Survivorship

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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May 15, 2015

Secondary Cancers

It is difficult to find clear estimates of how frequently secondary cancers occur or the likelihood that a survivor will develop one. The American Cancer Society reports statistics for particular types of cancers in its annual Cancer Facts & Figures, but it is harder to find reliable estimates for secondary cancer overall.1 Some research, however, […]

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May 15, 2015

Can Cancer Treatments cause Cancer?

It is not a recurrence, and it is not a metastasis (the spread of cancer from one part of the body to another). A secondary cancer, or second primary cancer, is a new cancer that develops in a person who has had cancer before. “It’s a different type of cancer,” explains Kamal Patel, MD, Medical […]

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November 3, 2014

3 Tips for Survivorship

When you’ve made it through cancer treatment, the life you face is undoubtedly different than the one you experienced prior to your diagnosis. When you’re unsure of how to live in your “new normal”, remember that life is full of possibilities. To get you started, here are three tips for writing your new chapter. 1. […]

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May 1, 2014

For Young Adults, Cancer Doesn’t End With a Cure

“It’s getting more difficult to fund-raise,” I recently lamented to my mother after telling her about all the competing cancer charity walks in October. She took my hand. “Don’t you think it’s time to move forward and leave your cancer in the past?” she asked. “What do you mean by leaving it in the past?” […]

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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

LympheDIVAs

If your rehabilitation lymphedema therapist has prescribed a compression garment as part of your management plan, you probably think it’s time to bid fashion farewell. But the truth about compression sleeves and gauntlets (fingerless gloves) is a lot flashier: LympheDIVAs (lymphedivas.com), a “medically correct” fashion company is making garments that provide compression and allow women […]

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February 28, 2014

Living with Lymphedema

If you’ve been prescribed treatment for cancer that involves radiation or surgery that could affect your lymph nodes, you may be at risk for lymphedema. Lymphedema is a build-up of lymph fluid in the tissues just under the skin, which causes swelling in affected areas. Though this is an unwelcome and bothersome side effect, there’s […]

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November 15, 2013

8 Tips for Good Health after Cancer

Cancer survivors are at increased risk for certain other diseases, such as osteoporosis—a condition in which the bones become less dense and likely to fracture—and diabetes. The reason is that medications that decrease the risk of recurrence can reduce levels of circulating hormones throughout the body that build bone. Some medicines may also affect your […]

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November 15, 2013

7 Strategies for Coping with the Emotions of Cancer

It’s normal for many cancer survivors to feel anxious about their diagnosis, treatment and the potential for recurrence. These strategies can help patients cope with feelings of anxiety around cancer. Be aware that you don’t have control over some aspects of your cancer. Accepting this thought is one way to ease your emotions. Express your […]

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