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  • By Liz Seegert, Next Avenue Contributor Medicine has made remarkable progress in battling many diseases that were once a certain death sentence. Conditions like HIV, heart disease and many types of cancer are now treated as chronic conditions — with patients living 20 or 30 years, or longer, after diagnosis. However,...
  • Your browser does not support HTML5 video. How to boost your social support when you're living with cancer Staying connected, online or in real time, doesn't just feel good, it plays a role in health outcomes and survival rates. Use social media to connect. Find supportive communities even when you're not feeling...
  • In November 2019, the first case of novel coronavirus infection was detected in a country 7000 miles away from the United States. Over the following months, the number of cases and deaths rose dramatically, peaking at ~81,000. Today, four months after the world’s first known COVID-19 infection, the U.S. has surpassed...
  • This article was originally published on March 17, 2020. It was updated on April 4, 2020, to reflect new information about this rapidly evolving situation. As events get rescheduled for the fall, schools remain closed and communities are urged to practice social distancing and abide by stay-at-home orders in light of...
  • A biopsy is a procedure to remove a piece of tissue or a sample of cells from your body so that it can be analyzed in a laboratory. If you're experiencing certain signs and symptoms or if your doctor has identified an area of concern, you may undergo a biopsy to determine whether you have cancer or some other...
  • The new procedure uses sound waves that target, heat, and destroy problematic prostate tissue. Getty Images Researchers have unveiled a new technique using ultrasound to treat prostate cancer. The procedure known as TULSA doesn’t involve surgery and has minimal side effects. The technique is already available for...
  • (Reuters Health) - Patients undergoing major cancer surgery might reduce their risk of postoperative pneumonia by seeing a dentist beforehand, a study from Japan suggests. "Oral care is one option for preventing postoperative pneumonia as postoperative pneumonia can be precipitated by aspiration of oral and pharyngeal...
  • It doesn’t seem fair. Childhood should be filled with laughter, games and play. Being a kid shouldn’t include things like surgery and chemotherapy. But unfortunately, childhood cancer is the reality that many families face. Sadness, denial, grief and anger wash over parents when they learn the news of a child...
  • (Reuters Health) - Patients with breast cancer who use supplements during chemotherapy may be at an increased risk of recurrence and death, a new study suggests. Use of dietary supplements that boost levels of antioxidants, iron, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids appeared to lower the effectiveness of chemotherapy,...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For overall survival, the optimal timing of colon-cancer definitive resection appears to be several weeks after the time of diagnosis, according to a retrospective study of two databases. "Whenever possible, patients should be optimized prior to surgery," Dr. Robert J. Kucejko of Drexel...
  • Overview During active surveillance for prostate cancer, your doctor closely monitors your prostate cancer for any changes. Active surveillance for prostate cancer is sometimes called expectant management or watchful waiting. No cancer treatment is provided during active surveillance for prostate cancer. This means...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Survivors of adult cancers with nonmetastatic disease should undergo osteoporosis screening and, where indicated, treatment, according to a new American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) clinical-practice guideline. Rates of bone loss with cancer therapy can be more than seven-fold higher...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Docetaxel improves long-term survival in men with metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer (mHSPC) regardless of their metastatic burden, according to findings from the STAMPEDE trial. STAMPEDE investigators previously reported that upfront docetaxel improved overall survival in...
  • Results from a clinical trial show that adding ribociclib, a targeted therapy drug, to the standard treatment plan for women with advanced hormone-receptor positive/HER2- breast cancer helps patients live longer and better quality lives. The researchers involved now believe the drug should be the first line of...
  • Here’s a less-known, but effective prostate cancer treatment – freeze the cancer cells. Cryotherapy for prostate cancer uses cold to freeze prostate tissue and kill the cancer cells. But it’s not for everyone. It not only works very well for the right cases, but the risk of complications is low. “It’s minimally...
  • By Diane Galvin, PT “I know I’m supposed to exercise, but I’m just too tired.” This is the comment I hear from so many of my breast cancer patients. I am a physical therapist who sees women after they have had a mastectomy, reconstruction, chemotherapy, radiation — or any combination of those treatments. What is the...
  • NEW GUIDELINES SAY EXERCISE MAY HELP CANCER PATIENTS LIVE LONGER, OR HELP YOU AVOID GETTING CANCER IN THE FIRST PLACE. Even a little exercise may help people avoid and survive many types of cancer, according to new exercise guidelines released today that focus on how exercise affects cancer outcomes. The guidelines,...
  • Since losing her husband to colorectal cancer in 1998, broadcast news journalist Katie Couric has used her platform to raise awareness about cancer. Couric's famous on-air colonoscopy on "Today" in 2000 paved the way for what the medical community calls the “Katie Couric effect,” a giant public awareness push for...
  • (Reuters Health) - Nordic walking, an aerobic activity performed with walking poles similar to ski poles, may benefit patients with breast cancer, according to a review of existing research. The low-impact exercise improved swelling, physical fitness, disability and quality of life, the study authors conclude in the...
  • The true cost of cancer is greater than many people realize and can affect much more than your wallet.  From expensive treatments to lost wages and beyond, the cost of cancer can be financially devastating for many patients, and the contributing factors aren’t always obvious. The costs of cancer run well beyond...