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How to Choose an Oncologist

Not all doctors are created equal! Choosing an oncologist is an important part of your cancer treatment. You will be spending a lot of time, money and investing trust in this person who is responsible for your care. Here's how to choose the best oncologist for your cancer type.   

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Brain Tumor Symptoms

Monday March 31, 2014

When you have chronic headaches, it's natural to think of the worst. A brain tumor is often the first possible cause that enters a person's mind, but they are usually wrong in most cases. Contrary to popular belief, headaches usually aren't an initial symptom of a brain tumor, although people with brain tumors do suffer from headaches as their condition progresses. What are the symptoms that raise red flags for doctors? Read more about brain tumor symptoms to find out...

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Dry Mouth During Radiation Therapy: How to Cope

Monday March 31, 2014

Anyone undergoing radiation therapy to the head and neck area will tell you that the most troublesome side effect is dry mouth. During radiation therapy, the salivary glands become exposed to radiation, causing mild to severe damage. The result is a decrease of saliva production. While we all have experienced dry mouth at one time or another, it does not compare to that of a person who has undergone radiation therapy. Foods are hard to swallow. Water doesn't moisten the tongue or inside of the mouth. Mouth sores can form. As you can see, it can be both frustrating and devastating.

There are many different ways you can combat dry mouth -- pharmaceutically and with OTC remedies. Check out these simple and cost effective ways to treat dry mouth caused by radiation.

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7 Tips to Help You Save on Prescriptions

Monday March 31, 2014

In the uncertain economic times that are among us, every penny has to count. Many Americans are choosing between buying groceries and paying for their prescription medication. It shouldn't be that way and it doesn't have to be! There are so many ways to save on your prescriptions - you just need to know how. Check out these 7 tips to help you save on your prescription medications.

If you are struggling to pay for your meds, remember to never abruptly quit any medication without consulting your doctor. The same goes for scaling down doses. It is never a good idea to change your regimen without talking to your doctor. He or she can discuss possible cost cutting alternatives that will ease your mind and your wallet.

Low Iodine Recipes For Thyroid Cancer Treatment

Monday March 31, 2014

If you have any experience with thyroid cancer as a patient or caregiver, you know know about the low iodine diet. For those who are out of the loop, it's not a weight loss fad diet, but a a diet meant to deprive the body of iodine to prepare for a radioactive iodine scan or ablation. You spend 2-3 weeks eating foods that are low iodine. This means no eating out, commercial baked goods, dairy, iodized salt, and other foods that we all have come to rely on. Some call it 14 days of hell, but it doesn't have to be!

I have collected recipes from the About.com Food Channel that are within the guidelines of the low iodine diet. They were not created solely for low iodine dieters, but are just regular recipes that fall withing the guidelines. here's the best part -- they are good. Really good. Check out these low iodine diet recipes.

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