treatment

The breast cancer patient’s management game plan for constipation

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**A continuation of our series on breast cancer and nutrition. Constipation’s another breast cancer treatment side effect that most people don’t want to discuss. Some chemotherapy drugs can result in constipation, particularly the anti-nausea treatments. But Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center nutritionist Mary Eve Brown has useful ways to cope with constipation, using smart nutrition tactics: (...)

How to manage breast cancer treatment side effects with nutrition: Sore mouth, taste changes and nausea

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**A continuation of our series on breast cancer and nutrition. A sore mouth is one side effect of some breast cancer treatment. Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center nutritionist Mary Eve Brown says you can manage it better if you:  Eat soft, moist foods, such as yogurt, eggs, avocadoes, soups, fruit cups, pudding, hot cereal, cottage cheese,(...)

What nutrition can contribute to your breast cancer treatment

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This is Part Two of a series on nutrition for breast cancer patients. Nutrition is a vital component of your breast cancer treatment, says Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center nutritionist Mary Eve Brown. “Nutrition helps you maintain your weight and your strength during treatment,” she says. Brown recommends partnering with a registered dietitian to manage your(...)

Cancer drug resistance: why advanced cancers recur and how to stop them

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It is a fait accompli. Advanced cancers are destined to recur, and drug resistance to single agents is determined simply by how long it takes cancer cells with mutant genes to multiply. That's what a Johns Hopkins team of scientists announced last year when they published findings of experiments with targeted cancer therapies. To overcome drug resistance(...)

When do breast cancer survivors use nutrition in their cancer journey? Right at the start

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This is Part One of a series on nutrition for breast cancer patients. It’s never too early to start thinking about nutrition when you have breast cancer. Whether your treatment is yet to happen, just beginning, or already underway, nutrition is an important support system for your body. Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center nutritionist Mary Eve(...)

More Good News on Melanoma Drug

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Researchers from the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and other institutions reported more data today on studies of a new melanoma drug that target products of a cancer-causing mutation in the BRAF gene. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, tracked patients with metastatic melanoma who have been followed for more than a year(...)

Engineering Cures

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I entered uncharted territory when I began the feature story for the latest issue of the Kimmel Cancer Center's magazine Promise & Progress.  I was unaware that Johns Hopkins engineers had joined our cancer experts in the fight against cancer and equally unaware of the great body of work that was coming from this new(...)

Formerly “Ask a Nurse Practitioner about Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms, Problems, and Concerns”

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This web page was part of a research study to assess the effectiveness of online support, nurse practitioner Marian Grant, who answered questions on symptoms, treatments and support for pancreatic cancer patients.  This page is now closed to questions/comments, but for a list of previously answered questions by Marian Grant, go to the comments section(...)

5 Ways to Beat Fatigue During Chemotherapy

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Fatigue during cancer treatment can be tough to manage.  While ranging from mild to extreme, for some there’s no tired like “chemo tired.”  Many patients describe it as feeling weak, weary, worn out, heavy or slow and it can be difficult for friends, family or co-workers to understand. No one wants to drag through the(...)