Cancer Journey

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May 15, 2017

Immunotherapy: Helping the Body Heal Itself

Steve Hook is not afraid of hard work. The 41-year-old concrete mason from Ashville, New York was consistently putting in 100 hours a week to run his company, alongside his responsibilities to his family—wife, Amy, and stepsons Quincy and Nathan—when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the fall of 2011. Little did he know, […]

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May 15, 2017

7 Lessons Learned From Being a Cancer Caregiver

Becoming a caregiver for a loved one with cancer may be one of the most important roles in someone’s life. It may also be among the most challenging, often because it comes without warning, preparation or prior experience. Many times, when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, the caregiver is thrust into the role […]

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May 15, 2017

Use Those Antibiotics Wisely, Especially if You’re a Cancer Patient

Antibiotics are a critical tool for fighting infections, especially in cancer patients who may have compromised immune systems. But like any tool, it may lose its edge and impact if it’s overused. “In a cancer patient, we need to be extremely careful, because they are immune-compromised,” says Mashiul Chowdhury, MD, Chief of Infectious Diseases at […]

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April 10, 2017

From Patient to Caregiver

Shortly after Chelsea “Chuck” Glenn was diagnosed with stage III esophageal cancer in April 2001, the doctor who performed a second set of tests said his only choices were to try to find a clinical trial or get his affairs in order. The couple seemed to be out of options—until Ann saw a commercial for […]

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April 10, 2017

Why Heartburn Is So Dangerous

Most people experience the feeling of heartburn or acid reflux from time to time. However, those who seem to constantly be struggling to find relief from heartburn may have Barrett’s esophagus, a condition that requires further evaluation and monitoring. In fact, between 10 and 15 percent of people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) will develop […]

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March 13, 2017

Colon Cancer Survivor Finds ‘Rainbow at the End of the Storm’

In proof that life can change in an instant, Amy Barger was blindsided when she was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in May 2011, one week after her daughter’s wedding. She’d had no symptoms whatsoever and only learned she had cancer after a routine colonoscopy revealed a tumor in her colon. “I wanted to […]

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March 13, 2017

A Message of Love

Life on a farm calls for an optimistic, can-do approach and an appreciation for the gifts and challenges of life and land: you work hard; you value each day; you help your neighbors. For 24-year-old Jackie Outman, who was raised on her family’s farm in rural Pennsylvania, that mindset continues to guide her as she […]

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March 13, 2017

Finding Relief from Chemotherapy-Related Nerve Damage

Chemotherapy is known for causing a number of side effects that may affect patients’ quality of life. Many of them, like fatigue, nausea and hair loss, are often temporary. Peripheral neuropathy is different. Characterized by nerve damage that may impair patients’ ability to walk, maintain balance, hold objects and perform other key functions, it has […]

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March 13, 2017

Myth or Fact? Some Patients Feel Pain Even Before Entering the Operating Room

Some pain is inevitable after most surgeries. But for many patients, the pain that comes even before an operation, before the first touch of a knife, is just as real. It even has a name: anticipatory pain. Aside from causing stress and physical discomfort, anticipatory pain may also lead to other complications that impact the […]

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February 13, 2017

Overcoming Survivor Guilt

It isn’t widely associated with cancer and yet it affects many: survivor guilt, that sense of self-blame, responsibility and sadness that often affects those who survived a trauma when others did not. Common to those who lived through accidents, natural disasters and wars, survivor guilt typically involves conflicting feelings—happiness to be alive, and grief and […]

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