Cancer Journey

May 2, 2018

Hereditary Cancer Risks: How Information Can Open Up Opportunities

It’s impossible to know if, when or where in the body cancer will come calling. Cancer risks increase with age, lifestyle choices, environmental exposures and other factors, but the exact causes of many cancers—and why they affect some people but not others–remain a mystery. A lifelong smoker may never develop the disease, for example, while […]

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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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January 10, 2018

New Approach Shows Faster Recovery After Surgery

Many runners swear by a practice called carb-loading, or bulking up on carbohydrate-rich food before a long race, as a way to fortify their bodies, prevent them from breaking down in the middle of the run and guard against injuries that will haunt them afterward. Much like those advance preparations, evolving pre-surgery programs are helping […]

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December 10, 2017

Discussing Cancer Treatment Over the Holidays

Gatherings with family or friends during the holidays may offer an opportunity to reconnect while taking a break from the frenzied pace of life. For people with cancer, these gatherings may bring on mixed emotions: joy in spending time with loved ones and anxiety surrounding difficult conversations about treatment. If you are facing cancer, talking […]

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December 10, 2017

3 Tips for Dealing with Information Overload

A cancer diagnosis often comes with an overwhelming amount of information for patients to sift through and remember. Between appointments, meeting with various doctors and clinicians, and digesting treatment and nutrition information, it can be difficult to keep track of it all. There’s so much to focus on at a time when you’re dealing with […]

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December 10, 2017

A Blood Test That Can Tell You About Your Cancer

At the root of most cancer diagnoses is a biopsy, the surgical procedure used to remove a tumor so it can be examined for the presence of cancer cells. Doctors often rely on biopsies to help make an assessment of a cancer’s malignancy, stage, origin and DNA mutations that may be targeted with treatments. Some biopsies are minimally invasive; others may be […]

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November 12, 2017

7 Tips for Healthier Holiday Travel

Thanksgiving marks the start of the busiest travel season of the year. While reconnecting with family can be one of the greatest joys of the season, traveling to do so can bring stress and anxiety, especially for cancer patients who may have weakened immune systems. Planning ahead and taking extra steps can ease stress and […]

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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 9, 2017

5 Tips to Improve Self-Image

Cancer treatments can do a number on more than the disease. Many times, they also take a toll on patients physically and emotionally, causing pain, hair loss, lethargy, anxiety and other side effects that impact patients’ quality of life. Chemotherapy, for example, targets cells that grow quickly, including healthy cells in the skin, hair and nails. […]

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