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Advice from an oncology nurse on how caregivers can ease stress when time is short

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If anyone understands the pressures faced by family caregivers, it’s the oncology nurse. Attending to medication schedules, documentation, doctors’ orders, patients’ sanitary and comfort needs—all while conveying a sense of hope? Those are the daily responsibilities oncology nurses juggle every day. So it may not be surprising to hear that even they need to step out and regroup sometimes.

What you should know about reproductive cancers

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Cancers of the female reproductive system—cervical, uterine and ovarian—affect tens of thousands of women each year, and yet they don’t command the spotlight the way breast cancer does, so the public is relatively unaware of recent treatment advances.

E-cigarette dangers lurking in a smokescreen, experts say

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E-cigarettes are a smoking-hot $3 billion business in the United States. In fact, data shows that, for the first time, e-cigarette use has outpaced every other tobacco product, including regular cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Even more troubling, considering their documented health risks, e-cigarettes have become the most popular nicotine product used by teens, and the majority of adult smokers have tried them, the American Lung Association has reported.

Stem cells studied for their role in spreading cancer

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Stem cells’ innate healing properties have fascinated researchers for over 30 years. Their ability to transform themselves into other types of cells and move to injured parts of the body has instilled hope that they may one day be harnessed to cure conditions like spinal cord injuries, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. But as restorative as healthy stem cells may be in some scenarios, researchers suspect that damaged stem cells may play an opposite role when it comes to cancer.

Recently developed radiation therapy techniques aim to reduce adverse side effects

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Radiation therapy is an important tool in the treatment of many cancers. But it often comes at a cost: adverse side effects that may impair patients’ ability to function normally. To help patients maintain their quality of life, recently developed tools and technologies are being deployed in appropriate cases to help reduce radiation damage to healthy tissue and lower the risk of debilitating side effects for some patients.

Statins show promise against small cell lung cancer, study shows

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A new study published in the PLOS ONE medical journal suggests that several prescription drugs now being used for other conditions may benefit certain small cell lung cancer patients. The study suggests the possibility that statins, primarily used to lower cholesterol levels, may contribute to improved survival rates for some metastatic lung cancer patients, adding important data to a relatively neglected area of research.

Love and Cancer - Getting through the disease together

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The 1984 hit song asks the question, “What’s love got to do with it?” When it comes to fighting cancer, the answer for some is: plenty. Four couples share how love helped them cope with the disease during their treatment journeys and survivorship.

Beginner's guide to a cancer diagnosis: What to do next

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Discovering you have cancer can trigger a wide range of emotions, including fear and confusion, as you begin to try to navigate the complexities of cancer care. Becoming better educated about your diagnosis and formulating the next steps may help you gain a feeling of control over the process.