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Mother on trial for murder after allegedly failing to administer chemotherapy drugs to son Thursday, April 07, 2011

(Natural News) Refusing to comply with state-sanctioned protocols for cancer treatment -- even when they cause immense pain and suffering, and possibly even a more rapid death -- can get you tried for murder if a loved-one under your care with cancer ends up dying. A Massachusetts woman currently faces murder charges based on testimony from her son's doctor who claims that the mother did not properly administer chemotherapy drugs to her son, thus causing his death. According to a report in  The Boston Globe , Kristen LaBrie allegedly stopped giving her son Jeremy his chemotherapy medication, at least for a time, which plaintiffs say resulted in his death. LaBrie has personally denied the allegations on numerous occasions, but her lawyer has since admitted that LaBrie did, indeed, stop giving her son the drugs. However, he claims she did so because she could no longer bear to watch the pain and suffering the drugs were inflicting on her son. "Her mental strength weakened

Breast Cancer the reality of what people say to your kids

This is a tough subject today: I am not sure why it happens but I have met a whole lot of ladies and we have shared these stories, confused why it happens. I know woman get afraid, that is just human. But they bail our kids up when we are not around and tell them really stupid things. By no means do I think it is done nastily, but children take it on board and it makes them afraid. I guess it's just about people protecting them selves. I also noticed with my x-husband  Ian people told him I would die. I was so sick, the cancer ride is already scary. Seems it gets a whole lot worse as we have to combat and protect our loved ones against extra fear. You would wonder, as humans we can't protect those kids not hurt them. It's a simple recipe for disaster really. I was asked to blog this, I think we just need a little thought on what we say to cancer fighters family. Examples of why kids get upset, this gets said to them : What will you do when your mother dies? Are yo

A WOMAN who has drunk a glass of breast milk a day since being diagnosed with cancer believes it is saving her life

I found this amazing as when my boys cut them selves when they were young put my breast milk on the cuts, they healed so quickly. Jenny Jones has had a daily 400ml dose of milk from an anonymous donor after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, or bone marrow cancer, seven months ago. Breast milk has been proven to help build immunity in newborn babies and is a unique nutritional source that cannot adequately be replaced by any other food. While the unusual treatment has not been prescribed by her doctor, her decision has been supported by doctors at John Flynn Private Hospital and the Mater Hospital in Brisbane where she is treated. Mrs Jones, 62, said her cancer levels when she was diagnosed in December were "dramatic". But after a month of daily doses of breast milk she said her levels had reduced significantly. The mother-of-three admits she is also following standard cancer treatments including oral chemotherapy. Gold Coast oncologist Dr

Nipple reconstruction, do the nipples behave like before where they harden and soften?

Unfortunately, reconstructed nipples do not behave like natural nipples. They typically do not harden or soften with temperature changes or touch. Most reconstructed nipples also lack sensation. I will update you more as I get mine done, they will never be the same. However, they will be a good copy. No feeling just always erect. Back to wearing a bra. It's great to ask woman in person. They will tell you the good, the bad and the ugly stories, that is great then you choose what you would do...I found this a great way to decide which way to go. 

After removal of Lymph Nodes

This is something that I had to change or at least advised and I thought was a great idea. Stop using commercial deodorant or antiperspirant. Just maker wiser choices! As I am missing one third of my lymph nodes now. L ymph nodes  which are very close by skin, under your arms can swell. If the deodorant/antiperspirant contains " aluminum  something" as an ingredient, Try a deodorant/antiperspirant that contains no "aluminum" products, and that may avoid problems. Just try a few different brands, paying particular attention to the ingredients, especially anything that has the "aluminum" surname. There are some "natural" deodorant/antiperspirants that contain fewer "chemicals" and more " natural ingredients  that may work just as well. I use a tea tree roll on now it contains no aluminium. Crystal sticks are also really good. It is of course personel choice. It took me 2 weeks to get used to the new way as Ia m used to not sw

The Myth Antiperspirants and deodorants cause breast cancer

The Truth Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are not aware of any conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer.

The Myth Having a family history of breast cancer means you will get

The Truth While women who have a family history of breast cancer are in a higher risk group, most women who have breast cancer have no family history. If you have a mother, daughter, sister, or grandmother who had breast cancer, you should have a mammogram five years before the age of their diagnosis, or starting at age 35.

The Myth A mammogram can cause breast cancer to spread.

The Truth A mammogram, or X-ray of the breast, is one of the best tools available for the early detection of breast cancer. It CANNOT cause cancer to spread, nor can the pressure put on the breast from the mammogram. Do not let tales of other people's experiences keep you from having a mammogram. Base your decision on your physician's recommendation and be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.

The Myth Men do not get breast cancer

The Truth Quite the contrary. Each year it is estimated that approximately 1,700 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die. While this percentage is still small, men should also give themselves regular  breast self-exams  and note any changes to their physicians.

The Myth Finding a lump in your breast means you have breast cancer. The Truth If you discover a persistent lump in your breast or any changes in breast tissue, it is very important that you see a physician immediately. However, 8 out of 10 breast lumps are benign, or not cancerous. Sometimes women stay away from medical care because they fear what they might find. Take charge of your health by performing routine breast self-exams, establishing ongoing communication with your doctor, and scheduling regular mammograms.

The Truth If you discover a persistent lump in your breast or any changes in breast tissue, it is very important that you see a physician immediately. However, 8 out of 10 breast lumps are benign, or not cancerous. Sometimes women stay away from medical care because they fear what they might find. Take charge of your health by performing routine  breast self-exams , establishing ongoing communication with your doctor, and scheduling  regular mammograms .

Risks having the BRCA (Gene) test

There's really no medical risk associated with being tested for a BRCA gene mutation. Rather, risks are tied to the emotional, financial, medical and social implications of your test results. If you test positive for a BRCA gene mutation, you may face: Feelings of anxiety, anger, sadness or depression Concerns over possible insurance discrimination Strained family relationships over learning of a familial genetic mutation Difficult decisions about preventive measures that have long-term consequences Feelings of "inevitability" that you'll get cancer On the other hand, if you test negative for a BRCA mutation or your results aren't clear-cut, you may experience: Uncertainty and concern that your result may not be a true negative result "Survivor guilt" if your family has a known gene mutation that may affect your loved ones

The Vagina

It has more nicknames than possibly any other female body part (sideways smile, anyone?), its own doctor, and the ability to bring you tons of pleasure — not to mention pain, particularly if you plan to have a baby. These are the crucial facts about how it functions, keeping it healthy, and increasing the amount of bliss it brings you. It's just one part of your down-there region  Most of us use the word vagina to refer to our private parts. But technically, the term describes only the narrow canal that runs inside your body from the vulva (the visible area that includes the inner and outer labia, clitoris, and perineum) to the cervix (the lower portion of the uterus). Vaginas generally look alike ...On the inside, that is. What does vary is the vulva. The clitoris ranges from 1 to 1¼ inches (including the hood), the outer labia can be barely there or a few inches long, and the inner labia, which are reminiscent of butterfly wings, might be hidden or hang past the out

The Uterus in pregnancy

During pregnancy the uterus grows upwards out of the woman's   pelvis . The top of the uterus (or fundus) can be felt by your caregiver feeling your belly after about 12 weeks of pregnancy. By 24 weeks of pregnancy, the myometrium muscles start stretching upwards, forming the thicker upper segment of the uterus. This leaves a thinner layer of muscle below it, known as the lower segment. The lower segment separates the cervix from the upper segment and has the role of 'taking up' or absorbing the cervix as it dilates during labour.   The muscles in the lower segment encircle the lower third of the uterus and is a relatively weaker layer of muscle with less blood supply, compared to the upper segment. This is why the cut to perform a   Caesarean operation   is done in the lower segment (across the top of the pubic hairline), where it is less likely to cause excessive bleeding.     A lot of changes in shape and size that the uterus undergoes between week 6 and 16 weeks of

Endoscopic ultrasound

Endoscopic ultrasound  is another test being used to detect tumors and help in  diagnosing GI cancers. Unlike a traditional endoscope, which looks inside the GI tract, the endoscopic ultrasound looks through the tissue into surrounding organs. Many times, if something is found, a  biopsy is done at the same time as an endoscopic ultrasound to  determine if it is cancer or just an infection. This technique is also used to help determine the stage of pancreatic cancer without doing surgery.

DR-70 is a blood test that screens for 13 different cancers at the same time

DR-70 is a  simple blood test that screens for 13 different cancers at the same time. It is highly specific and catches cancer long before you would suspect anything was amiss. Cancers that can be detected by the test are of the lung, colon, breast, stomach, liver, rectum, ovary, cervix, esophagus, thyroid, and pancreas, and trophoblast and malignant lymphoma. AMDL has also received clearance from the FDA to market the PyloriProbe™ test, which can detect the presence of Helicobacter Pylori in the stomach, the primary cause of ulcers and a potential cause of stomach cancer. 

CT Scan (Computed Tomography Scan)

Photo is CT scan in process A   CT scan   stands for Computed Tomography scan. It is also known as a CAT (Computer Axial Tomography) scan. It is a medical imaging method that employs tomography. Tomography is the process of generating a two-dimensional image of a slice or section through a 3-dimensional object (a tomogram). The medical device (the machine) is called a CTG scanner; it is a large machine and uses X-rays. It used to be called an EMI scan, because it was developed by the company EMI. Undergoing a CT scan is a painless procedure.   The CT scanner uses digital geometry processing to generate a 3-dimensional (3-D) image of the inside of an object. The 3-D image is made after many 2-dimensional (2-D) X-ray images are taken around a single axis of rotation - in other words, many pictures of the same area are taken from many angles and then placed together to produce a 3-D image. The Greek word tomos   means "slice", and the Greek word   graphein   means "wri

Positron emission tomography (PET) is a medical imaging procedure

Positron emission tomography (PET) is a medical imaging procedure that provides unique information about how an organ or system in the body is working. PET scans are mainly used to assess cancers, neurological (brain) diseases and cardiovascular (heart-related) disease. The PET scanner has a ring of detectors that surround the patient. It looks similar to a CT scanner. The scan is performed by a healthcare professional called a nuclear medicine scientist, who works with a nuclear medicine medical specialist (doctor). How the PET scan works A PET scan involves the painless injection of a small amount of a ‘positron emitting’ radioactive material (called a radiopharmaceutical). Images of the body are then taken using a PET scanner. The camera detects emissions coming from the injected radiopharmaceutical, and the computer attached to the camera creates two- and three-dimensional images of the area being examined. Areas where the particular injected radiopharmaceutical accum

1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85

1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85, with more than 60% of cancer patients surviving more than five years after diagnosis.  This makes Australia one of the best places in the world to be diagnosed with cancer; follow up support however may not be being optimally received.  According to a recent US study the hidden psychological scars caused by the diagnosis of cancer can leave scaring akin to that inflicted by war, with the impact in some cases lasting for years.  Given these facts it is vital that medical practitioners and networks of support are put in place to ensure survivors continue to obtain adequate medical care. Cancer care must include the psychological as well as the biological.  According to Sophia Smith, lead researcher of the Duke Cancer Institute, one in ten cancer survivors stated that they were still plagued by symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, more than a decade after being diagnosed with the disease.  Symptoms inc