July is here and we are turning yellow at Bokarina!

July is here and we are turning yellow at Bokarina!

July is here and we are turning yellow as we show our support for those with Bladder Cancer and create awareness about this little known type of Cancer.
You can show your support for Beautiful You Program by visiting us all here the Bokarina Funky Op Shop and taker a look at our lovely Displays for July and nab yourself a bargain.
Sending a big thank you to our lovely Volunteers for a beautiful Job on the displays.

What is bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer is when abnormal cells in the bladder grow and divide in an uncontrolled way.

There are different types of bladder cancer:

urothelial carcinoma, formally known as transitional cell carcinoma, is the most common form of bladder cancer (80-90%) and starts in the urothelial cells in the bladder wall’s innermost layer
squamous cell carcinoma begins in the thin, flat cells that line the bladder
adenocarcinoma is a rare form which starts in mucus-producing cells in the bladder.
In 2014, 2748 new cases of bladder cancer were diagnosed in Australia. Bladder cancer is common in people aged over 60 and is significantly more common in men than in women.

In 2015, there were 1111 deaths caused by bladder cancer in Australia.

Bladder cancer symptoms

The most common symptom of bladder cancer is blood in the urine (haematuria), which usually occurs suddenly and is generally not painful.

Other less common symptoms include:

problems emptying the bladder
a burning feeling when passing urine
need to pass urine often
blood in urine
lower abdominal or back pain.

Causes of bladder cancer

Some factors that can increase your risk of bladder cancer include:

smoking
workplace exposure to certain chemicals used in dyeing in the textile, petrochemical and rubber industries
use of the chemotherapy drug cyclophosphamide
diabetes
family history
chronic inflammation of the bladder.Top
Diagnosis for bladder cancer
Tests to diagnose bladder cancer may include:

Blood tests

Blood tests can check you general health.

Urine tests

Urine tests check for blood, bacteria and any cancer or pre-cancer cells.

CT scans

CT scans produce three-dimensional pictures of several organs at the same including the bladder which can help in the detection of any tumours.

Ultrasound scans

Ultrasound scans produce pictures of the organ, and can show the presence and size of cancer. Small tumours may be difficult to detect by ultrasound.

Cystoscopy and biopsy

A cystoscopy is the main procedure used to diagnose bladder cancer by examining the inside of the bladder. If abnormal tissues are detected, a tissue sample (biopsy) will then be taken.

Treatment for bladder cancer

Staging

A CT scan, bone (radioisotope) scan and chest X-ray are done to determine the extent of the cancer (its stage).

The most common staging system used for bladder cancer is the TNM system, which describes the stage of the cancer from stage I to stage IV. Determining the stage of your cancer helps your doctors plan the best treatment for you.

Types of treatment

Superficial bladder cancers are treated with surgery and/or immunotherapy, or sometimes chemotherapy instilled into the bladder.

Surgery

Surgery (transurethral resection) is done using a cystoscope which has a wire loop which the doctor uses to remove any tumours. Other ways to kill the cancer cells can include burning the base of the tumour or high-energy laser to damage or kill the cells

Immunotherapy

Non-invasive bladder cancers an also be treated with immunotherapy. A vaccine called Bacillus Calmetter-Guérin, developed to prevent tuberculosis, can be used to stimulate your immune system in order to stop or delay bladder cancer.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy drugs are used to destroy or damage cancer cells. For non-invasive bladder cancers, chemotherapy drugs are instilled into the bladder (intravesical chemotherapy).

Invasive bladder cancers are most commonly treated with surgery, although radiotherapy is an alternative treatment. In some cases chemotherapy may be added.

If surgery is not an option, the cancer may be treated with radiotherapy, with or without chemotherapy, or chemotherapy alone (platinum and gemcitabine).

Treatment team

Depending on your treatment, your treatment team may consist of a number of different health professionals, such as:

a GP who works with other specialists to coordinate treatment
urologist, who specialises in surgery of the urinary system
radiation oncologist, who prescribes and coordinates radiotherapy treatment
medical oncologist, who prescribes and coordinates the chemotherapy
cancer care coordinators and nurses
other allied health professionals such as a dietician, social worker and counsellor.

Palliative care

In some cases of bladder cancer, your medical team may talk to you about palliative care. Palliative care aims to improve your quality of life by alleviating symptoms of cancer.

As well as slowing the spread of bladder cancer, palliative treatment can relieve pain and help manage other symptoms. Treatment may include radiotherapy, chemotherapy or other drug therapies.

Screening for bladder cancer

There is currently no screening for bladder cancer available in Australia.

Prognosis for bladder cancer

It is not possible for a doctor to predict the exact course of a disease as it will depend on the person’s individual circumstances. However, your doctor may give you a prognosis, the likely outcome of your disease, based on the type of cancer you have, your test results, the rate of tumour growth, as well as your age, fitness and medical history.

Bladder cancer can be effectively treated if it is found early, before it spreads outside the bladder.

Preventing bladder cancer

While it is not possible to prevent bladder cancer, it is possible to reduce your risks such as not smoking or quitting smoking, and avoiding exposure to chemicals listed above.

Source

Caner Council – https://www.cancer.org.au/about-cancer/types-of-cancer/bladder-cancer.html

Understanding Bladder Cancer, Cancer Council Australia © 2018. Last medical review of this booklet: February 2018.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. ACIM (Australian Cancer Incidence and Mortality) Books. Canberra: AIHW.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2017. Cancer in Australia 2017. Cancer series no. 101. Cat. no. CAN 100. Canberra: AIHW.

Donation Thank you

Donation Thank you

Last Month we had a couple of businesses here on the Sunny Coast who generously collected gold coin donations towards the Beautiful You Program’s Retreat fundraising.  I would like to sincerely  thank Megan from Rowland Financial Advisory for included us in their International Women’s Day High Tea and the Ladies from Sunshine Coast Natural Health in Maroochydore for organising these donations.  I would also like to thank those generous participates at their events who  helped Beautiful You work towards opening a retreat for ladies going through cancer here on the Sunshine Coast.

Mothers’ Day Morning Tea

Mothers’ Day Morning Tea

Book your table with your Mum, friends daughters or Sons. Enjoy a Morning Tea at the Beautiful You Funky Op Shop Nicklin Way Bokarina.

$15 per person instore ticketing or online via the link below for $16.67.

Raffles and lots of fun. Bookings and payment to be made at the funky op shop. Your table or seat must be paid for before the event for catering purposes. Thank you

 

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