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  • Before she could start breast cancer treatment, Nancy Simpson had to walk in a straight line, count backward from 20 and repeat a silly phrase. It was all part of a special kind of medical fitness test for older patients that's starting to catch on among cancer doctors. Instead of assuming that elderly patients are...
  • (Reuters Health) - Patients often assume that surgical outcomes at all hospitals in a healthcare network are equally good. But a new study comparing outcomes from top-ranked cancer hospitals to their affiliates finds significant differences when it comes to complex cancer surgeries. Researchers found that 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...
  • 2018 was a busy year for important developments in cancer research, but what can we expect to see in 2019? Photo Credit: Getty Royalty Free   2018 was a remarkable year for cancer research, with great strides made in diagnosing and treating various types of cancer as well as important breakthroughs looking at the...
  • A friend is about to have big surgery that will require a long recovery at home. She and her husband have no idea what to do. Another friend is the primary caregiver of a couple in their 90s—the husband has dementia and his wife had a stroke. The caregiver has no idea what to do. Another friend learns on a Friday that...
  • WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many primary care doctors feel ill-equipped to discuss cancer treatment options with patients, according to a new study. Researchers surveyed 517 primary care doctors who had 1,077 female patients diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. Doctors were asked if they had...
  • Overview Egg freezing, also known as mature oocyte cryopreservation, is a method used to save women's ability to get pregnant in the future. Eggs harvested from your ovaries are frozen unfertilized and stored for later use. A frozen egg can be thawed, combined with sperm in a lab and implanted in your uterus (in...
  • New, less toxic cancer treatments are emerging, but don’t expect chemo to disappear anytime soon. Immunotherapy is one type of new cancer treatment that could someday make chemotherapy a thing of the past.  When Mary Olsen received a diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, the most common type of leukemia in adults...
  • “Cancer” is a powerful word that evokes strong feelings. It’s a word associated with a lot of fear. It shouldn’t. According to oncologist Michael McNamara, MD, many patients come with preconceived notions about cancer that are inaccurate — and often scarier than the reality.   Myth 1: Cancer is always fatal. Most...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters) - When we were told our son had a potentially life-threatening brain tumor, our family was lucky to have world-class doctors and hospitals close to home and health insurance that covered nearly all his medical expenses and prescription drug costs. These resources helped us make a difficult decision...
  • Fake health news can do real harm. Here’s how to spot the difference between false stories and verified information. The spread of false medical information and news can create barriers between people and better healthcare.  Sleeping with raw, sliced onions in your socks can release toxins from your body. Two handfuls...
  • Cancer has an insidious talent for evading the natural defenses that should destroy it. What if we could find ways to help the immune system fight back? It has begun to happen. The growing field of immunotherapy is profoundly changing cancer treatment and has rescued many people with advanced malignancies that not...
  • AVOIDING EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENTS IN FAVOR OF UNTESTED ONES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO HIGHER DEATH RATES, A YALE STUDY FOUND. A diagnosis of cancer, even an early-stage, highly curable cancer, can prompt some people to feel as if they’ve suddenly lost control of their future and that they must do whatever they can to regain...
  • Overview Cancer treatment is the use of surgery, radiation, medications and other therapies to cure a cancer, shrink a cancer or stop the progression of a cancer. Many cancer treatments exist. Depending on your particular situation, you may receive one treatment or you may receive a combination of treatments.   Why...
  • 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...
  • WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Liposuction may help people with lymphedema -- a painful, disfiguring swelling of the arms, hands, legs or feet. Harvard researchers used the surgical technique to remove fat from just underneath the skin in three people with the condition. Two of the patients had lymphedema...
  • If you just found out you need cancer treatment, there are ways to prepare yourself. Being ready will help you overcome the uncertainty and anxiety that so often goes along with starting treatment.  No matter what, remember who’s in charge: you! Too many people don’t realize that they — not their doctors — are in...
  • When you’re going through cancer treatment, it’s important to ask any and all questions you have. It will help you prepare yourself while also allowing your family to understand how to best support you. In particular, you want to be sure you understand any cancer treatment you’ll receive, including its benefits,...