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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. 

Accuboost

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

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

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Managing Nausea From Cancer Treatments-A Complete Guide

by Ann Ogden.

Editor's note: Cancer survivor Ann Ogden Gaffney knows more than most the effect a cancer diagnosis can have on your life. Ann was working as a fashion designer when she was diagnosed with stage II kidney cancer. She had surgery and went on with her life. An unrelated triple-negative breast cancer diagnosis in early 2005 changed everything, as she had to take time off to go through treatment. 

Ann Gaffney

A lifelong foodie, Ann found that cooking offered comfort and a sense of control during her...

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Don't Fry Day, Protect Your Skin From Skin Cancer

by GregP_WN.

Friday, May 26th is "Don't Fry Day". A day set aside by the  National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention to encourage sun safety awareness. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention encourages you to protect your skin this Friday, and every day. Here are some tips to help you do that. 

Don't Fryday Protect Your Skin

Memorial Day is the traditional kick-off to the Summer fun season, and many people will be spending the weekend outside and perhaps getting their first sunburn of the season. Remember to protect...

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For Husbands Only : What They Don't Tell You the Day Your Wife is Diagnosed With Cancer

by "Gumpus61".

Well, my friend, it has happened to you. We go through life as men thinking the bad things happen to the other guy. So it is always a shock when you sit in an office and watch a tear roll down your wife’s face as she is told she has a terrible disease. 

Full Size Render

Shock is not too strong a word. I literally felt fight or flight, panic, anger, shock and bewilderment…….all at once. It must be like getting shot, suddenly you find yourself sitting there not knowing why your sitting instead of...

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Sleep: The Best Medication, It's Benefits and How to Get More

by Jackie Edwards.

According to the National Cancer Institute, cancer patients are twice as likely to experience insomnia, and almost half of cancer patients have trouble sleeping or staying asleep. Fears of the future and uncertainty about treatments are troubling ideas that would keep anyone awake. However, lack of sleep is highly detrimental to your body and is shown to determine how well your body can fight cancer and promote recovery and progression.

Sleep, The Best Medication, It's Benefits And How To Get More

Benefits of Sleep

We all need sleep to help rejuvenate...

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Shouldn't My Doctor Know My Health History?

by Brian English.

When you have cancer, you get used to side effects. There are side effects to everything. Side effects from chemo. Side effects from radiation. They’re not fun. But there’s one little-known side effect of cancer that really drives patients crazy: constant repetition.

Shouldn't My Doctor Know My Health History

Because when you have cancer, you see doctors. Lots of them . And every time you see a new doctor (or even your own doctor), you find yourself re-capping your entire health history. Over and over. Again and again.

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The Effects of Anxiety on Cancer Patients

by Jackie Edwards.

Understanding How These 4 Panic Attack Triggers Affect Cancer Patients

Anxiety

Panic attacks can further deteriorate the quality of life for those who have cancer. It may be difficult to assess the role of anxiety as it tends to be intertwined with other aspects of a cancer diagnosis, but patients may feel panic throughout initial screenings for cancer, as anticipatory anxiety can settle in when waiting for results. Panic attacks often have different symptoms for individual people, but they are...

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"Melanoma Monday" - Check Yourself, Check Your Partner

by GregP_WN.

May is designated as National Melanoma Month. Included in that designation is National Melanoma Monday, which is the first Monday in May. The American Academy of Dermatology has set aside this day to raise awareness about skin cancer.

Melanoma Monday

People who are unaware of the dangers of skin cancer will often say things like, "at least it's just skin cancer", or "that's one of the good kinds of cancer, right"? They are not aware that on average, one person dies every hour from melanoma, or that early...

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Five Tips to Kickstart Your Social Life After Cancer

by Brian English.

5 Tips To Kickstart Your Social Life After Cancer

You're a Survivor......Now What?

We all know that cancer causes casualties. But one of the less publicized victims of the disease is the social life of patients. The intense and emotionally draining period shoves everything but survival onto the back burner. In the wake of cancer treatment – even in amid the joy of a NED announcement – it can be more difficult than you think to resuscitate a battered and bruised social life.

Before cancer showed up, many of us were defined by our social...

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Guilt: The Hidden Side Effect of Cancer

by "Gumpus61".

My Wife Has Cancer: A Husband and caregiver Shares his Journey

Ann And Mitch 4 Yrs. Prior

When asked what emotion a person feels most often when living with cancer as a patient or caregiver, a lot of words come to mind. Sorrow, anxiety, resolve, and desperation are some. Even if you have not faced cancer and were asked the question those words might come to mind. But there is an emotion that comes with the territory that nobody anticipates. It’s guilt .

After 36 years of marriage and the resolve along the way to...

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