Posts Tagged ‘treatment’

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In the course of my research, I’ve asked men with a variety of cancers to consider what they learned from their experience and what advice they would give to other men recently diagnosed. Here are some of their responses*:    1.    What you are feeling is normal: “You are not alone” – Earl, 56 “Everything… [Read More]

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Ask cancer patients who have received a blood transfusion what that donated unit of blood meant to them and you’ll likely get very different answers. Some will say the donate blood helped saved their life; others might say it bought them more time to fight the disease. Still others might say that it helped revive… [Read More]

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“I got bad news today. I started to panic and then I reminded myself, ‘breathe: Just breathe.” What is breath awareness? It is bringing your mind to focus on your breathing, as you breathe in and as you breathe out.  It is the simplest and most important technique you can learn to quiet your body… [Read More]

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Cancer and Bone Health

Posted on November 8th, 2011 | 3 Comments

The human skeleton consists of 206 bones that govern body shape, function, and various important regulatory mechanisms.  Given the multiple roles of bones, preserving their health is of great importance.  Unfortunately, cancer and its associated treatments can significantly reduce bone density and increase the risk of fractures. Cancer can negatively affect bone health in several… [Read More]

Treatment for breast cancer, and other cancers, can lead to a condition called lymphedema. Although not life-threatening it can be debilitating and may seriously affect day-to-day functioning. With early detection and effective treatment, lymphedema can be improved or prevented from progressing to an advanced stage. What are some of the signs & symptoms of breast… [Read More]

An Update on Lung Cancer in Canada

Posted on August 22nd, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer has just released Lung Cancer in Canada: A Supplemental System Performance Report. Lung cancer continues to have the highest incidence of any cancer diagnosed in Canada (more than breast, colorectal and prostate combined) and is the leading cause of cancer deaths.  The impact of lung cancer on patients, families and… [Read More]

Post Treatment Dental Care

Posted on August 18th, 2011 | 9 Comments

This is the third in a series of blog posts about dental hygiene before, during and after treatment.  This post focuses on post treatment care. There were some questions posted regarding the previous post.  @StrideForSharon posted this comment on Twitter: “Interesting about the dental care, yet we were told to not get any dental work… [Read More]

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Dental Care During Cancer Treatment

Posted on August 12th, 2011 | 6 Comments

This is a follow up article to a previous posting about the importance of proper dental care prior to starting cancer treatment.  In this article, we will look at proper dental care during treatment: Before head and neck radiation any invasive procedures such as; extractions, root canal and scaling should be done 14 days before… [Read More]