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Find tips, information and resources on living with cancer, fighting it, surviving it and practicing a healthy lifestyle overall.

Who should care for cancer patients after treatment, PCPs or oncologists? Both, experts say

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Survivorship

The cancer journey is a challenging, emotional experience, and many patients find themselves forming deep bonds with the people who saw them through the scariest of times—their oncologist. So when treatment is over, and it’s time to go back to their primary care physician, some patients have a difficult time letting anyone else take the reins of their care. “Patients typically place their trust in their medical oncologist, and many of them are reluctant to leave him or her,” says Anthony Perre, MD, Director of New Patient Intake and Vice Chief of Staff at our hospital in Philadelphia. “At this point in time, a smooth transition from oncology care to primary care isn’t happening for most patients.”

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.

Nutrition may not help the immune system fight cancer, but it is still important

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September blog

Cancer patients often take a hit to the immune system, typically because treatments used to fight the disease may deplete the white blood cells that help ward off infection, impairing the body’s ability to protect itself. Some patients believe that changing their diet—say, by swapping out their daily bag of chips for an apple—will strengthen their immune system and help it battle cancer. But they’re only partly correct.

What's the difference? Endometrial cancer and uterine sarcoma

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difference

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.

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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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.