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There's hope for patients with metastatic breast cancer

Dennis Citrin, MB, PhD

It’s important to emphasize that metastatic breast cancer is not a hopeless situation. Metastatic breast cancer usually develops years after treatment for apparently early-stage breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer is considered a systemic disease because it can impact multiple organs. To control it, systemic treatment using drugs is needed. With breast cancer, we have many different drug types available.

Chiropractic Health Month: Chiropractic care may ease chemo-induced vertigo


One common side effect of some chemotherapy drugs is vertigo, a condition that causes dizziness and loss of balance. Vertigo is more than feeling light-headed. It’s the feeling that you are spinning or moving when you are not, or that the world is spinning around you. Getting this sensation to stop may seem impossible, but chiropractic care may help.

Eye color may reveal your pain tolerance

Raed Rahman, DO

What would you think if I said your eye color can tell me how well you can handle pain? You might be a little skeptical. But, hold on, because preliminary research suggests it could be the case.

As pain management specialists, we strive to understand why some of our patients tolerate pain better than others, as well as the factors that influence which pain management therapies are most appropriate to the individual.

Seek supplement recommendations from qualified naturopathic providers throughout breast cancer treatment


If you’re like many women fighting breast cancer, you probably have purchased an arsenal of various herbs, nutrients and other dietary supplements. But with endless amounts of supplement information and misinformation online, it’s impossible to know which ones may be beneficial without consulting a naturopathic provider who is board certified in naturopathic oncology and/or has received training in naturopathic oncology.

Don't let fear of breast cancer paralyze you

Dennis Citrin, MB, PhD

It’s natural to worry when you feel a lump in your breast. And if your doctor tells you that you have breast cancer, it’s perfectly normal to be scared. But you can’t let fear paralyze you and prevent you from seeking care.

In my experience, 11 percent of women delay treatment by at least six months from the time they first feel a lump. The average delay, in fact, was more than a year.

Put your health first and commit to better health


As a child, LaDonna Liles regularly pitched in to help with her family’s cattle and dairy ranch, feeding and caring for the farm animals and helping with the numerous chores required to make the ranch run well. 

After she left home to pursue a career in health care, she found this work ethic helped her achieve career success, but her drive concealed a common problem many women face. The pressures of life—job, family and other obligations—distracted her from taking care of herself.

The Rapunzel Project: Reducing chemotherapy-induced hair loss


For women who are facing breast cancer treatment, a common fear is: Will I lose my hair?

Hair loss can be an especially difficult experience for women. It affects their self-esteem and makes a private disease a public matter. Often, women purchase wigs, scarves and other accessories to use during and after treatment, which can boost confidence and help reduce feelings of depression or anxiety.

Dealing with a parent's cancer diagnosis


About 1.7 million Americans are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2014. If one of them is your parent, dealing with their cancer diagnosis as an adult can be challenging.

You may feel anxious about the future and unsure of how to proceed. Although it takes time to adjust to this new “normal,” here are some ways to get through it: