One question cancer patients often ask is “What can I do to help myself fight this cancer?” This question, this essential human need to take control and not simply let cancer do what it pleases to your body, is rarely addressed by physicians. A cancer specialist offers advice.
Hearing that a loved one has a terminal brain tumor is difficult at any time of the year, but even more so during the holiday season. What do you say or do around a person who has recently been diagnosed? While there’s no perfect way to discuss such a diagnosis, neuropsychologist Michael Parsons, PhD, says … Read More
Contributor: Mona Gupta, MD, Palliative Medicine and Supportive Oncology, Solid Tumor A cancer diagnosis can bring up people’s worst fears. Many cancer patients have the idea that it is the end of life as they know it. There is so much focus on the physical aspects of treatment that they may not realize how important … Read More
Like many of my cancer patients, Mary Kay*, 38, couldn’t understand her symptoms. She was a runner but kept feeling short of breath. She took care of herself but had sinus infections that were relentless, one after the other. She was always, as she described, “super-tired.” Finally, her primary care doctor gave her a blood … Read More
If you are 50 or older, you probably know you need regular screenings to prevent colon cancer. But did you know that some people need screenings much earlier in life? For people with Lynch syndrome, the most common genetic cause of colorectal cancer, the risk starts as early as age 25. Fortunately, knowing if you … Read More
What do a new and improved artificial heart, a “bionic” knee and a magnetic tool for detecting cancer have in common? They’re all in the works — and they’re all poised to reshape treatment. Below are eight examples of medical problems with high-tech solutions, from Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME).
100 percent — that’s the survival rate for thyroid cancer if we can diagnose the disease early. That’s good news when you consider that thyroid cancer is the fastest-growing cancer among men and second-fastest among women. Thanks to research, we know more than ever about this group of diseases. And thanks to improved genetic counseling … Read More
Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma (EHE) isn’t a household name, and not just because it’s a tongue twister. Few people encounter this very rare type of vascular cancer. Still, hundreds of U.S. adolescents and young adults are diagnosed with EHE each year. “We’ve already got the project under way, and we fully expect to cure this disease,” says … Read More
The bad news: In 2012, around 56,000 Americans will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The good news: The disease has a survival rate of nearly 100 percent if caught in its first two stages. Charis Eng, MD, PhD, founding director of Cleveland Clinic’s Genomic Medicine Institute, works to make early diagnosis possible. Most recently, Dr. … Read More
Proper nutrition plays an important role in reducing your risk of developing cancer and in helping your body battle the disease after a cancer diagnosis. In fact, protein and calorie malnutrition is the most common secondary diagnosis in cancer patients. A cancer-prevention diet includes fresh vegetables, fruits and lean sources of protein. Many experts say this … Read More