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“The Advocate” TV Series Coming to ABC

The Pan African Film & Arts Festival Premiere Of "About Last Night"Kim Raver has been set to lead and Joy Bryant is set as the co-lead in ABC drama pilot “The Advocate,”

The medical drama will be spearheaded by Sheldon Turner, who wrote the pilot and will executive produce along with Jennifer Klein of Vendetta Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

Story follows type-A business woman Francis “Frankie” Reese (Raver), who has a medical scare, only to be dangerously misdiagnosed leading her to experience first-hand the hazards of our healthcare system.

Shocking her friends and family, Frankie leaves her career behind, becoming instead a brilliant and relentless advocate for anyone caught in the chaotic and ever-changing maze that is modern medicine.

Patient Advocate is a growing business from patients to find the voice in healthcare. We are excited to hear a TV series like this is soon to be released and will be watching.

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The Link between Chemotherapy and Anemia

cancer-patientOverview: How blood is formed – erythropoiesis

To understand the link between chemotherapy and anemia, it is important to understand how blood cells are formed in normal circumstances.

The blood forming process starts from stem cells called hemocytoblasts. These cells are not differentiated meaning that they can develop into any of the types of bloods cells known. The first stage of differentiation occurs when two types of cells are formed. On one side common myeloid progenitor cells are formed while on the other, common lymphoid progenitor cells are formed. The myeloid progenitor cells are the precursors of what later differentiates into red blood cell (also known as erythrocytes), mast cell, myeloblasts and megakaryocytes. The myeloblasts further differentiate to form basophils, neutrophils, eosinophils and monocytes. The final process on the myeloblast side is when monocytes finally form macrophages. Meanwhile the megakaryocytes finally differentiate to thrombocytes.

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Stop Your Fear of a Prostate Exam

man-speaking-with-doctorDon’t let fear ruin your life.

If you are a male nearing your 40s and 50s it is vital for your health to take the time to do a prostate exam. Avoiding this simple procedure could provoke missing something as life threatening as cancer. A test that only takes a few minutes when done by a professional, a prostate exam is a simple addition to health checks that could make the difference in enjoying a healthy life or not.

What is the prostate exam looking for anyway? The test is searching for three different medical disturbances that maybe going on:

  • This one is a bit obvious, but the first situation that is looked at is prostate cancer, which is considered to by the National Cancer Institute to be the most common type of deadliest cancer. They estimate there to be 240,000 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in 2012.
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Learning about Cancer and Diabetes from a Medical Perspective

diabetes-and-cancerHave you recently been diagnosed with cancer or diabetes? If so, then now is the time to reach out and ask the advice of your physician. There are aspects to living a healthy life that should be considered with your doctor. Asking your care giver the correct questions, finding the right place of care, and doing the necessary things needed to return to 100% health are all something that a person diagnosed with cancer or diabetes must look at before true health is to return.

Here are two major diseases and some of the things that should be looked at to be certain that you are taking all of the necessary steps to a speedy and full recovery…

Cancer: A disease that affects young and old, rich and poor, cancer is a serious disease that must not be taken lightly. If you have been diagnosed with cancer a few questions that are vital to ask your doctor include:

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Diseases Treated With Therapeutic Phlebotomy

blood-donationPhlebotomy is the drawing of blood from a person for various reasons. A person who is trained to perform this work is called a phlebotomist. Blood is usually drawn from a vein in a process called venipuncture. Some of the reasons for doing this are:

  • Carrying out various medical tests.
  • For blood transfusion purposes.
  • For blood donation reasons.
  • For research and
  • For therapeutic reasons.

The last point means that some amount of blood is drawn from the patient’s body as a way of alleviating a particular medical condition. In former times ‘bleeding’ a person to cure various diseases was a common thing but nowadays this technique is restricted to only a few conditions. They include hemochromatosis, polycythemia and porphyries. Let’s briefly look into each of these diseases.

Hemochromatosis

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Is There a Link Between Chemotherapy and Fibromyalgia?

cancer-patientFibromyalgia is a disorder that affects muscles and is characterized by generalized muscle pain, persistent fatigue, abnormal sleepiness that doesn’t offer restfulness, disorders of the temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) among many other debilitating symptoms. The condition may also show impaired cognitive ability. This is a stressful disorder that has led many people to wonder what causes it and indeed whether there is a connection between the disorder and the use of chemotherapy during treatment of various cancers.

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The Differences Between BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 Breast Cancer Genes

breast-cancer-scansMany people are baffled by the initials BRCA 1 and BRCA 2. They sound so technical but they simply mean BReast CAncer 1 and 2. They refer to two types of human genes. BRCA 1 refers to a gene on chromosome 17 while BRCA 2 refers to a gene on chromosome 13. The two genes play a major role in the control of cell growth so that each cell is produced, grows, matures and dies at the appropriate time according to the natural biological clock settings. This prevents abnormal proliferation of cells which can lead to tumor growth. When working normally they are tumor suppressants.

Sometimes these genes undergo mutation and the mutated genes can be inherited. People carrying these mutated genes are more prone to breast, ovary and prostate cancers among other types. Although the two increase the risk of these cancers, the pathology, progression, treatment and prognosis of the cancer sub-type differ significantly. It is important then to know other differences of these genes that are at times referred to as ‘cancer susceptibility genes. Some of the differences are in the table below.

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What is a Cancer Patient Advocate and Why You Need One?

doctor-talking-with-patientAfter finding out that you have just been diagnosed with cancer, the first thing you often think about is how will I go through this? Will I be okay? And how will my family deal with this? The good news is that you don’t have to deal with the complex healthcare system by yourself or your family’s precious time they could use to spend more quality time with you or comforting you as you go through your cancer treatment.

Well, as I said what you need is a cancer patient advocate and there are many ways to find one including using the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) and other health advocacy associations.

Patient Advocate Foundation is a non-profit organization that assist patients with arbitration, mediation and negotiation to settle issues with access to care, medical debt, and job retention related to their illness. According to their website, they assist people with all forms of cancer, but two forms of cancer; breast cancer and prostate cancer are heavily represented. That makes sense since breast cancer is a common cancer among women and prostate cancer is common among men.

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Multiple Sclerosis and Diet

Multiple Sclerosis and Diet

Being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis is a scary moment that brings to heart the importance of health. That is why for all of us, but most definitely for those suffering from MS it is important to embrace a healthy lifestyle.

What does that mean exactly?

Of course, adding exercise to life as well as activities such as yoga and meditation will help considerably. So will being aware of the food ingested. People with MS are encouraged to eat healthy. This includes sticking to a low fat diet that is high in fiber. It is also believed that enriching the diet with organic fruits and vegetables is highly beneficial.

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What is an Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Advocate?

alzheimers-patient-advocacyThe concept of patient advocacy in its current form was developed in 1950’s as the treatment of cancer patients grew more and more technically complicated, as a means to make the voice of the patient more readily heard.  In today’s world of constantly evolving medical techniques, treatments, and services, the average individual cannot be expected to be thoroughly acquainted with any and all this material.  So it becomes the function of the Alzheimer’s disease patient advocate to perform a variety of services to ease the burden of the patient, and their family, as they learn to deal with every aspect of the disease.

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