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Reality TV star Daisy Lewellyn's battle with bile duct cancer raises awareness and hope


In a tribute to reality TV star Daisy Lewellyn, who died of bile duct cancer at age 36 on April 8, ESSENCE magazine recalled how the  “Queen of Effortless Chic” brought people together and spread a message of hope and love as she battled her fast-moving cancer.  Few viewers may have heard of bile duct cancer before Lewellyn shared her journey on Bravo’s “Blood, Sweat and Heels” program. But by the end of Season 1, she had taught them much.

Probiotics may help immunotherapy drugs fight cancer


Some patients with melanoma, lung and head and neck cancers are responding strongly to a new class of immunotherapy drugs called checkpoint inhibitors, research shows. But other patients aren’t responding at all. The effort to explain the disparity between cancer patients who benefit from the drugs and those who don’t has led scientists to an unexpected place: the gut—specifically, the microbes taking up residence there. 

How pathologists guide cancer care


Pathologists are among the most important members of a patient’s cancer care team. They work to diagnose and determine the stage of cancer, setting the course for what comes next in the treatment journey. Years of experience go into preparing and writing a pathology report. A better understanding of that process may offer cancer patients peace of mind and confidence in their care plan.

Campaign shines spotlight on men's health


Numerous studies bear out what many health care industry insiders know: Men don’t like going to the doctor. According to the National Institutes of Health, men are more likely than women to skip or delay regular checkups and medical care. But compared to women, men are more prone to serious illnesses. Many of the health issues men face, like heart disease, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer, are easier to prevent or treat when detected early.

'Spring clean' your recipes with healthy food substitutions

Eating healthy is important during and after cancer treatment. It’s also critical to a healthy lifestyle overall. The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends eating a plant-based diet and maintaining a healthy body weight, which may help reduce the risk of certain cancers. With a little will power and adequate knowledge of how fruits and vegetables can support good health, anyone can make healthier meal choices.

Advice from an oncology nurse on how caregivers can ease stress when time is short


If anyone understands the pressures faced by family caregivers, it’s the oncology nurse. Attending to medication schedules, documentation, doctors’ orders, patients’ sanitary and comfort needs—all while conveying a sense of hope? Those are the daily responsibilities oncology nurses juggle every day. So it may not be surprising to hear that even they need to step out and regroup sometimes.