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  • Four years ago, Lucy Landau was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after noticing a small lump on her neck. She was 36 weeks pregnant at the time. Within 10 days, she received the shock diagnosis, gave birth, had a PET scan and started chemotherapy. Recalling the experience, Lucy says she felt robbed. “I should have...
  • Cancer surgery — an operation to remove part of your body to diagnose or treat cancer — remains the foundation of cancer treatment. How is cancer surgery used in treatment? Common reasons you might undergo cancer surgery include: Cancer prevention. If you have a high risk of developing cancer in certain tissues or...
  • If you're about to begin cancer treatment, be aware that certain treatments can cause mouth sores (oral mucositis). Mouth sores can be painful and distressing. They can range from a mere inconvenience to a severe complication that may make you unable to continue your cancer treatment. What are cancer-related mouth...
  • Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 9 ways to clear the fog of cancer treatment Cancer treatment and stress can affect your thinking. Try these tips for refocusing when you're foggy or forgetful. Make lists. Movies to see, to-do lists, people's names: Details can stump you during treatment. Get enough sleep....
  • You might not think about how important your hair is until you face losing it. And if you have cancer and are about to undergo chemotherapy, the chance of hair loss is very real. Both men and women report hair loss as one of the side effects they fear most after being diagnosed with cancer. For many, hair loss is a...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Returning to regular life at home after lung cancer surgery can be daunting. Hopefully you’ll have close friends or family members around to help you adjust. But still, you’re not feeling your best, and leaving the hospital is leaving the comfort and security of having nurses and doctors around to check on you...
  • 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...
  • (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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Herbal products and prescription drugs aren’t always a good mix. That’s the conclusion of a new study that sheds more light on which herbal remedies should send up a red flag for people on certain drugs. In addition to dangerous side effects, herbal products can impact the efficacy of the drugs, researchers said....