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  • Mar 25

    This person is escalating threatening behaviors. What is to stop him from showing up at your new job, even your home? I would make a friendly call to the local police dept. and let them know that this guy is calling you and threatening you.

  • Mar 23

    Quote from Emergency RN
    I find it stunningly ironic, that a nurse who makes a living undermining the livelihood efforts of other nurses, is here asking for advice in how to obtain more of such employment. If you want to be a nursing mercenary, that's certainly your choice and right; but I for one would never assist you (or those of your ilk) in such efforts. You're not the only nurse who needs to eat; IMHO, your employment strategy of stabbing your colleagues in the back is akin to cannibalism.
    Well said. More politely said than anything I would have come up with, I might add.

  • Mar 13

    ​I'm not sure what you mean by their beliefs affecting ADLs. Can you be a little more specific as to what you're thinking about? As an RN and JW, the only consideration I can think of would be refusing blood/blood products.

    Also, it's "Jehovah's Witnesses," not "Jehovah Witnesses."

  • Mar 2

    Quote from 8mpg
    You dont need a union to stand up for your rights. Being from Texas, I wouldnt want or join a union. I would tell ya to get lost to be honest. Here in Texas we have councils such as a Nurse Practice Council that is responsible for being the voice of the deparments. We dont need/want unions to take our money to represent us when we can do it ourselves.
    Yeah. You can do it all for yourselves. Till one of you steps out of line.

  • Feb 19

    Quote from 8mpg
    You dont need a union to stand up for your rights. Being from Texas, I wouldnt want or join a union. I would tell ya to get lost to be honest. Here in Texas we have councils such as a Nurse Practice Council that is responsible for being the voice of the deparments. We dont need/want unions to take our money to represent us when we can do it ourselves.
    Yeah. You can do it all for yourselves. Till one of you steps out of line.

  • Feb 10

    I thought I'd post an update on this article. In December, my cancer recurred. For reasons I am not going into, I have switched from my gyn/onc to a medical oncologist who has been around for a long time and treated a lot of patients with ovarian cancer. The first treatment (different regimen from the first time) has left me fatigued and achy, but that's better than what the other treatment did.

    Regarding the PP, yes, I realize the Pres. has a lot on his plate, but if there's time to recognize one cancer, there's time for a brief recognition once a month for other cancers. Like many oncology nurses (and cancer patients), I would like a day to recognize all cancers. That seems more important to me than taking time to host sports teams and such.

    Many of us with OC have worked to raise public awareness regarding this disease, but when you are going up against groups that are better funded, it's hard to get the public's attention.

  • Feb 10

    October is a frustrating month for me, because pink is a really good color for me (red head too). I don't want to have people saying, "Oh, I see you're wearing pink for BC awareness." Uh, just looks good on me. I try not to wear pink in October, yet what am I wearing as I'm posting this? A long-sleeve pink T-shirt.

    I agree...we need awareness for all cancers. You don't see people sporting ribbons for CA of the appendix, gall bladder, pancreas, etc. I don't want to give the impression I'm unsupportive of BC. I just think we ned to look at other cancers, esp. those that are more lethal.

    And Carolina, (((gentle hugs))).

  • Feb 10

    We're not allowed to give medical advice here, but I would strongly encourage you to talk to your gyn about your symptoms in conjunction with your family history. Women who carry the BRCA genetic mutation are at a much higher risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

  • Feb 10

    Quote from Ruas61
    I hear your sentiments with the lung cancer stigma.

    I left a friendship of near 20 years after her comment on my brother's lung cancer being brought on by his actions of smoking. She was lucky I didn't give her at tracheotomy.

    It will be five years this month since my brother passed away.

    In addition to recognizing Ovarian cancer this month, I would like to say it is gynecological cancer awareness month.

    Uterine cancer isn't 'sexy' either and not so deadly if caught in time. I am still around 18 years later.

    If there's anything "good" about uterine cancer, it's that it is easier to diagnose and treat. Nevertheless. I had a professor who had uterine cancer and she did not survive. Congratulations Ruas61, and I am glad you're still around!

  • Feb 10

    Quote from BORI-BSNRN
    My Mom passed away in 2011 at 62 

    I'm so sorry Bori. (((HUG)))

  • Feb 10

    I wouldn't be surprised if we see increased funding since the Komen Foundation has teamed up with the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation.

    I watched an interesting documentary a while ago called "Pink Ribbons, Inc." which went into great detail about many of the aspects surrounding the marketing behind organizations like Komen. What started out in the 80s as social activism demanding increased research for breast cancer has turned into something entirely different years later.

    Women are still far less likely to survive ovarian cancer than a diagnosis of breast cancer. While there are some promising new treatments on the horizon, ovarian cancer has not seen the breakthroughs in treatment that other cancers have. Let's face it: ovaries, pancreas livers...not sexy.

    All that aside, September is the month we focus on ovarian cancer. We still have a little over two weeks to use this month to educate our patients and our loved ones about a disease that kills far too many women every year.

  • Feb 10

    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    My husband has pancreatic CA and I have yet to see people wearing purple ribbons and running races for him and his fellow sufferers. Not to take away anything from breast cancer survivors, but I think the elephant in the room here is the fact that female breasts are objectified in this culture, hence the interest from male-dominated organizations like the NFL. Like you said, breasts are sexy while internal organs aren't. I think it's time for parity in the way research and patient care for other types of cancer are funded.

    Breast cancer has become a survivable disease; with enhanced testing and targeted therapies, it's no longer the death sentence it was years ago. Cancers like your husband's are far more difficult to detect and treat. These cancers need more funds for research and support, but rallying the troops is a tough sell.

    It's funny, as I was venting my spleen writing this, there was a spot on the local news about a three day walk for Susan Koman's breast cancer foundation. I yelled at the TV and said, "It's not October, yet!"

  • Feb 10

    Quote from monkeyhq

    When educating women about Ovarian Cancer, it is important that those with a strong family history of Breast Cancer consider speaking with the Genetic Counselor, and before age 40 whenever possible.

    BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations are hereditary, and associated with an extremely high risk of breast cancer (as high as 87%). Most women who have heard about the BRCA gene mutations believe this is a 'breast cancer' gene, but that is only part of it.

    A mutation of BRCA1 and BRCA2 carry a horrifyingly high risk of Ovarian Cancer. And for the reasons the OP stated, ovarian cancer is generally detected in late stage, and there is no cure.

    With genetic testing to identify deleterious markers in women who have a strong familial background of breast and ovarian cancer, women can be better informed of their own risk and make pro-active choices.

    I am BRCA1, and my genetic marker (del 1290) carried up to a 42% lifetime risk for ovarian cancer. My BC risk was up to 87%.

    I chose to be tested because three consecutive maternal generations had BC and OC. When my tests came back with deleterious markers, I made choices.

    I planned my elective double mastectomy and reconstruction, and planned the oophorectomy for six months later. I did not know, at that time, that I already had breast cancer. My surgeon discovered it while I was on the operating table. So much for dodging the breast cancer bullet.

    After six months of chemo, and six months of recovery, I finally scheduled my oophorectomy. This time, when I woke from surgery, I had GREAT news: no signs of cancer whatsoever in my ovaries or peritoneal cavity.

    For those you love, and for your patients, please share that there are very serious genetic risks that significantly increase the likelihood of ovarian cancer. And a HUGE indicator is a strong family history of breast cancer, or a blood relative with ovarian.

    Being armed with information, and choices, can save a life. It saved mine.

    Love to all my sisters.

    My maternal family history included an aunt who had breast CA, then died from ovarian cancer. Another aunt died from lymphoma. My gyn didn't consider this a strong risk for ovarian cancer, yet I wound up being dx. in my late 40s, and am BRCA2 positive. My mother was tested and she, too, is BRCA2 positive. Fortunately for her, she had a TAHBSO several years ago, but the BRCA2 mutation still puts her at risks for other cancers too, so she sees the same gyn/onc. I see.

  • Feb 10

    Quote from LadyFree28
    My paternal aunt died of ovarian cancer in her 30s.

    I think that ovarian cancer doesn't get the research that is needed and more aggressive ways to help detect it because it's "chick cancer"; even men get Breast CA, and I'm suspicious that was a main reason (along with aggressive campaigning after decades) that it get's the attention that it does.

    In my mind all cancers need to have the same funding to help detect it and ensure early treatment.

    You have my support.

    I agree, to a certain extent. Breast cancer is still considered a women's cancer, however, the Komen Foundation helped to turn it into a marketing juggernaut. Pretty soon, corporate America learned that "if it's pink, it sells."

    I agree that there needs to be parity with research funding and support. Unfortunately, it's almost impossible for other voices to be heard against the roar of breast cancer activists. Really, who pays attention to pancreatic cancer patients? How about gall bladder patients? A while ago I took care of a patient with CA of the appendix. I don't think we're going to see any "Race for the Cure" for those cancers.

    I'm glad patients with breast CA have so much support out there, but now we need to start caring for other cancer patients.

  • Feb 10

    On Sept. 4th, President Obama signed a proclamation declaring September "Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month." He urged women to get regular check ups to increase the possibility of early detection, and touted the Affordable Care Act as a means to protect women with this disease from being treated unfairly in the workplace and from discrimination by medical insurers. He assured women with ovarian cancer that the Administration was doing all it could to find a cure.

    Don't get me wrong: his sentiments are appreciated. I just have to wonder if what he says is really true, or if it was just one of those "feel-good" efforts that a president does, then checks off on his "To Do" lists.

    Next month, the White House will be awash in pink for "Pinktober." You won't see the White House turn teal for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month (or for any color of other cancers, for that matter), even though ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in women and the most lethal of all gynecologic cancers.

    Why is there such a lack of interest in a cancer that affects 22,000 women each year and kills more than half of them? In 2009, the National Cancer Institute's funding for ovarian cancer was $110.1 million dollars, along with $16.2 million dollars allocated for research from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. By comparison, the National Institutes of Health spent $800 million dollars on breast cancer research. In that same fiscal year, they spent $147 million dollars on ovarian cancer research. Since 1992, the Department of Defense, which has a breast cancer research program, has added an additional $2.5 billion (yes, billion) dollars in peer-reviewed research. By comparison, they allocated $20 million dollars in ovarian cancer research. It's easy to see why women battling ovarian cancer feel like the proverbial red headed stepchild next to all that money.

    Unlike breast cancer, there is no diagnostic test to detect ovarian cancer. Many women believe (wrongly) that if they go to their gynecologist regularly for an annual exam and PAP test, the doctor will be able to tell if they have ovarian cancer. The truth of the matter is that it is very hard to discover growths from ovarian cancer on a bimanual exam, and the PAP test does nothing to diagnose ovarian cancer. Even the trans-vaginal ultrasound is unreliable in finding growths. The sad fact is that most ovarian cancers go undetected until the disease is at an advanced stage, making the likelihood of survival poor.

    As nurses, we can improve awareness by taking any and every opportunity to teach our female patients about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer:

    This month, take a moment to educate someone you love about ovarian cancer. Teach your patients, your co-workers. If you have symptoms like the ones noted in the picture, see your doctor. Wear something teal to show your support for women who have been affected by this cancer. Write to your Congressional representatives and ask for more research dollars for ovarian cancer. Write letters to the editor. Speak up at every opportunity. As nurses, we are well positioned to make our voices heard when it comes to advocating for the health of our fellow citizens. Working together, we can help give women a fighting chance against ovarian cancer.