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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.

Your Post-Thyroidectomy Diet

Monday March 31, 2014

If you are having a thyroidectomy, you may be concerned about your diet following the procedure. As many of you know, my husband is being treated for thyroid cancer and just underwent a total thyroidectomy. While researching the internet, he found conflicting information about what he could and couldn't eat after having the surgery. One site said he would be on liquids for two weeks, while another said even liquids could be hard to swallow. It wasn't exactly the most encouraging information, to say the least.

You should know that every person recovers from surgery differently. While one one person may struggle to eat, another may be munching on pizza the same day. It varies. Learn more about what you can expect after having a thyroidectomy.

Angelina Jolie to Have More Cancer Prevention Surgery

Saturday March 15, 2014

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, actress Angelina Jolie revealed that more surgery is needed to reduce to her risk of cancer because of a genetic disposition to breast and ovarian cancer. The actress underwent an elective mastectomy last May to reduce her risk of breast cancer and may undergo surgery to remove her ovaries in the future. She told EW, "There's still another surgery to have, which I haven't yet," .

Genetic testing showed that Jolie had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, according to her Op Ed column, published in the NY Times last year. After undergoing a mastectomy, her risk dropped to about 5 percent. Surgery to remove her ovaries will further reduce her risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

I think it is fantastic that Jolie has been open about her medical decisions to the public. It has definitely raised awareness about genetic testing, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer. I would like to note that many, many women have mutated BRCA genes, like Jolie, but cannot afford surgery or their insurance will not cover the procedure. The decision to have a surgery to prevent cancer is not easy, but when not given the option because of financial circumstances is even more distressing.

Jim Kelly Battling Cancer Recurrence

Saturday March 15, 2014

Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Jim Kelly has been diagnosed with cancer. The year old was diagnosed with oral cancer last June and underwent surgery to remove part of his jaw. When he was initially diagnosed, Kelly experienced pain in his jaw that was unresponsive to antibiotics. Surgery to remove a cyst in his gums and nasal cavity revealed the malignancy. Follow up testing has shown the cancer has returned and Kelly will undergo further treatment to treat the disease.

Though the cause of Kelly's cancer has not be discussed and perhaps remains unknown, several things can cause this type of cancer. Tobacco use, alcohol consumption, HPV, and unprotected facial exposure to sunlight all are known risk factors for jaw cancer. Like most types of cancer, the earlier jaw cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat.

Exercise is the Key to Fatigue Prevention

Friday February 28, 2014

If you are about to undergo chemotherapy or in the middle of a regimen, exercise may be the last thing on your "to-do" list. Your mode of thinking may be that if you are too tired to even go grocery shopping, how in the world can you go walk a mile or take a yoga class? What is great about exercise is that it can help fight fatigue! Research has repeatedly shown that exercise combats fatigue, depression, insomnia, and also improves self-esteem and confidence in people undergoing chemotherapy. Some studies have shown that people who exercise during treatment experience fewer side effects than those who don't exercise.

Fatigue takes a toll on you, especially on your quality of life, which is so important to try to maintain while in treatment. If you feel fatigued, it is so important to talk to your doctor about what can be done medically to treat it. You can aid in preventing and combating fatigue by exercising, drinking plenty of fluids, and care planning of your schedule. Learn more about cancer fatigue and what you can do to prevent and treat it.

Do You Believe These Cervical Cancer Myths?

Friday February 28, 2014

<p>I receive a lot of questions about cervical health, especially from young women who have heard incorrect information about Pap smears and cervical cancer. I decided to address these questions in a new article, "<a href="http://cancer.about.com/od/cervicalcan3/tp/cervical-cancer-myths.htm" zT="1/1UH">9 Commonly Believed Cervical Cancer Myths</a>". By reading I hope you learn something new and empower yourself to make good decisions about your cervical health.</p>

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When You Should Worry About Pelvic Pain

Friday February 28, 2014

Pelvic pain has plagued women since the beginning of time. It can be a normal sign that ovulation is occuring or part of pre-mentrual syndrome. Pelvic pain and cramping are things we have been told are just part of being a woman. As cancer research has progressed over the last few decades, we have learned that pelvic pain can be a sign of something more serious. From endometriosis to gynecologic cancer, pelvic pain can be a strong symptom. But, how do you discern between your average, run of the mill pelvic cramping that is normal and pelvic pain that is serious? Read more about pelvic pain and when you should see your doctor about it.

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