treatment

What can a cancer chaplain do for me as a cancer patient?

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“Don’t be shy. It is not a sign of weakness to want a person of faith by your side at a time like this,” says Rhonda Cooper, an oncology chaplain at the Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore.  If you are struggling to understand why you have cancer, are feeling a range of emotions from(...)

9 Issues Clinicians Are Talking About in Breast Cancer Care

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**Note: This blog was written by Elissa Bantug of the Kimmel Cancer Center's Breast Cancer Program. On March 7-8, 2013, over two hundred physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers from around the region attended the Seventh Bi-Annual Johns Hopkins Breast Cancer Conference to discuss the latest trends in research and clinical care.  Due to improved(...)

Out-of-the-box science finds drug target for cancer and asthma

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Last week's news announcement of a new drug target for asthma and cancer heralded an example of the type of out-of-the-box thinking that has now widened the scope of research in both diseases and has the potential for great impact. This research starts with innovative scientists willing to cross disciplines to understand how biological processes(...)

Hormone Therapy Combined with Chemotherapy Increases Survival for Prostate Cancer Patients

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Early results from a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have shown that men with hormone-sensitive metastatic prostate cancer who have received a combination of the chemotherapy drug docetaxel and hormone therapy lived longer than patients who received hormone therapy alone. The study enrolled 790 men with metastatic prostate cancer who received(...)

Cancer and Palliative Care: More Than a Physical Diagnosis

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**This post was contributed by Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center development staff member Allison M. Rich. Cancer is more than just a physical diagnosis. Here at Hopkins, we know that preserving the dignity of our patients means providing them with the tools they need to confront the impacts that cancer has on all aspects of(...)

Do organic foods help breast cancer patients?

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**A continuation of our series on breast cancer and nutrition. Research studies show that organic foods do not contain any more nutrients than non-organic foods, says Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center nutritionist Mary Eve Brown. But you may want to choose organic foods for other reasons, such as avoiding antibiotics, hormones or pesticide residues in your(...)

What about supplements? Nutrition advice for breast cancer patients

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**A continuation of our series on breast cancer and nutrition. Many breast cancer patients assume they will need to take supplements to boost their nutrition during treatment, says Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center nutritionist Mary Eve Brown, and many people think that adding nutritional supplements to their diet will reduce their chances of getting cancer. However,(...)

Nutrition after therapy: How breast cancer patients can create a prevention diet

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**A continuation of our series on breast cancer and nutrition. Creating a prevention diet is an important part of your transition from breast cancer treatment to an after-therapy life, says Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center nutritionist Mary Eve Brown.  She notes five hallmarks of a smart prevention diet:  Unprocessed, plant-based foods High-fiber foods with whole grains,(...)

The breast cancer patient’s management game plan for weight loss

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**A continuation of our series on breast cancer and nutrition. If weight loss is among your side effects during breast cancer treatment, you can use good nutrition principles to create a plan to manage your weight loss, says Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center nutritionist Mary Eve Brown.  Weight loss can occur due to the tumor itself,(...)