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Video: How to tie a headscarf


Chemotherapy patients often talk about the emotional impact that comes with losing their hair during treatment. But many don’t anticipate the physical effects—like trying to stay warm when your head is bare. Treatments, infections and cancer itself often play a role in disrupting your body temperature. Add in chemotherapy-induced hair loss, known medically as alopecia, and you may be looking for ways to cover up. Many patients have found that headscarves help, offering both comfort and style. But how to tie them?

Five tips for supporting a friend through breast cancer

“It takes a village.” This well-known phrase can relate to many aspects of life, from raising children to helping friends or family members with daily activities. It also rings true when an illness, such as breast cancer, strikes. A cancer diagnosis can cause many emotions, including shock, sadness and worry, so it’s important that women have a strong group of friends and family to offer emotional and physical support.

Nutrition tips for throat cancer patients


Cancer typically comes with a laundry list of side effects, some of which build on one another to create cascading complications. For example, difficulty eating or nausea may lead to nutritional deficiencies that in turn may trigger malnutrition, weight loss and other debilitating impacts. In fact, malnutrition affects an estimated 40 percent to 80 percent of cancer patients, particularly those with gastrointestinal or head and neck cancer.