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New guidelines help doctors and patients with chronic pain management

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The number of cancer survivors is growing—reaching almost 14 million in the United States—but many of them, as many as 40 percent, experience pain as a side effect of the disease and/or its treatment. Experts say pain may have serious impacts on patients’ quality of life and may even slow recovery from cancer treatment. To address these issues, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) developed new guidelines for managing chronic cancer-related pain.

Preventing infections critical for cancer patients

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That little cut on your finger may not seem like a big deal, but leave it untreated and it may lead to a big problem: infection. That's serious business for cancer patients, who are at greater risk of infections and the consequences that often result.

Weightlifter uses strength for bigger fight

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Karyn Marshall is a chiropractor and pioneering woman's weightlifter, the first woman to lift more than 300 pounds in competition and holder of 60 world and national titles during her Hall of Fame career. Her accomplishments even won her a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Study confirms alcohol consumption raises cancer risk

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If you ever worried about whether your alcohol intake puts you at a higher risk of cancer, a new analysis showing a direct link between alcohol and seven types of cancer may have you reconsidering that next beer. The study, published in the scientific journal Addiction, reaches a sobering conclusion: There is now enough credible evidence to suggest that drinking alcoholic beverages increases the risk for many cancers, including breast, colorectal and liver cancers.

Cancer recovery: Survivors' tips on navigating the cancer journey

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Going through cancer treatment is an individual experience. It varies based on a person’s needs, cancer type and other factors. But similarities do exist—such as the type of side effects that come with certain treatments or how cancer can affect a relationship. With that in mind, we asked patients who have taken the journey to recovery to tell us about some insights they found and the strategies they used. Here are four lessons they shared.

Getting back to work after cancer treatment

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If you are thinking about returning to work after cancer treatment, you aren’t alone. Over 70 percent of Americans go back to their job after they’ve completed treatment. Sometimes, cancer patients make the decision because of income or health insurance needs. Others are looking for a sense of normalcy and routine. With the proper planning, returning to work doesn’t have to be a difficult transition.