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9/29/2017 12:00 AM

How to return to an active sex life after 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. Despite the angst these issues may cause, experts say most of these side effects can be managed and many men have a good chance of returning to a full sex life after prostate cancer treatment.

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9/28/2017 12:00 AM

Study finds black men with prostate cancer are less likely to get proper treatment

Prostate cancer is not an equal opportunity disease. Black men in the United States have substantially higher prostate cancer incidence and mortality rates than the general population. They are also more likely to be diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease—which is typically treated with surgery and radiation therapy. Yet, black men are less likely than white patients to seek treatment, and when they do, their doctors are more likely to recommend a watch-and-wait approach over surgery or radiation therapy, according to recent research.

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9/26/2017 12:00 AM

Can aspirin work its wonders to prevent cancer?

Evidence is mounting that an aspirin regimen may help reduce the risk of certain cancers, especially colorectal cancer.

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9/21/2017 12:00 AM

What you need to know about gynecologic cancers: They're not as rare as you may think

It may be hard to believe today, but in the 1980s, the public knew little about breast cancer, how it forms and how it’s treated. But thanks to annual Breast Cancer Awareness efforts launched every October, when the country is awash in pink ribbons, many women are better informed about how they may reduce their risk for developing the disease, and what they should do to screen for it. But gynecological cancers get little of that public attention

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9/19/2017 12:00 AM

Hearing loss: The little-known side effect of some chemotherapy drugs

Patients may not associate hearing loss with cancer treatment, but for many, the side effect is all too real. Read more.

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9/14/2017 12:00 AM

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

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. Read more.

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9/12/2017 12:00 AM

Surgeon draws on music to find the rhythm of medicine

For Dr. Steven Standiford, the rhythm resonates from two disparate sources: music and medicine.

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9/7/2017 12:00 AM

What's the difference? Endometrial cancer and uterine sarcoma

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.

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9/5/2017 12:00 AM

New leukemia treatment marks shift in helping the body to fight cancer

Researchers have figured out a new way to empower some T-cells, by re-engineering them with an extra gene designed to allow them to identify and attack specific cancer cells.

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