Brain tumors , Exercise , General interest , Health Topics
How Can Exercise Help Patients with Brain Tumors?

For many brain tumor patients, surgery is an important step in the treatment process. While recovering from brain surgery can be a difficult process, your care team will help support you through treatment and guide you through the recovery process. Once a patient is cleared by their care team for […]

May 5, 2017
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Care for adults , Exercise , Gastrointestinal Cancer , Health Topics
Exercise Shows Benefits for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Patients

Patients with metastatic colorectal cancer may be able to lower the risk of the disease worsening, and improve their chances of survival, if they engage in moderate daily exercise, according to new research by Dana-Farber investigators. The results of the research, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Gastrointestinal […]

February 1, 2017
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Cancer research , Health and Wellness , Health Topics , Lung cancers
How to Quit Smoking: What We Know

Smoking cigarettes contributes to 80 percent of lung cancer deaths in women and 90 percent of lung cancer deaths in men, and it is estimated to have caused more than 130,000 deaths from the disease between 2005 and 2010. But smoking damage does not stop with lung cancer: the habit […]

November 17, 2016
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Breast cancer , Exercise , General interest , Health Topics , Metastatic breast cancer
Exercise and Metastatic Breast Cancer: Tips from a Survivor

By Sandy Cassanelli Finding out I had breast cancer in 2013 was very hard; learning two years later that my cancer was metastatic was even more distressing. But both times, exercise helped me face my situation. I was in the best shape of my life when I was diagnosed at […]

October 12, 2016
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General interest , Health and Wellness
What’s the Connection between Night Sweats and Cancer?

Night sweats are episodes of perspiration that occur at night while you are sleeping. People who experience this condition typically report waking with wet bedclothes or sheets, having an increased heart rate, and chills for 1-4 minutes. Menopause or a fever are leading causes of night sweats, but they can […]

September 28, 2016
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Health and Wellness , Health Topics
What Is the Lymphatic System? [Infographic]

A vital structure to the human body, the lymphatic system is a complex and important part of the immune system that helps maintain fluid balance within our tissues. Acting as a filter, it pushes lymph (a clear, watery fluid that contains white blood cells, oxygen, and other nutrients) throughout the […]

September 21, 2016
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Cancer research , Esophageal cancer , Health and Wellness , Risk and Prevention
Do Hot Drinks Increase the Risk of Esophageal Cancer?

Based on a review of numerous scientific studies, the International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC) recently concluded that routine consumption of “very hot” drinks probably raises the risk of esophageal cancer. The review, by a panel of 23 experts around the world, found that drinking beverages such as coffee […]

September 6, 2016
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General interest , Health and Wellness , Risk and Prevention
Is Itching a Sign of Cancer?

Itchy skin has many causes, including dryness and allergies, but only rarely does it signal that a person has cancer. This symptom may occur as a result of complications of the disease, and itchy, flaky skin and rashes are common side effects of some cancer drugs. Most skin cancers, such as […]

August 25, 2016
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Exercise , Podcasts
Beyond Cancer Podcast – Episode #4: Exercise and Cancer

If you’re 69 and diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, what do you do? For John Barrett, the answer was easy: become a certified physical trainer. But as Barrett and Nancy Campbell, exercise physiologist at Dana-Farber, both point out, you don’t need to be an exercise zealot to incorporate exercise into your […]

August 2, 2016
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Diet and Nutrition , Health and Wellness , Health Topics
What Do Dana-Farber Nutritionists Eat?

Dana-Farber nutritionists help patients create and maintain healthy diets for all stages of treatment. They can provide meal plans, advice for managing treatment side effects, and tips for post-treatment wellness. But have you ever wondered what nutritionists like to eat? Here, Dana-Farber nutritionists share five of their favorite healthy breakfasts: […]

July 28, 2016
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Care for children , Health and Wellness , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
Pediatric Transplant Patients Fight Cancer as Karate Kids

Jessica Madsen wasn’t sure if her daughter, Addy, was ready for karate, until the 4-year-old got the chance to take free lessons in the most surprising place: Her hospital room. Addy and other stem cell transplant recipients at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center are offered free martial arts […]

June 22, 2016
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Health and Wellness , Health Topics , Risk and Prevention
Do Manicures Increase Cancer Risk?

The nail gels and polishes used in manicures aren’t cancer-causing. But there is concern that some some devices that use ultraviolet light to help polishes and gels dry faster could pose a small risk for skin cancer. The primary kind of ultraviolet radiation emitted by some nail dryers – UVA […]

May 26, 2016
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Care for adults , Chemotherapy , Health and Wellness
How to Reduce Metallic Tastes During Cancer Treatment

Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can affect how your taste buds interact with different flavors, changing the way you experience certain food. A recurring metallic taste while eating or drinking water is one of the most common taste changes reported by patients. Although this symptom typically subsides after treatment ends, Dana-Farber […]

May 20, 2016
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Cancer research , Health and Wellness , Risk and Prevention
Can Stress Affect Cancer?

Stress is generally defined as a condition in which the body or mind is placed under strain or tension. Stress is a normal part of life. In fact, studies show it to be a necessary part of life, prompting us to adapt and become more resilient. But if it becomes […]

May 19, 2016
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Exercise , Health Topics , Risk and Prevention
How Does Exercise Reduce Cancer Risk?

This much is known: A sedentary lifestyle raises the risk of cancer, while physical activity – even moderate exercise – can reduce the risk not only of developing cancer but having a recurrence following treatment. What’s not so clear is exactly why. “It’s still a little unknown,” says Jeffrey Meyerhardt, […]

May 13, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Health and Wellness
More than the Mirror: Body Image and Young Adults with Cancer

Perhaps more than other age group, young adults may feel pressure to look a certain way or conform to a traditional standard of beauty. Add a cancer diagnosis, physical side effects, and damaging treatments, and a young adult’s body image and self-perception can take an even bigger hit. Many young […]

May 11, 2016
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Care for adults , Exercise
Tips for Exercising During and After Cancer Treatment

During cancer treatment, patients may face side effects like fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and neuropathy. While some patients may seek additional medication to combat these symptoms, exercise is an excellent pill-free alternative. Dana-Farber exercise physiologist Nancy Campbell, MS, recently answered questions during a live chat on exercising during and after cancer […]

April 21, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Health and Wellness
Sex and Cancer: What Young Adult Patients Should Know

Treatment for cancer may cause changes in the way patients feel about their bodies and about sex. Some may feel disconnected from their bodies after chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and surgery, while others undergo major physical changes such as early menopause or erectile disfunction. “If sex is different than it used […]

February 15, 2016
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Coping with Cancer , Health and Wellness , Health Topics
How Can I Avoid Gaining Weight During Cancer Treatment?

Patients often worry about weight gain as a potential side effect of cancer treatment. Eating behaviors triggered by chemotherapy-related symptoms, taking steroids, and inactivity due to fatigue can all contribute to weight gain. “Chemotherapy can cause certain appetite-related side effects, such as increased appetite, nausea or cravings for sweets and […]

January 8, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Health and Wellness , Treatments and Procedures
How Medications for Mood and Anxiety Can Benefit Cancer Patients

By Fremonta Meyer, MD Many people – cancer patients and others – have fears and misconceptions about taking medication to manage their mood, reduce anxiety, and treat conditions such as depression. Some believe taking medication for psychological reasons means they are weak, while others fear they will get addicted to […]

December 21, 2015
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Health and Wellness
Depression and Cancer: What You Need to Know

A cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment can come with many different emotions: anger, frustration, fear, anxiety, and sadness. For some patients, that sadness can become a serious issue; approximately one quarter of cancer patients become depressed during or after treatment. “Patients will have feelings of sadness and a lack of […]

November 23, 2015
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Health and Wellness
Tips for Managing Insomnia

Regardless of age or diagnosis, insomnia is one of the most common side effects cancer patients experience. That doesn’t mean it should be taken lightly. Insomnia should be discussed with your cancer team, as it can lead to other health issues. Fortunately, there are new and novel approaches patients can […]

November 13, 2015
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Care for adults , Health and Wellness , Treatments and Procedures
Why Do I Sometimes Feel Tired After Radiation Therapy?

One of the most common side effects cancer patients experience is fatigue. During treatment, some patients may feel particularly tired after receiving radiation therapy. Fatigue can result when the immune system responds to an injury or wound. This occurs because the immune system uses energy to fight infection and sends […]

November 6, 2015
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Care for adults , Chemotherapy , Health and Wellness , Health Topics
How to Care for Your Skin After Cancer Treatment

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy may cause changes to your skin during and after cancer treatment. Follow these tips and check in with your doctor regularly to ensure your skin is in the healthiest condition possible throughout your cancer experience. Chemotherapy Dry skin is a common side effect of chemotherapy. If […]

August 14, 2015
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Care for adults , Care for children , Health and Wellness , Treatments and Procedures
How to Manage Stress and Anxiety During Cancer Treatment

Cancer comes with significant stress and anxiety for patients and their loved ones, which can make managing treatment even more difficult. Recently, Karen Fasciano, PsyD, clinical psychiatrist at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, joined four patients to discuss their experiences. “Often when we tell ourselves we can’t feel anxious, the […]

March 13, 2015
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Care for adults , Care for children , Coping with Cancer , Health and Wellness
Helping Cancer Survivors Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Sarah Boczanowski was tired. Her turbulent relationship with sleep, dating back to her childhood, had only worsened since her leukemia diagnosis at age 18. Through biopsies and chemotherapy, she found sleep elusive. “With nurses and doctors coming in and out, and beeping noises from my IVs, it was impossible to […]

March 4, 2015
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Care for adults , Care for children , Health and Wellness
Should Cancer Patients Get the Flu Shot?

The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and those around you. But will cancer patients benefit from the flu shot given their immunity and treatment status? It is safe for patients who have not had a stem cell transplant to get the flu shot, and are highly […]

November 5, 2014
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Health and Wellness
Post-Traumatic Stress and Cancer

Many associate post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, with veterans returning home from war, or those involved in similarly violent scenarios. But PTSD can occur after any life-threatening traumatic event – including a serious illness like cancer. “It’s common for cancer patients, even if they don’t have full-blown PTSD, to have […]

August 13, 2014
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Care for adults , Exercise , Health Topics
How Exercise Can Help Neuropathy

For many patients treated with chemotherapy, peripheral neuropathy can be an uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous side effect. The condition, which includes tingling or loss of sensation in the arms or legs, can increase risk for falls and fall-related injuries. To help prevent and ease these problems, Dana-Farber exercise physiologist Nancy […]

July 23, 2014
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Breast cancer , Care for adults , Diet and Nutrition , Exercise
Ask the Expert: Q&A on Breast Cancer, Exercise and Diet

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jennifer Ligibel, MD, recently partnered with CancerConnect to answer questions about breast cancer, exercise and diet. Ligibel is an oncologist with the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber. Q: I am currently on maintenance treatment for breast cancer and I need to lose weight. […]

June 18, 2014
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Care for adults , Exercise , Health Topics
Exercise Can Help Fight Cancer Fatigue

By Nancy Campbell, MS Cancer-related fatigue is one of the most common complaints among cancer patients and survivors. This type of weariness, which typically occurs during treatment or in the first year after, is particularly difficult because it can last for long periods of time and doesn’t go away after […]

July 29, 2013
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Care for adults , Health and Wellness
Keeping a Healthy Weight During Cancer Treatment

by Eric Schuller When you think of a cancer patient, you might envision someone frail and thin. But while weight loss can be a side effect, gaining weight during cancer treatment is also quite common. That’s why it’s important to find a healthy balance during treatment. Here are some tips.

July 8, 2013
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Care for adults , Health and Wellness , Uncategorized
Kelley Tuthill’s Tips for Choosing a Wig

By Kelley Tuthill Hair loss can be a jarring side effect of chemotherapy. When I was treated for breast cancer, I was nervous about my appearance and decided to wear a wig. At first it was a strange experience, but wearing a wig helped me face the day — and […]

May 30, 2013
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Care for adults , Exercise
Exercise During Cancer: Getting Started

by Nancy Campbell, MS “How soon can I start exercising after I start cancer treatment?” It’s a question I hear often from patients who visit me for a fitness consult or class at Dana-Farber. My answer? “As soon as possible.” While it may seem counterintuitive, exercise offers key benefits for […]

January 8, 2013
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Health and Wellness , Risk and Prevention , Treatments and Procedures , Uncategorized
Can aspirin prevent or treat cancer?

Aspirin has been around for over 100 years. In the last 50 years, research has shown that regular use of aspirin may prevent heart disease. Now a new study points to aspirin’s effectiveness in preventing and treating cancer. A recent University of Oxford investigation pooled more than 50 studies to […]

July 31, 2012
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Care for adults , Health and Wellness
Reclaiming sexuality after cancer

If you’re diagnosed with cancer, you’ll probably get used to people asking about your health. And whether you’re fielding the concerns of well-meaning friends and family or the professional interests of your care team, you’ll gradually learn what responses to give. But many cancer patients and survivors choose to keep […]

July 26, 2012
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Health and Wellness , Risk and Prevention , Uncategorized
How to protect children from the sun

Applying sunscreen to wiggly young children can be a challenge, but sun protection is especially critical for young skin. Babies and young children are especially sensitive to the sun. There are several lines of evidence indicating that burns during youth significantly contribute to melanoma risk. For instance, just one blistering […]

July 12, 2012
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Exercise , Health Topics
Five tips for exercising during (and after) cancer treatment

If you think a cancer diagnosis automatically means you’ll need to get plenty of bed rest and avoid activity, think again. A host of medical studies show that exercise can not only reduce the chances of developing cancer, it’s also safe during and after cancer treatment, helping improve quality of […]

June 26, 2012
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