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Five tips for supporting a friend through breast cancer

“It takes a village.” This well-known phrase can relate to many aspects of life, from raising children to helping friends or family members with daily activities. It also rings true when an illness, such as breast cancer, strikes. A cancer diagnosis can cause many emotions, including shock, sadness and worry, so it’s important that women have a strong group of friends and family to offer emotional and physical support.

Nutrition tips for throat cancer patients


Cancer typically comes with a laundry list of side effects, some of which build on one another to create cascading complications. For example, difficulty eating or nausea may lead to nutritional deficiencies that in turn may trigger malnutrition, weight loss and other debilitating impacts. In fact, malnutrition affects an estimated 40 percent to 80 percent of cancer patients, particularly those with gastrointestinal or head and neck cancer.

Integrative cancer treatment's role in the whole-patient journey


When they are first diagnosed with cancer, many patients’ immediate priority is finding a treatment plan. Learning about their disease and the options available to fight it often takes center stage. But what many don’t realize is that treating the cancer itself is only part of the battle.

New guidelines help doctors and patients with chronic pain management


The number of cancer survivors is growing—reaching almost 14 million in the United States—but many of them, as many as 40 percent, experience pain as a side effect of the disease and/or its treatment. Experts say pain may have serious impacts on patients’ quality of life and may even slow recovery from cancer treatment. To address these issues, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) developed new guidelines for managing chronic cancer-related pain.

Preventing infections critical for cancer patients


That little cut on your finger may not seem like a big deal, but leave it untreated and it may lead to a big problem: infection. That's serious business for cancer patients, who are at greater risk of infections and the consequences that often result.