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May 1, 2014

6 Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Cancer Treatment and Dental Health

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, your dental health may not be top of mind, but it can be an important factor in your cancer treatment. Just as cancer treatment can affect oral health, oral health can affect cancer treatment. To help prepare for treatment, patients should ask their care team the following six questions: […]

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May 1, 2014

Dental Health and Cancer Treatment

Importance of Oral Health Dental and oral health refers to the well-being of the entire mouth—which includes the teeth, gums, mucosa (lining of the mouth) and salivary glands. Cancer or not, many people tend to overlook dental health, but it is a critical component of overall health. Tulsa, Oklahoma dentist Glenda Payas, DMD, MAGD says, […]

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May 1, 2014

You’ve Been Diagnosed with Cancer. Now What?

A cancer diagnosis can be scary and devastating; it can turn your life upside down. Even in this challenging time, there are many reasons for you and your family to remain hopeful. In the past 20 years, survival rates for many cancers have improved significantly. Better survival rates are due to advances in screenings and […]

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May 1, 2014

Step 2: Understand the Diagnosis

An accurate diagnosis is crucial because it’s the basis upon which the treatment plan is ultimately created. You will undergo various tests and/or diagnostic procedures to locate tumors, stage the disease and help determine the best treatment. For example, MRI and PET/CT scans help determine the precise location and size of the tumor(s) to plan […]

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May 1, 2014

Step 3: Choose a Provider

When it comes to choosing a treatment provider, it is essential to select a care team made up of experts who can best address your unique diagnosis, while also honoring your treatment goals and values. Some points to think about when evaluating this include: Provider experience: Consider whether the provider has expertise and experience in […]

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May 1, 2014

Fertility Preservation

With roughly one in 10 cancer cases occurring in adults of reproductive age¹, fertility preservation is a topic that more patients are discussing with their health care providers before, during and after treatment. In fact, Ashley Koenings, Senior Navigator for Fertility Services at LIVESTRONG in Austin, Texas, says participation in the organization’s fertility preservation program, […]

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May 1, 2014

Step 4: Treatment and Survivorship

Once you have found a treatment provider, you will work with your care team to develop a treatment plan based on your unique diagnosis. You should continue to ask questions during this process to ensure you are fully informed about the treatment you will undergo and about any side effects that may result. Some key […]

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February 28, 2014

The Role of HPV in Head and Neck Cancer

For many years, the most significant risk factors for head and neck cancers have been alcohol and tobacco use. More recently, infection with a virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV) has been identified as a risk factor for a new subset of head and neck cancer. HPV-related head and neck cancer is on the rise, […]

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November 15, 2013

Building a Cancer Vocabulary

If you are or have been a cancer patient yourself, you’re all too familiar with the feeling of, as breast cancer survivor Colleen Logan Hofmeister puts it, being “blindsided” by the experience. For many patients and their loved ones, this feeling of being overwhelmed by the news of a diagnosis and consequent treatment plan is […]

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