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  1. Stay Safe in the Sun After Skin Cancer

    If you've had skin cancer, you don't need to stay indoors and read a book while everyone else is out riding a bike or at a ball game. You do need to be extra careful in the sun, though.  "We want to encourage a healthy lifestyle," says Lisa Chipps, MD, director of dermatologic surgery at Harbor-UCLA

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  2. Skin Cancer in People of Color

    As a person of color, you might question whether skin cancer ought to be one of your top health concerns. If you're African-American, you may not even think you can get  skin cancer. But you’d be surprised. "Anyone can get skin cancer," says Lisa Chipps, MD, director of dermatologic surgery at Harbo

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  3. Before You Begin Cancer Treatment

    There’s no preparing for a cancer diagnosis. But when it comes to cancer treatment, there are things you can do to get ready for what’s ahead. Experts say even taking small steps can improve your sense of well-being and control. Here are some things to do before your chemotherapy or radiation treatm

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  4. Living Well With Metastatic Breast Cancer

    Not long ago, the main goal of treating metastatic breast cancer -- meaning the disease has spread well beyond the breast -- was to keep a woman comfortable. But a lot has changed in the past decade. Now treatment can help many women live longer, better, and disease-free for periods of time. Pamela

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  5. Feeling Sick With CML: Coping With Later Phases

    When you’re in the advanced stages of CML, you may feel sick and have a wide range of symptoms -- or none at all. Here’s what’s going on inside your body and how to feel as good as possible. You might feel ill, but not necessarily. Some people with advanced CML have fever, less appetite, or weight l

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  6. Remission During Chronic-Phase CML

    New medicines have greatly boosted quality of life for people with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). The goal of treatment is remission. How do you know if you’re there? As your blood test results improve with medications for CML, your doctor will talk to you about the different types of responses

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  7. 10 Cancer Symptoms Women Shouldn't Ignore

    When Caryl Engstrom, 49, found a lump in her right breast, she knew something was wrong. Despite a normal mammogram 2 months earlier and recent breast exams by her internist and gynecologist, who found nothing amiss, Engstrom knew she needed to call her doctor right away. "I just had a gut feeling.

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  8. Your Treatment Options for Advanced Breast Cancer

    If you're facing advanced breast cancer, called metastatic or stage IV cancer, you probably have a lot of questions. That's understandable. "The goals of therapy are to prolong life, while at the same time maintaining a good quality of life," says Julie Gralow, MD, of the Seattle Cancer Care Allianc

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  9. Are Clinical Trials Right for You?

    If you have advanced breast cancer, you may be thinking about joining a clinical trial. Patients often test new drugs or treatments in these careful studies. Joining a trial can benefit you and the women who come after you. After all, we have today's treatments because other women took part in a cli

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  10. When Breast Cancer Spreads

    If your cancer spreads beyond your breast and the nearby lymph nodes, it's called advanced cancer, or metastatic cancer. The most common places it spreads to are the liver, lungs, bones, and brain. News that your cancer has spread is scary, but there are many treatments that work for metastatic brea

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