Cancer Journey

August 12, 2018

Sunburned as a Child? Your Skin Cancer Risk May Be Sky-High

You’re probably aware that protecting your skin from overexposure to the sun is key for both avoiding sunburns and skin cancer. Perhaps you even dutifully lather up with sunscreen or wear sun-protective clothing whenever you know you’ll be outdoors for a fair amount of time. These are great habits, but even if you haven’t had […]

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August 12, 2018

Should You Get the HPV Vaccine?

While most people know a human papillomavirus virus (HPV) vaccine exists, according to Dr. Natalie Godbee, a Gynecologic Oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Phoenix, many believe that it’s just for teens and young adults in their twenties. Many adults, particularly those being treated for cancer, aren’t aware, however, getting the HPV vaccine might […]

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July 10, 2018

Dangerous Drug Interactions

Many people know that taking a sedative and an antihistamine at the same time can cause extreme drowsiness, or that taking an anti-inflammatory like Advil®, Aleve®or Motrin® while you’re on a blood thinner raises the risk of hemorrhaging. But some in the medical community, and the public, are less aware that common medicines may reduce the effectiveness of […]

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July 6, 2018

Sensitive Skin From Cancer Treatment? Here’s How to Enjoy the Summer

If summer has you dreaming of days spent poolside, feeling the warm sun on your skin, you’re in good company. And a relaxing summer is just the kind of TLC you need during or after cancer treatment. But before you head outside, be aware that cancer treatments, especially chemotherapies like taxanes and Fluorouracil (5FU) and […]

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July 6, 2018

3 Common Symptoms that Often Get Overlooked by Cancer Patients

Cancer patients often deal with a long list of physical side effects. But unlike fatigue, nausea, neuropathy and other well-known physical challenges that typically come with fighting cancer, some common conditions don’t get as much public attention. That may make it more difficult for patients to anticipate the side effects, to seek proper treatment for them, or to even […]

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July 6, 2018

Double Trouble

For many people, smoking and drinking go together like bacon and eggs or hot dogs at a baseball game. But when it comes to cancer risk, Stephen Lynch, MD, Primary Care and Intake Physician at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Phoenix, compares alcohol and tobacco to a more volatile pairing. “It’s gasoline and matches,” he […]

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July 6, 2018

Managing Menopause and More with Gynecologic Cancer

With gynecologic cancer patients living longer, cancer experts are putting an increasing focus on improving patients’ quality of life. For many, that means managing hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and other bodily changes most women don’t experience until later in life. That’s because for many women, even those in their 20s and 30s, gynecologic cancer […]

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June 6, 2018

How to Make Airport Security Easier for Cancer Patients During Summer Travel

Summer travel season is here, and for the millions leaving town to enjoy some rest and relaxation, one stop can put a damper on the excitement: airport security. Standing in long lines, removing shoes and belts, getting through body imaging, metal detectors, and in some cases, a pat-down, is an inconvenience for most fliers. But […]

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May 6, 2018

Unexpected Doesn’t Mean Untreatable

Many women are aware they should be screened for certain types of cancer—skin cancer, for example, the most commonly diagnosed cancer, and breast cancer, which the National Cancer Institute suggests the U.S. will see more than 266,000 new cases of in 2018 alone. A number of women, however, may be largely unfamiliar with some other […]

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May 2, 2018

Fat Cells May Hinder Chemotherapy’s Impact

It’s hardly newsworthy that obesity leads to a litany of health problems, from heart disease and high blood pressure to diabetes, sleep apnea and cancer. But for cancer patients, a new study suggests obesity may cause even more medical complications by interfering with efforts to treat the disease. Citing the results of research published in Molecular Cancer Research, a National […]

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