When Jeopardy host Alex Trebek announced in March that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, more than a few national media outlets reported that there is no way to screen for this type of cancer. It’s a misconception that has trickled down to the general public, including to Vince Scott, whose mother died of the disease in 2015.
April is National Cancer Control Month, a time set aside to highlight the prevention and early detection of cancer. Last year, more than 1.7 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the U.S., and more than 609,000 people died of cancer-related causes, according to estimates from the National Cancer Institute. At the same time, the overall death rate from cancer has been decreasing. Declines in death rates for many cancers has led to an increase in the number of cancer survivors, who often have lasting complications from their treatment. At Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), a Survivorship Clinic, support groups and social workers help people navigate life after cancer. One program in particular, SCCA's Long-Term Follow-Up Program (LTFU), supports bone marrow transplant recipients with lifelong medical check-ins and comprehensive monitoring of their health and well-being. Read on for a view into how Long-Term Follow-Up works:
Gov. Jay Inslee made it tougher for teens and young adults to smoke on Friday, signing “Tobacco 21” legislation raising the age to legally buy tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21 alongside leaders from Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.