A Cancer Survivor's Guide: Managing Dental Disorders after Cancer Treatment

Unfortunately, cancer is a well-armed and very prepared opponent when it attacks the body. This means that the treatment to send cancer to the curb must be just as tough...and it is.

Cancer treatments are designed to slow the growth of, kill, and prevent new cancer cells from growing. The medicine used must be very potent in order to eliminate this disease. Unfortunately, this means that life after cancer often comes with both short and long-term side effects including dental disorders.

This is your guide to an in-depth look at which cancer treatments cause dental disorders, why they cause oral health issues, the most common dental issues experienced by cancer survivors, and how to manage and prevent them. 

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Categories: Cancer Survivorship, Survivorship & Side Effects

7 Surprising Signs and Symptoms of Lung Cancer

Because lung cancer develops in the lungs, as you’d probably expect, its most common symptoms involve the lungs. Persistent coughing, coughing up blood or excess mucus, shortness of breath, and chest pain are all common signs of lung cancer. The presence of these symptoms doesn’t definitively mean you have lung cancer, though, as they can also be caused by other conditions. That’s why it’s important to be evaluated by your doctor sooner rather than later.  

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Categories: Lung Cancer

10 Ways to Support Breast Cancer Awareness in Portland!

Since 1985, the month of October is breast cancer has been celebrated as Breast Cancer Awareness month. This annual international campaign organized by major breast health charities aims to raise awareness of the disease and the value of screening and early detection and to raise money for research into breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cures.

Across the U.S., the number of events seems to grow with every passing October. The Portland-Vancouver metroplex is no exception.

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Categories: Breast Cancer

13 Things That You Should Know About Liver Cancer

October is liver cancer awareness month. Which makes this the perfect time to look at risk factors for liver cancer. Liver cancer is often eclipsed by breast cancer in the public eye, but it's still important to know what can cause it and if you can possibly avoid some of the risk factors.

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Categories: Gastrointestinal Cancers, Liver Cancer

Hereditary Risk Factors for Gynecological Cancers

The month of September is designated as Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month. This time is set aside to provide education about these cancers that affect women, including ovarian, cervical, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancers.

Genetics have been found to play a role in some forms of gynecologic cancer, particularly ovarian cancer. Genetic testing is available for ovarian and other cancers.

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Categories: Cervical Cancer, Gynecologic Cancers, Ovarian Cancer

Prostate Cancer: Watchful Waiting vs. Active Surveillance

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men. Most of the men who have it are over 65 and live active lives. If your oncologist (the type of doctor that sees cancer patients) sees that your cancer is growing slowly, they may decide that you don't need treatment. You should never make that decision by yourself. 

If you were diagnosed with prostate cancer, you may hear your oncologist use terms such as "watchful waiting" or "active surveillance." These may come up if the cancer is determined to be small, slow-growing, and confined within the prostate (has not metastasized). Some doctors don't use the terms properly, so be sure that your oncologist has the right definition.

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Categories: Cancer Treatment, Prostate Cancer

Gear Up Now for Summer Sun Safety Month

August is Summer Sun Safety Month, but don't wait for August to roll around to prepare for fun in the sun. The longer, sunny days of summer present the possibilities of beautiful, fun-filled days. Being outdoors is proven to improve our overall physical and mental health and we've known for years that we need sunlight to produce the vitamin D our bodies require. But we also know that overexposure to the sun may cause skin cancer, regardless of our natural skin tones.

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Categories: Skin Cancer

World Lung Cancer Day: Shedding a Light on Lung Cancer Screenings

Lung cancer is the second-most common form in men and women. The American Cancer Society reports that disease accounts for 13% of all newly diagnosed cases, and their researchers made the following estimates for 2019 in the United States. There will be:

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Categories: Lung Cancer

July is Sarcoma Awareness Month

Sarcoma is sometimes called a "forgotten cancer" because it's rare. It doesn't have the same amount of public awareness that other types of cancers have. Sarcoma affects the body's connective tissues, which includes bones and soft tissues. 

Patients and their loved ones may struggle to find adequate information about the disease. To help spread awareness, July has been designated as Sarcoma Awareness Month. 

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Categories: Sarcoma

Is Sunscreen Really Safe?

Everyone has heard that you need to wear sunscreen. The message has been delivered by just about every healthcare professional and cancer prevention organization out there. But recently there have been concerns raised about the safety of using sunscreen. Could sunscreen be bad for our health?

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Categories: Skin Cancer