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Nuts about soy? Evolving research offers good news for breast cancer patients

It sometimes seems that as soon as a nutrition “truth” is revealed, it’s no longer true. One recent example is the scientific world’s view on soy and breast cancer. Our knowledge of how certain foods can help or hurt us continues to evolve as the body of evidence grows and changes. Some areas of research change little over time. Others, though, have changed radically in just the past couple of decades. Long before scientists began changing their minds about soy, they were viewing nuts with a new eye.

Managing and treating lymphedema

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For many cancer patients, the side effects that come with treatment can prove challenging. Lymphedema is one relatively common example that impacts some patients who undergo surgery or radiation. But advances in treating lymphedema offer new options for an improved quality of life.

New podcast series shines spotlight on cancer care

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Podcasts have exploded in popularity recently, and for good reason. Often produced as a series of episodes, much like a TV show, podcasts deliver audio-only programming that is downloaded from the Internet and enjoyed at listeners’ convenience. In a new feature that debuted earlier this month, our cancer experts have joined the podcast revolution with a series of in-depth interviews highlighting advances and innovations in treatment and care.

Cancer at 90: Jimmy Carter's diagnosis shows treatment a viable option at any age

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Fighting cancer is difficult at any age. But the battle may prove even more complex when patients are diagnosed with the disease late in life. Wednesday’s announcement that former President Jimmy Carter has been diagnosed with cancer at 90 years old, though, shows that treatment remains a viable option, determined and designed according to the specifics of each patient’s individual case.  

3D printing can benefit cancer patients who need reconstructive surgery

Daniel Liu, MD

Over the past 10 years, the technology behind three-dimensional (3D) printing has exploded to create new markets for designers, engineers and the average consumer. Creating solid objects from a digital file occurs through what’s called an additive process, which builds layer upon layer to form a 3D printout. The technology has advanced to the point where a 3D home printer can now be purchased for the price of a desktop computer.

Writing your way through cancer

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A cancer diagnosis can be life-changing, but writing down your thoughts may offer you new perspective on the journey. Journaling can be an empowering tool—in sharing your story with the world, expressing your feelings privately and in coping with cancer.

Surgical options may help cancer patients better manage lymphedema

Daniel Liu, MD

As a reconstructive surgeon, maintaining a patient’s quality of life is of the utmost importance to me. For patients, primarily breast cancer patients, there is the possibility of developing a condition called lymphedema. If you’re familiar with lymphedema, you understand it can be a painful and debilitating chronic condition that can result from the removal of lymph nodes as part of cancer treatment.

Regaining independence after cancer treatment

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For many cancer survivors, resuming a more normal way of life is an important goal after completing treatment. Some are eager to return to work for the financial independence and regular schedule it offers. Others may need additional therapy to treat post-surgery weakness that interferes with their daily activities. Whether survivors are resuming full-time work or learning energy conservation techniques to combat fatigue, oncology rehabilitation may help get them to the next step of their recovery.