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Should cancer patients get the flu shot?

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Many patients may not realize it, but cancer and its treatments may affect your immune system’s ability to fight off infection. This can put cancer patients who develop the flu at a higher risk for developing complications from the virus, so Dr. Mashiul Chowdhury says they should make getting a flu shot a top priority each fall.

Why does cancer affect men and women differently?

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Men and women are different in many ways, from the organs in their bodies to the emotions they wear on their sleeves, even in how they approach an argument or take on a task. So it may come as little surprise that cancer—a disease influenced by genetics, biology and lifestyle habits—affects men and women differently, too. The question that still stumps scientists is: Why?

Tips for overcoming the holiday blues

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The holiday season is nearly upon us. Plans for social gatherings are in the works. The malls are filled with the sights and sounds of the season. Families are mapping out their holiday meals. But for people fighting cancer, the joy of the holidays may be tempered by stress, sadness and worry over your diagnosis and treatment. The chaos of the coming weeks does not help. But there are ways for you to de-stress and take the time to enjoy the season.

Having chemotherapy? How to prepare for hair loss

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Chemotherapy often comes with unpleasant side effects: nausea, fatigue, vomiting and mouth sores, to name a few. But for many patients, losing that first clump of hair after treatment is the hardest to bear because it packs an emotional punch. “It is very common for patients to grieve the loss of their hair, even a male patient with very short hair,” says Kendra Laufer, Clinical Services/Education Specialist at our Tulsa hospital.

Video: How to tie a headscarf

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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?