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  • If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, it may seem futile to consider quitting smoking. You may think it’s pointless to quit now, or that quitting smoking during chemotherapy will be too stressful. Maybe you feel that enjoying a cigarette is one of the only joys in your life right now.  But even though things are rough...
  • Hearing the news that your spouse was just given cancer diagnosis can be devastating. Your first thought might be how you can help and support them through this life-changing diagnosis and the coming treatment. “You may feel completely unprepared to help your partner,” says cancer care nurse Josette Snyder APRN, MSN,...
  • When treating breast cancer there’s a common question that surgeons, breast cancer specialists and patients may explore.  Should we treat with chemotherapy before — or after — breast surgery?  “Traditionally we’ve done surgery first then follow up with chemotherapy or other treatments,” says breast cancer specialist...
  • WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Proper skin care is crucial for cancer patients receiving radiation therapy, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says. Itchiness, redness, blistering and peeling are among the skin problems that radiation therapy can cause. "During radiation therapy, the treated skin...
  • Former investment banker Fabian Bolin has set up a social media network to help improve the mental health of everyone affected by cancer. Bolin launched War On Cancer, a storytelling platform, after being diagnosed with leukemia in 2015 at the age of 28, and finding comfort in speaking about his journey on the...
  • Four years ago, Lucy Landau was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after noticing a small lump on her neck. She was 36 weeks pregnant at the time. Within 10 days, she received the shock diagnosis, gave birth, had a PET scan and started chemotherapy. Recalling the experience, Lucy says she felt robbed. “I should have...
  • Cancer surgery — an operation to remove part of your body to diagnose or treat cancer — remains the foundation of cancer treatment. How is cancer surgery used in treatment? Common reasons you might undergo cancer surgery include: Cancer prevention. If you have a high risk of developing cancer in certain tissues or...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Videoconferencing can significantly reduce levels of anxiety and distress among remote caregivers who live more than an hour away from the patients with cancer they support, according to a randomized controlled trial. "In this time of COVID-19 and distancing, this intervention has the...
  • Your browser does not support HTML5 video. Bladder cancer most often begins in the cells that line the inside of the bladder. These cells are called urothelial (u-roe-THEE-lee-ul) cells. Urothelial cells are also present in other parts of the urinary tract, such as part of the kidneys and the ureters. When cancer...
  • TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. cancer survivors have surprisingly high rates of alcohol use, researchers say. "This study highlights the prevalence of current alcohol use among cancer survivors, including an increase in alcohol intake over time and higher rates among younger cancer survivors," said Dr...
  • MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Depression is common among lung cancer patients and can damage their quality of life and treatment outcomes, a new study indicates. The findings suggest that doctors should screen lung cancer patients for depression and refer them for mental health care if necessary, said lead...
  • Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 1-minute meditations for living with cancer Practicing mindfulness boosts your body's ability to heal and calms your mind. Try mini-meditations that fit into even the most stressful day. Start your day with gratitude. Picture the faces of 5 people you're grateful for and...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - As social-distancing guidelines continue during the pandemic, cancer patients need quality care and ongoing connection with others, oncologists say in a pair of new editorials. Many patients have felt particularly isolated in recent months, especially because friends and family may not be...
  • It can be hard to know what questions to ask your doctor after you’ve been diagnosed with cancer. All oncologists try to be as informative as they can, but it’s good to be proactive and ask as many questions as possible. Patients and families who advocate for themselves in positive, constructive ways get better care....
  • Some of the most common symptoms experienced by cancer patients are memory problems, difficulties with multitasking, and reduced attention and concentration. Historically, cancer patients with these symptoms were often diagnosed with depression. Research over the past decade has revealed that many cancer patients...
  • If you're about to begin cancer treatment, be aware that certain treatments can cause mouth sores (oral mucositis). Mouth sores can be painful and distressing. They can range from a mere inconvenience to a severe complication that may make you unable to continue your cancer treatment. What are cancer-related mouth...
  • If you're about to begin cancer treatment, know that it's common to feel some apprehension. You might be worried about side effects and how your treatment might interfere with your daily activities. But undergoing cancer treatment during a pandemic brings some additional worries, as you must also consider the risks...
  • Your browser does not support HTML5 video. Tips for taming cancer stress Make a list of stressors. Let go of some, find support for others. Put your hand over your heart. Researchers say this simple, soothing action has a calming effect. Listen to music. Your favorite tunes can lower pain levels, especially...
  • Experts say cancer survivors, as well as their spouses and partners, will experience “job lock,” where they continue at their workplace to maintain their current health insurance. Getty Images Researchers say 20 percent of cancer survivors have “job lock,” where they stay in jobs mainly to keep their health insurance...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Although palliative care may be tough to provide during the pandemic, specialists are finding new ways to help their patients, according to a new report. Patients with advanced cancer, in particular, may be more vulnerable to potential COVID-19 exposure, which requires a creative approach...