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September 8, 2017

Where Opioids Fit in Cancer Pain Management

It seems like today, you can’t turn on the news without hearing a negative story about opioids and the epidemic of addiction associated with these powerful painkillers. For cancer patients, hearing these stories day in and out can cause fear that something that helps them cope with their daily pain may cause bigger problems in […]

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August 11, 2017

7 Facts to Know about Precision Medicine for Cancer

Precision medicine is one of the many buzzwords in oncology as it is changing how oncologists view cancer treatment options – in an optimistic way.  This positive outlook stems from the fact that precision medicine may help doctors select a treatment option that is more “precise”  for each individual patient. The History of Precision Medicine […]

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July 7, 2017

Is a Clinical Trial Right for You?

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, are a cancer survivor or are a caregiver or family member of someone with cancer, you may be eligible to take part in a clinical trial. In deciding whether or not to enroll, it’s important to know the risks and benefits as well as the right questions to ask […]

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June 12, 2017

Targeted Therapy: A Game-Changer in Lung Cancer Treatment

Targeted therapies for cancer are changing the game in cancer treatment, capitalizing on the discovery that each person’s tumors carry unique differences. By pinpointing and targeting these different genetic alterations, tumor vulnerabilities can be exploited, leading to improved survival and better quality of life. Unlike chemotherapy, which targets all of your body’s cells and therefore […]

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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

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

Take a Deep Breath to Protect Your Heart

In February, American Heart Month raises awareness of heart disease and its most common causes. Awareness and prevention information are crucial in helping Americans avoid this disease. For women (and men) undergoing radiation therapy, especially for breast cancer, knowing the potential side effects of radiation therapy on your heart is critical in reducing your risk […]

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January 11, 2017

TAPUR Trial Targets Individual Cancers with Treatments Outside of FDA-approved Indication

Researchers have launched a new study designed to broaden access to drugs for some patients with advanced cancers and to collect and share data on individual responses to drugs that have not yet been approved for their specific cancer types. The Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) study is for patients who had genomic […]

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November 14, 2016

5 Things You Need to Know About Lung Cancer

In recent years, Ashish Sangal, MD, a medical oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), has noticed more patients have come to initial consultation appointments with a fair amount of background knowledge about lung cancer. “Because social media and the internet make information so easily available, I’ve seen that significantly increase,” says Dr. Sangal, […]

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November 13, 2016

6 Top Myths About Pancreatic Cancer

Although it’s estimated that more than 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2016, many people are misinformed about the disease. In honor of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve debunked the top six pancreatic cancer myths. Myth #1 – Pancreatic cancer is always deadly. Contrary to what some believe, pancreatic cancers can be […]

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