Fear that breast cancer will return can affect survivors so profoundly they are unable to enjoy life. Having certain facts in hand and a surveillance plan can help dispel this fear. If not, counseling may be needed.
Lymphedema most commonly occurs after surgery to remove lymph nodes in the armpit in breast cancer patients or lymph nodes in the groin to treat other types of cancer.
Contributor: Sree Battu, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation You’re a cancer survivor. You beat it, and you want to get back to life. Yet the cancer, and its treatment, can take a toll. Even after you’re declared “cancer-free,” there can be aftershocks – lingering fatigue and other symptoms. What many cancer patients do not realize … Read More
It grows slowly. It can be cured in early stages. A colonoscopy can uncover it. We know how to solve the problem of colon cancer, but every year, people die of it. It’s a sad fact that even with so much in our favor, this cancer still claims lives. Do your part to protect yourself, … Read More
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As a cancer survivor, there is a sense of relief you probably feel as your treatment is over. But you may also be confused about what’s next. While fighting cancer, you probably had an abundance of information and support, which comes with treatment. But now, as the cancer goes into remission, it’s common to have … Read More
If you have been diagnosed with cancer, your appetite may not be what it once was. Yet you need nourishment more than ever to stay strong during treatment and throughout recovery. Smoothies are a delicious way to build key nutrients into your diet, says dietitian Lindsay Malone, MS, RD, LD, an expert on nutrition for cancer patients. Here are her tips … 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
Learning that you have cancer can make you feel terribly isolated. Suddenly you find yourself in a new, unfamiliar world. But you are not alone. Many people want to help support you through your treatment into survivorship.
Cancer patients benefit from radiation therapy, but because of the effect of chest radiation on the heart, they can develop cardiovascular disease later in life. The medical community first identified cases of radiation-induced heart disease (RIHD) in the 1970s. Guidelines published in the September Journal of American Society of Echocardiography (JASE) discuss the risk of … Read More