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Immunotherapy represents progress in cancer treatment


Our immune system has one sole purpose: to protect against disease. Some cancers, though, can outsmart our immune system, and cancer cells can proliferate despite our bodies’ best efforts. Fortunately, researchers have developed a new class of drugs, called immunotherapy, that can help a silenced immune system fight cancer

How to manage the stress of being a caregiver

Raed Rahman, DO

Caring for a patient with daily chronic pain can be challenging. The stress is no less whether you are caring for a parent, spouse, significant other or friend. Indeed, the physical and emotional demands of caregiving can be overwhelming; yet watching a loved one struggle can add to the already significant toll that being a caregiver can take on your own life.

Vaccinating more boys against HPV could help prevent cancer


When the FDA initially approved Gardasil® in 2006, the first vaccine to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) infections was recommended for girls only. Since then, much of the focus has been on vaccinating girls, even though the FDA gave Gardasil the okay for boys in 2009. Should we shift our attention to vaccinating more boys instead?

Keeping a healthy sex life with cancer


A healthy sex life is, for many, a key component of a happy life. But it can prove difficult to attain, especially if a cancer diagnosis or treatment regimen is adding to your everyday pressures. Achieving and maintaining a healthy sexual relations often requires communication, education and, sometimes, the input of a trained professional. That journey can be dramatically different for men than it is for women.

Managing pain with integrative therapies

Raed Rahman, DO

More Americans are turning to integrative therapies to help manage pain without medication or surgery. Therapies such as yoga, massage, osteopathic manipulative medicine (hands-on care from an osteopathic physician) and meditation promote health and well-being through direct touch, stretching and strengthening, or by stilling the mind.

Are probiotics really good for you?


Probiotics appear to be all the rage in health-related commercials these days. These “good” bacteria reputedly help your digestive system maintain a healthy balance by replacing normal flora and controlling the growth of harmful bacteria. But are they really good for you? This is an important question, especially for cancer patients.

The power of laughter for cancer patients

Meagan Brown, MA, LCSW

Babies can start laughing when they’re only three months old. By the time they’re children, they can do it up to a hundred times a day. But for us adults, laughter can get lost in the whirlwind of life’s responsibilities and challenges. We often don’t feel like laughing when pain and stress demand your attention. But it’s exactly then that laughter can pull us through and change our outlook on life.