Cancer Treatment

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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October 11, 2016

Double Duty

In the past, women requiring mastectomy for breast cancer typically faced a series of operations and recoveries. But now patients may be able to opt for simultaneous surgeries, which can give better cosmetic results including less scarring. Before undergoing any type of breast reconstruction surgery, it’s important understand what it involves and get answers to […]

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October 10, 2016

Pain Management: Alternative to Narcotics for Breast Surgery

Question: Why is managing pain such an important part of cancer treatment? Answer: According to the National Cancer Institute, pain is one of the most common symptoms cancer patients face. Studies have shown that reducing or controlling the level of pain patients experience may lead to better outcomes. Patients also have a tendency to heal […]

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October 7, 2016

7 Food Supplements Cancer Patients Should Avoid

Natural supplements—the very words sound healthy. Many times, they are. Adding vitamins, minerals and other natural remedies to your daily regimen can boost some people’s immune system, energy level and overall health. But if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, and especially if you are undergoing treatment, certain supplements may actually harm you. Some may even […]

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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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August 4, 2016

Fighting Fluid

Lymphedema is a disorder marked by swelling when fluid accumulates underneath the skin. This condition occurs when lymph nodes are damaged or experience trauma, which prevents the lymphatic system from functioning properly. The result is blockages that impair fluid circulation and drainage.1 Predicting who will and won’t develop the disorder can be tricky. Cancer that […]

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August 4, 2016

Playing Defense

You probably think of your immune system as your body’s natural defense against external infections, or that thing you try to boost during flu season. But as a former laboratory researcher who explored using the immune system to fight diseases, I’ve seen firsthand how its elegant signaling pathways can be modified to better fight cancer. […]

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July 11, 2016

Overcoming Chemobrain

Diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in February 2014, Karen Reynolds triumphed through eight rounds of chemotherapy, lumpectomy surgery and six weeks rounds of daily radiation. Her treatment was completed in November 2014, but even as she regained her physical strength, her mind was slower to recover. Reynolds didn’t notice it herself at first. It […]

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May 16, 2016

Guide to Boost Your Self-Esteem and Self-Image While Undergoing Cancer Treatment

Fighting cancer is not only a physical battle but an emotional one. This is why, if you’re undergoing cancer treatment, tending to your emotional needs is just as important as tending to your physical needs—and in some ways more so. Cancer treatment can change the way you feel and the way you look. The end […]

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