Breast cancer , Cancer Genetics , Risk and Prevention
How Common are BRCA Mutations?

Harmful BRCA mutations are uncommon in the general population. About one in every 500 women in the United States has either a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation.

March 1, 2018
Caregiving , Multiple Myeloma , Patient Stories, Adult
From Teacher to Cancer Caregiver – and Coach

“A caregiver and a patient are a team, like a coach and a quarterback,” says caregiver Deb Osborne. “You do a lot of work strategizing together beforehand, and then as the coach you send your quarterback into the action.

February 28, 2018
What to Expect at Your First Chemotherapy Appointment

Hear the word “chemotherapy” and you might immediately think about hair loss, nausea, and fatigue. But the truth is it’s not as scary as you might think. Here’s what to expect at your first chemotherapy appointment.

February 27, 2018
Kidney cancer
What is Renal Cell Carcinoma and How Is It Treated?

Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is a type of kidney cancer that starts in the lining of the very small tubes in the kidneys, called tubules.

February 26, 2018
Metastatic breast cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
Clinical Trials and Canine Companion Help Metastatic Breast Cancer Patient

Each time the metastatic breast cancer spreads too deeply into Sayde Patel’s lungs, she changes clinical trials. And after six switches in 10 years, she maintains a glass-half-full attitude about the process.

February 23, 2018
Blood disorders, childhood , Care for children , Leukemias, childhood
What Parents of Pediatric Leukemia Patients Need to Know

Leukemia is a type of cancer that starts in early forms of white blood cells. White blood cells are cells that typically fight infections.

February 22, 2018
Multiple Myeloma
Study Exploring Relationship Between Precursor Conditions and Multiple Myeloma

People diagnosed with precursor conditions that often lead to multiple myeloma currently have little way of gauging their risk of myeloma or knowing when, if ever, the disease might progress.

February 21, 2018
Can Massages Spread Lymphoma?

Are massages harmful for someone undergoing cancer treatment? Is it really possible they could spread lymphoma? The simple answer: No.

February 20, 2018
Health Topics
The Flu: What Cancer Patients Need to Know

Flu season starts in the fall and ends in the spring – and people with chronic health conditions, such as cancer, are at a higher risk of getting the flu.

February 16, 2018
Diet and Nutrition , Health Topics
Probiotics: Can They Help Cancer Patients?

Probiotics are healthy bacteria that we introduce into our microbiome, or digestive system, to boost the healthy bacteria that already lives there.

Blood Cancer , CAR T-cell therapy , Immunotherapy , Research
What is a Living Drug?

"Living" drugs consist of fully functional cells that have been selected and often modified to treat specific diseases, such as cancer. CAR T-cell therapy and therapeutic vaccines fall into this category.

February 15, 2018
Breast cancer , Inflammatory breast cancer , Patient Stories, Adult , Susan F. Smith Center
Spreading the Love: One Couple’s Response to Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Love and commitment have enabled Lynda and Ellen Thomas to get through Lynda’s diagnosis and treatment for inflammatory breast cancer (IBC).

February 14, 2018
Esophageal cancer , Gastrointestinal Cancer
Is Heartburn a Sign of Cancer?

Most of us are familiar with the burning feeling in the chest associated with heartburn, a common ailment caused by acid regurgitation into the esophagus.

February 13, 2018
Breast cancer , Immunotherapy
How Do CDK4/6 Inhibitors Stop Breast Cancer Growth?

So far, CDK4/6 inhibitors have been shown to be most effective in treating advanced estrogen-receptor positive, HER2-negative breast cancer.

February 12, 2018
Blood Cancer , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
What are the Side Effects of a Stem Cell Transplant?

A stem cell transplant is an infusion of healthy stem cells. Stem cells are located within the bone marrow and are the cells from which all other blood cells and the immune system are created.

February 9, 2018
Colon Cancer
What Are Colon Polyps and Do They Increase Colon Cancer Risk?

Colon polyps form on the lining of the colon or the rectum. A history of polyps is one of the main risk factors for colorectal cancer, a common but preventable disease.

February 8, 2018
Care for adults , Risk and Prevention
Can Exercise Reduce the Risk of Cancer Recurrence?

Exercising, even at a moderate level, is one thing cancer survivors can do to lower the odds of cancer recurrence.

February 7, 2018
Childhood , Rare tumors, childhood
What is Retinoblastoma and How is it Treated?

Retinoblastoma is a rare childhood cancer of the eye. It arises from the retina, the nerve tissue in the back of the eye that is sensitive to light.

February 6, 2018
How do Chromosome Abnormalities Result in Cancer?

When chromosomes don't form correctly during cell division, the result can be a misspelling or glitch in the genetic code, potentially allowing cells to proliferate continuously – a hallmark of cancer.

February 5, 2018
Childhood , Soft tissue sarcomas, childhood
Cancer Researchers Hit a Bullseye With a New Drug Target for Ewing Sarcoma

The revelation brings a surge of hope to the field of pediatric oncology, which has long been challenged to find new drugs against childhood cancers.

February 2, 2018

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