Hand-foot skin reactions are a type of side effect associated with targeted therapies, a newer type of cancer treatment. Oncology nurse navigator Cheryl Bellomo recommends strategies to ease the pain and skin sensitivity associated with these reactions.
Cervical cancer is among the 3 most common types of gynecologic cancers, along with ovarian and endometrial cancers. There are currently 3 approved vaccines that differ in the HPV types that they target for the prevention of HPV infection and cervical cancer.
Drug development is an expensive and laborious process for drug companies, and involves conducting years of research in the lab, followed by years of clinical trials with patients, before a drug gets through the FDA review and approval (or rejection), and then onto the market.
According to the American Cancer Society, there are 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States today, and more than 40% are of working age. Here are some suggestions to help you or a loved one manage cancer and work.
Each year, approximately 70,000 adolescents and young adults aged 15 to 39 years are diagnosed with cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. These young cancer survivors face many short-term and long-term health issues (including heart problems and infertility), as well as psychosocial issues (low levels of education, employment, and finances).
A diagnosis of a life-threatening illness such as cancer is almost universally experienced as stressful. The negative effects of stress on psychological and health outcomes have received much attention.
The cancer experience has been described as a moment when healthcare professionals, including navigators, have a window of opportunity to teach and facilitate behavior change toward healthy lifestyles.
Colorectal cancer starts in the colon or the rectum. Colorectal cancer can also be referred to separately as colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where it starts. Colon cancer and rectal cancer have many features in common.
As the US population ages, the number of patients diagnosed with and treated for cancer will increase. Cancer costs are also likely to increase, as new and more expensive treatments, such as targeted therapies that are specifically directed at the tumor, become the standards of care.
The use of oral chemotherapy drugs is expected to more than double in the next several years. Oral drugs offer many advantages to patients, including greater convenience, flexibility, and less disruption of daily activities for patients, their families, and caregivers.
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. With very few treatments available for this cancer, recognizing the symptoms can facilitate early diagnosis. Learn about the common risk factors and symptoms associated with pancreatic cancer.
Last modified: August 31, 2018
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