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Helping You Help Them: Tips for Caregivers of Patients with Cancer

Posted on: October 27th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
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It is important to take care of yourself if you are helping care for the health of a loved one


When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, they are not the only one affected. Family, friends and supporters are also affected by the health changes in someone that they love. LA Medical recognizes that not only do those diagnosed with cancer need support, but also their friends and relatives. That’s why we have provided these ideas for helping a cancer patient cope with their illness.

  • Be prepared for behavioral and mood changes in your loved ones. Different medications and discomforts can cause them to become depressed, fatigued or irritable.
  • Encourage your loved one to be as active and independent as possible. Not only can this be a mood-booster but also serves as a motivator to become more self-reliable and in control.
  • Remember your own needs. Make sure that you are getting enough sleep and eating properly. If you take care of yourself, it may be easier to help take care of the needs of your loved one.

Keeping a positive attitude when you are helping with the care of a loved one dealing with cancer can cause a lot of stress. But feeling this kind of burden not only harms you, but can affect the care that you give your loved one. Some ideas for reducing your own stress are:

  • Assert your feelings rather than becoming aggressive, angry or passive
  • Exercise regularly
  • Accept help from other family members or friends who offer
  • Consider joining a support group

Hearing the news that a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming. There are many online and in person resources available to provide support to the caregivers of those with cancer. Cancer Support Community offers free support groups and educational programs for both patients and caregivers.  In order to offer the best possible care to your loved one, it is important to keep yourself healthy and taken care of. Neither of you can do this alone. LA Medical wants to help! Take a look at our online catalog to view products to aid the well-being of your loved one.

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

Posted on: October 6th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

Many women continue to struggle after they win their battle with breast cancer



Your treatments may be over, but the day that radiation or chemotherapy ends does not mark the end of your journey with breast cancer. Your mind and body have just gone through a lot of stress for a long time period and both need appropriate time to heal. LA Medical recognizes this and wants to offer additional information on your post treatment care.

There are two major hurdles that many breast cancer survivors face post-treatment. The first is fatigue resulting from the accumulated effects of treatments. The second is what many women are calling “chemobrain”. This phenomenon refers to the mental changes, memory deficits and inability to focus that many women face during and after their treatments.

Many women who have undergone the breast cancer diagnosis and treatment process live in a constant fear of a recurrence. It is hard to shift back to a life where cancer is less in your face than it was throughout your treatment. Just as when you started treatment, your life changes when they are over. You are now in a period of a “new normal” and may experience some form of separation anxiety from the old.

Everyone is different and had their own unique experience with breast cancer and its effects. Doctors’ rule of thumb as to the time it takes to heal from much of the anxiety that follows cancer treatment is the same time from your first “cancer scare” to the date of your last treatment. This will vary among women. Don’t let yourself become discouraged if you are not feeling back to normal right away. There are many support groups available for breast cancer survivors and many hospitals are now opening entire departments devoted to survivorship.

LA Medical offers various personal care and safety equipment in our online catalog that can help ease the transition into your new normal. Let us help you change from patient to survivor!

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Signs, Risks, and Treatments

Posted on: September 15th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Gain a better understanding of prostate cancer this month.

Gain a better understanding of prostate cancer this month.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men. It begins in the prostate gland where abnormal cells develop and, if not detected early, can spread to other organs. Prostate cancer that is found in the early stages may require little to no treatment, however, some types of prostate cancer are aggressive and spread quickly to other organs which will require more intensive treatment. During National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, LA Medical would like to provide you with symptoms, risk factors, and common treatments. We have many options of incontinence for anyone in need.

Signs & Symptoms

The best way to detect prostate cancer early and prevent the spreading of it is to be aware of signs and symptoms. Common symptoms include: trouble urinating, decreased force in urine, blood in urine or semen, pain in the lower back, hips, or thighs, bone pain, erectile dysfunction.  Contact your doctor if you experience any of these or want to learn more.

Risk Factors

Certain genetics and lifestyles may increase the chances of prostate cancer developing. Men after the age of 65 are at greater risk and should be extra cautious of any warning signs that appear. African American men have an increased chance of developing advanced and aggressive prostate cancer. Family history of breast or prostate cancer in a family increases the chances of it. Obesity makes treatment more difficult and can affect how aggressive the cancer is.


The severity of treatment depends greatly on how advanced the cancer is. Radiation may be used outside or inside the body to kill cancer cells. Medication can be taken to stop the production of testosterone or block the cancer from spreading. Surgical removal of the testicles may be performed to reduce the level of testosterone in the body as well. If the cancer has spread and a patient is not responsive to medications, chemotherapy may be used. It can be administered through a vein or in pill form. There are other treatment forms and all are specific to the patient’s needs.

LA Medical encourages you to watch for the warning signs of prostate cancer to detect it as early as possible. Visit your doctor if you have any further questions or concerns and contact LA Medical for health and safety supplies!

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Treatment

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger


We have important information for all women to pay attention to.

We have important information for all women to pay attention to.

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is a great time to draw attention to the symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options of ovarian cancer. Opposite of prostate cancer, ovarian cancer is only present in women. It begins in the ovaries, which produce eggs, estrogen and progesterone. They are located in the pelvis and are vital organs for reproduction. Ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it has spread to other organs and becomes more difficult to treat. LA Medical believes it is important for every woman to be educated of ovarian cancer how it can be prevented or controlled.

Symptoms: There are few warning signs of ovarian cancer in the early stages. It often goes undetected until it spreads and becomes more severe. If you sense any of these or other abnormal symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor.

  • Abdominal pain or swelling
  • Change in bowel movements or constipation
  • Pelvis pain
  • Weight loss
  • Frequent urinating

Risk Factors: Being aware of risk factors can allow women to take extra precaution as needed.  When they are educated of how their family history and lifestyle choices affect their health, they can make appropriate adjustments.

  • Family history of breast or ovarian cancer can heighten the risks
  • Most common in women age 50 and 60
  • The use of estrogen replacement therapy
  • Never being pregnant
  • Fertility treatment
  • Smoking, and more

Treatment Options:  Depending on how far the cancer has spread often determines which treatment option is best.

  • Surgical removal of ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the uterus, and nearby lymph nodes and abdominal tissue where the cancer may spread, is usually necessary unless the cancer is detected very early on.
  • Chemotherapy is typically performed after surgery to kill of any more cancer cells.

Whether ovarian cancer runs in your family or not, LA Medical believes it is valuable to be aware of signs and symptoms to detect it as early as possible. We hope you avoid risk factors that are in your control and be knowledgeable about your family history. Contact LA Medical for safety and health supplies today!

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on: September 26th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Ovarian CancerOne in every 71; the number of women that will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in their lifetime.

15,000; the number of woman who will die from ovarian cancer this year.

LA Medical is interested in the total health of our customers.  September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and we want to raise awareness of this deadly female cancer.

Ovarian cancer is one of the most deadly of women’s cancers, affecting almost 23,000 women every year. Of those 23,000 diagnosed with ovarian cancer, approximately 15,000 women die from the disease.

Ovarian cancer affects women in a wide age range, normally from age 35-74. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of all cancer-related deaths.  One of the reasons that ovarian cancer has such a high mortality rate is that most of the cases are diagnosed in their later stages. The cancer has often spread or is beyond a cure at that point. The key to higher survival rates of ovarian cancer early detection, but sadly only 19% of all cases are found at this early stage, many by accident.  If the caught in stage III or higher, the survival rate is usually as low as around 30%.

On the flip side, if this cancer is diagnosed and treated early, and if the cancer is confined to the ovary, the survival rate is over 90 percent for 5 years.

Where some cancers are detectable by look (skin cancer) or touch (breast cancer) there are no early detection tests or self-exam tests for ovarian cancer and even the symptoms are very subtle. Even the traditional PAP tests women take do not detect ovarian cancer.  Some of the early symptoms of ovarian cancer include bloating swelling or pressure of the abdomen, pelvic pain, persistent gas or indigestion and unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge.

If you or someone you love is suffering with ovarian cancer or recovering from treatment of the disease and would benefit from a wheelchair, a hospital bed or other home medical product, see LA Medical today.


National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on: September 24th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Prostate Cancer Awareness MonthMore than 32,050 men will die from prostate cancer this year. That is comparable to half of the population of San Clemente dying in one year. All total, 217,730 men will learn they have prostate cancer this year. That’s more than double the population of the whole city of Inglewood.

The American Cancer Society recognizes September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month to bring attention to this killer of men.  Are you aware of your prostate cancer risk or the risk to a man in your life? Prostate cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms in its early stages, which makes early detection through screening more important. Here are some facts from your friends in the home medical equipment business, LA Medical.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men. Skin cancer is the most common.

African-American men have the highest rates of prostate cancer diagnosis and death than men of all other racial or ethnic groups in the United States.

Almost one third of prostate cancer cases are diagnosed in men during their prime years of ages 50 to 65.

One in every 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime

One in every 34 men will die of prostate cancer.

There are more than 2 million prostate cancer survivors in the United States.

The 5-year survival rate is close to 100% when prostate cancer is detected during these earliest stages.

For a man over 50 (or an African American man over 45) getting screened for prostate cancer should not be an “if”; it needs to be a “when and a how often”. As the statistics show, prostate cancer is highly treatable and has a very high survival rate when diagnosed early.

Cancer treatment can be difficult. LA Medical carries a full-line of home medical and personal care equipment to make cancer treatment easier and more comfortable. From bath safety equipment to wheelchairs, let LA Medical help you today.

Alarming Numbers about Cancer in the Hispanic Community

Posted on: April 16th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Cancer can affect anyone, but some minority groups, including Hispanics, have higher occurrence rates and lower survival rates than others.  With roughly 48 percent of the Los Angeles population being Hispanic, this greatly impacts many of our friends and neighbors.  LA Medical wants everyone to have the best health possible and encourages healthy lifestyles, disease management and cancer screenings for all people.

Colon cancer, shown here, is more prominent in Hispanic Americans.

Colon cancer, shown here, is more prominent in Hispanic Americans.

Here are some alarming facts about cancer and the Hispanic culture:

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cancer is the leading cause of death among Hispanics.  Poverty and reduced access to medical services worsen the Hispanic cancer burden resulting in Hispanics having lower cancer screening rates and are diagnosed with cancer at later stages, when treatment options are more limited and less successful.
  • Colorectal (colon) cancer among Mexicans living in Florida is more than double that of Mexicans in Mexico mostly due to the adopted “American lifestyles”. More research is being done on this problem.
  • Although Hispanics have a lower risk than Caucasians or African Americans for the most common types of cancer (lung, breast, prostate, and colon), they have a higher risk for cancers related to infectious agents like the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV related cervical cancer incidence rates among Hispanic women are about 60% higher than those among non-Hispanic.
  • The overall cancer death rate among Cuban men was double that among Mexican men, 328 (per 100,000 men) versus 163, respectively. This is largely because Cuban men are statistically more likely than Mexican men to smoke, which increases their risk of about 20 different cancers.

Lifestyle changes and screenings are the best weapons against cancer. Follow-up care is vital for those that have been diagnosed and are being treated for any types of cancer. For people living with cancers, LA Medical has equipment and supplies to improve your life and comfort. Please see us for wheelchairs, hospital beds, personal care items or anything else that will make the journey through cancer safer and more comfortable.

Sources: The Center for Disease Control, The American Society, The Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC)