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(...)

Science is Cool!

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Whether it’s making a sticky, rubbery substance like Flubber, turning a clear solution blue, or figuring out how a normal cell turns into a cancer cell, it’s all science. Those of us at the Kimmel Cancer Center think science is cool, and we’re hoping, with the right introduction, young students will begin to think so(...)

World Cancer Day

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Cancer is now the leading cause of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.  It crosses all boundaries, gender, ages, ethnicities and strikes both the wealthy and poor.  Thus, it will take a global effort to reduce the burden of cancer on our societies. Stand Up to Cancer released the video below to ask(...)

Cancer News Review

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This month's Cancer News Review podcast with Kimmel Cancer Center director Bill Nelson begins with updates on the field of head and neck cancer in light of the encouraging news that actor Michael Douglas' cancer is in remission. Nelson says that there is an emerging story in oropharyngeal cancers (those that are in the back(...)

Students Offer Handmade Hope

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    This post is written by Shaun Morris, Public Relations Intern, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center   The Gerstell Academy varsity girls’ basketball team delivered 50 hand-painted Believe Mugs to cancer patients and family members in the Weinberg Building on January 5th. This is the first year that the students have delivered the mugs,(...)

Pancreatic cancer

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There are few cancers that are as tough to beat as pancreatic cancer.  When it is found, the disease has usually spread, and only about 20 percent of newly-diagnosed patients are eligible for surgery. But if there is ever a time when there are high hopes for new ways to detect and treat it, the time is now.  Scientists at Johns(...)

Fatigue

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Five weeks into radiation, I decided that the hair on my legs had become so long that an intervention was necessary.  Going somewhere to have my legs waxed was too overwhelming in my current state, and cutting myself while shaving seemed like a small risk, as I’d internalized my doctors’ advice about the compromised nature(...)