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Cancer Treatment Hair Loss 101

by Jane Ashley

Many people assume that they will lose their hair if they have chemotherapy. But not everyone does. Why? Because some chemotherapy drugs don’t cause hair loss. Your oncologist will usually tell you if hair loss is an expected side effect of your chemotherapy. 

No Right Or Wrong

One of the unexpected aspects of hair loss is that you may not only lose the hair on your head, but you may lose your eyebrows, eyelashes, armpit hair, pubic hair and hair on your legs. Everyone is different — you may lose your...

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Do You Know What Your "Healthy Weight" Should Be?

by Jane Ashley

Recent studies show that about 2/3 of Americans are either overweight or obese — too much fat in relation to their lean muscle tissue. Many of us are just a few pounds “overweight” while a small percentage of Americans are “morbidly obese.” The causes for weight gain are complex — ranging from genetics, hormonal, and emotional to lifestyle and cultural influences — lower income families may lack the income to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.

Bmi

Once we’re diagnosed with cancer, we want to...

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Cancer And Cold Weather - Tips To Help You Cope

by Jane Ashley

Winter is here and presents unique challenges for cancer patients. Let’s look at some of the potential problems that we, as cancer patients, might face this winter.

Icy Sidewalks

Falls. Chemotherapy affect some patients’ balance, making them more prone to falling. Now add in icy sidewalks, snowy parking lots, and steps, and we have a formula that might lead to a cancer patient being more likely to fall in winter. So how do we avoid falls in winter?
More lighting for outside areas of your house. With...

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Choosing An Exercise That Works For You During Cancer Treatment

by GregP_WN

Choosing An Exercise That Works For You During Cancer Treatment

Exercise After Cancer

There are over 80 studies regarding the effects of exercise in cancer patients which have found that not only is exercise safe but it can significantly improve symptoms, day-to-day functioning, fitness, and overall quality of life. All too often people with cancer are encouraged to rest as much as possible, but staying active or even just doing a small amount of exercise a couple of times a week can have a big impact o your...

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Cancer Leaves a Mark - Coping With Disfigurements

by Jane Ashley

We don’t always think about the physical disfigurements that cancer may bring to us. Surgery is often the best option to achieve a cure or long remission or extended period of NED. As we have learned from each of our diagnoses, cancer does not pick convenient locations.

Head And Neck Cancer

Cancer can occur almost anywhere in our bodies. Cancer occurs in virtually inaccessible locations. Cancer occurs in organs essential to bodily functions. Cancer is an aggressive disease — getting rid of it can be...

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Your Sense of Taste While on Chemo

by Jane Ashley

One of the big complaints among many cancer patients on chemotherapy or having radiation therapy is that food doesn’t taste the same. Some say that food tastes “funny.” Others complain that their favorite “comfort foods” don’t taste the same. 

Brush Your Teeth

Our sense of taste recognizes sweet, sour, bitter and sweet, but cancer treatment can affect our sense of taste. Common taste changes include:

• Your favorite foods taste bland.
• Sweet, salty or bitter foods taste different.
• Everything tastes...

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What is Chemo Brain and How Do You Cope?

by Jane Ashley

Chemo brain is an expression used by cancer patients and survivors. This phrase describes the cognitive symptoms and effects that cancer treatment may cause. Although most often associated with the mental changes caused by chemotherapy, these mental lapses can also occur with radiation or hormone therapy.

Chemo Brain Is Real

We, as cancer survivors, have to have a sense of humor about the entire topic. There is confusion over how we spell this side effect — is it “chemobrain” or “chemo brain” — or is it what...

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14 Weird Side Effects of Cancer Treatments

by Jane Ashley

Weird Side Effects

Nose Bleeds

When we begin cancer treatment, we are sailing into “uncharted waters” — we’re about to being something that we’ve never done before. We’re nervous, even scared, about the side effects.

Most of us already know about the common side effects of cancer treatment:

Fatigue
Nausea or vomiting
Weight loss
Hair loss
Diarrhea
Compromised immune system

Many patients have a chemo orientation or their oncologist gives them a list of their medications and possible side effects (also...

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Coping With Fatigue After Cancer Treatments

by Jane Ashley

Everyone seems to realize that fatigue is a part of cancer treatment, but most of us assume that fatigue will go away soon after treatment. We hope and expect that we’ll get back to “normal” and that life will be just like it was before.

Yoga For Fatigue

But for many of us, the fatigue just doesn’t go away. Fatigue lingers, sometimes for years after treatment. For most of us, it gradually gets better … but we’re just never quite the same. We don’t have the stamina we once had.

Don’t feel guilty — it’s real....

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Chemo and Radiation's Effect on Your Eyes

by Jane Ashley

When we think of chemotherapy side effects, we think about nausea, fatigue and low blood counts. But did you know that some chemotherapy drugs and other cancer treatments may affect your eyes? From tearing to dry eyes to sensitivity to light, be sure to tell your oncologist about any changes to your eyes.

Eye Symptoms

How Can Chemotherapy Affect Our Eyes?

Chemotherapy and the steroids that help prevent side effects can cause eye problems.

• Cataracts. When the lens of your eye become cloudy, the cloudy...

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