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Cold Cap Helps Breast Cancer Patients Keep Hair

A recent clinical trial to reduce hair loss in breast cancer patients being treated with chemotherapy is showing positive results. The cap is worn for thirty minutes during treatment and then for 1 hour after treatment. Wearing the cold cap brings the temperature of the scalp down to 24 degrees Fahrenheit and reduces blood flow to the scalp during chemotherapy. The study found that just over half of women who used a cold cap during chemotherapy treatment kept their hair although [...]

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12 Year Old Leukemia Survivor Gets the Chance to ‘Blow Something Up’

I remember when I was 9 and had cancer, Dreams Come True called me at home. They wanted to tell me that they had received my request for a bike. I was thrilled to say the least. My whole family got into our little minivan and drove to Mike's Bikes. It was there that the owner, Mike, hooked me up with the bike of my choice. Think getting a bike is cool, well it is.—But what about having the opportunity to blow [...]

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Drug Option for Cancer Patients with Anxiety Will Have You Seeing Things

In 1997 I started chemotherapy for my fourth recurrence of Hodgkins Lymphoma and I was prescribed the drug Marinol for nausea and appetite. It made one hell of a difference. My last chemo treatment had been in 1988 and "one simply did not have chemo and not vomit." You see, my problem had always been vomit. Get treatment, vomit. Repeat. (Read more about it in this article.) However, Marinol, which is a man-made form of cannabis changed all of that. While on the medication I [...]

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From Doc to Smartphone: Are Hypnosis Apps Safe?

As a child I was hypnotized just before my chemotherapy treatments on my second recurrence. It was all in an effort to keep me from getting sick. Like "three-day-old raw sushi that's been left out in the sun" sick. No matter what we did, nothing kept me from getting violently ill after a chemo session. It was miserable. The routine was: 1) Show up at the clinic and wait anxiously for treatment. 2) Get treatment and wait anxiously to get sick. 3) Get sick and [...]

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Getting Chemo for the Cancer You Don’t Have

Imagine you've just been diagnosed with cancer. Some of you reading this may not have to imagine. What if it turned out months after treatment that you were in fact misdiagnosed? Cool, the good news is that you don't have cancer. The bad news is that you probably just went through some very nasty treatment for the cancer you didn't have. Now imagine your doctor intentionally misdiagnosed you for money. Dr. Farid Fatt, now serving 45 years in prison, knowingly [...]

Furniture is Helping Cancer Patients During Treatment

Ever sat in an uncomfortable chair all day at work, in a meeting or on a flight? Furniture and comfort can undoubtedly make a unpleasant situation worse. German designer Gitta Gschwendtner has hopes that her new furniture designs will impact those going through cancer treatment. Her furniture includes brightly colored chairs built into mesh structures along with wooden tables. Her new designs were created for Guy’s Hospital in London which just recently opened. “A large body of evidence suggests that art can [...]

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Study Shows Cancer Should be Punched in the Damn Face

Cancer—everyone knows someone that has been touched by this terrible disease. It often creeps up on unsuspecting good people and causes them to put their lives on hold for treatment, or even worse... it ends their lives.—And that makes a lot of people angry, and with good reason. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Recently a study was conducted at the university of, oh I forget (chemo brain), but that’s not important. However, what the study found was worth noting. "I've seen cancer [...]

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How Does Lack of Sleep Affect the Immune System

It can be fun to stay up late watching movies, playing video games, hanging out with friends, etc. However, lack of sleep can weaken the immune system and make people more susceptible to catching colds, the flu and worse.—As you could probably imagine. Mom Was Right About Not Getting Enough Sleep and Getting Sick "It is an old wives' tale that if you don't sleep well, you will get sick, and there is some experimental data that shows this is true," [...]

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Hypothyroidism from Cancer Treatment

Hypothyroidism from Cancer Treatment So let’s put this whole hypothyroidism from cancer treatment into layman’s terms. If possible. When treating certain types of cancer like lymphoma, that nasty stuff, sometimes a patient may have to undergo radiation treatment to the neck. This is even more nasty stuff. Also patients who are diagnosed with thyroid cancer may have to have a portion or all of their thyroid gland removed. Surgery for thyroid cancer and radiation to the neck can often lead to hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism simply [...]

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An Educational Storybook for Children with Cancer

I was once myself a young kid with cancer. Now well, I'm just a kid. I first experienced cancer at the age of 5 and met many other kids going through the same things as me.—And we all seemed to have the same questions. Do you lose your hair? Do radiation treatments hurt?... Do you like blue play dough? Well back in 1998, while undergoing a bone marrow transplant at Emory in Atlanta, GA, I had this crazy idea that I [...]