Cancer Treatment

March 13, 2018

Why Sleep Should Be a Priority for Cancer Patients

Most people experience poor sleep from time to time. Maybe you went to bed too late, were too excited or stressed to fall asleep, took medication that kept you alert or had an alcoholic beverage before bed that interfered with your ability to fall asleep. There are many reasons that you might have a bad […]

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November 12, 2017

Discover the Connection between Chemo and Hearing Loss

Patients may not associate hearing loss with cancer treatment, but for many, the side effect is all too real. Some common chemotherapy drugs, especially those used to treat ovarian, testicular, colon and rectal cancers, may damage nerves and other tissue in the ears, particularly in patients receiving the drugs in high doses and those with […]

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October 9, 2017

Know Your Options for Breast Reconstruction

If you’ve had, or are scheduled to have, surgery as part of your breast cancer treatment, breast reconstruction is an option to help restore the shape of your breast, improving quality of life and self-esteem for some women. It’s estimated that only 23 percent of women understand the many options for reconstruction, which vary depending […]

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October 7, 2017

Welcoming Pregnancy after Cancer

Having a baby is a big decision. But, having a baby after cancer treatment can cause even more uncertainty and raise a lot of questions. Women who have been treated for cancer have a unique set of concerns, ranging from the ability to have a child to the impact of treatment on the health of […]

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September 8, 2017

Genetic Testing May Help Identify Medications More Likely to Work for You

Do you ever wonder why one medication works for one patient but not another? The answer may lie in pharmacogenomics. This growing area of personalized medicine studies how a person’s unique genetic makeup influences his or her response to pharmaceutical drugs and medications. “Just as our genes determine our blood type and eye color, they […]

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September 8, 2017

Conveying Care

After moving from Costa Rica to the U.S. in 1997, communication issues during a doctor’s visit prompted Mercedes Illescas to begin learning English at a local city college and apply to the medical translation program at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), to obtain her Certified Medical Interpreter certification. “It was frustrating. People [at the […]

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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 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

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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