Newsletter Archive|January 2004
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-------------============CONTENTS============-------------- ** Welcome ** January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in the U.S.A ** What's New on the Web Site: * Research Update: HPV Testing and Pap Smears * New Stories * New Resource * New FAQ * Ask the Pros on Cervical Cancer ** How You Can Help --------------============ooOOOoo============--------------
Welcome to this issue of the EyesOnThePrize.Org newsletter. Our newsletter is designed to bring gynecologic cancer news to you, alert you to what is new on the site, and to let you know what's going on 'behind the scenes' at EOTP.
--==JANUARY IS NATIONAL CERVICAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH IN THE U.S.A.
EOTP wants to make sure you are informed about cervical cancer risk, detection, and treatment. Visit our Focus on Cervical Cancer page at:
From Mary Beth, EOTP.org Board Member and PR team member:
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in the US! If you're a gyn cancer survivor and would like to "get the word out" please send this letter (adapted to your own situation, of course) to your local newspaper. Or create your own letter and send it!
Letter to the Editor (newspaper’s name) (newspaper’s address)
Last year, more than 80,000 women in the United States received an unexpected diagnosis: cancer of a reproductive organ. This means that on average, one woman in the United States is diagnosed with gynecologic cancer every seven minutes – that's more than 200 women in the United States diagnosed each and every day.
While these types of cancer – including cervical, uterine and ovarian – are rarely discussed, they affect more women than lung cancer and colon cancer.
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Far too many women seem to believe that cervical cancer is no longer a common nor deadly disease.
Unfortunately, an estimated 10,520 women in the United States will be diagnosed with – and 3,900 will die from – cervical cancer.
As a gynecologic cancer survivor, I encourage all women to take care of themselves by:
* Scheduling routine medical exams, including an annual pap test * Visiting doctors whenever unusual symptoms develop * Seeking the support of other cancer survivors if necessary
When I was diagnosed with cancer, I found much-needed support through EyesOnThePrize.org, an international web community that provides information and emotional support from the survivor's perspective. The www.eyesontheprize.org web site's resources include an email discussion list, frequently asked questions, survivor's stories, a chance to “Ask The Pros," links to resources, and an "In Your Community” database that directs women to support groups in their hometowns.
(your name) (your address) (your phone number)
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WHAT'S NEW ON THE WEB SITE http://www.eyesontheprize.org
From Judy Knapp, Ph.D., MSW, EyesOnThePrize.Org Board Vice President
This month, Judy reports on a review of several large screening studies on the relationship between certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer. Analysis of data from these studies indicates that DNA testing for presence and type of HPV is a better indicator of pre-malignant changes than any form of Pap smear now available. The authors conclude that using HPV testing in addition to routine Pap smear to diagnose such conditions is an effective way to manage them.
to read more.
From Katie, Our Stories Editor
Two new cervical cancer stories have been added to Our Stories:
Stehanie G's diagnosis came as a result of a c-section. Her story is an important lesson in the importance of playing an active role in your health care:
Vee J's story is filled with good, firsthand tips for getting through a hysterectomy. Read it at:
Have a story of your own to tell? Send it to: Katie, Our Stories editor at: firstname.lastname@example.org
From Georgia P. Resources & Links Editor email@example.com
During chemotherapy treatment, we have many questions and concerns; the Chemocare web site offers an excellent overview to help with those. Check out the sections related to: Chemotherapy drugs (an extensive listing), Managing Side Effects (something everyone can use during treatment), and Nutrition information. Scott Hamilton developed this site in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, based on his own experiences during cancer treatment. There are also sections on Survivor experiences, and Complementary therapies.
To learn more, visit EOTP's Resources section at:
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From Karen P., FAQ Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Chemo experiences vary widely, depending on the drug(s) and dosage being used and the individual's own particular response. Several women give an overview of their chemotherapy experiences, answering the question:
Can you help?
We are still looking for "general" accounts of the chemo experience, especially for drugs OTHER THAN Taxol, cisplatin, and carboplatin. In addition, our next topic deals with "maintaining daily activities" during chemo, and we are looking for information from women from all walks of life - career women, stay-at-home moms, retired women etc. - who have had various chemo regimes for gyn cancer.
If you would like to donate some written material to EyesOnThePrize.org on this topic, please send your submission to:
--==ASK THE PROS - CERVICAL CANCER QUESTIONS
In honor of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, we are featuring a collection of all our Ask the Pros questions about cervical cancer. Check out them all out from our Focus on Cervical Cancer page:
Are they looking for a vaccine for HPV that will also cure people already infected, or will it be only to prevent future spread? Thomas J. Herzog, MD
How long do I have to wait before resuming my exercise routine after a cone biopsy? Judy Knapp, PhD, MSW
Can I transmit HPV to my child or coworkers through nonsexual casual contact? Vicente Colon, MD
What are the risks of a Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure during pregnancy? John Comerci, MD
What is the difference between cervical carcinoma in situ and CIN3 -- is one cancer and one precancer? Fredric V. Price, MD
What are the risks for pregnant women who might have cervical dyplasia? John Comerci, MD
Do all infections with HPV carry the same risk for developing cervical cancer? Howard Marc Saul, D.O.
What is the difference between squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma of the cervix in terms of survival rates, treatment and growth of tumour times? Fredric V. Price, MD
What is the difference between a Stage 1a and Stage 1b cervical cancer? Thomas J. Herzog, MD
How long does it take for moderate to severe dysplasia to become cancerous? Howard Marc Saul, D.O.
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