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Anita Kanitz
1 year ago
"Once I leave this earth, I know I've done something that will continue to help others." Jackie Joyner-Kersee

"You never know how strong you are until the time when you have to be it. To survive, to survive for those who love you, who believe in you, for those you love, for your children, your family, your friends. It is worth fighting, because who does not fight, has already lost. Your watches will go different from now on, because in you is the time bomb ticking cancer and you have to be always ready to be ready to fight. You have to learn to live from one day to the other, to enjoy the little moments of happiness, to see the beautiful things in this world and to show the people you love and who love you how much they mean to you. Because your time is now measured, use it and live!"

"Du weißt nie, wie stark bist, bis zu dem Zeitpunkt, wenn du es einfach sein musst. Um zu überleben, zu überleben für die, die dich lieben, die an dich glauben, für die, die du liebst, für deine Kinder, deine Familie, deine Freunde. Es lohnt sich zu kämpfen, denn wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren. Deine Uhren werden ab jetzt anders gehen, denn in dir tickt die Zeitbombe Krebs und du musst immer bereit sein, bereit sein zu kämpfen. Du musst lernen, von einem Tag zum anderen zu leben, die kleinen Glücksmomente zu geniessen, die schönen Dinge zu sehen und den Menschen, die du liebst und die dich lieben, zeigen, wieviel sie dir bedeuten. Denn deine Zeit ist nun bemessen, nutze sie und lebe!"
Anita Kanitz

"I'll also tell you that five hundred thousand people will die this year of cancer. And I'll also tell you that one in every four will be afflicted with this disease, and yet, somehow, we seem to have put it in a little bit of the background. "Jim Valvano

"I think if you follow anyone home, whether they live in Houston or London, and you sit at their dinner table and talk to them about their mother who has cancer or their child who is struggling in school, and their fears about watching their lives go by, I think we're all the same." Brene Brown

Worldwide facts about cancer:
Fact 1: About 16% of people die from cancer
In 2015, 8.8 million people died from cancer – nearly 1 in 6 global deaths.
Fact 2: Cancer affects everyone
About 70% of all deaths from cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries.
Fact 3: Top 5 types of cancer killing men
Worldwide, in 2018, the 5 most common types of cancer that kill men are (in order of frequency): lung, liver, stomach, colorectal and prostate cancers.
Fact 4: Top 5 types of cancer killing women
Worldwide, in 2018, the 5 most common types of cancer that kill women are (in the order of frequency): breast, lung, colorectal, cervical and stomach cancers.
Fact 5: Not using tobacco can help prevent cancer
Between 30-50% of cancers are preventable. Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of cancer in the world, and is responsible for approximately 22% of all cancer-related deaths.
Fact 6: Vaccination against cancer-causing infections
In 2012, cancer-causing infections were responsible for up to 25% of newly diagnosed cancer cases in low- and middle-income countries. Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes cervical cancer, and hepatitis B virus (HBV) causes liver cancer. Vaccination against these two viruses could prevent 1.1 million cancer cases each year.
Fact 7: Access to cancer treatment in low-income countries is low
In 2017, less than 30% of low-income countries reported treatment services were generally available, compared to more than 90% of high-income countries.
Fact 8: Cancer creates significant burden on global economy
The economic impact of cancer is significant and is increasing. The total annual economic cost of cancer in 2010 was estimated at approximately US$ 1.16 trillion.
Fact 9: Palliative care
Worldwide, only about 14% of people who need palliative care currently receive it.
Fact 10: Lack of data disables cancer policies
Only one in five low- and middle-income countries have the necessary data to drive cancer policy.

I am a survivor of a malignant brain tumor. In my family there is the so-called cancer gene.
Among my relatives and in the family, there were and are the following cancers: brain tumor, breast and abdominal cancer, liver cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, testicular cancer, leukemia. For example, my brother overcame a very malignant testicular cancer that was discovered after his honeymoon and he is now childless. My grandfather died very painful of liver cancer. My grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly before her death at the age of 92. The son of my godmother died of leukemia at the age of 9, when I was a child. And so, unfortunately, this sinister series of cancer deaths continues. Unfortunately, female colleagues and friends also died of lung cancer, brain cancer and abdominal cancer, and there were many cases of cancer in their families.
Cancer is a disease of the genes, unfortunately!
Mutations in the genome can cause cancer: they disable controls and cause cells to proliferate unchecked.
There are clear rules in the human body - every cell has its place and its task. But some cells do not stick to it and begin to multiply at the expense of others. The cause is almost always found in the genetic material. Scientists today agree that cancer is a disease of genes.
The genome determines the rules that govern coexistence in the body. Genes control the activity of cells, organize their collaboration, and make each one subordinate to the good of the body. Mutations can override these rules: genes turn on or off at inappropriate times, and as a result, the delicate balance of the body's cells wavers. Gene mutations play a key role in the development of cancer, and this role is better understood every day. Advances in cancer therapy are highly dependent on personalized medicine taking advantage of these new insights. There is reason to hope that the research on cancer mutations will soon open up new possibilities for diagnosis, prognosis and therapy.
Those who carry a particular gene, if untreated, get 100 percent colon cancer. Another gene is likely to cause breast cancer. This is not a death sentence. On the contrary: who knows his inherited risk, can put up early to defend.
Many still remember the radical surgery that Angelina Jolie performed in 2013: doctors removed both breasts of the then 37-year-old movie star. Geneticists had previously calculated her an 87 percent chance of getting breast cancer in her life. Jolie, whose mother had died of breast cancer, did not want to take that risk.
The drastic action of the actress admired for her beauty then raised worldwide awareness of a cancer risk unknown to many people: the disease can be inherited. Women who have a mutation of the genes BRCA1 or BRCA2 will get more breast cancer (60-80 percent) . The risk of ovarian cancer is many times higher in women than in women without the gene change. The age at which a genetic test should be carried out to clarify the genetic risk depends on the evaluation of the family history.
Ich bin eine Überlebende von einem bösartigen Hirntumor. In meiner Familie gibt es das sogenannte Krebsgen.
Unter meinen Verwandten und in der Familie gab und gibt es folgende Krebsarten: Gehirntumor, Brust- und Unterleibskrebs, Leberkrebs, Darmkrebs, Lungenkrebs, Hodenkrebs, Leukämie. Mein Bruder hat zum Beispiel einen sehr bösartigen Hodenkrebs überwunden, der nach seiner Hochzeitsreise entdeckt wurde und er ist nun leider kinderlos. Mein Großvater starb sehr qualvoll an Leberkrebs. Bei meiner Großmutter wurde kurz vor ihrem Tod im Alter von 92 Jahren Brustkrebs entdeckt. Der Sohn meiner Patentante starb im Alter von 9 Jahren an Leukämie, da war ich noch ein Kind. Und so lässt sich diese unheilvolle Reihe von Krebstodesfällen leider fortsetzen. Leider sind auch weibliche Kolleginnen und Freundinnen an Lungenkrebs, Gehirntumor und Unterleibskrebs verstorben, in ihren Familien gab es ebenfalls viele Krebsfälle.
Krebs ist eine Krankheit der Gene, leider!
Mutationen im Erbgut können Krebs erzeugen: Sie setzen Kontrollen außer Kraft und bringen Zellen dazu, sich ungebremst zu ver­mehren.
Im menschlichen Körper herrschen klare Regeln - jede Zelle hat ihren Platz und ihre Aufgabe. Doch manche Zellen halten sich nicht daran und beginnen, sich auf Kosten anderer zu vermehren. Die Ursache findet sich fast immer im Erbgut. Wissen­schaftler sind sich heute einig: Krebs ist eine Krankheit der Gene.
Das Erbgut legt die Regeln fest, die das Zusammen­leben im Körper bestim­men. Gene kontrollieren die Aktivität von Zellen, organisieren deren Zusammen­arbeit und sorgen dafür, dass sich jede dem Wohl des Körpers unterordnet. Mutationen können diese Regeln außer Kraft setzen: Gene schalten sich zu unpassenden Zeit­­punkten an oder aus, und als Folge gerät das empfindliche Gleich­gewicht der Körper­zellen ins Wanken. Genmutationen spielen eine zentrale Rolle bei der Entwicklung von Krebs, und diese Rolle wird mit jedem Tag besser verstanden. Fortschritte bei der Krebstherapie hängen stark davon ab, dass die personalisierte Medizin diese neuen Erkenntnisse auch nutzen kann. Es besteht Grund zur Hoffnung, dass aus der Erforschung der Krebsmutationen bald neue Möglichkeiten für die Diagnose, Prognose und Therapie erwachsen.
Wer ein bestimmtes Gen trägt, bekommt unbehandelt zu 100 Prozent Darmkrebs. Ein anderes Gen lässt mit hoher Wahrscheinlichkeit Brustkrebs entstehen. Ein Todesurteil ist das aber nicht. Im Gegenteil: Wer sein geerbtes Risiko kennt, kann sich frühzeitig zur Wehr setzen.
Viele erinnern sich noch an die radikale Operation, die Angelina Jolie 2013 durchführen ließ: Ärzte entfernten beide Brüste des damals 37-jährigen Filmstars. Genetiker hatten ihr zuvor eine 87-prozentige Wahrscheinlichkeit errechnet, einmal an Brustkrebs zu erkranken. Dieses Risiko wollte Jolie, deren Mutter an Brustkrebs gestorben war, nicht eingehen.
Die drastische Aktion der für ihre Schönheit bewunderten Schauspielerin rückte damals ein Krebsrisiko ins Bewusstsein, das vielen Menschen unbekannt war: die Krankheit kann vererbt werden. Frauen, die eine Mutation der Gene BRCA1 oder BRCA2 tragen, werden mit 60- bis 80-prozentiger Wahrscheinlichkeit Brustkrebs bekommen. Auch die Gefahr von Eierstockkrebs ist um ein Vielfaches höher als bei Frauen ohne die Genveränderung.In welchem Alter ein Gentest zur Abklärung des genetischen Risikos durchgeführt werden sollte, hängt von der Auswertung der Familienanamnese ab.

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The Biology of Cancer by Robert Weinberg (Autor) :
Thoroughly updated and incorporating the most important advances in the fast-growing field of cancer biology, The Biology of Cancer, Second Edition, maintains all of its hallmark features admired by students, instructors, researchers, and clinicians around the world. The Biology of Cancer is a textbook for students studying the molecular and cellular bases of cancer at the undergraduate, graduate, and medical school levels. The principles of cancer biology are presented in an organized, cogent, and in-depth manner. The clarity of writing, supported by an extensive full-color art program and numerous pedagogical features, makes the book accessible and engaging. The information unfolds through the presentation of key experiments that give readers a sense of discovery and provide insights into the conceptual foundation underlying modern cancer biology. The new Second Edition has been comprehensively revised and updated to include major advances in cancer biology over the past six years. Updates include current information on: The tumor microenvironment Metastatic dissemination Tumor immunology Cancer stem cells The epithelial-mesenchymal transition Multi-step tumorigenesis Invasion and metastasis Mutation of cancer cell genomes Greatly expanded treatment of traditional therapy Epigenetic contributions MicroRNA involvement The Warburg effect Besides its value as a textbook, The Biology of Cancer is a useful reference for individuals working in biomedical laboratories and for clinical professionals. Every copy of the book comes with an updated "Pathways in Human Cancer" poster and a DVD-ROM containing the book's art program, a greatly expanded selection of movies, audio file mini-lectures, Supplementary Sidebars, and a Media Guide.

Breasts: An Owner’s Manual: Every Woman’s Guide to Reducing Cancer Risk, Making Treatment Choices and Optimising Outcomes by Dr. Kristi Funk (Autor);
A revolutionary and definitive new approach to preventing breast cancer, from Board-certified world authority on breast health Dr. Kristi Funk, co-founder of the renowned Pink Lotus Breast Centre, and surgeon to Angelina Jolie and Sheryl Crow.
Breasts: An Owner’s Manual is a straight-talking, myth and misconception-busting, strategy-filled guide to breast health. Sharing the latest on lifestyle choices that impact your risk factor including food, supplements, hormones and exercise, Dr. Funk demonstrates that you are so much more in control of whether or not you get breast cancer than you could ever dare to think.
In fact, unless you carry a genetic mutation associated with breast cancer, the choices you make in your-day-to-day life trumps genetics and family history when it comes to breast cancer risk, every time.
Including a unique long-term risk reduction plan for every woman based on her needs, as well as the latest on diagnosis and treatment for women living with and surviving breast cancer, and with a heartfelt Foreword from longtime patient Sheryl Crow, this is a book with a life-saving message for the 1 in 8 women, at the time of writing, who are set to be diagnosed in their lifetime.

Baby Bump, Cancer Lump: a memoir of fighting cancer while pregnant by Stephanie Partridge (Autor):
Baby Bump, Cancer Lump is a heart-wrenching but hopeful look into the two years during which author Stephanie Partridge battled breast cancer and gave birth to her fifth child, a healthy boy. The story begins at discovering an unexpected pregnancy that led to early detection of an invasive ductal carcinoma in her breast. As she faces the challenges before her, she writes journal entries and online posts to share her insights on this journey, which are full of charming humor, gritty details, and spiritual introspection. Readers will be moved by her raw honesty and buoyed up by her delightful positivity, while learning empathy and practical knowledge for facing the beast that is cancer.
A deeply moving memoir, Baby Bump, Cancer Lump is a story of how circumstance—even cancer—doesn’t control our ability to feel joy.

Cured, My Ovarian Cancer Story by Joyce Wadler (Autor) ;
In 1991 Joyce Wadler, a 43 year-old New York City reporter, had breast cancer which was caught early and successfully treated. She thought her cancer problems were over, she knew of no other cases of breast cancer in her family. Four years later Ms. Wadler was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. She also learned that she was carrying a genetic mutation, BRCA-1, which has been found in Ashkenazic Jews and which gives women a higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer. “Cured: My Ovarian Cancer Story”, which originally appeared as, ‘Cancer Redux’, a two part cover story in New York Magazine, is the story of how Joyce Wadler successfully overcame cancer a second time. It also includes information about how women can try to protect themselves. ---------- MY HAIR STARTS FALLING OUT ten days after chemotherapy: a few strands on a white tablecloth at the Knickerbocker restaurant. I am having lunch with a guy I met at a party two months ago. The guy is sniffly. “I’m fighting something off,” he says. “Me too,” I say. I wait a few days, till my hair comes out in clumps in the shower, then, as directed, I go back to a wig store on the West Side where they shave the rest of my hair and do the final fit for the wig. They don’t like to buzz you until the hair is really coming out. They say it’s too traumatic. When I get home, I take off my wig and all my clothes, and stand in front of a full-length mirror and check me out naked. I am quite astonishingly bald, but I am still dramatically girly: My waist goes in, almost everything else goes out. I look sort of sci-fi. On the Starship Enterprise, they would probably go for me in a big way. Space Tomato, I call me. Maybe I should take out a personals ad: Mature Woman Seeks Trekkie. Excerpt, 'Cured, My Ovarian Cancer Story

Surviving Leukemia and Hodgkin's Lymphoma: An Overview Of Effective Treatment Methods by Melinda Baxter (Autor) :
"Surviving Leukemia and Hodgkin's Lymphoma" is a text that will give the reader a more than basic insight into the inner workings of both diseases. The author guides the reader through the various symptoms that come with each and the current methods that are used to diagnose the diseases. After that the various methods of treatment, both medical and alternative are expounded upon. It is a great support text for anyone that has any of these diseases or has family members with the disease to have. It can really help them to not only understand what exactly the individual is going through, but also help them to know what they can do to help or when they would need to be the most supportive. Leukemia and Hodgkin's Lymphoma are not diseases that cannot be ignored so it is best to be prepared to deal with it.

Just Don't Fall: A Hilariously True Story of Childhood, Cancer, Amputation, Romantic Yearning, Truth, and Olympic Greatness by Josh Sundquist (Autor):
"Just Don't Fall is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read-not too mention poignant and funny." -A.J. Jacobs
This winning memoir of triumph over tragedy tells a story that has deeply affected thousands of readers. When he was just nine years old, Josh Sundquist was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a virulent cancer strain that eventually claimed his left leg. Told in a wide-eyed, often heartbreaking voice, Just Don't Fall is the astounding story of the boy Josh was and of the young man he became-an utterly heroic struggle through numerous hospitalizations and worse to become an award-winning skier in the Paralympics and renowned motivational speaker. What emerges is one of the most fresh and sincere works of inspiration to come along in years.

Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Practical Guide to Your Future by Nancy Keene (Autor), Wendy Hobbie (Autor), Kathy Ruccione (Autor) :
More than 325,000 children, teens, and adults in the United States are survivors of childhood cancer. The surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and stem cell transplants used to cure children can affect growing bodies and developing minds. If survivors know of these potential problems, they can take steps to identify, cope with, or treat them early if they do develop.
The third edition of Childhood Cancer Survivors charts the territory for survivors by providing state-of-the-art information about: " Medical late effects from treatment " Emotional aspects of surviving cancer " Schedules for follow-up care " Challenges in the heath-care system " Lifestyle choices to maximize health " Discrimination in employment or insurance.
Woven throughout the text are stories from more than 100 survivors and parents. Authors Keene, Hobbie, and Ruccione are experts in the field of childhood cancer. Keene is the mother of a survivor of childhood leukemia and the author of several books including Childhood Leukemia, Childhood Cancer, Educating the Child with Cancer, and Chemo, Craziness & Comfort. Hobbie is Associate Director of the Cancer Survivorship Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Ruccione is Co-Director of the HOPE (Hematology-Oncology Psychosocial and Education) Program in the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.


Turning Weeds Into Wildflowers: A True Story of Faith, Hope, and Healing in the Face of Childhood Cancer (Englisch) by Emily Gould (Autor), Alexis Gould Stafford (Autor) :
Cancer. With just one word, the life of Emily Gould and her family was turned upside down when her teenage daughter Alexis was suddenly diagnosed with a highly aggressive cancer. Yet amid the terrible battles and heartache, the Gould family found laughter, joy, and the miraculous love of their Heavenly Father. Although cancer threatened to take Alexis from them, it could not take their faith, love, or happiness.

Surviving Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Hope, Treatment, And Recovery by Patricia Prijatel (Autor):
After her diagnosis of hormone-negative breast cancer, health journalist Patricia Prijatel did what any reporter would do: start investigating the disease, how it occurs, how it's treated, and how to keep it from recurring. While she learned that important research on triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) was emerging, she found a noticeable lack of resources on the disease, which differs from hormone-positive breast cancer in important ways, including prognosis and treatment options. Triple-negative breast cancer disproportionately affects younger women and African-American women--and some forms of it can be more dangerous than other types of breast cancer. But there are many reasons to be hopeful, as Prijatel shows in this book.
Surviving Triple-Negative Breast Cancer delivers research-based information on the biology of TNBC; the role of genetics, family history, and race; how to navigate treatment options; understanding a pathology report; and a plethora of strategies to reduce the risk of recurrence, including diet and lifestyle changes. In clear, approachable language, Prijatel provides a fact-filled guide based on a vast array of scientific studies. Woven throughout the book are stories of women who have faced TNBC. These are mothers, wives, daughters, and sisters who went through a variety of medical treatments and then got on with life--one competes in triathlons, two had babies after being treated with chemo, one got remarried in her 50s, and one just celebrated the 30th birthday of the son she was nursing when she was diagnosed.
Writing with honesty and humor, Prijatel delivers an inspiring message--that TNBC is a disease to take seriously, with proper and occasionally aggressive treatment, but it is not automatically a killer. Most women diagnosed with the disease survive and go on to live full lives. Surviving Triple-Negative Breast Cancer is a roadmap for women who want to be empowered through their treatment and recovery.

Your Life In Your Hands: Understand, Prevent and Overcome Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer by Jane Plant (Autor):
Professor Jane Plant's international bestseller on combating breast cancer through diet and lifestyle changes has been fully revised and updated, including new information on ovarian cancer and other types of cancer.
In this groundbreaking book, Professor Plant details her own experiences of suffering with breast cancer, and how she learnt of the relationship between cancer and diet. The book explains the science behind the 'no dairy' diet and gives practical advice on how diet and lifestyle changes can help prevent and overcome breast and ovarian cancer. For sufferers, their families and anyone who is concerned about the risk of cancer, this book is essential reading.

Fighting Lung Cancer: Everything You Need To Know About Lung Cancer's Cause, Symptoms, Stages, The Best Natural Treatments For Good, And Prevention! by Dr. Edward Thomas (Autor) :
The best and most concise resource for diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer! Cancer is increasing in incidence, all over the world. In many countries, cancer has become the leading cause of death. And the leading cause of cancer-related deaths is lung cancer. In 2018, about 15% of all cancer diagnoses and 30% of all cancer deaths were due to lung cancer. Needless to say, there is a great need for more rapid advancements in diagnosis and treatment of this devastating disease.
If you or a loved one has lung cancer and want to understand more about how lung cancer starts and spreads, then this book is for you.
This is one of the most comprehensive books available on alternative treatments for lung cancer.
This book contains proven steps and strategies on how to prevent, treat and fight lung cancer. It explains the treatments used successfully by a health professional/cancer survivor of 30 years and by some of the leading medical and health practitioners currently in the field. This book is also for you if you are a high school or college student taking biology or a related topic and want to learn more about cancer. This book is also a useful introduction to cancer biology for medical students and PhD students, although it might be considered a bit basic by some students at that level.

How I defeated colon cancer: The real story of a survivor by Buluș Andrei Tudor (Autor):
This book is a good read for anyone who know's someone or currently has cancer. The book is not about how to survive or cure yourself, but more of a story of someones journey and about the attitude they had while getting treated for cancer. The book includes multiple lab results to help give you an idea of where they were at during their treatment. There is some information about what sort of food they recommend you eat while trying to fight cancer. I believe this can be helpful for someone looking for guidance on what they should do while getting chemo.

It's Just Cancer: Making a Great Day One Round of Chemo at a Time by Brad Lubken (Autor);
July 30th, 2004 was a day that would change Brad Lubken’s life forever. It was the day he was diagnosed with late stage two Testicular Cancer. The disease would ultimately test his determination, his strength, and his perception of the world. It would make the seemingly simple task of eating a banana a challenge worth celebrating once finished. It would disrupt his plans of maintaining his status as a full-time college student, and force him to become a full-time chemotherapy recipient. But, it would also teach him how to view the world in a way he never thought imaginable. Cancer was a cursed disease which would ultimately become what he can now call, “The best thing to have ever happened to me.” It’s Just Cancer is actually two books in one. Part one illustrates what life was like before, during, and after his four surgeries and four rounds of chemotherapy. Part two explains what he learned from the ordeal. Brad now lives his life with the realization that there was a time when death was a very real possibility. He strives to see the good in all things and appreciates life. His lessons learned are invaluable to you, the reader. "It’s Just Cancer" is a story about a very serious topic, yet written with a mix of humor, honesty, humility, and factual specifics. If you are in the process of fighting cancer, or are a family member or friend of somebody who is, "It’s Just Cancer" is a must read. Brad Lubken wrote this book for anybody who has been affected by cancer. But, first and foremost, he wrote this book for other young people fighting cancer because when he went through his treatment, he felt alone. He could not relate to the older people he met in the chemo ward and he found the scariest part of his treatment was not knowing what to expect. He hopes this book will serve as the bridge to their treatment!

Signore, Ascolta! My Journey with Brain Cancer by Zhila Kashaninia (Autor) :
Zhila Kashaninia is an opera singer, music teacher and therapeutic yoga teacher. She has performed in Canada, Spain, Italy, and Mexico. In 2008, Zhila produced her first CD, Journey through Spanish Songs, which brought her an invitation from the Cultural Institute in Campeche, Mexico to perform and provide a workshop and master class for the university students. In addition to her vocal performances, Zhila also teaches opera history at the University of Victoria. Zhila's passion for voice and music and its close relationship to physical and emotional release of the body led her to pursue therapeutic yoga. After many years of practicing, she became a trained instructor in 2015 and has developed specialized yoga programs for singers and musicians. Zhila has provided therapeutic yoga classes for piano teachers and students as well as for those dealing with physical injuries and emotional trauma.
Since her own diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor, Zhila has become interested in the impact of yoga and meditation on the brain and nervous system and has developed yoga and meditation practices that deal specifically with cancer and other challenging and difficult health issues.
Zhila is a graduate of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Her educational background also includes a degree in Economics and Communication and a certificate in Project Management from the Project Management Institute in Massachusetts, United States. In addition to her music and yoga, Zhila has worked in public health research and data analysis for more than two decades in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Bound by Faith: The Story of an Ovarian Cancer Survivor by Debra Myton (Autor):
As the mother of two daughters, Debra became extremely concerned about her ovarian cancer diagnosis, nutrition, and weight loss. Research shows that people do not get second opinions about their health although health professionals do not see second opinions as a breach of trust from people. This book is a personal guide on how to handle any illness that a man or woman may face in life. This personal cancer story will make you laugh, cry, but overall, will empower you by faith. Join Debra in her journey of survival in "Bound by Faith".

Living Through the Racket: How I Survived Leukemia...and Rediscovered My Self by Corina Morariu (Autor):
She was 23 and at the height of her professional tennis career—a top-30 singles player, the #1 ranked doubles player in the world in 2000, and the winner of Grand Slam titles at both Wimbledon in 1999 with Lindsay Davenport, and the Australian Open Mixed doubles in 2001. Then, in May 2001, Corina Morariu was diagnosed with an advanced form of acute myelogenous leukemia and found herself in the match of a lifetime. After a grueling regimen of chemotherapy, Corina returned to competitive tennis 16 months after her diagnosis. She was named the WTA Tour Comeback Player of the Year in 2002, but the effects of the leukemia lingered. On the court, she struggled to come to terms with the cancer and two subsequent shoulder surgeries that diminished her physical capabilities as a tennis player. Off the court, she struggled to redefine herself in the wake of her trauma.
In this honest, unsparing memoir, Corina opens up about what it’s like to be an athlete diagnosed with cancer, and how her battle with leukemia changed her in every way. She reassessed everything: her devotion to tennis, her lifelong mission to be the perfect daughter, even her marriage. She took charge of her own life, often with devastating consequences to her and those she loved most.
In the end, leukemia gave this world-class athlete much more than it took away—the challenge to look deeper within herself, and the strength to change her life—and she reveals the extraordinary lessons she learned along the way. It is Corina’s journey of self-discovery that will make her story incredibly poignant and uplifting to everyone who reads it—tennis player or not.
Leukemia brought Corina to the brink of death . . . but ultimately it saved her life.

What Don't Kill Me Just Makes Me Strong: A Memoir by Stewart Francke (Autor):
What Don’t Kill Me Just Makes Me Strong is a survival memoir that recounts Stewart Francke’s remarkable journey through leukemia and a bone marrow transplant, complications and recovery. Understanding he is, as a survivor, part of the “lucky unlucky,” Francke finds the silver lining in his struggle. Francke shares his story the way he writes and sings his music: “Stewart Francke makes beautiful music.” —Bruce Springsteen “Thank God for Stewart Francke. Thank God for his feeling healing music, for the sweetness of his soul, the sincerity of his songs, the strength of his vision.” —David Ritz, author of Divided Soul: The Marvin Gaye Story & Brother Ray “Stewart Francke is one of a kind. A talent that encompasses both songwriting and prose writing appears rarely.” —Dave Marsh, American music critic, author, editor and radio talk show host The trip from initial biopsy to full recovery is often horrific, but Francke writes as an unflinching advocate for his own condition, and comes to understand that both surrender and faith are choices. Although this is a somewhat singular journey through illness, faith and family, Francke makes it everyone’s story. As a young father and renowned musician, Francke describes the relationships with his family, friends, medical team and muse with poignant detail, humor and love. He ultimately comes to treat each breath as a gift, and grows to understand that a life in service to others is a life lived with true purpose.

How to Starve Cancer by Jane McLelland (Autor) ;
After being given a terminal diagnosis with only a few weeks to live, Jane threw herself into research. Already medically knowledgeable as a Chartered Physiotherapist, Jane dug up research, some decades old, in her quest to survive. Rather than aiming to cure cancer, which in many cases is unachievable, Jane?s approach was to stop it growing. Remarkably her approach not only stopped it growing, it disappeared altogether. There are now clinics following her protocol, achieving remarkable successes. This book is a game-changing new dawn in the treatment of cancer.

One More Practice: How a retired high school wrestling coach deals with pancreatic cancer by Cliff Ramos (Autor) :
Cliff Ramos had a successful career as a wrestling coach for over 40 years. He started his career in 1976 in Butler, Missouri, and from 1981 through 2017 he taught and coached in the northeast Atlanta suburbs. In the spring of 2018, at the age of 65, Ramos was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. When someone receives a diagnosis as serious as pancreatic cancer, they often reflect on life’s history. This book takes a look at Ramos’ journey with cancer, his coaching philosophy, and how that philosophy relates to life outside of the coaching world.

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Alison Meldrum
2 years ago
This once fantastic teaching hospital with an A&E department, nurses quarters, mental health care, 3 maternity wards. Umpteen operating theatres and loads of other services is being run into the ground by the Westmonster government. It’s an absolute disgrace if this, yet another, much needed service is lost. Nothing but a damn disgrace. Save the Vale

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Sue McCaffray
2 years ago
BC survivor. Please don’t treat us like numbers. Small friendly places matter a great deal.

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carolinr turner
3 years ago
No everyone drives and they have shut down to much at inverclyde already

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karen newsome
3 years ago
We need these clinics kept open could be life or death for some folk.

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geoff adams
3 years ago
Keep healthcare local.

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angela Dee
3 years ago
I had a scare and I know how dedicated this team was when I had to go through the whole day with tests and anxiety tgat goes with it. I've gine through it with family members so I know how crucial it is to have this facility remain open x

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Anne Wilson
3 years ago
It's a stressful enough without having greater distances to travel

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Gordon leith
3 years ago
Because. Its ridiculous to even think of closing these units and expecting people. Who are seriously. Ill to all have to travel to glasgow

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Jan Gilbody's
3 years ago
We need this service don’t forget Breast Cancer affects men as well as women with no privacy for men in the female dominated clinics let’s not lose any more 