology, patient stories, radioactive pill, sore throat, surgery, thyroid cancer

January 30, 2018

UCLA treats you like a VIP

By Molly larsons1991

When you are diagnosed with cancer lots of things go through your head. I was anxious, fearful and uncertain. Then I got to UCLA and met with Dr. Yeh. He helped to build my confidence. I was very impressed with him as a doctor and a surgeon. He told me I had great odds and […]

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Tags: cancer, Dr. Michael Yeh, Endocrine Center, endocrinology, patient stories, surgery

January 26, 2018

Second surgery

By Side of the Rice Field sideofthericefield

My original thyroidectomy was 5 1/2 years ago. My globulin was always too high so I had followups every 3 months. I had two rounds of radioactive iodine but it still did not kill the cancer. My lymph node was growing rapidly so my endocrinologist referred me to Dr. Yeh. He scheduled surgery within the […]

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Tags: cancer, Dr. Michael Yeh, Endocrine Center, endocrinologist, endocrinology, globulin, lymph node, patient stories, post surgery, radioactive iodine, surgery, thyroidectomy

January 13, 2018

Surprise Diagnosis

By DrewR adrlocations

My GP felt my neck at a routine physical and thought it felt a little thick. I had a biopsy done and the results were benign. However, I had to have the left thyroid removed because it was so enlarged. After the surgery they found thyroid cancer in a lymph node. Dr. Livhits called me […]

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Tags: benign, biopsy, cancer, Dr. Masha Livhitz, enlarged thyroid, lymph node, patient stories, surgery, thyroid, thyroid cancer

December 5, 2017

Don’t Cry for Me Argentina (or Los Angeles)

By Alyssa alyssaddickerson

We knew something was wrong when I saw visible nodules in my neck. I came in to the clinic not wanting surgery and I told Dr. Yeh the moment I stepped into the office. The idea of surgery and a scar on my neck was not something I wanted, so when I first got my […]

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Tags: Dr. Michael Yeh, endocrinology, nodules, papillary thyroid cancer, papillary thyroid carcinoma, patient stories, surgery, ucla endocrine, UCLA Endocrine Center

November 30, 2017

Surgery Surprise

By uclahealth uclahealth

“My body has a long-term history of growing fatty lumps that are not cancer,” says Lucinda Walker, who had been monitoring a growing thyroid nodule for seven years with UCLA before seeking out Dr. Masha Livhits to discuss surgery. “She had me get a CT scan, and the left side was growing and drooping behind […]

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Tags: cancer, CT scan, Dr. Masha Livhits, Endocrine Center, endocrinology, fatty lumps, featured, surgery, thyroid nodule, UCLA Endocrine Center

November 29, 2017

Fight On

By G1951 oldramsfan

Initially it was quite a shock that I had any kind of thyroid cancer, however the journey has been a challenge, not an ordeal. Along the way I’ve been nurtured, doctored by some wonderful people. I would say to any, if you feel a lump, don’t put it off, address it right away. I failed […]

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Tags: blood pressure, blood test, cancer, cancer tumor board, Dr. Deborah Wong, Dr. Michael Wong, Dr. Michael Yeh, Endocrine Center, endocrinology, lung nodules, lymph nodes, neck dissection