Monthly Archives: January 2009

Smoking And Cancer Treatment: Danger Ahead

You’ve been diagnosed with cancer.  You are either being treated for cancer, or you have completed your treatment, survived and have moved on with life.  Naturally, you will do everything you can to improve your chances that your treatment will be successful and that the cancer won’t recur.  And, that you will do what you can to reduce the odds of developing another cancer somewhere in your body.


Not so fast.  If you are a smoker, a recent study published in the Journal of Oncology Practice suggests that if you follow the above scenario, you are the exception and not the rule.


You may be among those who think that once someone has cancer, we should let them alone to deal with their disease and its treatment and stop harping about stopping smoking.  But the medical evidence doesn’t support that notion.


We have known for years that continued smoking during cancer treatment can interfere with the success of that treatment.  And, longer term, it can lead to an increased risk of developing other cancers.


Research has shown that smoking after a cancer diagnosis interferes with chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy … Continue reading →

Moving Forward With True Early Detection of Cancer

An article in the current issue of Wired Magazine nicely details how the hope of new breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer run headlong into the realities that inevitably occur.  It also points out how perseverance and optimism—appropriately focused on the issue at hand—may take us to success as we pursue our dreams of reducing in incidence and burden of cancer.


The article, titled “The Truth About Cancer: Don’t Try to Cure It. Just Find It:  Inside the Science of Early Detection” and written by Thomas Goetz (a deputy editor for Wired), outlines in large part the work of the Canary Foundation, an organization founded by Don Listwin from California to pursue the question of how we can find cancers at the earliest moment possible when the chances for cure are greatest.


Mr. Listwin’s search was inspired by the experience of his mother, who was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer and died from her illness a year later.


He asked the question why it took so long to diagnose the cancer until it was so far advanced and beyond hope of cure.  He found out what many of us unfortunately are very … Continue reading →