Cancer Journey

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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October 7, 2017

When Depression Strikes During Cancer Treatment

Depression is not a top concern for many patients when they first receive a cancer diagnosis, but without a careful eye, depression can sneak up on patients, making the battle more grueling. When Scott Davis, 53, from Lagrange, Georgia, learned he had colorectal cancer, he thought it was just a bump in the road and […]

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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

How to Navigate the Workforce After a Cancer Diagnosis

In the U.S., more than 21 million adults have been diagnosed with cancer, and many of them are of working age. A cancer diagnosis brings a unique set of challenges for each individual, but workers in particular often face added stress in wondering how to navigate this new world of working with cancer. There are […]

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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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