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Local physicians make themselves available in On-Line chat

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You can find everything on-line these days including access to some of the world's best physicians. I took part in a brand new way of making medicine more available as some Houston specialists made themselves accessible to the world in an on-line chat. The doctors gave out a wealth of health information and during the live web chat they also answered questions from on-line viewers.

We streamed the chat live on myfoxhouston.com. The event was held on the first ever World Ovarian Cancer Day. So many on the panel wore teal, the color for ovarian cancer awareness.

Memorial Hermann Hospital hosted the chat which focused on breast and ovarian cancer and the possibility of a genetic link. The doctors discussed the importance of getting annual check ups and cancer screenings and how daughters of women with ovarian and breast cancer are more likely to get the disease. Most on the panel have been touched by cancer in a personal way including Laura Gobeli who was diagnosed with breast cancer at just 35 years old. Just two months later her mother was also diagnosed with the disease but that was 15 years ago and both are still alive and well. They say they used humor and a positive attitude to help beat breast cancer.


"My mom and I both said if you don't laugh you're going to cry so we would just joke about things. Amelia (Laura's daughter who was 9 years old at the time) and all her friends loved laughing with me. I had those turbans on and I didn't have any hair. So I'd take it off whenever they asked me too," smiles Gobeli.

"She (Amelia's grandmother) had the fake breasts. I would put them on and put her wigs on all the time and dress up and run around the house. She had water ones. So I would put them in my bathing suit and jump around in the pool. You know, bizarre things but I think it made us feel better about it," laughs Laura's daughter Amelia Viteri.

Another major topic discussed was the breakthrough treatments now available and the importance of having a strong support system. I took part in the chat because my mom is an ovarian cancer survivor. Breast Cancer Oncologist Dr. Frankie Ann Holmes lost her mom to a rare, variant type of ovarian cancer. Her mom passed away just two weeks after her diagnosis.

"It was a very shocking thing but it was a gift because she never would have lived with cancer. I'm very grateful for all the things my mother did. Only when you become a mother do you know all the TLC you give babies and they will never know how much you love them until they have their own children," says Dr. Frankie Ann Holmes a Breast Cancer Oncologist with Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Some of the questions chatters watching the live discussion asked included "How is inflammatory breast cancer diagnosed?". Inflammatory breast cancer is sometimes misdiagnosed because it presents itself in the form of a rash on the breast, with enlarged looking pores and sometimes has the same texture and look of an orange peel. Women with inflammatory breast cancer often do not get a lump or a mass and tend to have one breast that grows larger than the other.

Some chatters were also asking about the cause and symptoms of ovarian cancer. One big problem with ovarian cancer is the symptoms are also things you may experience with simple indigestion. They include a protruding belly, bloating and a feeling of being full. Indigestion, of course, will come and go. However, doctors say if those symptoms persist see your physician. The docs on the panel suggest you really stay in tune with your body so you can know when something different is happening. Dr. Christine Lee a Gynecologic Oncologist with Memorial Hermann Hospital says some of the suspected causes of ovarian cancer include having one or no babies and having a baby later in life.

Doctor Holmes says the best gift you can give your mom this mother's day is a reminder to stay active, eat right and watch her alcohol intake.

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