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Stages of Cancer and Treatments for Each Stage

As there are different stages of cancer, there are different treatments that are usually recommended for each stage. What factors decide what stage of cancer you are in?

The stage of breast cancer is determined by your general health, how large the tumor is in relation to your breast, the results of further testing and biopsies, and if you have gone through menopause. Some tumors are fed by hormones and this needs to be determined to decide which stage you are in, and what treatment you will need.

Stage 0 is a precancerous stage. This means that a woman may have cells that appear as precancerous. Lobular carcinoma in situ or LCIS does not need treatment. You will be told of the problem and your doctor will ask you to have regular checkups for any signs of breast cancer. The healthcare provider may also suggest taking Tamoxifen to reduce the chances of developing breast cancer. This new drug does have some side effects but most agree the side effects are small compared to the danger of breast cancer. Others may be asked to take part in studies that are looking into preventive treatments for breast cancer. If you have LCIS in one breast, it increases the possibility of cancer in both breasts. Occasionally, a doctor may recommend the removal of both breasts. This is called bilateral prophylactic mastectomy. This radical approach has lost its appeal since new research has given scientists hope for a cure and extended life.

Stages II, III, and IIIA are considered operable breast cancer. Your doctor will help you decide if you are a good candidate for breast-saving surgery or a mastectomy. Most women who have Stage I or Stage II breast cancer will have a partial mastectomy and follow that up with radiation therapy. Most women will have underarm lymph nodes removed at the time of the surgery. If no cancer cells are found in these lymph nodes, your doctor may decide if radiation treatment is needed. If cancer cells are found in the lymph nodes, or the tumor is especially big, then further treatments will be recommended. A woman may choose to have radiation or chemotherapy treatment before surgery to shrink the tumor to a size where the removal of the entire breast is not necessary.

Stages IIIB and Inoperable will usually be treated with chemotherapy. These stages also include inflammatory breast cancer. If radiation or chemotherapy reduces the tumor, then surgery can be considered.

Stage IV cancer will have many different forms of therapy. Hormone, biological, chemotherapy, or a combination of these may be considered as treatments. Supportive care is important for anyone with these stages of breast cancer. Treatment may come from one place, while pain management is taken care of at another location. Supportive care focuses on making the woman’s life better both emotionally and physically.

Women who have advanced cancer may choose to only have supportive care instead of chemotherapy, radiation, or hormone therapy.

The Dish on Three Miracle Foods That Burn Fat

Is this possible? Are there really foods that burn fat? You bet. Scientific studies show that people eating certain fat loss foods lose more weight than those who don’t eat those foods – all other factors being equal.

Know these 3 critical principles for a truly effective diet solution!

Here’s the dish on three popular foods that burn fat:

Skim Milk: A Fat Burning Machine
When the commercials say “milk – it does a body good,” they aren’t kidding. That’s because the calcium in milk contains a proven metabolism booster, making this the most popular of the foods that burn fat. Studies show that calcium causes weight loss. When researchers had two groups of people do everything the same, except that one group received three servings of calcium a day, the results were surprising. The group consuming the extra calcium lost almost three times as much weight as the other group.

Although milk is the most popular source of calcium, look to excellent vegetables like broccoli – packed with disease-fighting antioxidants – as good sources as well. Stay with skim milk if at all possible, but if you absolutely must have some fat, stick with 1% or 2% milk. Whole milk contains extra calories that will likely offset any benefits you might receive from the calcium.

Beans: A Miracle Fat Loss Food
Beans are an excellent source of both protein and carbohydrates and are a popular choice for effective weight loss. Beans challenge your digestive system so it takes your body longer to process them. But that’s a good thing as it keeps your blood sugar stable and you feeling full longer.

The truly big bonus of beans though is that they have lots of fiber content. Eating fiber gives your digestive system a workout, ensuring that everything runs smoothly. It also keeps your blood glucose at normal levels. To receive the greatest benefit, eat plain beans. Refried beans contain fat and sugary baked beans contain needless calories which could undermine your weight loss efforts.

Green Tea: The Zen of Losing Weight
There’s nothing to dislike about this powerful, fat burning brew. Claimed as a dieter’s best friend for years, green tea packs quite a wallop. Its lower caffeine content gently boosts the metabolism while its antioxidants reduce potentially cancerous free radicals in the body. And because it’s a mild diuretic, green tea helps flush out retained fluid.

Best of all, green tea has been shown to burn fat. Researchers discovered that people drinking four to five cups a day lose weight faster than those who don’t drink green tea. Now that’s effective weight loss.

Water: An Honorable Mention
Okay, it doesn’t contain any nutrients, but water needs to be in your list of foods that burn fat. First and foremost, water helps keep your metabolism working at its highest level of efficiency. It also dilutes sodium which reduces bloating, acts as a healing agent, pushes out retained fluids, and helps curb your appetite.

Consider this. Our kidneys, as our primary filtration system, push toxins and waste fluids out of our body. But they need water to function at their best. When they’re deprived of hydration they’re forced to call on the liver for support.

Filtering toxins and waste fluids aren’t the liver’s best talent. Its main job is to store fat into usable energy. But when it’s required to help the kidneys then it’s no longer able to metabolize fat as quickly as it should. So it should be obvious to you now that you need to drink plenty of water on a daily basis in order to keep your metabolism working at optimum levels.

Since you’re interested in losing weight, know that you can create effective weight loss by eating the foods that burn fat. Include 64 ounces of water each day and you’ll be well on your way to losing weight and staying fit.

A Twilight Obsession

Lauren, the “younger teen”

2 days, 10 hours, 26 minutes, and 34 seconds until the day we’ve all been waiting for for…. or at least all the teenage girls crazed for Twilight… the premiere of the Twilight movie. The movie based on the first book in the Twilight saga opens on Friday. Most of the girls at my school are talking about it, at dance its pretty much all we talk about, the girls at dance say the girls at their schools can’t stop talking about it, and my one dance teacher, who’s in college, is just as excited as the 13 & 14-year-old girls. So I think it’s fair to say that just about every middle and high school girl is talking about it. One of my friends is even going to the midnight showing (which I am dying to go to, but my mom won’t let me) and going to school that morning. In the car to dance we exchange fun Twilight saying such as some (oh my Edward) and OCD (obsessive Cullen disorder), and there’s a ton more.

I’m guessing the obsession doesn’t stop in New Jersey since the 4 books are the top 4 young adult books in the country. So, Rach did you read them & are you obsessed, “Dad” are you daughters excited, too?

Brad, the “dad”

“Your daughters,” my mother-in-law once told me, “are built contrariwise.” I couldn’t agree more. Sometimes I think they go against the grain because they are strong, courageous and of an independent mind by their very nature. Other times I think they do it just to mess with me. I’m leaning towards the latter when it comes to Twilight. The Valkyrie read the first and didn’t much care for it – “too emo,” she said, “too whiney.” But that didn’t keep her from buying the next two books anyway. I’m not sure the Elf, at fourteen, got more than fifty pages into the first book before she made a disgusted (and slightly disgusting) sound and tossed it into the “ready for book sale” pile. Now, with all the fuss about the movie being made in the media, she openly snarls every time we pass a Twilight billboard. This makes for a great deal of snarling.

In one way, I’m rather relieved. The Elf had a minor flirtation with the whole “goth” thing a year or so ago, and it’s good to see she quickly grew bored with the notion, though she continues to suck up Lia Block and Rob Thurman urban fantasies with disturbing regularity. Lily, in college, now pretends to be a bit ‘above it all,’ but I know she’ll be second in line when the new Harry Potter hits early next summer. So resistant? Perhaps. Immune? Not so much.

Me? I’ll probably skip it until NetFlix. But it’s good to see that they don’t automatically get swept up in every “gotta have it” marketing wave that comes by. On the other hand, when the newest video game drops, SOMEbody in this house is going to be pleading with me until I crack like an egg. So maybe I should think of it not so much as a victory over mass marketing as merely a postponement.

Meanwhile, Rach – let me know how it is!

Rach, the “older teen”

I worked as a camp counselor this summer. The kids I had to deal with were a bunch of 13 and 14-year-old girls. And they worshiped it. I had never even heard of the books until the girls coerced me into reading the first one. I read two pages and realized that it’s more suited to younger teens. Or girls who are more, uh, influenced by sappy romance novels. So, no, I have not read them (besides the first two pages). And no, I will not be seeing the movie.

Book wise, the last Harry Potter ended my childhood reading tastes. I read all the books, I’ve seen the movies. On my 11th birthday, I waited for my letter. And now, I wait for the last two movies (or three, if they split the seventh one). I know that when the last one comes out, it will be a very bittersweet day. It will mark the end of a long and awesome series.

If I was still 13 and going through my goth stage once again (you couldn’t pay me to do that again), I can imagine myself pouring over the Twilight books. So, I have nothing against the books. In fact, I like when teens read, it takes them away from the television for while.

Mary, the “mom”

Wow! I guess I am a really immature 40-something. My daughter told me I might be interested in reading these books. I wasn’t all that excited about it but I figured “anything to improve communication”. And, somewhat to my surprise, I really enjoyed them. I had the same approach with Harry Potter way back when. These books may be in the Young Adult section, but I think they’re well written and very engaging. And, I’m not alone. Many of the moms I know are reading and enjoying these books right along with their daughters. I’ve also seen moms featured in the news sporting t-shirts and other symbols of their obsession with it. I’m definitely not going there. But, I do enjoy the books.

I think it’s great that these young teens are obsessed with books instead of some pop star, although I guess the obsession is with the characters and is being transferred to the actors,, hey, at least they’re reading!

And, by the way, none of the girls I know who are obsessed with this series are the least bit “goth”. I think it really has a much broader appeal, but maybe I’m just a sappy romantic.

Why do parents and teachers judge technology harshly?

The kids are immersed. They are learning skills which will be of huge value to them in the 21st century and they seem to be starting from an intuitive base. They seem to just get it. They are working collaboratively, navigating their way through the tasks set for them, making their own choices, with minimum supervision. What’s more, they search out more, finding new ways to be creative, to socialize, and multitasking all the way.

And it’s wrong and we should stop them from doing it.

Because its digital.

We’re in the process of the digital disruption of our world where we put value judgments on technologies – books are generally good, digital is generally bad. Physical creativity good, digital creativity less so.

It’s an oversimplification (it’s what I do), but in education, there’s a suspicion that digital is a distraction from core learning skills, not an addition to them. We associate digital with gaming, not with learning – and children react to games with more enthusiasm than they do to homework. But just as sport teaches teamwork, so online gaming teaches collaboration. Just as reading books encourages children to understand the world, so games can allow children to create their own world. Neither option is universally good or bad.

The difficulty comes with the associated value judgments, handed down from parents and teachers and ascribed to the hardware of delivery. If its paper, its good. If its a tablet or a mobile, it’s bad.

But it’s not about the tools, it’s about what they learn from them.

Tired of Telemarketers? Do Something About It

Are you tired of receiving those annoying sales calls that seem to interrupt you every evening? Do you continually ask the question to the open air “I thought this was illegal now, why am I getting these calls?” We all hate getting the annoying calls, but before you curse and yank the phone from the way, ask yourself a few questions:

  • Did you recently agree to be contacted about something?
  • Did you sign up for a drawing of any kind, whether online or through a drop box at a shopping center or movie theater?
  • Have you purchased something online in recent weeks or months? If you answered yes, did you read the privacy policy to be sure they did not include verbiage notifying you that your information may be shared with other “trusted partners.”

The list can continue, but hopefully, you get the idea. Since the “Do Not Call” laws and lists were established a few years back, many people naively figured this would put all telemarketing out of business and all calls would cease. There were exclusions written into this law that allowed for calls to be made under certain circumstances.

Exemptions

First, political and non-profit organizations along with survey groups were all exempt. Personally, I find these some of the most annoying of the bunch, but there you have it; they can call you. Second, if you have conducted business with a group in which you provided your phone number, they have a designated period of time in which they can legally contact you, even for advertising purposes. Third, and this is the kicker, if you have in the course of your transaction provided consent to be contacted by an organization or to share your information with other companies to be contacted then they may do so. This is where you often get caught.

Online transactions are the most notorious for including consent, either by checking a box or by a statement saying you agree to the terms and conditions of this offer/site by completing this transaction. This is a legally binding contract, so if you want to avoid further contact, read carefully before completing that transaction. This is part of how they stay in business, continuing to offer you additional products and services. Realize if you consent to be called, getting a call is not inherently an evil act on the company’s part; they are simply acting in the hopes that you really are interested in their services as you indicated by your previous actions.

What You Can Do About It

If you are receiving calls and simply tired of it, whether it is your “fault” or not, there are steps you can take to get rid of those calls. It may take a little time and effort for a few months, but it will work. I have done it and seen the results.

First, get on the federally managed Do Not Call List (donotcall.gov). This is a simple step you complete online, with a valid email address required to validate you are not simply entering a bunch of phone numbers. There is a phone number to call to get on the list as well, but if you are reading this you obviously have the capacity to be online. If you haven’t done this step yet, then you simply are not serious about stopping the calls. Once you are on the list you do have to allow one month (31 days) for call centers to receive the updated list and then most calls should cease.

Now, and this really shouldn’t be a huge surprise, but not all call centers operate within the laws. I can hear the virtual guffaws already! Those that are sloppy about sticking to the mandated do not call laws to give the rest of the business a bad name, but it catches up to them only if some people are willing to make some noise about it. Then again, refer back to the list above and realize that if annoying calls are a result of your actions, making noise will get you nowhere.

Use an Anti-Telemarketing Script

The folks over at JunkBusters.com have published what is really an effective script if you are willing to take the few moments it takes to run through it. While you frustrated with getting a call it may be difficult to remember to calmly ask these questions, so I recommend you print out a copy to have available by your phone(s).

Every time you get a call you consider junk, just ask the questions in this script. If they answer no, you may be able to sue them. Be sure to put your phone number on the National Do-Not-Call registry by visiting http://donotcall.gov or by calling 1-888-382-1222.

  1. “Are you calling to sell something?” (or “is this a telemarketing call?”)
  2. “Could you tell me your full name please?”
  3. “And a phone number, area code first?”
  4. “What’s the name of the organization you’re calling for?”
  5. “Does that organization keep a list of numbers it’s been asked not to call?”
  6. “I would like my number(s) put on that list. Can you take care of that now?”
  7. “And does the company you work for also make telemarketing calls for any other organizations?” (If they answer no, skip the next question.)
  8. (If yes) “Can you make sure your company won’t call me for any other organization?”

Visit their site for the full version of the script that includes some follow-up questions and comments as well. Though what I have described here should not be considered legal advice, and the same is mentioned at Junk Busters, but they even point out some of their “money questions” that if answered incorrectly and documented can give you grounds to take them to small claims court to be compensated for their illegal actions.

Just Doing Something Makes a Difference

I have found that by simply entering on the do not call list was the most effective action for the bulk of the calls. We still get the occasional outfit that will call us and I am fairly good at remembering to ask to be placed on their do not call list, which most companies will honor. I’ll typically give a company the benefit of the doubt and leave it at that. When I get repeated calls from an outfit, though, I step it up a notch with some of the ideas above.

Really, this is all it takes to get most telemarketing out of your life. I still get the political pollers and occasional survey and non-profit calls, but even those, for the most part, are limited due to my actions above. I am guessing hoping I have made my way to some blacklist that indicates calling my home just isn’t worth the time.

Poorly Manufactured Diapers

First, let me tell you the brief story. My wife and I have a 6-month-old son and we have Defective Draper been using Pampers Swaddlers diapers since he was a newborn. We absolutely love them! They don’t leak, they stretch when he moves, and they fit him like a glove.

The last month or so, we have found that one out of every 20 or so diapers have a serious flaw where the left tab snaps off as you are trying to attach it. And if anyone has ever had a little boy, I’m sure you know the dangers of leaving things, let’s say… uncovered.

Now that I have your full attention, YES this happens almost every time a diaper tab breaks. Well today, I finally had enough. After several tab snaps from several different bags (and lots I’m sure), I went to the Pampers site and sounded off by means of an email containing pics and demanding some answers!

Here is the actual email I sent:

———–Begin Email ———–

Hello,

My name is Peter. My wife and I have been using “Swaddlers” since our son was born… he is currently almost 6 months old.

We love the Swaddlers however, it seems every 20th or so diaper, the tab breaks off on the left side. I have pictures uploaded so you can view this.

http://www.camdensplace.com/images/swaddlers1.jpg
http://www.camdensplace.com/images/swaddlers2.jpg

Here is the number on the side of the current bag we are using:

7048U011 38 19:18

At first, I elected to ignore the problem, thinking no one is perfect and a bad bag here and there is no big deal. However, after dealing with this now for close to a month I am quite annoyed.

We have now purchased a different brand (white cloud) to give them a try, and so far we are not as impressed as we were with the Swaddlers.

Please help to correct this most annoying issue so current and future Swaddlers users can use your product hassle free.

Sincerely,

(contact info)

——–End Email———-

Call it an experiment, call it a moment of exaggerated outrage… either way, I’m hoping to receive a reply! I will keep everyone informed if I do happen to get a reply 🙂

— UPDATE —

I just received this reply…

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Response (RightNow Administrator) – 03/21/2007 06:26 PM
Thank you for sharing your disappointment with our product. Our goal is to produce high-quality products that consistently delight our consumers and I’m sorry this wasn’t your experience. Please be assured I’m sharing your comments with the rest of our team.

Since your satisfaction means a great deal to us, I’m following up with you by postal mail. You should receive my letter within the next 2-3 weeks.

Thanks again for writing.

P&G Team

————————————

I will let you know when I receive the response 🙂

Peter

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