Cancer

Colon-Cancer Screenings Save Lives

May 8, 2019

Colon-Cancer Screenings Save Lives

By UCLA50Plus uclafiftyplus

March was “Colon Cancer Awareness Month” to help raise awareness of the importance of screening to help prevent one of the most common cancers in both men and women. Are you due for a screening? Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women. It affects 150,000 Americans a year and […]

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Tags: 50 plus program, colon cancer, colonoscopy, Dr. Fola May, fecal immunochemical test, FIT kit, gastroenterologist, polyps, precancerous polyps


May 8, 2019

Thyroid Surgery

By Byrnsi miszm68

I had nodules that turned out to be cancer on the right side of thyroid. My endocrinologist suggested that I have the whole thyroid removed as a cautionary measure. Dr. Livhits said she would just take half of it out, why have more out when there isn’t anything suspicious on the left side. i was […]

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Tags: cancer, Dr. Masha Livhits, endocrinologist, nodules, patient stories, thyroid, UCLA Endocrine Center, UCLA Endocrinology


April 22, 2019

Not a big deal

By Byrnsi miszm68

Thank god for Dr. Barbara Geisser at UCLA neurology who called to say on your MS MRI, “It appears that you have these nodules that I am sure you know about and are being followed.” I said, “I sure am not and don’t know about them.” Dr. Geisser said she would make a referral for […]

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Tags: brain surgery, Dr. Barbara Geisser, Dr. Michael Yeh, Dr. Pouyan Famini, endocrine surgeon, endocrinologist, MS, patient stories, thyroid cancer, UCLA Endocrinology, UCLA Neurology


Patient gets memorable send-off from therapy horse

April 12, 2019

Patient gets memorable send-off from therapy horse

By uclahealth uclahealth

To celebrate her last day of chemotherapy, cancer patient Robin Reader got a special visit from Blue Moon, a mini-horse who is part of the UCLA Health People-Animal Connection program.  Robin, who had a rare form of cancer, was diagnosed when she was 26 weeks pregnant. As a result, oncologists at UCLA Medical Center, Santa […]

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Tags: cancer, featured, oncology, PAC, pet therapy, therapy horse, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica, UCLAPAC


March 28, 2019

There’s an Angel at UCLA

By Happy Patient katzmantalya

I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in July 2018. I will never forget the first phone call I received and the feeling of my heart sinking to the ground as the news was given. We had to act fast, it was go time… ready or not. I know god was looking out for me because […]

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Tags: Doctors Day, Dr. Josh Cohen, Ovarian Cancer, patient stories


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


Get Screened

March 25, 2019

Get Screened

By uclahealth uclahealth

“The month of March is devoted to trying to raise awareness about colorectal cancer,” says Dr. Raman Muthusamy, director of endoscopy for UCLA Health. “Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in this country. We have made some inroads over the past two decades but, unfortunately, a sizeable percentage of the population […]

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Tags: colonoscopy, colorectal cancer, Dr. Raman Muthusamy, endoscopy


We're Here to Help

March 23, 2019

We’re Here to Help

By uclahealth uclahealth

“If I had come in six months later there was nothing they could have done,” says Kevin Brophy, who came in to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for a colonoscopy and discovered he had stage four colorectal cancer. “I had a seven centimeter tumor in my rectum. There are seven signs of cancer, and I […]

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Tags: chemotherapy, chemotherapy infusions, colonoscopy, radiation, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, stage four colorectal cancer, surgery


From a Stage III colon cancer diagnosis to a cure, in a year

March 21, 2019

From a Stage III colon cancer diagnosis to a cure, in a year

By uclahealth uclahealth

Jim Frost, 57, is an avid hiker, who spends hours each week on local trails. He is also a real estate broker and appraiser; a husband and dog owner; and a cancer survivor, who was diagnosed with Stage III colorectal cancer last year after a routine screening. Before he was diagnosed with colon cancer, Frost […]

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Tags: colon cancer, colon cancer screening, colonoscopy, colorectal cancer, colorectal surgery, Dr. Anne Lin, Dr. Ara Kardashian, Dr. Philip Cohen, Dr. Sandy Liu, Encino, patient story, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


Do Your Family History

March 20, 2019

Do Your Family History

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I’m the poster child for why you get your colon cancer screening,” says Angela Deaver Campbell who was 50 years, 3-months-old when she got a colonoscopy. “They discovered a polyp that looked suspicious. It was cancer. I had surgery, which ended up being a colon resection because they found the polyp had gone awry where […]

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Tags: colon cancer, colon cancer screening, colonoscopy, family history, featured, polyp