Life After Prostate Removal

For many men with prostate cancer, prostate removal is never needed because the cancer is often slow-growing and managed with non-surgical treatments. But, if the cancer has grown beyond the prostate, the oncologist may recommend prostate removal surgery, also called a prostatectomy. If you are going to have prostate removal surgery, this information can help you in your discussion with the doctors.

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Categories: Cancer Survivorship, Prostate Cancer, Survivorship & Side Effects

What Causes Colon Polyps?

You may know that colon polyps can lead to colon cancer, but you may not know what causes colon polyps. The answers may surprise you.

Colon polyps are small clumps of cells that can form on the lining of the lower intestine, or colon. Polyps can occur in several locations throughout your gastrointestinal tract, but they most commonly occur in your colon. Polyps can also develop in the last part of the colon, known as the rectum. Doctors often refer to conditions occurring in the colon and rectum together, using the term “colorectal.”

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Categories: Cancer Prevention, Cancer Risk, Cancer Screening, Colorectal Cancer

5 Things You Can Do to Prevent Cervical Cancer

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Cervical cancer is one of the few cancers that is almost always preventable. Yet, many women don't know that their actions can dramatically reduce their risk of developing this form of gynecologic cancer. The number of women developing cervical cancer has decreased by almost 50% since the 1970s. Increased utilization of the Pap test to detect pre-cancerous cells or early-stage cervical cancer is the major reason for this decline in the United States.

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Categories: Cancer Prevention, Cancer Risk, Cervical Cancer

What is HPV?

HPV, otherwise known as the human papillomavirus, is a sexually transmitted infection that should not be confused with HIV or HSV (herpes). There are currently nearly 80 million people in the United States alone who are living with HPV, many of whom are in their teens and early twenties.

While there are about 30 different types that affect the genitals, including the vagina, penis, vulva, cervix, and scrotum, there are another 70 additional forms of HPV that can affect other areas of the body. Of the approximate 100 different types of HPV, infectious disease doctors consider 14 of them to be “high risk” which can lead to cervical or gynecologic cancers.

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Categories: Cancer Prevention, Cancer Risk, Cervical Cancer, Gynecologic Cancers

Cancer Survivors Can Combat the Long-Term Side Effect of Night Sweats

Night sweats are common side effects that both cancer survivors and patients, alike, often face. Radiation therapies, certain prescription medications, and some cancer-related surgeries can even worsen the frequency and intensity of a patient's night sweats. Waking up in the middle of the night with wet bedsheets and pajamas is never ideal, but there are ways to manage night sweats.

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Categories: Cancer Survivorship, Survivorship & Side Effects

Do Breast Calcifications Mean That I Have Breast Cancer?

Many women experience a phone call from their breast imaging center. The call often concerns the patient coming back for additional imaging of tiny white spots called calcifications. Calcifications are frequently seen on mammograms — they occur most often in women over 50. They may appear in any woman's breasts and, occasionally, occur in a man's breast tissue.

Most breast calcifications are benign (non-cancerous). However, a few patterns of calcification are suggestive of some precancerous conditions or, even, breast cancer.

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Categories: Breast Cancer, Cancer Screening

Should Cancer Survivors and Patients Get the Flu Shot?

Cancer patients and survivors may be wondering if they should get a flu shot. The answer is YES. Experts aren’t sure if cancer survivors, or even patients currently undergoing treatment, are more prone to getting the flu. However, experts know one fact for sure — cancer patients and many survivors experience more serious complications from the flu.

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Categories: Cancer Management, Cancer Survivorship, Survivorship & Side Effects

7 Important Things You Probably Didn't Know About Prostate Cancer

Thankfully the second-most common type of cancer among men, prostate cancer, can be detected, monitored and treated very successfully today, giving men a higher likelihood of survival than ever before. Here are seven facts about prostate cancer that can help you and your family better understand risk factors, detection and treatment options.

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Categories: Prostate Cancer

Does Hair Dye Cause Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is a major concern among women of all ages. Prior studies focusing on the association between hair dye and breast cancer have come up with mixed results until recently, so the news can be confusing. That's why one group of researchers decided to address the topic using sisters by recording the results over an eight-year period.

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Categories: Breast Cancer, Cancer Risk

Can Cancer Survivors Donate Blood Marrow?

If you are a cancer survivor, you know how valuable it is to receive help from others. Cancer treatment can be an isolating experience and most people appreciate a helping hand. There may have been several people who provided both emotional and practical support during your treatment. Now as a cancer survivor, you may be looking for ways to give back and help others. Being on a bone marrow registry is one way you can help provide possible treatment for a cancer patient. 

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Categories: Survivorship & Helping Others