Returning to work after cancer is no easy feat.  Impossible as it might seem–especially after battling cancer–the day comes when treatment is finished.  Facing a job again can be nerve-wracking, stressful, and exhausting. For some survivors, it’s important to jump right back on the wagon, to prove you’re in control.  For others, it might be…

Cancer and cancer treatment can change the body image which in turn can affect the self confidence of the patient. They may feel conscious about the image, feel depressed or different. These FAQ’s will help them to cope with the changed body image. What is body image?          Body image is how you see your…

Cancer, even best of therapy can have recurrences. There can be short and long term side effects of treatment. All these require follow up and regular check up. While navigating your new life after cancer, you may have questions regarding follow-up treatment. Following FAQ’s will help you in that. What is follow-up cancer care, and…

Cancer treatment is not just anti cancer treatment alone but a holistic management. Often many aspects of cancer care get less attention. Patients and care givers by educating themselves can carry out a self help instead of depending upon doctors and nurses for each and every thing. These FAQ’s are directed to help the patients…

It is often said that nurses are the heart of health care. For those with cancer, oncology nurses are there for patients during their most difficult and intimate moments in life, the ones at patients’ bedside, educating them, encouraging them. They are also the ones behind and on the scenes, communicating with the doctors, coordinating…

Role of Caregivers Cancer touches more people than just those who receive the diagnosis. If your spouse, parent, child, or close friend has cancer, you may find yourself in the role of primary caregiver and advocate during treatment and, in some cases, through an extended recovery period. You’ll be indispensable in many ways — and…

New research examines the consumption of onion and garlic among women in Puerto Rico and suggests that the vegetables can significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer. In regards to cancer, several studies have specifically explored the links between onion and garlic consumption and the risk of colorectal, stomach, and prostate cancer. Overall, these studies have…

Decision Making and treatment of cancer is a complicated one and involves in addition to service provider , also the family or the care giver. The treatment team involves the medical Oncologist , Surgical Oncology Team and the Radiotherapist . Usually the treatment is planned by the treating Oncologist. The different option for cancer treatment…

Meeting with the Oncologists The first step is making an appointment with an oncologist — a doctor who specializes in treating cancer. 2. Your story When it’s time to meet with your oncologist for the first time, they will usually have you walk them through your story. This serves two purposes: first, it allows them…

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after skin cancer), but it can often be treated successfully. The prostate is a small walnut shaped gland in the pelvis of men. It is located next to the bladder and can be examined by getting a digital rectal exam. Prostate cancer is a form of…

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after skin cancer), but it can often be treated successfully. The prostate is a small walnut shaped gland in the pelvis of men. It is located next to the bladder and can be examined by getting a digital rectal exam. Prostate cancer is a form of…

What is lymphoma? What is the lymphatic system? The lymphatic system consists of lymph nodes (lymph glands), a network of thin lymphatic channels (similar to thin blood vessels), and organs such as the spleen and thymus. Functions of  Lymphatics : Lymph nodes are joined together by a network of lymphatic channels. Lymph mainly consists of…

Medical HistoryBone Marrow Aspiration and BiopsyLumbar Puncture Some advanced tests for classification and prognosis: Flow CytometryKaryotypingFISHPCR Analysis What is the treatment for leukemia? Treatment will typically depend upon the type of leukemia, the patient’s age and health status, as well as whether or not the leukemia cells have spread to the cerebrospinal fluid. Chemotherapy Chemotherapy is the…

What is leukemia? What is leukemia? Leukemia is a malignancy (cancer) of blood cells. Leukemia involves the production of abnormal white blood cells — the cells responsible for fighting infection. However, the abnormal cells in leukemia do not function in the same way as normal white blood cells. The leukemia cells continue to grow and…

Dear Parents, Having a child diagnosed with cancer is one of the most traumatic events that can happen to a family and may cause a significant emotional and financial burden. However, most pediatric cancers are curable if treated early and appropriately. We understand the fear, frustration and panic felt by families who have been told…

Cancer in children constitutes 5.5% of total cancer cases in India according to the Indian Council for Medical Research. This percentage has more than doubled from 2.5% ten years ago. A disturbing reality, however, is that only around one in 10 of the childhood cancer cases receives complete therapy.  As a consequence, while cure rates for common childhood cancers like lymphoma and leukaemia…

An adequate intake of certain nutrients from food, but not supplements, is linked with a lower rate of death, according to a study in the April 9, 2019, Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers looked at the relationship between food and supplements and death from all causes among more than 30,000 adults. The results shows that adequate…

A new way of concentrating radiotherapy dose in tumors, while minimizing damage to healthy cells, has been proposed in research led by scientists at the University of Strathclyde. The study proposes that focusing high-energy particle beams on a small spot deep inside the body could potentially enable clinicians to target cancerous tumors precisely, while reducing…

In a study published this month in Annals of Surgery, researchers from Osaka University revealed that, compared with primary tumors, which are often used to assess treatment outcomes in many types of cancers, the response of lymph nodes to  neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) is more effective in predicting disease recurrence and patient survival in individuals with esophageal cancer…

The study of around 125,000 Americans found that people with the highest intake of vitamin A lowered their risk of squamous cell skin cancer s by around 15%. Most of the vitamin A they consumed came from foods. “These findings just add another reason to have a healthy diet hwith fruits and vegetables. Vitamin A from plant sources…

Psychological stress was associated with a higher risk of cancer-specific mortality in women diagnosed with cervical cancer. Patients receiving a cancer diagnosis are at increased risk of several  stress related psychiatric disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and stress-reaction and adjustment disorders,” Lu said. “Emerging evidence from both experimental and epidemiological studies indicates that psychological distress might affect the…

Elderly cancer patients who are HIV-positive, particularly those with prostate and breast cancers, have worse outcomes compared to cancer patients in the same age range who do not have HIV. A Moffitt Cancer Center researcher, in collaboration with investigators at the National Cancer Institute, Duke University, and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, took…

UBC scientists have demonstrated for the first time a causal link between high insulin levels and pancreatic cancer.In a study published today in Cell Metabolism, researchers lowered insulin levels in mice predisposed to developing pancreatic cancer and found that these lower levels protected the mice against developing the disease. The findings hold promise for early detection…

When it comes to your health, sleep plays an important role. While more sleep won’t necessarily prevent you from getting sick, skimping on it could adversely affect your immune system, leaving you susceptible to a bad cold or case of the flu.  To keep yourself sniffle-free this season, here’s what you need to know. Sleep…

The basics of sleep, how it is regulated and what disorders an inadequate sleep can create are clear to us by now. Ahead of these; ➢ It is interesting to know that when we are fast asleep our mind and body isn’t. All our systems function in order to rejuvenate a tired body, perform essential cellular and tissue repairs and restore us completely for the upcoming day. ➢ It is even more interesting to know…

Most of the people train hard at gym, stick to their nutrition plans, stay pretty active for the day yet fail to see results at the pace it should be. Why? Because a sound and timed sleep is highly under-rated by a majority of us, especially the young population, adolescents, working professionals etc. Sleep is a necessity for maintaining a good physical,…

A study published by The BMJ today reports a possible association between higher consumption of sugary drinks and and an increased risk of cancer. The consumption of sugary drinks has increased worldwide during the last few decades and is convincingly associated with the risk of obesity, which in turn is recognised as a strong risk factor for…

Whether it’s to shed those extra kilograms right before your friend’s marriage or to fit into that dress before your anniversary, many turns to crash diets to get the job done. GM Diet, miracle diet, water diet, detox diet, Slim-Fast – the list of crash diets is endless and there is always another new amazing…

Gallbladder cancer is cancer that begins in the gallbladder. Gallbladder cancer is uncommon. When gallbladder cancer is discovered at its earliest stages, the chance for a cure is very good. But most gallbladder cancers are discovered at a late stage, when the prognosis is often very poor. Gallbladder cancer is difficult to diagnose because it…

The link between toothpaste and the risk of cancer A recent study has unveiled[1] that using Triclosan (a common ingredient in whitening toothpastes and hand-soaps) can cause inflammation within the colon, potentially leading to colon cancer. These findings are based on a phase-1 study[1:1] – conducted on mice at the University of Amhurst, Massachussetts. What is Triclosan?…

Oncology Nurse – Patient’s Best Friend During Cancer Treatment (24X7!!) It is often said that nurses are the heart of health care. For those with cancer, oncology nurses are there for patients during their most difficult and intimate moments in life, the ones at patients’ bedside, educating them, encouraging them. They are also the ones…

A strain of the common cold virus could help infect and kill bladder cancer cells, a small study suggests.All signs of the disease disappeared in one patient, and in 14 others there was evidence that cancer cells had died.University of Surrey researchers said the virus could “help revolutionise treatment” for the cancer and reduce the…

Cancer gives most people no symptoms or signs that exclusively indicate the disease. Unfortunately, every complaint or symptom of cancer can be explained by a harmless condition as well. If certain symptoms occur or persist, however, a doctor should be seen for further evaluation. Some common symptoms that may occur with cancer are as follows:…

Early detection of cancer greatly increases the chances for successful treatment. There are two major components of early detection of cancer: education to promote early diagnosis and screening. Recognizing possible warning signs of cancer and taking prompt action leads to early diagnosis. Increased awareness of possible warning signs of cancer, among physicians, nurses and other…

Genetically modified microbes release “nanobodies” that alert the immune system to cancer in mice, scientists report. Scientists have used genetically reprogrammed bacteria to destroy tumors in mice. The innovative method one day may lead to cancer therapies that treat the disease more precisely, without the side effects of conventional drugs. At some point in the future, we will…

Yes, overweight and obesity is the second biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK- more than 1 in 20 cancer cases are caused by excess weight. What is obesity? Obesity is a condition in which a person has an unhealthy amount and/or distribution of body fat. To measure obesity, researchers commonly use a scale…

Yoga has been considered as a great way to maintain fitness and to gain flexibility. It has been observed over the years that Yoga has been successful to treat and control many diseases. Keeping in mind these benefits, Yoga is now being celebrated every year. It is celebrated every year, ever since the United Nations…

Eating two or more weekly servings of yogurt may help to lower the risk of developing the abnormal growths (adenomas) which precede the development of bowel cancer—at least in men—finds research published online in the journal Gut. Previously published research has suggested that eating a lot of yoghurt might lower the risk of bowel cancer by changing…

Many people start their day with a cup of tea. But those who drink it piping hot could be increasing their risk of esophageal cancer, according to a new study. The study looked at more than 50,000 people in Golestan, a province in northeastern Iran. Researchers found that tea drinkers who liked their beverage to be…

Each year, 1 million men in the U.S. undergo biopsies to determine whether they have prostate cancer. The biopsy procedure traditionally has been guided by ultrasound imaging, but this method cannot clearly display the location of tumors in the prostate gland. A multidisciplinary team of UCLA physicians has found that a new method, which includes …

Just about everybody knows what heartburn feels like. From indigestion to pregnancy, it’s a common symptom. But you might not know that persistent heartburn can sometimes be a sign of something more serious. How are esophageal cancer and acid reflux related? ACID REFLUX, also called heartburn, is the burning sensation you might feel in your…

Special UV photographs are capable of revealing existing skin damage caused by UV light exposure which is normally invisible to the naked eye Credit: BYU / Kevin John Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. If you could visibly see signs of skin cancer on your body, would you…

Vitamin D, if taken for at least three years, could help cancer patients live longer, say researchers. The findings suggest that the vitamin carries significant benefits other than just contributing to healthy bones. A paper on the work was presented yesterday at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting. “Vitamin D had a significant effect on…

Indians consumed 2.4 litres of alcohol in 2005, which increased to 4.3 litres in 2010 and scaled up to 5.7 litres in 2016 The per capita alcohol consumption in India increased two folds between 2005 and 2016, according to the Global status report on alcohol and health 2018 released by the World Health Organization (WHO)…

Drinking alcohol increases the risk of mouth cancer, pharyngeal (upper throat) cancer, oesophageal (food pipe) cancer, laryngeal (voice box) cancer, breast cancer, bowel cancer and liver cancer. Some of these might be quite surprising but alcohol gets in to our blood stream and can cause damage all around the body. Cancers of the mouth, throat, voice…

PASSIVE SMOKING : Are u at risk ?? Inhalation of smoke that comes from someone else smoking. Passive smoking is associated with the same array of diseases as actual smoking, with an elevated risk of lung cancer and other diseases. How bad is passive smoking? Passive smoking can cause premature death in non-smokers. Passive smoking increases the…

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