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  • DR. GOOGLE DOESN’T ALWAYS KNOW WHAT’S BEST. When faced with an actual or potential diagnosis of cancer, most people are inclined to consult Dr. Google, often before they see a real live medical expert. Unfortunately, Dr. Google doesn’t always know what’s best. A generation ago, patients were largely dependent upon 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...
  • FRIDAY, Feb. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer patients are already fighting a tough battle, so quitting smoking while doing so is a real challenge. Now, research from Northwestern University in Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania shows that a combo of counseling and extended use of an anti-smoking medication...
  • The “E! News” anchor says fan support helped fuel her fight against breast cancer. Now she’s using her platform to do the same for others. TV host Giuliana Rancic publicly revealed she was battling breast cancer in October 2011. The fan response was immediate and supportive.   Two months later, she had a bilateral...
  • 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,...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • (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...
  • 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...
  • (Reuters Health) - A system of automated twice-daily texts and the ability to use text messaging to receive answers to questions about treatment helps relieve some of the stress of chemotherapy for women with breast cancer, researchers at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia reported Monday. The feasibility...
  • TALISMANS AND AMULETS — OBJECTS BELIEVED TO HAVE MAGICAL POWERS — WERE ONCE PART OF ANY SELF-RESPECTING DOCTOR’S MEDICINE BAG. The velvety rabbit with big floppy ears and a silver tiara came to me 34 years ago with a nametag that read, “Fairy God Bunny.” That was when I was in my mid-20s and had cancer. For five years...
  • (Reuters Health) - Even as a growing number of cancer patients are setting up accounts for online access to medical charts, fewer people are actually logging on to look at their test results, a U.S. study suggests. For the study, researchers examined data on 44,590 cancer patients treated between 2007 and 2016,...
  • If you or a loved one has a serious or life-threatening illness, you might have thought about palliative care. To understand palliative care and how it can help relieve pain and improve quality of life, consider the following questions.   What is palliative care? Palliative care is specialized medical care that...
  • (The story refiles to change source name from Donald to Don in paragraph 2, in the August 29th instance.) (Reuters Health) - Up to half of cancer patients of reproductive age do not receive adequate information about the impact of treatment on their fertility, decreasing their options for family planning and support,...
  • 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.  How...
  • Jess Ekstrom was just 20 years old and a junior at North Carolina State University when she found her calling. She was an intern with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a wish-granting organization for kids with life-threatening illnesses, and was spending lots of time with children with cancer who’d lost their hair during...