Survivorship

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 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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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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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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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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