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  • The healing power of art

    The healing power of art

    Creative activities can relieve stress, aid communication, and help arrest cognitive decline. Image: © Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Art Therapy Program at the Mass. General Cancer Center The title of a recent documentary film, I Remember Better When I Paint, sums up the findings of a growing body of research into the cognitive effects […]

  • Antibiotic use linked to increased risk of precancerous colon polyps

    Antibiotic use linked to increased risk of precancerous colon polyps

    Research we’re watching Recent evidence suggests that antibiotics, which affect the makeup of intestinal bacteria, might be associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer. A team led by researchers from Harvard Medical School wanted to see if antibiotic use is also associated with adenomatous polyps, precursors of colon cancer that significantly increase the risk […]

  • How Will Precision Medicine Change Clinical Trials?

    Brandie Jefferson has been in a half-dozen clinical trials since she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2005. She feels she benefited most from the vitamin D trial that dropped her after high doses caused her blood calcium levels to soar. Now her doctor can better tailor her vitamin D prescription, the Baltimore resident […]

  • Alternative Therapies for Chemo Side Effects

    Walk into any major cancer center and you’re likely to see not only regular exam rooms, equipment, and chemotherapy suites, but also massage rooms, yoga mats, and maybe even a choir practice room. This is the world of complementary and alternative medicine. Today, more research supports treatments such as acupuncture, yoga, and some diet supplements […]

  • Take Care of Yourself With Neuroendocrine Tumors

    From diet to exercise to tapping into a good support network, you can do several things to help yourself feel better when you have a neuroendocrine tumors (NET). A lot depends on where your tumor is and the kind of symptoms it causes. For some folks, a rash and a headache are big issues. Others […]

  • Blog: How I Managed My Fear of Chemo

    “I’m afraid the pathology of the tumor they removed in surgery turns out to be rather aggressive,” my oncologist said. “I would recommend that we do chemo.” My brain went to fuzz immediately. A series of panicked thoughts and feelings quickly followed: Disbelief. “But my breast cancer is early stage. Surely chemo isn’t necessary!” Denial. […]

  • Cancer Treatment: What You Can Do to Get Ready

    There’s no preparing for a cancer diagnosis. But when it comes to treatment, you can get yourself ready for what’s ahead. Even taking small steps can improve your sense of well-being and control, experts say. Here are some things to do before your chemotherapy or radiation treatment begins. Have a Clear Plan “One of the […]

  • Biosensors and Your Health

    Michael Snyder, PhD, was on a flight to Norway when he noticed some of his health stats weren’t normal. Several biosensors showed his heart rate and temperature were up. His blood oxygen levels were down. At the time, he was taking part in a study about the potential roles of biosensors in managing health. Snyder, […]

  • New Tests and Treatments for Childhood Cancer

    When doctors found a mass on the kidney of Heather Garnett’s son, they wasted no time starting his care. “His tumor had ruptured, so they wanted to get it out quickly. They found it on a Tuesday and had the surgery right away on Thursday,” says Garnett, an account manager and 39-year-old mother of three […]

  • How to Manage Your Emotions During Chemotherapy

    If you’re starting chemotherapy, you may already know about the effects on your body, like nausea and fatigue. But are you prepared for the emotional changes that may come along with treatment? “They can be hard to predict,” says Susan Englander, a clinical social worker at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Over the course […]

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