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Finding the Emotional Support You Need to Recover From Cancer

Finding the Emotional Support You Need to Recover From Cancer

The discovery that you have cancer comes with many intense emotions, not only for the patient but also for close family members and friends. After the initial emotional and psychological effects of the news subsides, there is a realization that everything in your life is about to change. Daily routines, family roles and future plans will be determined by a regiment of treatments and medications that often pose additional physical symptoms and challenges to everyday living. The support of family and friends during this process is critical to help the patient regain a sense of normalcy and maintain emotional stability....

How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Significantly Reduce Risk of Cancer

How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Significantly Reduce Risk of Cancer

Living a healthy lifestyle can be difficult in our modern world. After all, there are temptations to overindulge in things we know are bad for us at every turn. However, to lower your risk of developing cancer, there are some important changes you can make to your lifestyle right now. The lifestyle choices you make, the amount of exercise you do and the foods you eat all can have an impact on your overall risk and can play a role in preventing cancer. As you most likely know, cancer is a term used to describe various diseases whereby abnormal cells...

Proper Screening and Lifestyle Changes Can Impact Cancer Risk

Proper Screening and Lifestyle Changes Can Impact Cancer Risk

When Cheryl and her husband of thirty-five years sold their business and headed off to retirement, they looked forward to having more time to dedicate to their three children and four grandchildren. Discovering a lump in her left breast while on vacation dramatically altered their retirement plans and her outlook on the future. With no family history of breast cancer, the results of her mammogram were stunning. Cheryl was diagnosed with Stage 2 triple negative ductal carcinoma breast cancer. Cheryl is not unlike many thousands of women who receive an unexpected breast cancer diagnosis. While aware of the disease and...

Cigarette Smoking a Leading Cause of Preventable Death in United States

Cigarette Smoking a Leading Cause of Preventable Death in United States

On the last Sunday in November 2017, television viewers and print media readers experienced a dramatic moment that continues into this year. The three major U.S. tobacco companies were ordered by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to issue the first in what will be a series of five “corrective statements” about their products. The corrective statements are the result of a federal racketeering lawsuit brought against the tobacco companies in 1999 by the Department of Justice. These court-ordered statements, which cover five different topic areas, explain in detail and in plain language the reality of the health harms inflicted by...

Understanding the Nexus of Aging and the Increase in Cancer Risk

Understanding the Nexus of Aging and the Increase in Cancer Risk

As Americas’ Greatest Generation continue to age studies are revealing that with the increase in the age of the population comes an increase in cancer risk. The nexus of age and cancer is supported by National Cancer Institute (NCI) research. The convergence of an overall aging population and a peak cancer incidence among those aged 65 to 74 will result in a significant rise in the number of people diagnosed with cancer. In addition, as people age the types of treatments and the eligibility and ability for older patients to participate in clinical trials diminishes. According to the most recent...

The Importance of Taking Care of the Caregiver

The Importance of Taking Care of the Caregiver

For cancer patients, receiving a diagnosis is often a time of fear, stress and trauma. The fear of the unknown, treatment processes and the disruption to life’s routines can be overwhelming. The experience is life altering, not only for the patient but also for family and close friends. For certain, life will never be the same for all involved. While the initial focus and turmoil centers around the patient, the emotional impact on those who step up to be caregivers are too often overlooked. The dedication of time and resources to drive the patient to their frequent treatments, look in...