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  • Kathy Bates Reflects on Life With Lymphedema

    Late in the summer of 2012, Kathy Bates felt like she was nearing rock bottom. Even so, she hoped for some kind of sign from the universe that her life was about to get better. Then a bird crashed into her window. The award-winning actor was still reeling from NBC’s spring cancellation of her series, […]

  • How Cancer Affects Your Identity

    Before you’re diagnosed with cancer, you’re just a person, like everyone else. But once you’re diagnosed with the big C, it can feel like you’ve become your cancer. People now start conversations with you with a concerned tone, and “How ARE you?” As you begin chemo, and your hair starts to fall out and you […]

  • Sharks! What They Can Teach Us About Our Health

    July 21, 2017 — There’s a lot more to know about sharks than their bite. Sharks heal quickly from wounds. They don’t get cancer very often. And they resist infections. And while many people fear sharks, that hasn’t stopped them from using shark cartilage in the hopes of curing their cancer, arthritis, psoriasis, and diabetes, […]

  • 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 […]

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