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Can playing video games help cancer patients?


Playing a video game requires mental agility and focus. You have to target bad guys, learn new skills to advance and remember how to use your controller to jump over that bomb in the road or to avoid the assassin hiding in the corner. The action playing out on screen isn’t real life, but the learnings and effort involved may have real-world applications.

Breaking through the stigma of palliative care


The word “palliative” has a specific definition: to ease pain and discomfort. But in medicine, including the treatment of cancer patients, palliative care has taken on a somber meaning, one synonymous with hospice or end-of-life care. That stigma and confusion make the idea of palliative care difficult to accept for some patients and may prevent some doctors from offering therapies designed to lessen serious cancer-related symptoms and side effects.

Are you a candidate for breast reconstruction surgery?


If you’ve heard the words, “You have breast cancer,” you know the fears that often accompany them. You may be wondering, for example, “What will I look like after my surgery?” and “Will I still feel like myself?” Thanks to a surgical approach called oncoplastic reconstruction, you may be able to put those fears to rest.

Medical tests women should have


If you started off the New Year with a long to-do list, you’re not alone. With everything on your plate, you may be tempted to delay your annual mammogram, put off that colonoscopy or let your skin test wait. But don’t let that happen. Make 2017 the year you put your health at the top of the priority list, and you can start by scheduling important tests that may help find, and in some cases, prevent cancer.

What is a tracheoesophageal puncture and what does it do?


Treatments for cancer often come with side effects that present new challenges, from managing pain to learning what foods and techniques help ease nausea. For throat cancer patients, especially those who have had their voice box removed as part of their treatment, the side effects may affect not just how they look or feel, but how they approach a fundamental part of their daily life: communicating with others.