Category Archives: Cancer

An Overview of the Neutropenic Diet

The neutropenic diet, which involves special attention to food selection and safe food handling practices, is recommended for people with weakened immune systems to reduce the risk of infections. It is often advised during chemotherapy. Your neutrophils, the white blood cells that are the first responders in fighting infection, are strongly affected by most chemotherapy drugs, and low levels can make you prone to infections. Safe food handling practices as well as avoiding certain foods can reduce your […]

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E-Cigarettes and Cancer Patients

Are e-cigarettes safe for people with cancer? What if they are being used to help a person quit smoking? The research on e-cigarettes is still young, but what do we know about the nicotine and toxins in this smoking alternative? Let’s start by talking about how cigarette smoking can affect people who already have cancer, how nicotine alone may affect people with cancer (since nicotine is in both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes), and whether e-cigarettes may play a […]

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Can Marijuana Help My Cancer Treatment Side Effects?

Cannabis sativa, more commonly known as the marijuana plant, has a long history in medicine. In fact, there is written evidence of the medical use of cannabis in China dating more than 5,000 years ago. It was recommended for a variety of ailments ranging from diarrhea and hemorrhoids to nausea and chest congestion, and also used as an aphrodisiac, pain reliever, and anesthetic. As our knowledge of the human body and disease grows, so does our understanding […]

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Benefits of Yoga for Cancer Patients

Yoga for cancer patients is now offered at many cancer centers as well as community organizations. What are the benefits of yoga for cancer, are there any precautions you should take, and how can you get started? What Is Yoga? A 5,000-year-old practice based on Indian philosophy, yoga has gained popularity in the United States in recent years. Yoga uses a combination of postures, rhythmic breathing, and meditation, and is said to contribute to our physical and […]

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Acupuncture for Cancer Patients

Many cancer centers are now offering acupuncture for cancer patients. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that has been around for thousands of years. It is based on the belief that to be healthy, there must be a balance of yin and yang in the body. If an imbalance occurs, the normal flow of energy (qi) is disrupted and disease may occur. During an acupuncture session, practitioners use needles placed along the energy fields of the […]

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Understanding If Cancer Is Contagious

Cancer is not contagious in the conventional sense and is not considered an infectious or communicable disease. Cancer itself cannot be transmitted from one person to another (unlike some animals) by breathing the same air, sharing a toothbrush, touching, kissing, or having sex. With a few rare exceptions (organ transplant recipients, mother to fetal transmission, and a few rare events), the immune system will recognize any foreign cells (including cancer cells from another person) and destroy them. […]

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Neoplasm Types and Factors That Cause Them

A neoplasm is an abnormal growth of cells in the body, also described as a tumor. A neoplasm can be a small growth, such as a mole, or a cancerous or pre-cancerous tumor. Most of the time, neoplasms are not dangerous to your health, but they can be. If you have a neoplasm, it is important to show it to your doctor. Recognizing a Neoplasm A visible neoplasm may look exactly like your skin, or it may […]

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Telling Friends and Family That You’ve Been Diagnosed With Cancer

Telling friends and family that you have been diagnosed with cancer is not an easy task. Not only do you have to deal with the new emotions that you are feeling, but you also have to cope with the reaction of the person you are telling. This can result in added stress, which can increase your own fears and anxiety about cancer. This guide can help ease you through the process.  Do You Have to Tell Everyone […]

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Understanding “Liquid Tumors”

When most of us think of cancer, we envision a defined lump in our breast or a single polyp in our colon. We think of cancers as solid growths that we can feel or that block, bleed, or in some other way clearly point themselves out. But there are a group of cancers that do not always (or even ever) develop as solitary tumors, that are fluid-like, and that produce misleading symptoms which make their diagnosis challenging. These […]

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What Happens If Your Primary Cancer Tumor Cannot Be Found?

Breast cancer. Prostate cancer. Colon cancer. Patients with cancer are labeled based on the origin of their malignancies. This categorization serves a real purpose: one of the most important factors in determining treatment options and prognosis is the origin of the cancer, the “primary tumor” site. Cancer of Unknown Primary Origin But for about three out of every 100 cancer patients, the original cancer site is never found. That is, the patient presents with new symptoms (such as pain […]

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