Movember starts today, so we thought that we’d pass along some ideas to help you get started.
- Join MoDAWGs by registering here.
- Download the newly redesigned Movember App. It’s free and available for iOS and Android.
- Ability to login and manage your MoSpace.
- Track your team’s donations.
- Recruit mo Mo Bros and Mo Sistas.
- Maybe the coolest feature–using your phone’s camera to track your mustache through the month of Movember (it will even let you create a movie of your stache’s progress).
- Start thinking about what you’ll say when someone asks about your mustache (the whole point of Movember!). Read More
Listed below are clinical trials that have opened at SCCA in the last several weeks. These trials are looking at new treatments for patients with T-cell lymphoma, soft tissue sarcoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and other lymphoid malignancies. For more information about these trials, click on the links below. Check out our website to learn about the more than 200 ongoing clinical trials at SCCA. And follow us on Twitter at @SCCA_Trials for information about recently opened trials. Read More
Miggie Olsson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 7 ½ years ago. For 18 months she underwent treatment at SCCA, which consisted of chemotherapy, surgery, then chemotherapy again followed by radiation. Ever since then she’s been cancer-free and it was her experience as a patient at SCCA that led her to volunteer here.
“SCCA saved my life when other facilities would have given up on me,” says Miggie. “Everyone understood what I was going through, and their positive attitudes helped me get through the treatment.”
Her time as a patient also got her familiar with the organization and allowed her to make an easy transition into the Guest Services desk role—a job she has been doing for three and a half years. “Every day is different and presents interesting challenges. I learn a lot from the people who approach the desk and from my desk partners, and I just enjoy the traffic and conversations when I am there.”
The Guest Services desk, located on the main floor of the SCCA clinic, acts as an information hub and gateway to Seattle for patients and their family members. Volunteers in this role have a variety of responsibilities including distributing donated tickets to patients’ families, escorting patients in wheelchairs, and the popular service of providing candy. Since the Guest Services volunteers have constant interaction with patients, it’s not surprising that Miggie has had her share of memorable moments with patients. Read More
Cancer cells are a little like vampires: they don’t like garlic. A member of the lily family, garlic is sometimes called ‘the stinking rose’ and its power seems to have been recognized from ancient times: Garlic’s use in China dates back to 2,000 BCE; Egyptian pyramid workers went on strike when garlic was withheld from their daily rations; and while Romans did not really care for its flavor, they felt it conveyed strength and made soldiers fierce. Some might say it was just their breath that was strong since they chewed large amounts of fresh garlic, but it was more likely the potent health-promoting phytonutrients in garlic that made the Roman army so fierce.
Not surprisingly, many of these phytonutrients also help to fight cancer. While garlic contains a multitude of healthful substances, this article focuses on garlic’s abundant sulfur-containing phytonutrients. These compounds promote specific anti-cancer processes within the liver including carcinogen metabolism, antioxidant activity, and anti-inflammation.
How Your Liver Works
An important function of the liver is removing harmful substances–particularly toxins and carcinogens–from your body. The liver works by filtering out toxins from the blood using enzymes in two phases: phase 1 converts the toxin into an intermediate metabolite; phase 2 then processes these metabolites into a form that can be excreted from the body. Sometimes, the phase 1 process creates substances that are more damaging than the toxin itself, and unless there are enough phase 2 enzymes to neutralize them, these substances can damage cells and set the stage for cancer promotion. Unfortunately, many things we eat, drink and breath can activate an overabundance of phase 1 enzymes, so an imbalance between phases is not uncommon. Read More
Movember is a world-wide movement aimed at raising awareness for men’s health and prostate cancer. Last year more than 1.1 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas participated and raised over 147 million dollars for men’s health initiatives and research.
To help mobilize support for Movember, the doctors here at SCCA and UW Urologic Oncology, led by Dr. Jonathan Wright, invite you to take up The MoDAWG Challenge. Our goal is to recruit 10,000 men and women to become a MoDAWG and raise awareness about men’s health.
Here’s how to get started:
- Register here to become a MoDAWG as a Mo Bro or Mo Sista.
- Recruit others.
- If you’re a Mo Bro, grow your mustache starting on November 1, or shave what you’ve got and start growing it again. View rules and style tips here.
- Start talking up men’s health and ask the men around you if they have had their annual health check up, and if over 40, a PSA test.
Finally, watch this space for mo-developments as we move through Movember. Also, if you’re a sports nut, be sure to listen in to our mo-friends over at KJR as they help us find 10,000 bold enough to take on The MoDAWG Challenge! Go DAWGS!