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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.

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.