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AEG Publishing Group (a.k.a. American Enterprises Group Inc.) (Boca Raton, FL--imprints include Strategic Book Publishing and Eloquent Books)
American Book Publishing (Salt Lake City, UT)
Archebooks Publishing (Las Vegas, NV)
Durban House Publishing (Dallas, TX)
Harbor House (Augusta, GA) (as of November 2008, there are signs that this one may be out of business)
Helm Publishing (Rockford, IL)
Hilliard and Harris (Boonsboro, MD)
New World Media, Inc., a.k.a. American Book Press (formerly Washington House and Mandrill, a.k.a. Trident Media) (Alexandria, VA)
Oak Tree Press (Taylorville, IL)
PublishAmerica (Frederick, MD)
Royal Fireworks Press/Silk Label Books (Unionville, NY)
SterlingHouse Publisher (Pittsburgh, PA--imprints include, among others, Pemberton Mysteries, 8th Crow Books, Cambrian House Books, Blue Imp Books, Caroline House Books, Dove House Books, and PAJA Books)
Tate Publishing (Mustang, OK)
Whitmore Publishing Company (Pittsburgh, PA)
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Doctors find early detection of ovarian cancer is often elusive
by Camey
Studies indicate the more women ovulates, the greater the risk they will develop ovarian cancer. When a woman ovulates, it ranks the lining of the ovaries, causing a breakage when an egg is released. This breakage stimulates inflammation, which in turn increases the risk of ovarian cancer. Contrarily, the less women ovulates during their life span, the less likely they will contact ovarian cancer. According to Dr. Nada Samah, a gynecologist at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, one way to control ovulation and therefore decrease the chances of contracting ovarian cancer is to take birth control pills. Birth control pills have been proven to decrease the risk of ovarian cancer in those who take them. Although race is not a risk factor for ovarian cancer, age is. The chances of contracting ovarian cancer gradually increases as a woman get older, peaking in their 50’s, when menopause typically occurs. Other risk factors include never having had a child, experiencing a delayed pregnancy, having few children, having a family history of ovarian cancer, and having a history of using fertility drugs. The jury is still out on whether diet plays a role in the incidence of ovarian cancer. There is no evidence that changes in diet either increase or decrease the risk of getting ovarian cancer.

Predicting ovarian cancer is still an inexact science, according to Dr. Samah. “We don’t know what causes ovarian cancer. We know some women have a family history and women in those families are more prone to get it. But in general we have no clue. It happens to women with no family history. Complicating the matter is that ovarian cancer is very difficult to detect in the early stages, and one of the hardest diagnoses to make. A lot of the symptoms relate to other diseases. By the time the diagnosis is made the cancer is too far advanced. Women do not generally have any symptoms until the center has progressed to the final stages. Even yearly pelvic exams and the gynecologist gives a clean bill of health, are no guarantee of avoiding ovarian cancer. A woman can still develop a tumor before her next visit, because ovarian tumor can grow fast. By the time a woman’s next visit comes around, the tumor could be incurable.” Dr. Samah nevertheless recommends annual checkups for most women, and twice yearly checkups for women with a family history of ovarian cancer. If ovarian cancer is suspected, Dr. Samah takes action immediately. “We go into the history of the patient, then follow with a pelvic exam. Our next step would be to obtain a pelvic ultrasound. The ultrasound enables the gynecologist to tell how large the tumor is, whether it is benign or malignant, and if excess fluid is around the ovary. The more fluid, the greater the chance the cancer has spread. The other ovary will also be checked, as usually more than 25 percent of ovarian cancers are bilateral.” Dr. Samah indicated that symptoms to look out for include pain in the lower abdomen, bloating, shortness of breath, weight loss, vaginal bleeding, indigestion, fluid in the stomach, clothes that feel tight, changes in bowel habits, and frequent urination. The most common complaint is pain related to the size or shape of the cancerous mass. Shortness of breath could indicate the cancer has advanced and fluid spread to the lungs. In the case of frequent urination, a test is made to see if the woman has a urinary tract infection. If the test comes back negative, ovarian cancer is suspected. “We want to clean out as much of the cancer as possible. We look for spreading in the liver, gall bladder, kidney, and lymph nodes. If there is no evidence that the cancer has spread, chemotherapy may not be needed. If the cancer has spread,, chemotherapy will be prescribed after surgery.” Dr. Samah said. Women who completed their childbearing years have their ovaries and uterus removed. If the cancer has spread, the surgeon de-bulks as much of the tumor as possible. If the cancer is too far advanced, the abdomen is closed so the patient can have some quality of life. After surgery the surgeon goes straight to chemotherapy in hopes the cancer will shrink, and give the patient some relief. Radiation is not used for 99 percent of ovarian cancer, as the cells are not radio sensitive. The only type of ovarian cancer that will adapt to radiation is where the ovarian cancer cells are very close to germ cells. All other ovarian cancers would be treated with chemotherapy. Carboplatium and cytoxan are two standard chemo therapeutic regimens women receive. If cancer recurs, women who already had the maximum dosage of the two drugs have to discontinue them because of side effects. If a woman doesn’t respond to those agents then the doctor goes to clinical trials, using newly developed chemical agents tested on animals, and other cancers, that have passed these trials. After surgery, the patient returns home. Home health care is provided so she can stay in her home for as long as possible. This improves the patient’s mental well being. It important to keep the patient comfortable. They are given pills by mouth as long as they are able to tolerate them. Then an IV is placed in their arm, they are hooked up to medication so it can be release whenever they have pain.” A blood test called CA-125 not accurate in diagnosing ovarian cancer, works very well in the follow up. A woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer will have this test performed during her post surgery treatments. If the CA-125 blood test results are up, it is a sign the cancer has reoccurred. In older woman, there is a greater likelihood of malignancy, so a CAT scan is taken to check the surrounding organs. “We look for kidney involvement, liver involvement and stomach involvement. The lower GI studies check to see if the cancer has spread into the colon and other areas. IVP is taken to see if there is dilation in the kidneys or ducts. Another side effect of the cancer is little growths found outside the ovary, indicating the cancer mass has ruptured and leaked into surrounding tissues. The most common reason women die from ovarian cancer is the tumor constricts bowel movement. Women with ovarian cancer are frequently nauseous and are unable to keep calories in their stomach. They lose weight, become very weak and are susceptible to infection” .Dr. Samah said. The doctor treats every situation with sensitivity. “I don’t leave a message on the answering machine or with a family member. Instead I ask to have the patient call me. When she does I have her come in, then I go over the results with her. A woman doctor, like myself, who has gone through avenues other women have traveled, learns how to cope with emotions. I say to the patient it is likely to be ovarian cancer. I never mention it is 100 percent. I tell them I could be mistaken. Because I have known the patient or several weeks, I’ve had time to get acquainted with her, I can try to deal with her emotions. Women go through different stages when they learn they have ovarian cancer. The first stage is denial. They ask question like, ‘Are you sure? Can we do more tests? Are the pathologist’s reports right?’ After denial comes anger. ‘Why did it have to happen o me?’ Some women never leave the denial stage, others pass through it quickly and go on to the acceptance stage. They open up, talk about ovarian cancer, ask about surgery and treatments. Women who have a small chance of survival ask,’ How am I going to feel after surgery? How long are chemo treatments? How much pain do I have to endure? How do I tell my family? What are my chances of survival?’ When young women have ovarian cancer, it is even harder, especially when they have to make provisions for their younger children. They ask questions like, ‘How do I explain to my children they will only have their mother for a short period of time? What do I tell them when they ask me why?’ It’s never an easy task.”





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Found this in one of my articles I wrote. Thought might be of some help in writing when you get rejection slips. It was published in a magazine, don't remember which one as it was years ago.

Rejection slips
by Camey

Writers are familiar with rejection slips. Those form letters editors/publishers sometimes find time to send back in our self-addressed envelopes.

I had my share of those nasty little devils and I know they will never leave me alone. Once in a while they take a vacation and an editor/publisher asks to see my ms.

Beginners have to expect rejection slips. Cry a little, then get over it. You can either throw those rejection slips away or file them, whichever pleases you. But if you are going to become a writer you will need them when you file your income tax, if you do get published.

Once you make over $400.00 you have to file a form with the government. Saving your rejection slips will prove to the government you are serious about writing and it is not just a hobby, if you decide to become self-employed. If you do go this route, you are able to take off expenses for books, stamps, labels, envelopes, stationary, etc. But you need the rejection slips to prove you are sending out those queries, if you are audited.

But for goodness sakes, don’t stop writing because you receive rejection slips. Even the best writers get them. If you think the authors on the top seller list made it on the first try, you are mistaken. They probably have stacks of rejection slips, enough to wallpaper a room. Look how famous the Chicken Soup books are today. Do you think the first query got publication? Well you are wrong. I understand there were 300 rejections before the authors found a publisher. And there are many other stories about rejection slips, even some of the movies. What one publisher likes, another rejects. That is why you have to keep plugging your wares. Then and only then will you go to the mail box one day and find something you did not expect, a check.

When I received my first rejection slip, I stopped writing but a good friend of mine, long since gone, told me to get back to my writing. If I did not listen to him today, I would not be a professional writer. I was bitter because of the rejection slips and I did not want to write anymore. What was the use? Then my local editor looked at one of my clips and saw promise. All I had to do to edit it was put in a few quotes.
I did and saw my byline in print. An exciting moment, when it happens to you, I won’t have to tell you how I felt.

So take some advice from someone who has been there. Don’t let it get you down, instead send 10, 20, even 30 query letters, then write more. Once they are in the mail start another story, article, poem, or whatever you want to write. If you want to get published you should never give up. I didn’t and look at me now.








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Yes...I could do that. You have to do it in a way to not hurt their feelings. I have tips for writers in a lot of writing boards. Go to them and see what I have put down. I just recently put in an article I wrote called Rejection slips for a magazine. Visit my page to find out about me.

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You certainly could. Do you enjoy giving constructive criticism?




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If I can be of any help....

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