treatment

Lung Cancer: Still the Top Cancer Killer

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Recent news of the full results of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) published in the New England Journal of Medicine underscores the heavy toll that lung cancer takes on many lives.  It's still the deadliest of all cancers.  For Phyllis Curtis, who had enrolled in the trial at Johns Hopkins, the trial and screening(...)

Avastin: Good Drug, Bad Decision?

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Recent news that the FDA will not approve the use of the drug Avastin for breast cancer has many patients who have benefitted questioning why.  Kimmel Cancer Center director William Nelson believes it is a perfect example of why personalized cancer medicine—getting the right drugs to the right patients—is so important. “Often in trials, drugs(...)

4 Tips to Reduce Hair Loss

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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(...)

9 Tips for Managing Nausea

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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.(...)

7 Surprising Ways to Manage Chemo Side Effects

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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(...)

Video Pick of the Week

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I recently visited Dr. Elias Zambidis' lab to discuss his research on turning blood cells into heart cells.  They pioneered a method that uses plasmids (tiny rings of DNA) rather than viruses to transfer genetic material into blood cells, which is the first among several steps on the path to becoming heart cells.  Their newly-developed recipe to(...)

Breast Cancer Patients: Lymph Nodes – Leave Them Alone?

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When most people think about breast cancer, they don’t often think about the small, pea-sized structures that dot the body and help fight infections and other foreign substances.  But it’s top-of- mind for many patients who undergo surgery for breast cancer. Lymph nodes are sites for cancer spread, and certain nodes are removed during surgery(...)