Information on making domino crafts, using an electric 12-needle felting machine, and making a greeting card will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday
and noon Thursday.
Designer and crafter Shannon Bielke will show how to use regular dominoes and a few simple craft products and turn them into jewelry, books, ornaments and more. Bielke’s company is Sha & Co. in Payson, Ariz.
Michele Muska is with the Simplicity Creative Group, and she’s going to demonstrate the new 12 needle deluxe electric felting machine as she quickly makes a felted fleece scarf. She is from Antioch, Tenn.
Donna Salazar is a professional crafter and designer and she’s going to show how to create a greeting card with a removable paper hair flower. Her business is Donna Salazar Designs in Irvine, Calf.
Information on how to prevent colon cancer and how to build a creative organization will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday.
Registered dietitian Pat Baird will talk about ways to prevent colon cancer and tell how to make some easy lifestyle modifications to help prevent this type of cancer. Baird lives in Greenwich, Conn.
Motivational speaker and author Judi Moreo will talk about how to build a creative organization which is the subject of her latest book, ‘Conquer the Brain Drain.’ Moreo’s company is Turning Point International in Las Vegas, Nev.
Cancer of the colon is among the most common cancers in the United States. Colon cancer can occur in both men and women and is most often found among people over the age of 50, although it does occur in younger people, and even (rarely) in teens. Colon cancer is linked to diets that are high in fat and calories and low in fiber; so good nutrition with a low-fat/high fiber diet is crucial to the prevention of colon cancer, particularly if you have a family history of colorectal cancer.
Detection: The first step in evaluating the condition of someone with suspected colon cancer is a complete medical history and physical exam. To aid in colon cancer detection, your physician will ask you some questions about your symptoms, any additional health problems you may have, and your risk factors for colon cancer. Several tests may be performed to help your physician with colon cancer detection including a physical exam, digital rectal exam (DRE), fecal occult blood test (FOBT), sigmoidoscopy, double contrast barium enema, colonoscopy, CT scan, PET scan, complete blood count (CBC), and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) testing. These tests provide your physician with the information they need to properly detect colon cancer.
During colon cancer treatment, you will continue to have diagnostic imaging tests to monitor your response to therapy and to your treatment plan. Once your treatment is complete, you will continue routine diagnostic tests to detect for the recurrence of colon cancer.
Treatments: For those looking for colon cancer treatment options, there are a number of different conventional options used in the treatment of colon cancer. Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy are three common forms of treatment that have been used to effectively treat colon cancer for a number of years. The extent of your disease and your general state of health are also factors in determining the most appropriate treatment combination.
Staging: Making an educated treatment decision begins by learning about the stage, or progression of your colon cancer. When colon cancer is properly staged, it provides you with a clearer picture of where the cancer exists in your body, which is the first important step you can take in determining the best treatment options available to you. Properly staging colon cancer requires the knowledge of a gastroenterologist, a doctor who specializes in intestinal diseases, a surgical oncologist, a surgeon who specializes in cancer, and a pathologist, a doctor with special training and expertise in analyzing human cell structure. Using a microscope, the pathologist closely examines your tissue samples removed during a biopsy or surgery, documenting cell structure, tumor size and evidence of lymph node involvement.
Colon cancer is staged using Roman numerals 0 – IV (0-4). Typically, the lower the number, the less the cancer has spread. A higher number means a more serious cancer. Different stages of colon cancer call for different treatments.
Metastatic: When colon cancer cells break away from a tumor and spread to other parts of your body through the blood or lymph system, this is called metastatic colon cancer. These cancer cells can settle in new places and form new tumors. Even when cancer has spread to a new place in the body, it is still named after the part of the body where it started. For example, if colon cancer spreads to the liver, it is called metastatic colon cancer. When cancer comes back in a person who appeared to be free of the disease after treatment, it is called a colon cancer recurrence.
Treatment for metastatic colon cancer will vary based on your individual situation. When a colon cancer metastasis is confined to the liver, or another single organ, you may benefit from a local treatment targeting toward the site of metastasis. The liver is the most common site for colon cancer to metastasize. You may receive treatment that is similar to your primary cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy and/or radiation. Your physicians may also offer treatments to relieve pain and other symptoms you may be experiencing.
“Creative Living” is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden. The show is carried by more than 118 PBS stations in the United States, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico and is distributed by Westlink, Albuquerque.