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Coping With Pain During and After Cancer

by Jane Ashley

All of us look forward to our treatments ending. We think that that we will have an uneventful return to normal life. But for some cancer patients, they suffer from pain after treatment as a late side-effect of their cancer treatment.

Pain

The causes of chronic pain are as varied as are the diagnoses. These are the leading causes of pain in cancer survivors.
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy
Pain after head and neck cancers
Post-mastectomy pain

Oncologists estimate that about one-third of...

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Coping With Radiation Side Effects

by Jane Ashley

Many newly diagnosed cancer patients are surprised to learn that radiation will be part of their treatment. When most people think about cancer treatment, they automatically think of chemotherapy.

External Beam Radiation National Cancer Institute

Yet over half of all cancer patients will receive radiation as part of their treatment regimen. Radiation therapy is considered an essential part of curative treatment for brain, breast, cervical, head and neck, lung, prostate and sarcomas. Radiation is also used for eye, lymphomas, thyroid cancers...

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Why Cancer Patients Become Anemic

by Jane Ashley

What causes anemia in cancer patients? How can we fix it? Nothing is more frustrating than being told that we can’t have chemo or learn that our surgery has been postponed we are anemia.

Anemia

What is anemia? 

Anemia is a common blood disorder. It occurs when we don’t have enough healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells are produced in our bone marrow, and they transport hemoglobin. The hemoglobin picks up oxygen in the lungs and delivers it throughout our body.

If our iron levels fall or if...

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The Consequences of Dry Mouth

by GregP_WN

Dry mouth can be caused by a variety of conditions, including prescription drugs, chemotherapy and radiation, and other disorders and syndromes. These conditions can inhibit the production of saliva and result in a sticky or even burning sensation in the mouth. Dry mouth is more than a nuisance to those who experience it because they often struggle with day to day activities like speaking, eating, and even sleeping. 

Dry Mouth

Long-term consequences of dry mouth include the decay of teeth due to...

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The Difference Between Neoadjuvant Therapy and Adjuvant Therapy

by Jane Ashley

When we think of cancer treatment, chemotherapy is probably the first thing that comes to mind. Chemo makes the news almost every day, in part because of its sometimes brutal side effects including hair loss, nausea/vomiting, fatigue and weight loss/weight gain. There are just over 250 chemotherapy drugs that are utilized in the treatment of all different types of cancer. 

Neo Adjuvant

We may think, “Well, chemo is chemo.”

That’s true, but chemotherapy is used in different ways for different...

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Radiation for Cancer - More Choices

by Jane Ashley

Before diagnosis, many people don’t realize that radiation therapy is an integral part of cancer treatment. It is used to kill cancerous tumors or shrink tumors before surgery. Estimates suggest that over half of all cancer patients receive radiation during their treatment. You might be wondering how radiation works and if it might work for your cancer. Consider the information contained here as Radiation 101.

Radiation, What To Expect Guide

How Radiation Works on Cancer Cells

Cancer cells are faster-growing cells than...

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The Hidden Side Effects of Radiation

by GregP_WN

Radiation is a standard part of treatment for a large group of cancer types. Sometimes combined with chemotherapy, sometimes used on its own, and even sometimes with a mixture of other traditional treatments, surgery, and drugs. There are several hidden side effects that you may or may not be told to expect. Some of them show up quickly, but many wait years to show up. Some can be life threatening. 

Radiation Mask

You will find many people that say radiation was much easier to take than chemotherapy...

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24 Survivor's Tips to Better Handle Chemo and Radiation

by GregP_WN

You have been given the three-word sentence that none of us ever wants to hear... YOU HAVE CANCER! For many of us, your head is spinning and you may not even be able to hear anything else that the Dr. tells you after that. The information starts coming at you like water out of a hose drowning you in the face. 

24 Ways Tips To Better Handle Chemo And Radiation

They will tell you the type of cancer, the location, eventually, they will tell you the stage, and maybe a plan of treatment. One common part of treatment is chemotherapy. There...

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Non-Invasive Breast Brachytherapy (NIBB)

by GregP_WN

If you're a breast cancer patient, you may have heard of or even had Non-Invasive Breast Brachytherapy, or (NIBB) as a part of your treatment. While it's not as widely used as conventional radiation therapy, it is gaining recognition and being used more often. More than 50 facilities are using this procedure that has been used for over 10 years. 

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Benefits of this type of treatment over traditional radiation therapy include:

* It provides targeted, measured, therapeutic doses is...

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What to Expect From Cancer Treatments

by GregP_WN

A cancer diagnosis can cause a whirlwind of questions and emotions. Often the specifics of the road ahead are unknown. Many WhatNexters agree that it felt easier once they found out more, got familiar with treatment plans, and found ways to stay positive and cope in their everyday life. 

What To Expect From Cancer Treatments

“I took it one thing at a time. I keep thinking each procedure, each treatment, is one more step towards recovery and that keeps me moving forward.” -- Beannie, Breast Cancer, Stage I

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