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Kathy Griffin took to social media to beg her fans to interpret results of a CT scan of her chest when her doctor "ghosted" her after having one of her left lung lobes removed.

Griffin, 61, was diagnosed with lung cancer in August 2021 and she has documented her cancer journey on social media.

On Monday, the comedian posted results of her recent CT scan both on her Twitter and Instagram accounts and begged her followers to translate the complex scan results.

Griffin complained that her doctor provided "sh*tty care" and "ghosted" her when she asked him to interpret the CT scan report.

She wrote:

"You guys, I don't really have an oncologist & the surgeon who removed half my lung ghosted me, but I think my #lungcancer scan is clean. So, since I can't get anyone on the phone out of my thousands of doctors to interpret this, I'm asking #CancerTwitter! Hey #oncology."

Her followers who have medical knowledge assured her that the scan is clean based on the first paragraph:

"Study result
Impression
Interval left upper lobectomy without recurrence or metastasis."

Translation: Post removal of upper left lung lobe without recurrence of cancer and without signs of cancer spread to lymph nodes or nearby organs.

The report also noted that her arteries and aorta are all normal size with no disease of the lymph nodes detected.

Dr. Jeffrey Swisher, MD, who did not treat Griffin, responded to her post, writing:

"Hey Kathy, the report looks great. But to be fully reassured, you really need to schedule an appointment with a pulmonary oncologist and have them look at the actual scan."

He also offered to help her find a new physician in the San Francisco area.

Griffin replied: "Thx Doc! I don't know one. I don't even have a pulmonologist. The dude I had is like 85 years old."

She later shared her requirements for her next pulmonologist:

"No more men. Not kidding. I'd prefer a female under 50. I'd love recommendations for Cedars, St Johns or UCLA! I've had s**tty care & it makes me extremely fearful and anxious."

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The esophagus is the tube that carries food from your throat to your stomach. An esophageal tumor can appear anywhere along the lining inside the esophagus.

As the tumor grows into the esophageal muscle, it can spread to nearby organs, including the throat and stomach (metastasize). Esophageal cancer cells found in distant parts of the body are diagnosed as stage IV esophageal cancer.

Esophageal cancer is the sixth leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. It is a rare type of cancer and makes up 1% of cancer deaths in the United States. Men are three times more likely than women to be diagnosed with esophageal cancer. The risk increases over age 45.

Causes

The cause of esophageal cancer is unknown. Risk factors include smoking, alcoholism, drinking very hot coffee or tea, obesity, acid reflux (GERD), esophagitis (irritation caused by acid), Barrett's esophagus, poor diet that lacks fruits and vegetables.

Symptoms of esophageal cancer

Early symptoms are usually non-existent or mild and may include dry throat, hoarse voice, frequently clearing your throat, and mild weight loss.

As the disease progresses, symptoms include throat pain and difficulty swallowing, food coming back up, choking on food, chest pain, unexplained weight loss, swollen neck glands, dry cough, coughing up blood or vomiting.

Other symptoms include:

  • Indigestion
  • Passing gas (flatulence)
  • Bloating abdomen
  • Belching
  • Heartburn
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chronic cough
  • Hiccups
  • Diagnosing esophageal cancer

    Tests for diagnosing esophageal cancer include endoscopy, barium swallow, biopsy, CT scan or PET scan.

    Treatment

    Chemotherapy or radiation therapy are standard treatments to shrink tumors. Doctors may also recommend surgery to remove tumors if the tumors are small and haven't spread from the original site.

    Prognosis

    The prognosis for esophageal cancer is good with early detection and prompt treatment.

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    Students in Orange County, Florida public schools who plan to participate in sports must undergo electrocardiogram (ECG) tests as part of their sports physical exams.

    The OCPS District issued the new requirement for the 2021-22 season.

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    "ECGs will be required of all high school student-athletes prior to the start of their 2021-2022 FHSAA season. Through local medical providers and organizations, ECGs will be offered on high school campuses."

    Low-income students who are uninsured can receive financial assistance to pay for the tests through Florida's Primary Care Access Network website or by calling (407) 836-PCAN [7226].

    The new requirement was announced after several studies found that adolescents and teenagers who received mRNA vaccinations were "seven times more likely to develop myocarditis".

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    Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle that can cause rapid or irregular heartbeat. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, chest pain, weakness, fatigue, and death.

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    During his State of the Union address Tuesday night, U.S. Pres. Joe Biden called for the country to move on from the COVID pandemic after nearly 3 years.

    He described "commonsense steps" such as the new "Test to Treat" initiative that will provide anti-viral pills "on the spot" to anyone who tests positive for the coronavirus.

    Biden also said his administration "will be ready with plenty of vaccines" for children under 5 once they're approved.

    Biden added that "most Americans in most of the country can now be mask free," and high-quality N95 masks are available for the immunocompromised and other vulnerable Americans.

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    If you're having difficulty ordering your free COVID at-home tests you're not alone. The US Postal Service acknowledged delays with a "small percentage of orders" on Thursday.

    On Monday, the White House launched its website COVIDTests.gov, where Americans can order up to 4 tests kit per household at no cost. The tests will be shipped through the USPS for free.

    But some people are unable to place orders because the website won't recognize their apartment number. Others are told an order was already placed for their address because a roommate placed an order.

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    Postal Service spokesman David Partenheimer confirmed the agency was seeing delays in orders due to multiple issues.

    "The Postal Service is seeing very limited cases of addresses that are not registered as multi-unit buildings which could lead to COVID test kit ordering difficulties," Partenheimer said. He said the USPS recommends filing a service request at https://emailus.usps.com/s/the-postal-store-inquiry or contacting our help desk at 1-800-ASK-USPS.

    Julian Randall, who lives in an apartment building in Garfield Park, said he was having issues placing an order.

    "I've tried everything under the sun and every combination. I wrote out 'Apartment 1,' 'Apt. 1,' 'Unit 1' and every other way you can think of. None of it worked," he said.

    Randall said. "I just wished they put a dropdown box for the apartment number like the postal service has for everything else."

    TikTok users claim the tests return false-positive results for tap water.

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    COVID at-home tests will be mailed to every home in the U.S. You can order up to four at-home COVID tests for free beginning on January 19. Orders usually will ship in 7-12 days.

    According to to COVIDtests.gov, the tests are rapid antigen, not PCR (DNA).

    PCR tests, which are analyzed in a lab, are much more accurate than rapid tests which are prone to false-positive results.

    Rapid tests provide results in 15 minutes. You should only take the rapid test if you have symptoms. The rapid tests are more accurate if you are symptomatic.

    Symptoms of Covid-19 include: cough, loss of smell and taste, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, fever, diarrhea, headache, muscle weakness, muscle pain, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing.

    Call 911 or go to the emergency room if you have shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

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    Don't panic. If you have symptoms and your test result is positive you should follow-up with your doctor or healthcare professional.

    Your health insurance company will reimburse you for 8 at-?home tests per month for each person on the plan.

    At-?home tests are also available for sale at pharmacies around the U.S. Check with local retailers and pharmacies for availability.

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    The Biden administration plans to mail 500 million free Coronavirus test kits to every home as Omicron "cases" surge.

    Pres. Joe Biden plans to hold a press conference around 1 p.m. EST Tuesday to explain his plan to curb the spread of the latest coronavirus variant.

    According to press reports, Biden will not mention lockdowns or new restrictions, but he is going ahead with plans to distribute half a billion test kits.

    The number of Covid-19 "cases" are expected to rise dramatically once the kits are distributed.

    Biden will also deploy more federal health resources to aid strained hospitals, according to the Washington Post.

    Rumors spread over the weekend that Biden planned to announce more lockdowns to stop the spread of the mild Omicron variant.

    White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters there will be no lockdowns. She said Biden will be "direct and clear with the American people about the benefits of being vaccinated, the steps we're going to take to ... increase testing, and the risks posed to unvaccinated individuals."

    "We know how to protect people from severe illness," the White House said in a statement previewing the speech. "We have the tools needed to do it."

    The White House previously warned that unvaccinated people -- who have managed to survive Covid for 2 years -- will face death or severe illness this winter due to the mild Omicron variant.
     
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    Candace Owens believes she might have Covid-19, but when she tried to get a Covid test, she was denied.

    The conservative political commentator took to Twitter.com to post an email she received from a "rabid activist" at a Covid testing facility.

    Owens tweeted:

    "Holy crap!! I just received an e-mail from a Covid testing facility that they are refusing to administer a test to me because they don't like my politics. I'm banned from making sure I don't accidentally spread Covid?"

    Owens suspects she was denied because she is "proudly unvaccinated and unmasked".

    In the email, the owner of the testing facility wrote:

    "as the owner of this business am going to refuse this booking and day service. We cannot support anyone who as pro-actively worked to make this pandemic worse by spreading misinformation, politicizing and DISCOURAGING the wearing of masks and actively dissuading people from receiving life-saving vaccinations."

    In her response, Owens wrote:

    "That nobody stopped you from hitting send on such as emotionally unstable and hysterical email leads me to believe the people who work for you must love me, and would therefore never deny me this entertainment."

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    Mystery surrounds the death of Tanzania's Covid-denying President John Magufuli, who went missing after criticizing Covid-19 PCR tests.

    Magufuli died on March 17 following an 18-day absence that prompted rumors about his health and well-being.

    Magufuli becomes the first Tanzanian leader to die while in office.

    Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan reported Magufuli's death on state television late Wednesday, saying Magufuli died from "heart disease."

    Magufuli's death opens the door for Hassan to be Tanzania's first female president.

    Magufuli was last seen in public on Feb. 27, sparking rumors he had Covid-19. Officials denied he was sick with the coronavirus.

    The president was criticized for mocking Covid-19 tests as a complete fraud when a goat and a piece of fruit tested positive.

    Magufuli criticized the testing kits sent from the United States and suspended a lab director.

    The president instructed his security forces to check the quality of the test kits by randomly obtaining samples from a goat and a pawpaw.

    "There is something happening. I said before we should not accept that every aid is meant to be good for this nation," he said at the time.

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    Erykah Badu and Elon Musk both found discrepancies in Covid-19 tests they took this week.

    They reported the discrepancies on social media -- and were immediately attacked by their followers who don't want the truth revealed.

    Erykah took to Twitter on Friday, Nov. 13, to question the accuracy of two Covid-19 tests she took as part of a job requirement.

    "This is my third rapid test in 24 hours... Earlier I took 2 and one was positive the other neg in separate nostrils ?? We need to investigate these tests further. I want my $ back."

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    She added: "Funny thing is, Dr. ONLY reported the positive result. What the fack is goin on here?"

    Get-well wishes poured in for the R&B singer. But Erykah told her supporters she is feeling fine.

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    On Thursday, Elon, the CEO of Tesla, tweeted similar concerns about his conflicting tests:

    "Something extremely bogus is going on. Was tested for covid four times today. Two tests came back negative, two came back positive. Same machine, same test, same nurse. Rapid antigen test from BD."

    Elon's followers scolded him for reporting the inaccuracy in his tests. But Elon did some investigating, and he learned about a widely known flaw in the PCR tests that produce high numbers of false positive results when run at cycles of 40 and above.

    He tweeted: "Lab I just spoke to said cov2 PCR detection (N1 & N3 genes) below 30 cycles is reliable & above 40 cycles is not."

    PCR tests are run in cycles of 20-40 repeated thermal temperature changes. Cycles run at 30 or below are considered to be more reliable.

    For example, labs that process Covid-19 tests for the NBA and NFL run cycles of 30 or below, which produces more reliable and accurate test results.

    But government-controlled labs are processing PCR tests at 40 cycles or higher - which produces a high frequency of false-positive results.

    The news media gleefully reports "surging Covid-19 cases" or "a spike in Covid-19 cases" when most of the tests are flawed.

    PCR was invented in 1984 by the American biochemist Kary Mullis, who won a Nobel Prize in 1993 for his work.

    When Mullis issued warnings about the inaccuracy of his PCR tests, he suddenly died of pneumonia on August 7, 2019.

    In 2009, when former President Barack Obama was in office, the CDC stopped reporting H1N1 cases because the tests were unreliable and some labs were co-mingling positive flu results in with the H1N1 results.

    What is their end game?

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    Many believe governments are taking drastic measures to save the environment (climate change) and control the population.

    Billionaire elites such as Bill Gates believe their fellow humans are the biggest threat to the environment.

    Strict stay-at-home orders will ensure you can't drive for weeks or months, which decreases C02 released into the atmosphere.

    And there is much discussion online about vaccines impairing the human reproductive system.

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    First Lady Melania Trump revealed her son Barron, 14, tested negative for Covid-19 after first testing positive.

    President Trump announced he and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus on Oct. 1. But Barron and his siblings reportedly tested negative.

    The first lady revealed her son Barron's positive test in a statement posted on Whitehouse.gov, titled "My personal experience with COVID-19."

    "It was two weeks ago when I received the diagnosis that so many Americans across our country and the world had already received - I tested positive for COVID-19. To make matters worse, my husband, and our nation's Commander-in-Chief, received the same news."

    She continued: "Naturally my mind went immediately to our son. To our great relief he tested negative, but again, as so many parents have thought over the past several months, I couldn't help but think 'what about tomorrow or the next day?'. My fear came true when he was tested again and it came up positive."

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    Melania was relieved that her 6-foot-5 teenager experienced no symptoms.

    "Luckily he is a strong teenager and exhibited no symptoms. In one way I was glad the three of us went through this at the same time so we could take care of one another and spend time together. He has since tested negative."

    Melania went on to say she experienced "minimal symptoms, though they hit me all at once and it seemed to be a roller coaster of symptoms in the days after. I experienced body aches, a cough and headaches, and felt extremely tired most of the time."

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    President Trump was treated with antibodies and a steroid at Walter Reed Medical Center. But Mrs. Trump chose a "more natural route ... opting more for vitamins and healthy food."

    The first lady encouraged Americans to "continue to live the healthiest life they can. A balanced diet, fresh air, and vitamins really are vital to keep our bodies healthy."

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    R&B star Trey Songz has tested positive for the coronavirus.

    The 35-year-old crooner revealed his diagnosis in a video on his Instagram page: "Here with a very important message to let you know I tested positive for COVID-19," he said.

    "I've taken many tests as I've been out protesting, food drives, of course I have a very young son at home, so I get tested periodically and this time it unfortunately came back positive."

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    Noting that 1/1000 Black people have died from the virus, and revealing that he believes Covid-19 was the cause of his grandfather's death earlier this year, Trey continued: "I will be taking it seriously. I will be self-quarantining, I will be in my house until I see a negative [test]."

    Trey wore a black sweatshirt with the words "Black Lives Matter" printed on the front.

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    The 35-year-old Sagittarius concluded his video by telling his followers to speak out if they come into contact with the virus, saying: "If you come in contact with Covid, please do say. Please do say. Don't be like the president."

    President Donald Trump tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, Oct. 2. Democrats lashed out at the President for removing his mask on the White House balcony after he arrived home from Walter Reed Medical Center on Monday.

    The "Bottoms Up" singer captioned his video: "Down but not out! Stay safe y’all! Wear your mask. Wash your hands."
     

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    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has tested positive for COVID-19. McEnany revealed her diagnosis on Monday, Oct. 5, and will start the "quarantine process".

    "After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms," McEnany said in a statement.

    McEnany's positive test is the latest in nearly a dozen positive cases among President Donald Trump's inner circle, including Trump and his wife, Melania.

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    Trump, who was admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center for observation late Friday, is reportedly "eager" to be discharged home to the White House after responding well to a treatment regimen that included an antibody cocktail and a steroid.

    The President's advisers indicate that he would like to be discharged home by Monday evening.

    "We're still optimistic that based on his unbelievable progress and how strong he's been in terms of his fight against this COVID-19 disease that he will be released, but that decision will not be made until later today," White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said on "Fox & Friends" on Monday.

    The rash of positive tests in the Trump administration has sparked speculation that someone intentionally infected Trump and those in his inner circle.

    Two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee also tested positive, leading to calls for the Senate to delay the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

    Other White House staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 include senior adviser Hope Hicks, Trump's campaign manager Bill Stepien, and director of Oval Office operations Nick Luna.

    Trump's former adviser KellyAnne Conway also tested positive as well as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who assisted Trump prior to his first debate with Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

    Christie checked himself into the hospital over the weekend with "mild" flu-like symptoms.

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    U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania are doing "well" despite contracting Covid-19, according to a statement from their doctor.

    America's leader announced his diagnosis in a tweet early Friday morning. Trump said he and the First Lady had contracted the coronavirus and, in an update from White House doctor Sean P. Conley, it was confirmed the President and his wife are doing well during their health scare.

    "This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus," he said, adding they plan to quarantine until they test negative for the flu-like virus in 10-14 days.

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    "The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence. The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country's greatest medical professionals and institutions."

    Conley continued: "Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments."

    Melania also tweeted that she and her husband are "feeling good" but have postponed all their upcoming engagements. According to CNN, Vice President Mike Pence has tested negative for the virus.

    Trump and his wife were tested after Trump's top aide Hope Hicks revealed her positive diagnosis on Thursday, Oct. 1.

    Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is challenging Trump in November's presidential election and shared a debate stage with him on Tuesday, offered his and his wife Jill's sympathies to the pair.

    "Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery," he tweeted. "We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family."

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    Alyssa Milano is among the Never-Trump celebrities who reacted to the President's Covid-19 diagnosis on Friday. In a tweet, Milano insisted she "wouldn't wish this virus on my worst enemy".

    The former "Charmed" star, who was allegedly diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this year, tweeted that, although she's not a fan of the U.S. president, she wouldn't wish for him to contract it.

    "As someone who has had #COVID19 and still suffers from post-covid syndrome, I can honestly say with all that I am that I wouldn’t wish this virus on my worst enemy," she wrote. "Please wear a mask."

    Actress Patricia Arquette added: "They will have access to every medical support and intervention imaginable. I just hope I don't have to hear later 'it's just a bad flu.'"

    Other tweets were less sympathetic" Padma Lakshmi called it "karma", while gleeful Todrick Hall tweeted:

    "2020 is that b**ch a*s gift that keeps on giving! Trump got on tv mask shaming Biden and defending his 'covid jokes' and now Trump and Melania have covid! You can't make this stuff up!"

    Trump and wife Melania's positive tests came just hours after one of the POTUS' top aides, Hope Hicks, revealed she had contracted the virus.

    Hicks's positive test prompted radio personality Scott Nevins to tweet: "Once again, a pretty young woman has gotten Donald Trump in trouble because he did not wear protection."

    Actor James Woods tweeted:

    "In my 73 years on this earth I have never witnessed a man and his family be put to the test like this President and First Lady have been. God challenges those who are needed most. While the Left is no doubt sniggering with glee, we patriots pray for our @POTUS and our @FLOTUS."

    The President has been publicly unwilling to wear a face mask amid the pandemic and has only sported one on a few occasions.

    Both Trump and the First Lady are expected to recover without any ill effects. Herd immunity can't be achieved in the U.S. unless a majority of the population contract the virus.
     

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    Americans woke up this morning to the news that U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus.

    The POTUS broke the news on his Twitter page, just hours after revealing that he and the First Lady were having tests following the positive diagnosis of one of his top aides Hope Hicks.

    "Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!" he tweeted.

    Melania added on her Twitter page: "As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together."

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    Both Trump and his wife are exhibiting mild, flu-like symptoms, according to Fox News sources. Trump, 74, was described as "lethargic" at an event last night.

    But the White House expects both the President and First Lady to recover without any ill effects. They will also have immunity against this particular strain of the COVID virus going forward.

    The president and the First Lady are quarantining for the next two weeks. It is unclear if Trump will attend the second debate with Democratic candidate Joe Biden next week.

    Trump's critics seemed to gloat over the news that he has contracted the virus.

    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a statement:

    "The president testing positive for the coronavirus should serve as a wake up call to every single American. The virus doesn't care if you're rich or poor, Republican or Democrat, young or old. No one is immune, not even the president."

    Trump isn't the first politician to contract the virus. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, Iran's deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and Republican Senator Rand Paul are among the other bold name politicians to have tested positive for the coronavirus.