An oncologist discusses his observations about people who deal with a cancer diagnosis in a positive manner. He says they tend to do five specific things.
The uncomfortable reality is this: No one knows how long any one person will live, and patients don’t have expiration dates that answer this question.
As cancer is a complex progressive disease, treating cancer pain is sometimes a big challenge. Cancer pain can be caused by the tumor invading the surrounding nerves, or it can be a side effect of the radiation or chemotherapy used to treat the cancer. Today, thanks to advanced pain management techniques, many patients can be … Read More
Young women battling breast cancer have their whole lives ahead of them. That includes motherhood for some. Chemotherapy is the standard treatment for early stage breast cancer. Ovarian failure, or the development of early menopause, is a common long-term side effect of chemotherapy. The ovaries no longer produce eggs that leads to conceiving a child. Research … 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
Starting a new year, which many celebrate by looking ahead, may be a time of special reflection for those who are undergoing or who have finished cancer treatment. If this is you, consider making some New Year’s resolutions for your health and your life post-cancer. Resolutions can help to focus your actions in the right … Read More
A pill that “melts away” cancer cells may replace chemotherapy often used to treat relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the drug, idelalisib (Zydelig™), to treat CLL. In a recent study of the drug, researchers found that it was effective in treating patients with CLL. The study used this pill along with another … Read More
Radiation and chemotherapy fight cancer and save lives. But some patients develop heart problems during treatment and even years or decades later as a side effect of the life-saving treatment. Because of this, it is important for you to have cardiac screening tests before and after treatment. That way, your doctor may be able to … 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
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