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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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