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What is Hope?


What does it mean to have hope, to be hopeful? Each of us have our own very personal ways we might answer such a big question. But, what if you were a child with a cancer or a parent with a child who had cancer? What if you asked that question of a nurse or(...)

4 Tips to Reduce Hair Loss


Some types of chemotherapy damage cells that cause hair growth. For some patients, losing their hair is one of the most emotional and upsetting parts of undergoing treatment. The good news is that hair almost always grows back 2 to 3 months after chemo is over. Since it usually takes about one or two weeks(...)

Top Cancer Research News: April


Dr. Bill Nelson discusses a new antibody drug for melanoma, hormone replacement therapy for women, vitamin D and the heart drug digoxin in treating prostate cancer. Listen to these topics and more discussed in the most recent Cancer News Review Podcast. First, Nelson reviews the FDA approval of a new antibody drug called Ipilimumab, which(...)

9 Tips for Managing Nausea


Nausea and vomiting can occur while getting chemotherapy, right after, or many hours or days later.  You’ll most likely feel better on the days you are not receiving chemo.  Here are 9 tips for managing your nausea: 1. Use a journal to record what causes your vomiting and nausea. Discuss this with your doctor or nurse.(...)

Do’s and Don’ts for Diarrhea


Chemo can cause diarrhea because it harms your healthy cells that line the large and small bowel. It may also speed up food moving through your bowels. Diarrhea also can be caused by infections or drugs used to treat constipation. Here are a few dos and don’ts for managing diarrhea: Do drink 8 – 10(...)

7 Surprising Ways to Manage Chemo Side Effects


Chemotherapy, designed to kill fast-growing cancer cells, can also affect healthy cells – in fact damaged healthy cells cause side effects during your chemo.  Here are 7 surprising ways to manage side effects during chemo treatment: 1. Rest doesn’t always help you fight fatigue.  Exercise has been shown to reduce fatigue, but you may need(...)

Kimmel Quotables


Who are the heroes in your life? The Daily Record chose Laurie Bryant, R.N. as their Health Care Hero.  Sharon Krumm, our director of nursing had the following to say about Laurie. “Laurie's passion for excellent nursing care includes psychological, social and spiritual aspects of care.  Her passion is manifested in a number of ways,(...)

Cancer Research News – March


Dr. Bill Nelson discusses environmental exposures, tailoring specific treatment and cancer risks among us. Listen to these topics discussed in the most recent Cancer News Podcast. First, Nelson reviews a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine, on environmental sources that might contribute to cancer.  He stresses two of the biggest and most(...)