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Cancer Information

Cancer and cancer treatment can be complex, involving myriad facts, developments, resources and decisions. Learn more about cancer in general, and certain cancers in particular.

Tips for cancer patients: How to deal with information overload

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Information

A cancer diagnosis often comes with an overwhelming amount of information for patients to sift through and remember. Between appointments, meeting with various doctors and clinicians, and digesting treatment and nutrition information, it can be difficult to keep track of it all. There’s so much to focus on at a time when you’re dealing with an experience that has likely turned your life upside down.

FDA approves first cancer treatment based on genetic makeup, not tumor location

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Immunotherapy drug

Cancer has traditionally been identified by where in the body it develops. Breast cancer forms in the breast, lung cancer in the lungs, and so on. Even when a cancer metastasizes to a different part of the body, it is defined by its original location. If colorectal cancer travels to the brain, for instance, it is called metastatic colorectal cancer, not brain cancer. But many doctors, including Dr. Shayma Master Kazmi, Medical Oncologist at our hospital in Philadelphia, call that old-school thinking.

Busting myths: 7 common misconceptions about cancer

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misconceptions about cancer

In the oldest written account of cancer, dating back to 3000 BC Egypt, a description of breast cancer cases noted, “There is no treatment.” That may have been true at the time, but scientists and doctors have since developed myriad ways to treat breast cancer. It’s a classic example of a long-established reality: Our understanding of cancer has changed greatly over the years, often destroying what were once firmly held beliefs.

What I wish I knew: Live in the moment

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Live in the moment

Dan Cuccherini always considered himself a typical guy’s guy. “I was a pretty athletic, outdoors kind of a guy,” he says. The Virginia native had a busy life with a lot on his plate—he and his wife have nine children. In 2013, his stressful job as a safety director was taking its toll on him. “I was sick all the time,” he says. “As time went on, I just grew more and more fatigued.”

What's the difference in skin cells? Melanocytes and basal, squamous and Merkel cells

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Skin

Consider the remarkable functions the skin performs every day. It's only 1.5 millimeters at its thickest point, but it protects the muscles and organs from outside threats. It can take a pounding, enduring bumps and bruises, the sun’s burning rays and the grime left by dirt and dust. It moves and stretches when you do, but even when the body is at rest, the skin is a bustle of cellular activity.

Is there such a thing as a safe suntan?

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Safe tan

With summertime comes warm days in the sun, baseball games, barbecues and lazy days at the beach. And, for many, it's the time to celebrate the end of winter with a deep, "healthy" summer tan. But is there a way to safely tan your skin without exposing it to the damage that may lead to skin cancer?