It was a day for hope, a celebration of survivorship and renewal, both for those affected by cancer and for the men and women at UC Davis Cancer Center dedicated to taking care of them.
Doctors may be winning some fights against cancer, but have been losing the battle against invasive bladder tumors. Bladder cancer is not only becoming more common, but the mortality rate for patients is increasing as well.
When Carol Foscarini developed bleeding last year, she knew that with menopause behind her, it was unusual. But neither she, nor her primary-care doctor or gynecologist expected the diagnosis her biopsy revealed: a very rare form of vaginal cancer.
Chemotherapy has saved countless lives, but it’s a brutal, all-out assault that can take a terrible toll on cancer patients. Most will resolve when the chemotherapy ceases, but some serious problems – heart damage, lung damage, infertility – may last a lifetime.