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    1. How to Cope When Breast Cancer Returns

      When Elizabeth Edwards announced in March that her breast cancer had returned, her peers -- other breast cancer survivors -- expressed a range of emotions. Topping the list was empathy for Edwards, whose cancer had spread to her bones. There was also pride in her bravery: She chose to be open and ho

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    2. Patrick Dempsey: Cancer Caregiver

      A decade before Grey’s Anatomy was even imagined, Patrick Dempsey -- the actor who catapulted to fame as “Dr. McDreamy” in the hit medical drama -- was already working on his bedside manner. No, he wasn’t preparing for a part. He had traveled back to rural Maine, where he’d been raised, to help his

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    3. Winning the Prostate Cancer Battle

      Four years ago, Santa gave me the worst Christmas present I'd ever received. The day after the most joyous holiday of the year, my doctor called and delivered the news that I had prostate cancer. Because my dad had prostate cancer decades before, I had been going to a urologist since I turned 40 to

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    4. Routine Tests for Men

      When it comes to cars, you know when to change the oil, rotate the tires, and have the front end aligned. But you may not be as diligent about caring for your body as you are about your car. The body needs routine maintenance, no matter how many miles you have on it. Some men never get that care, an

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    5. Eating Right During Cancer Treatment

      When you're being treated for cancer, it's more important than ever to eat a healthy diet and get good nutrition -- but it can also be more difficult than ever. Your body is working overtime to fight the cancer, while it's also doing extra duty to repair healthy cells that may have been damaged as a

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    6. Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects

      Chemotherapy just may be more notorious for its side effects than for its life-saving potential. Fortunately, after years of experience with chemo drugs, doctors and patients have found ways to manage common side effects. A few are outlined below. Though chemotherapy drugs can cause dozens of unwelc

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    7. Emailed Health Warnings: Hoax or Fact?

      A busy Boston architect, Brooke Trivas gets tons of emails. She usually responds to them quickly, replying or deleting as needed. But a recent email, sent by a friend, was so unnerving it required more attention. Leading brands of lipstick contain lead, the message warned -- at levels high enough to

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    8. Skin Cancer Danger: Not Just in Summer

      I said goodbye to summer when I packed away my bikini for cold weather hibernation, only to fish it out weeks later for a trip to Australia, where the seasons are opposite what they are in the U.S. The fall and winter months here are seasons of spring and summer there. Down under, I discovered a goo

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    9. Exercise for Cancer Patients: Fitness after Treatment

      Surviving cancer and making it through cancer treatment are major accomplishments. Most, if not all, survivors find a new priority in life: keeping cancer from returning. The latest research suggests that exercise for cancer patients may help. If you've made it through the rough road of cancer diagn

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    10. A Cancer Diagnosis: What to Do Next?

      "Cancer" may be the most frightening word in medicine. Life changes suddenly and profoundly after a cancer diagnosis. Initial shock gives way to a realization of the tremendous physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges that lie ahead. Beyond the emotional turmoil that accompanies a cancer diagno

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