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  1. Caring for Your Skin, Hair, and Nails During Chemotherapy

    Treating cancer with chemotherapy kills cancer cells, but unfortunately, many patients also have unwanted side effects, such as hair loss, dry skin, and brittle nails. Watching your hair fall out can be especially distressing. “Generally, how we look is really important to most all of us. The though

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  2. Ovarian Cancer Chemotherapy: Know Your Treatment Options

    "You have ovarian cancer." These four words are among the most difficult a woman can ever hear. Yet more than 21,000 women hear them each year. Being told that you have ovarian cancer is made even more difficult by the prognosis. With no real method to screen for ovarian cancer, by the time most wom

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  3. Starting Chemotherapy: 15 Nutrition Tips

    If you are undergoing chemotherapy, you want to stay as healthy and comfortable as possible during treatment.  What you eat during treatment can make a big difference in helping you achieve that goal. “Chemotherapy and radiation treatments place their own burdens on the nutrition system in addition

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  4. Jean Smart Takes a Leading Role in Battling Brain Cancer

    Jean Smart is used to changing roles. The blond beauty first made audiences laugh as Charlene Stillfield on CBS's Designing Women sitcom, won two Emmy Awards as Lana Gardner on NBC's Frasier, and took home a third for her role on ABC's comedic hit Samantha Who? in 2007. She also made a splash as the

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  5. Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: When You Need More Than One Treatment

    “We work in a team when it comes to planning care for a lung cancer patient,” says Steven E. Schild, MD, professor and chairman of the department of radiation oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. This means that you will be working with one or more of the following specialists:   Pulmono

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  6. Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: Advances in Chemotherapy

    Chemotherapy is being used in new ways to treat non-small cell lung cancer (NCSLC). Until a few years ago, only patients with late-stage lung cancer received chemotherapy to help prolong life. Now, chemotherapy is given at earlier stages, in addition to other treatments, to slow the progression of c

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  7. Prostate Cancer Questions to Ask Your Doctor -- and Yourself

    Being diagnosed with prostate cancer can be frightening. The more you learn, however, the less anxious you may feel. Your most important task after being diagnosed is to get as much information as you can about your condition. Then you and your doctor can talk over the best course of action. Because

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  8. Prostate Biopsy and the Gleason Score: What You Should Know

    A biopsy is used to detect the presence of cancer cells in the prostate and to evaluate how aggressive cancer is likely to be. Thanks to an array of biopsy techniques and new tools to interpret the results, doctors are better able to predict when cancers are slow-growing and when they’re likely to b

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  9. How to Find the Best Cancer Treatment

    If you've recently heard the words, "It's cancer," your world has probably turned upside down. You have a million fears and a million questions, and you may not be sure where to turn next. No matter what type of cancer you might have, most of these fears -- and a lot of these questions -- are univer

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  10. New Mammogram Screening Guidelines FAQ

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is recommending sweeping changes in its breast cancer screening guidelines. The USPSTF, which is a group of independent health experts convened by the Department of Health and Human Services, reviewed and commissioned research to develop computer-simu

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