Caring for a Family Member with Cancer

Watching a loved one live with terminal cancer and not being able to do anything about it can be a very sad and depressing time in anybody’s life. However, there are numerous things that can be done in order to keep that loved one comfortable until his or her time comes.

When all surgery and treatment options are performed and later ruled out, post-surgical care can be painful and is sometimes known to spread the cancer. The patient may experience complications from anesthesia, develop infections, and have a lower immune system. With not many options left, nurses and family members are often required to administer pills or IVs to the patient on a daily basis.

Not accepting reality or finding it heartbreaking to watch, many family members tend to distance themselves from the dying patient. They don’t know what to do or where to begin. For those that are… Continue reading

What causes bone cancer

Bone cancer is caused by a problem with the cells that make bone. More than 2,000 people are diagnosed in the United States each year with a bone tumor. Bone tumors occur most commonly in children and adolescents and are less common in older adults. Cancer involving the bone in older adults is most commonly the result of metastatic spread from another tumor.

There are many different types of bone cancer. The most common primary bone tumors include osteosarcoma, Ewing’s sarcoma, chondrosarcoma, malignant fibrous histiocytoma, fibrosarcoma, and chordoma.

  • Osteosarcoma is the most common primary malignant bone cancer. It most commonly affects males between 10 and 25 years old but can less commonly affect older adults. It often occurs in the long bones of the arms and legs at areas of rapid growth around the knees and shoulders of children. This type of cancer is often very aggressive with risk of… Continue reading

What other support is there for cancer patients

Living with a serious disease is difficult. Cancer patients and those who care about them face many problems and challenges. Coping with these difficulties is easier when people have helpful information and support services. Artcicle directories are a good place to look for material written by normal people who have experienced life. They know the ups and down of sickness and health.

Cancer patients may worry about holding their job, caring for their family, or keeping up with daily activities. Worries about tests, treatments, hospital stays, and medical bills are also common. Doctors, nurses, and other members of the health care team can answer questions about treatment, working, or other activities. Meeting with a nurse, social worker, counselor, or a member of the clergy also can be helpful to patients who want to talk about their feelings or discuss their concerns about the future or about personal relationships.

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What are the side effects of cancer treatment

It is hard to limit the effects of treatment so that only cancer cells are removed or destroyed. Because treatment also damages healthy cells and tissues, it often causes unpleasant side effects.

The side effects of cancer treatment vary. They depend mainly on the type and extent of the treatment. Also, each person reacts differently. Attempts are made to plan the patient’s therapy to keep side effects to a minimum. Patients are monitored during therapy so that any problems which occur can be addressed. All therapy and treatment of cancer is centered around the control of erosion as it relates to healthy cellular growth. The body does not have control of the gorwth of the cancer cells.

Surgery – The side effects of surgery depend on the location of the tumor, the type of operation, the patient’s general health, and other factors. Although patients are often uncomfortable during the… Continue reading

Basal cell carcinoma

What is basal cell carcinoma?

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer and accounts for more than 90% of all skin cancer in the U.S. These cancers almost never spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body. They can, however, cause damage by growing and invading surrounding tissue.

What are risk factors for developing basal cell carcinoma?

Light-colored skin, sun exposure, and age are all important factors in the development of basal cell carcinomas. People who have fair skin and are older have higher rates of basal cell carcinoma. About 20% of these skin cancers, however, occur in areas that are not sun-exposed, such as the chest, back, arms, legs, and scalp. The face, however, remains the most common location for basal cell lesions. Weakening of the immune system, whether by disease or medication, can also promote the risk of developing basal cell carcinoma. Other risk… Continue reading

Research Tips

Just as you would search for the best oncologist by reading reviews, articles and even items published by an oncologist to make sure you get the best treatment for yourself or a loved one you should also read reviews on hosting providers prior to selecting one. Do your reasearch so you will be better prepared when it comes time to make the final decision.

Cervical cancer vaccine: Who needs it, how it works

Most cervical cancers are caused by the sexually transmitted infection human papillomavirus (HPV). Widespread HPV immunization, however, could reduce the impact of cervical cancer worldwide. Here, Bobbie Gostout, M.D., an HPV infection expert and gynecologic surgeon at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., discusses the cervical cancer vaccine.

What does the cervical cancer vaccine do?

Various strains of HPV, which spread through sexual contact, cause most cases of cervical cancer. Two cervical cancer vaccines have Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in the U.S. — Gardasil and Cervarix. Both vaccines can prevent most cases of cervical cancer if given before a girl or woman is exposed to the virus.

In addition, both can prevent most vaginal and vulvar cancer in women, and Gardasil can prevent genital warts in women and men.

Who is the cervical cancer vaccine for and when should it be given?

The cervical cancer vaccine is recommended for girls… Continue reading

Healthy Menus for Cancer Patients

 

Cancer can make eating difficult. Undergoing cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, can cause nausea, vomiting and a loss of appetite. The radiation from cancer treatments can cause mouth sores and make eating unpleasant. However, it is essential to eat a healthy diet in order to keep up nutrition and be strong enough to withstand cancer treatments.

1.   What Should You Eat?

  • A diet high in fiber can help prevent enertisis, a condition of the intestines caused by radiation. Chewing ice chips and taking amino acid supplements can help prevent mouth sores associated with radiation. When it comes to regular meals, the University of California Medical Center recommends bland foods and states that cold foods are usually preferable to hot. Jello, eggs, cream of wheat, cheese and crackers, cottage cheese and fruit are specifically recommended as bland foods which provide good sources of nutrition. Meal replacement shakes are… Continue reading

Nutritional Drinks for Cancer Patients

 

Unintentional weight loss often accompanies cancer therapy because of poor appetites and treatment side effects. A healthy diet will maintain optimal nutrition status, though a “healthy diet” will be different for cancer patients than the general public because calories and protein are the focus. Nutritional drink supplements may improve calories and protein for cancer patients. Nutrition drinks on the market today offer variety and choice.

1.   When is Supplementation Recommended?

  • Not every cancer patient will experience poor appetite and weight loss. Patients who have problems eating enough to maintain their weight should try some form of nutritional beverage. Losing 10 percent of your weight is considered severe; if this happens, tell your doctor.
  • If weight loss is a concern, boost calories and protein through nutrition drinks such as Boost or Ensure. If insurance does not cover nutrition beverages, purchase the store brand version to save money. The… Continue reading

Nutrition and Diet for Cancer Patients

Your diet is always an important factor in your health, but it is especially important when you are ill. Eating the right kinds and amounts of food can help you feel better and become stronger. Surgery or radiation may increase the need for nutrients, especially protein. Chemotherapy and even some types of medication, may result in a nutrient imbalance which may require specific replacement. Many malignant mesothelioma patients lose their appetites due to worry and fear over their condition. Those who have begun treatment may not enjoy eating because of side effects such as nausea and vomiting, dry mouth, sore throat, changing taste or smell, or constipation.

Because your nutritional needs change during extended illness, your diet may need to change as well. The health care community recommends a general adult diet that is low in fat, includes small portions of meat and dairy products, and larger portions of fruits,… Continue reading