If you are a cancer patient, has your doctor asked if you would be interested in joining a clinical trial? You might be wondering if you should get involved.
The best cancer treatment today embraces interdisciplinary patient care, and uses a broad approach with a team of health care and medical providers – all of whom are rallying for you.
If you’re undergoing treatment for cancer, you may have special needs where sleeping is concerned. Get back to sleep with expert advice from Nurse Practitioner Jamie Schwachter, BSN, MSN, NP-C
One reason we all look forward to the balmier months is the ability to enjoy the sun once again. But, as we all know, the sun’s rays can be harmful. Be smart about exposing your skin to the sun’s damaging rays.
Contributor: Jamie Schwachter, BSN, MSN, NP-C Among the many important issues that patients with cancer must decide is whether they should continue to work during their treatment. This is a highly personal and individual issue and one that only you can answer. In deciding, you will want to take into consideration your workplace, diagnosis, treatment plan, support … Read More
Contributor: Josette Snyder, RN, MSN, AOCN One of the issues we make sure to talk about with our patients who are undergoing cancer treatment is dehydration. Dehydration is an excessive loss of body fluids and occurs when your body’s fluid output exceeds its fluid intake. When you are undergoing cancer treatment, side effects such as vomiting or diarrhea can lead to dehydration. Infections, … Read More
Contributor: Josette Snyder, RN, MSN, AOCN If you are undergoing treatment for cancer, you know the medicines and procedures have side effects. You may worry that these lifesaving treatments could somehow be harmful to your loved ones. It’s a concern that we often hear from cancer patients or their family members who call the Cancer Answer Line. … Read More
Contributor: Jamie Schwachter, BSN, MSN, NP-C Many of the patients we see at Taussig Cancer Institute have someone at home or a close friend who is helping them. This person – a caregiver – often is a spouse, a partner, an adult child, a parent or a close friend. If you are among the ranks of these … Read More
Contributor: Josette Snyder, RN, MSN, AOCN “I feel so wiped out!” In my work with cancer patients in person and on the Cancer Answer line, I hear this phrase all the time. Fatigue is one of the most commonly experienced side effects from cancer treatment. Cancer-related fatigue is different from feeling tired. When you feel tired, you get some … Read More
Contributor: Jamie Schwachter, BSN, MSN, NP-C After you receive a diagnosis of cancer, starting or maintaining an exercise routine might seem like the least of your worries. That’s understandable. Regular exercise might be something you didn’t seem to have time for even before your diagnosis. With all the new demands of treatment, such as medical tests and doctor’s visits, exercising may … Read More