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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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October 7, 2016

YOGA for Warriors

As Ingrid Yang was beginning a new type of yoga teacher training in 2005, her aunt was undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. Dr. Yang offered to stay with her and forgo the training, but her aunt insisted she continue. “She said, ‘Please go, you need to teach me how to breathe. It’s so hard for me […]

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Mammogram indicating breast cancer. Color enhanced.

October 7, 2016

Breast Cancer Test: Studies Show Hope on the Horizon

The Claim: With the help of Oncotype DX, a test that predicts the likelihood of benefit from chemotherapy, some women with early-stage breast cancer won’t have to go through chemo. The Study: The West German Study Group study followed more than 3,100 patients at 93 German centers who had estrogen-receptor positive HER2-negative early-stage breast cancer and who […]

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September 14, 2016

The Power of Being Informed

Randy Knight hadn’t missed a day of work in 29 years when what he thought would be a short-lived bout with kidney stones became much more serious: a CT scan revealed a suspicious image in his right lung, and further testing ultimately revealed a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Given his dedication to his career, it’s […]

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May 24, 2016

Skin Deep

Every year, more new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined.1 One in five Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of a lifetime.2 Although the majority of people diagnosed with skin cancer can be treated by a dermatologist, 76,380 new cases of melanoma, an invasive type […]

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Mid-adult Caucasian male doctor pointing at a bone on a x-ray.

May 3, 2016

Bone Complications and Cancer: What You Should Know

Cancer is typically named for the primary site where it started in your body, such as breast or prostate cancer. It’s possible for cancer cells to break away from the primary tumor and travel to other areas of your body via your bloodstream or lymph vessels in a process known as metastasis. While it’s possible […]

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Businesswoman writing to do list in paper notepad

February 19, 2016

Rx: Organization

Managing multiple illnesses is the medical equivalent of multitasking. Whether you’re taking care of business or taking care of yourself, you have to be organized to get everything done. Start by: Naming a point person: Patients with multiple conditions typically have a large and diverse medical team involved in their care. Choosing a team leader […]

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hand of a lab technician holding blood tube test and background a rack of color tubes with blood samples other patients / laboratory technician holding a blood tube test

December 7, 2015

80 Percent of Pancreatic Cancer Patients Miss Out on Important Blood Test

A widely available and inexpensive blood test – a CA 19-9 tumor marker test – helps predict outcomes and guide treatment decisions among patients with pancreatic cancer. But despite its clear benefit, only one in five U.S. pancreatic cancer patients receive the blood test at diagnosis. Unfortunately, this means many pancreatic cancer patients with operable […]

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November 10, 2015

Managing Scan-Related Anxiety

Even if you understand that the benefits of a scan are likely to far outweigh the risks, it is not uncommon to find yourself nervous and worried when you are scheduled for an imaging test. This may be the case whether you have no symptoms and are undergoing routine screening, if you are receiving treatment […]

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November 10, 2015

We Have Your Scans

Scans, or imaging tests that allow doctors to examine the inside of different parts of the body, are a mainstay of cancer screening, prevention and treatment. Various scanning technologies help detect developing cancers or suspicious changes before they cause symptoms and play an important role in tracking the progress of treatment. Scanning technology continues to […]

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