Cancer Treatment

August 11, 2017

7 Common Chemotherapy Myths Busted

If you think you know all about chemotherapy, you may be surprised to hear that it no longer automatically causes severe nausea and vomiting. In fact, medical advances over the years have helped lessen chemotherapy’s impact on the body in a number of ways. “Chemotherapy has a very bad rap,” says Dennis Citrin, MD, PhD, […]

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June 11, 2017

Can Playing Video Games Help Cancer Patients?

Playing a video game requires mental agility and focus. You have to target bad guys, learn new skills to advance and remember how to use your controller to jump over that bomb in the road or to avoid the assassin hiding in the corner. The action playing out on screen isn’t real life, but the […]

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May 31, 2017

The Connection Between Creative Expression & Healing

Creative pursuits have been a part of Diana L. Harrison’s life for decades, so it’s no wonder that many proved to be a therapeutic outlet after she was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer of the tongue. In addition to working as a graphic artist for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Harrison, of Platte City, Missouri, […]

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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

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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