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Fatigue: A common complaint among cancer patients


When you’re healthy and having trouble keeping your eyes open in a mid-afternoon meeting, getting an extra hour or two of sleep may be all it takes to renew your energy. When you have cancer, though, rest often isn’t enough. Even after a few nights of extra sleep, many cancer patients still feel tired and unable to complete normal, everyday activities.

Colorectal cancer rates rising sharply in younger people


Cancer—especially colon cancer—is a disease normally associated with older people. But a recent study, published last month in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found a surprising trend: a sharp rise in colorectal cancers in adults as young as 20- and 30-something. Compared to people born around 1950 and earlier, millennials and Generation Xers have double the incidence rates of colon cancer and quadruple the rate of rectal cancer, according to the new findings.

Cancer-related depression: What is it and what can you do about it?


Depression may be hard to spot. In fact, it may look a lot like the sadness, fear and anxiety you’d expect to accompany a cancer diagnosis. If you keep canceling on that friend who wants to meet for dinner, though, or you find it harder and harder to get out of bed in the morning, you may be suffering from something more serious than sadness. It may be cancer-related depression, which affects one in four cancer patients.

Eating lots of grilled meats may affect the chances of surviving breast cancer, study suggests


The sound of meat or poultry as it sizzles on the grill may make your mouth water. The rich, smoky aroma overwhelms your senses as you await that flavorful first bite. While eating meat fresh off the grill may sound delicious, a recent study suggests breast cancer survivors may want to avoid large amounts of grilled, barbecued or smoked meats because of the potential health risks.

Treating malnutrition starts by identifying its cause, and taking it seriously


For many cancer patients, malnutrition is the guest they didn’t expect, or want. It may show up shortly after you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, if nausea or vomiting prevents you from eating well, or if the disease disrupts how you digest or metabolize food. Or it may creep in during treatment. It may affect you even if you appear to be eating plenty of calories and protein but, because of your cancer, are unable to maintain enough fat stores and muscle mass.