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  • FRIDAY, April 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has clarified that the new guideline on prescribing opioids for chronic pain is not meant to limit access to appropriate pain management, according to a letter issued to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the...
  • American women, as a whole, are waiting longer to get married and have children. And more of them than ever are choosing to freeze their eggs during their most fertile years with the hopes of improving their chances of being able to get pregnant later in life. This fertility technology has been praised for enabling...
  • Cancer survivors have been talking about ‘chemo brain’ for several years, now a team of researchers from Stanford University may have figured out why it happens and possibly, how to treat it. Picture credit: Getty Royalty Free. As anyone who has undergone cancer treatment will know, it comes with a host of unpleasant...
  • A recent study found that acupressure could help alleviate mulitple symptoms women often experience after breast cancer treatment. Acupressure involves applying pressure to specific points in the body to help with certain symptoms.  A new study suggests that self-administered acupressure may help ease several long-...
  • Harvard Health Blog When I'm dragging and feeling tired during the occasional low-energy day, my go-to elixir is an extra cup (or two or three) of black French press coffee. It gives my body and brain a needed jolt, but it may not help where I need it the most: my cells.   The cellular basis of being tired What we...
  • FRIDAY, Feb. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Instead of popping a painkiller, a little mindful yoga might go a long way toward easing longstanding pain, a new study suggests. The review of 21 clinical trials involving nearly 2,000 people looked at the effects of two drug-free options for chronic pain: cognitive behavioral...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cooling the scalp may help prevent taxane-induced alopecia, whereas frozen gloves and socks may prevent nail and cutaneous side effects of the drugs, researchers say. "I absolutely recommend these cooling modalities," Dr. Adam Friedman of George Washington University School of Medicine and...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Thin or moderate application of a topical agent before radiation therapy is unlikely to affect the skin dose, although a thick amount should be avoided, researchers say. "Radiation dermatitis is common and often treated with topical therapy," Dr. Brian Baumann of Washington University in St...
  • MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Despite a flood of news reports on the opioid crisis, many people still want the potentially addictive painkillers after surgery, a new survey suggests. The survey, of more than 500 patients scheduled for surgery, found that more than three-quarters expected to get opioids...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Use of an artificial intelligence (AI)-based smartphone app can help reduce the severity of cancer pain and related hospital admissions, according to a new study. The findings were presented November 16 at the 2018 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium in San Diego,...
  • Medical professionals are trying new therapies in an effort to reduce cancer treatment side effects such as lack of appetite and nerve problems. Aromatherapy is one of the new treatments being used by cancer patients to combat the side effects of chemotherapy.  Chemotherapy is often the best weapon against cancer. But...
  • THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Lisa Hanson was first diagnosed with the leg swelling and fluid retention of lymphedema when she was just 17. Now in her 40s, she reconciled herself to a lifetime of long pants, compression hose and a nightly, hours-long bout with an electric pump to keep the swelling down....
  • (HealthDay News) -- Radiation therapy or certain types of chemotherapy can lead to dry mouth or thick saliva. During cancer treatment, the glands that make saliva often get irritated and make less saliva, or the saliva becomes thick and sticky. The American Cancer Society suggests how to help manage these side effects...
  • Fatigue, usually described as feeling tired, weak or exhausted, affects most people during cancer treatment. Cancer fatigue can result from the side effects of treatment or the cancer itself. Causes of cancer fatigue Cancer fatigue may be caused by many factors, and the factors that contribute to your cancer...
  • Heather Von St. James has learned to write things down. “It’s more than being forgetful. It’s almost as if parts of my memory are missing,” the 49-year-old Minnesota resident told Healthline. Von St. James is referring to the long-term effects of the chemotherapy she had 12 years ago. She’s talking about “chemo brain...
  • THURSDAY, May 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Testing for small changes in the flow of lymph fluids after breast cancer surgery can spot the start of a painful swelling known as lymphedema before it becomes hard to treat, a new study suggests. Evaluating nearly 150 breast cancer patients considered at high risk for...
  • Diarrhea is an unpleasant but common side effect in people receiving treatment for cancer. Diarrhea may also be caused by the cancer itself. Diarrhea can be more than an inconvenience for people with cancer — it can sometimes be a sign of something more serious. What causes diarrhea in people with cancer? Everyone...
  • MONDAY, March 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Two classes of blood pressure drugs show promise in preventing heart complications caused by chemotherapy for breast cancer, researchers report. One in four women who receives the chemo drug Herceptin develops potentially dangerous heart problems. However, the drug is highly...
  • MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many breast cancer patients say they've heard scary stories about radiation therapy, but their actual experience is usually better, new research finds. The study of more than 300 women who underwent breast radiation found that almost half had heard "frightening" stories going...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For adults with cancer-related pain, oxycodone can be used as an alternative to morphine, a new systematic review suggests. "We found low-quality evidence that oxycodone offers similar levels of cancer pain relief and adverse events to other strong opioids including morphine, which is...