Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Conditions and Treatment

Cancer and its treatment may lead to a number of symptoms and side effects. Learn more about those challenges, and the strategies and therapies designed to help you manage them.

How to return to an active sex life after prostate cancer treatment

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prostate cancer treatment

No matter the cancer, treatments often cause side effects that affect patients’ quality of life. But with prostate cancer, the potential side effects can be particularly concerning to men who are trying to decide which approach is right for them. Surgery, radiation therapy and other treatments may impact a patient’s sex life, causing challenges like low sex drive, loss of penis length, dry orgasm or low sperm counts.

What's the difference? Endometrial cancer and uterine sarcoma

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Gynecologic cancers do not get the kind of public attention other cancer types do. September is Gynecologic Cancer Month, but you’re unlikely to see many purple ribbons, fundraisers or walks to raise awareness for the cause. Compared to breast cancer and its pink takeover during its awareness month in October, gynecologic cancers—cervical, ovarian, uterine (endometrial), vaginal and vulvar— are much lesser known.

What I wish I knew: Ways to deal with chemo brain

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chemo brain

Prior to her treatment for breast cancer in 2015, Marty Oxford taught gifted elementary school students in first through fifth grades. Teaching was a passion for the Pine Mountain, Georgia, resident, but she had to put her three-decade career on hold while undergoing surgery and chemotherapy treatments.

Researchers attacking cancers with combinations of drugs and therapies

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Drugs and therapies

Cancer cells survive largely because of their ability to adapt to their surroundings, and that includes fending off an attack from certain cancer treatments. A drug may be able to target one gene mutation in a cancer cell, but another mutation may take over and drive the tumor's growth. Another drug may shut down a signaling pathway that allows cancer cells to thrive, but the tumor may find a new way to communicate and survive.

Regional therapies: What are they and how can they help?

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Organ-directed therapies

Advanced cancer can be challenging to treat, especially when it spreads to vital organs that are critical to the body’s survival, such as the liver and the lungs. The difficulty comes in not only reaching the tumor, but in treating it without damaging the vital organs affected and further harming the patient’s health. But a more targeted treatment approach is offering such patients a potential option, allowing doctors to deliver high doses of chemotherapy or radiation directly to the tumor, without exposing the rest of the body to harmful levels of toxicity.

Tips for cancer patients: How to deal with information overload

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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.