Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group: A Space for Expression, Relief

by Helen Palomino

As patient navigator that CRCD counts with, and one of the facilitators of the AVON/Pfizer program, I have learned many things from both the Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) patients and their caregivers.

I’ve realized the amount of support they need; a support that hadn’t been in place. Thanks to the grant we received from AVON/Pfizer, we were able to open this space for these women and their loved ones. We are able to offer support groups, follow-up calls, and even home visits.

This past session, we invited a psychologist from Mexicali so that we could all learn from Laugh Therapy. These ladies had fun, they laughed, and they learned a new technique that can help them get through one more day. Our sessions are not always, filled with sadness, tears, and anger they can also be filled with joy, laughs, and overall support.

A space where they can express themselves without worrying about judgment. A space that is filled with complete respect. Just as these women and their loved ones are receiving this amazing support, I would like every MBC patient to receive it.

Aday Urias, BSW

Patient Navigator

For more information about our support group, please visit us:

Cancer Resource Center of the Desert

444 S 8th ST Suite B-3

El Centro, CA 92243

Tel. 760-353-6571 Fax. 760-353-6281

New week, new question, Why do I have diarrhea?

by Helen Palomino

Its a new week and we want to make it up for haven’t post directly on our website, we are so happy to get back on track and share more articles and new recipes that can help our patients and all the persons that have a connection with Cancer, on first or third grade, direct or indirectly. Enough saying we bringing this week the next question and subsequently a new delicious recipe.

Why do I have diarrhea?

Radiation and chemotherapy are common causes of diarrhea. And diarrhea causes an excess loss of fluids nutrients.

There are medications available to treat diarrhea, but here are some things that you could try on your own:

  • Try sport drinks, broths or Pedialyte(registered) to replenish lost fluid and electrolytes. Avoid tea, coffee and prune juice.
  • Take vitamine and mineral supplement that includes vitamins A, B12, E, and K, as well folic acid.
  • Eat frequent, small meals that are low in fat and high in carbohydrates and protein.
  • Avoid milk and milk based food because sugar in milk can stimulate diarrhea.
  • Eat applesauce.
  • As diarrhea ends, add these food to your diet: rice, noodles, potatoes, white bread, yogurt, cottage cheese, hot wheat cereal, eggs, creamy peanut butter, canned peeled fruit, well-cooked vegetables, skinlees chicken or turkey, lean beef and fish.
  • Slowly add small amounts of fiber from fruits and grains.

This information can be found more detailed at Betty Crocker's Living with Cancer Cookbook by Kris Ghosh, M.D., M.B.A. Gynecologic Oncologist, San Diego Center for GYN Oncology, Linda Carson, M.D., Gynecologic Oncologist, University of Minnesota Medical Center.

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Es una nueva semana y queremos hacer las paces por no haber publicado directamente en nuestro sitio web, estamos muy contentos por eso y listos para compartir más artículos y nuevas recetas que pueden ayudar a nuestros pacientes y a todas las personas que tienen una conexión con el Cáncer, en primer o en tercer grado, directa o indirectamente. Basta de platica y aquí les dejamos la pregunta siguiente y, posteriormente, una receta nueva deliciosa esta semana. 

¿Por qué tengo diarrea? 

La radiación y la quimioterapia son causas comunes de diarrea. Y la diarrea provoca un exceso de pérdida de fluidos nutrientes. 

Hay medicamentos disponibles para tratar la diarrea, pero aquí hay algunas cosas que podrías intentar por tu cuenta: 

  • Trata tomar bebidas deportivas, caldos o Pedialyte (registrada) para reponer el líquido perdido y electrolitos. Evite el té, café y jugo de ciruela. 
  • Toma vitamina y suplemento mineral que incluye vitaminas A, B12, E y K, además de ácido fólico. 
  • Come comidas pequeñas con frecuencia que sean bajas en grasas y alta en carbohidratos y proteínas. 
  • Evita los alimentos a base de leche y la leche misma porque el azúcar en la leche puede estimular la diarrea. 
  • Come puré de manzana. 
  • Cuando termina la diarrea, añade estos alimentos a tu dieta: arroz, fideos, papas, pan blanco, yogur, queso cottage, cereal caliente de trigo, huevos, mantequilla de maní cremosa, fruta pelada en lata, verduras bien cocidas, pollo o pavo sin piel, carne magra y pescado. 
  • Poco a poco agrega pequeñas cantidades de fibra de frutas y granos.

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National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

by Helen Palomino

Sun Valley, ID & Fort Worth, TX– OMNI Health Media (OMNI) announces the launch of ovarian cancer educational programs for national ovarian cancer awareness month. As the month of September brings ovarian cancer into focus, it’s time to increase public understanding of the disease, including its prevalence, approaches to screening and prevention, treatment options, and resources that offer updated ovarian cancer information throughout the year.

According to statistics from the American Cancer Society (ACS), ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. The ACS estimates that in 2014 there will be approximately 22,000 new cases in the United States and almost 14,270 deaths related to ovarian cancer.[1]

The high death rate associated with ovarian cancer is largely attributed to the fact that the disease is often diagnosed once it has already become advanced, making effective treatment difficult. It’s also important to note, however, that progress is being made in research and in public awareness, as campaigns promote prevention and early detection of ovarian cancer. Staying informed with the latest news on prevention and screening is an important step in reducing your risk of developing ovarian cancer and of detecting disease in its early, most treatable stages. And, should a diagnosis occur, access to current, in-depth treatment information can help you get the best care.

Sun Valley, ID y Fort Worth, TX-OMNI Health Media (OMNI) anuncia el lanzamiento de los programas educativos de cáncer de ovario para el mes nacional de la conciencia del cáncer de ovario. Como el mes de septiembre trae el cáncer de ovario en el foco, es el momento de aumentar la comprensión pública de la enfermedad, incluyendo su prevalencia, se acerca a la detección y prevención, opciones de tratamiento, y los recursos que ofrecen información actualizada de cáncer de ovario a lo largo del año. 

Según las estadísticas de la Sociedad Americana del Cáncer (ACS), el cáncer de ovario causa más muertes que cualquier otro cáncer del sistema reproductivo femenino. La ACS estima que en 2014 habrá aproximadamente 22.000 nuevos casos en Estados Unidos y casi 14.270 muertes relacionadas con el cáncer de ovario. [1] 

La alta tasa de mortalidad asociada con el cáncer de ovario se atribuye en gran parte al hecho de que la enfermedad se diagnostica a menudo una vez que ya se ha convertido en avanzada, y ofrecer un tratamiento eficaz se vuelve difícil. También es importante tener en cuenta, sin embargo, que se están haciendo progresos en la investigación y en la conciencia pública, como las campañas de promoción de la prevención y la detección previa del cáncer de ovario. Mantenerse informado de las últimas novedades sobre la prevención y la detección es un paso importante en la reducción de su riesgo de desarrollar cáncer de ovario y de detectar la enfermedad en sus etapas iniciales, más tratables. Y, en caso de producirse un diagnóstico, el acceso a la información actual y a un tratamiento en profundidad puede ayudarle a obtener la mejor atención.


[1] American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2014. Available at Accessed August 27, 2014.

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Presidential Proclamation--National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

by Helen Palomino

We want to remind that this is also a month where Ovarian Cancer Awareness has to be acknowledge. Here, we are attaching the document that the Office of the Press Secretary of the White House released on 2011. For our patients, caregivers, patients relatives and all our beloved friends in Imperial Valley give it a look!





Ovarian cancer continues to have one of the highest mortality rates of any cancer, and it is a leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. This month, we remember the mothers, sisters, and daughters we have lost to ovarian cancer, and we extend our support to those living with this disease. We also reaffirm our commitment to raising awareness about ovarian cancer, and to advancing our screening and treatment capabilities for the thousands of American women who will be diagnosed this year.

Ovarian cancer touches women of all backgrounds and ages. Because of a lack of early symptoms and effective screening tests, ovarian cancer is often not detected in time for successful interventions. It is crucial that women know how to recognize the warning signs of gynecological cancers and can detect the disease as early as possible. I encourage all women to learn about risk factors, including family history, and to discuss possible symptoms, including abdominal pain, with their doctor. Now, because of the Affordable Care Act, a wide range of preventive screenings are available to women without any copayments, deductibles, or coinsurance.

My Administration is committed to supporting the women, families, and professionals working to end this disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services have started a campaign to educate women on cancers affecting reproductive organs. The National Cancer Institute is researching new ways to detect ovarian cancer, publishing a comprehensive study of the most aggressive types of ovarian cancer, and conducting clinical trials for new combinations of therapy. And this year, agencies across the Federal Government, from the National Institutes of Health to the Department of Defense, have committed to supporting ovarian cancer prevention and treatment research.

So many lives have been touched by ovarian cancer -- from the women who fight this disease, to the families who join their loved ones in fighting their battle. In the memory of all the brave women who have lost their lives to ovarian cancer, and in support of generations of women to come, let us recommit to reaching a safer, healthier future for all our citizens.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2011 as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. I call upon citizens, government agencies, organizations, health-care providers, and research institutions to raise ovarian cancer awareness and continue helping Americans live longer, healthier lives. And I urge women across the country to talk to their health-care providers and learn more about this disease.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.