A Healthline writer recalls his conversations over the years with the billionaire philanthropist about how to live with cancer.
“Don’t focus on the statistics because you just don’t know if you’re going to be in that 90 percent or in that 10 percent.” — Paul Allen (Getty Images)
For all his well-documented success,...
When someone in your family or a dear friend is diagnosed with cancer, strap yourself in. You’re facing a roller coaster of a ride.
As their emotions go up — and then down — so will yours.
“It’s not a static thing. The cancer experience is always changing; not just for the patient, but for loved ones, as well,”...
Your family member or best friend has been diagnosed with cancer. Life, as you know it, has forever changed.
Cancer patients ride an emotional roller coaster as they navigate doctors, tests and procedures. What should you know in order to be most helpful to them?
“It’s important for your loved one to hear, ‘I get it....
(Reuters Health) - Art museums may have an analgesic effect on chronic pain, a small study suggests.
Chronic pain sufferers who took guided tours of art museums felt less discomfort and unpleasantness related to their pain shortly afterward, researchers found.
The researchers invited 54 visitors to the Crocker Art...
MyFitnessPal has been around for a while, but it’s still the best app for tracking and motivation. Ranked as the #1 Health and Fitness app on iTunes, this app pushes users to keep tabs on their diet programs through an easy-to-use database that offers nutrition information for over 5...
Is medicine going to the dogs? Yes, but in a good way. Pet therapy is gaining fans in health care and beyond. Find out what's behind this growing trend.
What is pet therapy?
Pet therapy is a broad term that includes animal-assisted therapy and other animal-assisted activities. Animal-assisted therapy is a growing...
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...
(HealthDay News) -- If you've been diagnosed with cancer, your family and close friends can be a great source of physical and moral support.
The American Cancer Society suggests how to tell loved ones about your diagnosis:
Don't wait to tell them. Sooner or later, they'll all know. They might feel hurt or left out if...
Natural disasters. Mass shootings. Raging wildfires. Accidents and suicides. The world can be a scary place and bad news can often feel overwhelming for many people.
So, when something is difficult to process for adults, how can we expect children to handle bad news?
“With scary world news, it makes sense to limit a...
ARE YOUR FRIENDSHIPS GIVING YOU A BOOST OR BRINGING YOU DOWN?
Are you spending time with the right people for your health and happiness?
While many of us focus primarily on diet and exercise to achieve better health, science suggests that our well-being also is influenced by the company we keep. Researchers have found...
Support groups bring together people who are going through or have gone through similar experiences. For example, this common ground might be cancer, chronic medical conditions, addiction, bereavement or caregiving.
A support group provides an opportunity for people to share personal experiences and feelings, coping...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A simple one-hour psycho-oncologic intervention appears to reduce psychological distress in cancer patients, with the benefit persisting well beyond the initial intervention, a new study suggests.
A diagnosis of cancer can lead to high levels of psychological distress and impaired quality...
If a new study is correct, more than 91 percent of us have a bucket list — things we wish to do before we die. This revelation is interesting on several levels, including a question of what that minority of nearly 9 percent is thinking. Surely those people are aware that the likelihood of their kicking the bucket is...
If a miracle cure existed that would cure cancer or autism, it’d be tempting to seek it out.
The Genesis II Church of Health and Healing claims to offer that “miracle cure” for cancer, autism, and more.
But it turns out the “miracle” remedy, which the church refers to as MMS (Miracle Mineral Solution), is a form of...
Reuters Health - Cancer patients who experience depression can use both therapy and lifestyle tools to help support their mental health, according to a new patient resource from the JAMA Oncology journal.
People with cancer, as well as their doctors, need to remember that mental health is as important as physical...
From the moment you find out you have cancer, a wide range of emotions can wash over you. You might feel afraid, angry, sad or have some other difficult-to-name emotion. It’s normal to struggle, but if these emotions go unchecked, they can spiral into depression, anxiety or even post-traumatic stress disorder.
Learning that you have cancer is a difficult experience. After your cancer diagnosis, you may feel anxious, afraid or overwhelmed and wonder how you can cope during the days ahead. Here are 11 suggestions for coping with a cancer diagnosis.
Get the facts about your cancer diagnosis
Try to obtain as much basic,...
When you or someone you love has cancer, a range of emotions — fear, anger, sadness — may overwhelm you at times. It’s difficult to know how to channel those feelings. But art therapy can help you express yourself and cope with stress and anxiety.
Art therapist Lisa Shea, MAT, says art therapy can help both the person...
In recent entertainment news, celebrities have talked about the importance of seeking a second medical opinion when you face a serious medical diagnosis. A second opinion allows you to determine if the diagnosis is correct, and it helps you determine if the recommended treatment is optimal for you. If a person is...
Many of our patients are living full, busy lives when they receive a cancer diagnosis. They already deal with some level of stress. But a serious illness such as cancer exerts an unfamiliar kind of stress for which most of us are not prepared. Serious illness is among the most stressful of life events.
It may bring...