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August 10, 2015

Be Prepared

A growing trend in cancer care is gaining popularity as evidence mounts showing benefit to patients: Cancer prehabilitation (or cancer prehab) is becoming a cornerstone of rehabilitation and survivorship programs at many cancer centers. The concept of prehabilitation is not new—and is not limited to cancer. Generally, prehabilitation, or prehab, is the term used to […]

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August 10, 2015

A Key Connection

A patient’s primary care physician is generally the first doctor a patient sees when he or she experiences symptoms or concerns and will often be the one to direct the patient to any additional necessary screening. If screening results in the discovery of cancer, the primary care physician may also be the one to refer […]

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August 10, 2015

Tips for Finding a Primary Care Physician

Find someone relatable. It is important to find a doctor who you trust and can connect with and who can help you get and stay well: “Think of your primary care physician as a family member or a real good friend you see from time to time,” says Dr. Sussman. Seek out a professional who […]

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July 9, 2015

New Blood Test for Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer. Early detection is difficult and uncommon because symptoms don’t typically occur until the disease is advanced. It also tends to spread to other organs quickly and early on, making successful treatment difficult. However, researchers from the University of Texas in Houston have developed a new […]

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January 12, 2015

Treatment by Trial

You have been delivered a cancer diagnosis. The next step? Creating a treatment plan that truly represents your unique needs and goals. As this process evolves, you may discover that participation in a clinical trial is right for you. This decision, which should be made together with your health care team and take into account […]

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January 8, 2015

Communicating with Your Health Care Team

Good communication between you and your health care team should be a two-way street: you should feel comfortable communicating your concerns and questions, and your providers should explain the diagnosis and treatment plan in ways that you understand. “Great communication is necessary between patients and their health care team,” says Sahirah Khabeer, a patient resource […]

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December 31, 2014

Diagnostic Tools: Imaging 101

Diagnostic imaging can play a big role throughout all phases of the cancer journey. These tests and scans are used to make pictures of areas inside the body, which can help doctors identify and locate disease, guide certain treatment modalities, monitor treatment response, and spot recurrences during follow-up. Timothy McCay, DO, a radiologist at Cancer […]

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October 8, 2014

Planning for your Future

Imagine you are in your twenties or thirties and you’ve been given a cancer diagnosis. You likely will have many questions about your future – including your ability to have children. Many young adults in this situation may not realize how their fertility can be affected. Laurence Altshuler, MD, director of oncology intake services at […]

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May 1, 2014

Step 1: Learn About Cancer

The first step upon learning you have cancer is to become informed about your diagnosis. Educating yourself in this way empowers you to make thoughtful choices throughout the journey that lies ahead. Here are some basic facts about cancer that may help you better understand your diagnosis: Cancer is not one disease, but many diseases […]

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May 1, 2014

9 Important Questions to Ask About Fertility Preservation

If you are among the one in 10 cancer cases occurring in adults of reproductive age¹, fertility preservation is a topic that you may consider discussing with your health care provider prior to beginning cancer treatment. To help you start that conversation, Ashley Koenings of LIVESTRONG shares her top questions to ask your care team […]

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