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  • Contributor: Josette Snyder, RN, MSN, AOCN One of the issues we make sure to talk about with our patients who are undergoing cancer treatment is dehydration. Dehydration is an excessive loss of body fluids and occurs when your body’s fluid output exceeds its fluid intake. When you are undergoing cancer treatment, side...
  • TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer therapies often change patients' sense of taste, which may affect what they like to eat, according to a nutrition expert. "Increased taste sensitivities are more common than a muting of taste," said Catherine Carpenter, professor of clinical nutrition at UCLA's David...
  • MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you legalize medical marijuana, a sizable number of cancer patients will sign up, a new Washington state survey suggests. One-quarter of cancer patients in Washington use marijuana, researchers found. But the study also revealed it can be a challenge to get information...
  • MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Depression is common, though often overlooked, in people with cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers assessed depression in 400 patients treated for cancer between 2013 and 2016 at University Hospital Cancer Center, in Newark, N.J. They were between 20 and 86 years old,...
  • Chemotherapy is often associated with nausea and vomiting. For a long time, they were among the top concerns of chemotherapy patients. Due to newer anti-nausea medications, they’ve become less of a problem. Today, patients are more likely to cite socio-psychological factors as the most significant concerns 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...
  • Getting through cancer treatment successfully is something to celebrate. To stay in good health, doctors say you need to watch for other symptoms, including vision changes, headaches and problems with balance.  Many cancer survivors don’t realize that 25 percent of people who survive some common cancers go on to...
  • The 60-year-old was in excruciating pain as his lung cancer invaded his bones and brain. Escalating doses of opioids no longer kept pain at bay. The side effects were disabling. Enter a pain management specialist. He teamed up with the man’s oncologist and palliative care specialist. A small pump was implanted near...
  • The week before chemotherapy began, I sat in a brightly lit exam room with an oncology nurse. She handed me a stack of papers and pulled up a chair. “So,” she began. “You should read through these to get all the side effects, but some are more common than others.” I sat through her ten-minute spiel about mouth sores...
  • (Reuters Health) - Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy should have all their medications and herbal supplements reviewed by a pharmacist who specializes in cancer therapy, researchers say. More than half the patients in a recent study reported taking prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs or herbal...
  • 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...
  • TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The common cold can be deadly for patients recovering from bone marrow transplants, a new study warns. After a bone marrow transplant, patients have weakened immune systems. This puts them at risk for infections that aren't a major threat to healthy people. But until now,...