Hope for the Future
by Laxmi A. Kondapalli, MD, MSCE
With cancer survival rates steadily increasing, what was once considered a “terminal illness” now allows people to imagine a life after cancer with expectations beyond survival. However, some of the new life-saving treatments contributing to increased survival can negatively affect fertility, causing delays in childbearing or even compromising a person’s ability to have children in the future. Fortunately, over the last several decades, the emergence of the medical discipline of oncofertility and the development of new fertility preservation techniques have made the dream of building a biological family a reality for many cancer survivors.
ASCO’s Latest “Top Five” List Details Cancer Tests and Treatments That Are Routinely Performed Despite Lack of Evidence
The American Society of Clinical Oncology has issued its second “Top Five” list of opportunities to improve the quality and value of cancer care. Published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the list was released as part of the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely campaign to encourage conversations between physicians and cancer survivors and is aimed at curbing the use of certain tests and procedures that are not supported by clinical research.
Commit to Quit
by Danielle Peereboom, MPH, Jody Nicoloso, BA, and Frank Leone, MD, MS
Many smokers who have been diagnosed with cancer continue to smoke, though they may not understand why.. Is this the situation you’re finding yourself in? Have you ever wondered why you don’t have the willpower to just stop already? The answer can be found by examining the addictive effect of nicotine on the brain.
Managing Incontinence for Men with Cancer
A lot of men have incontinence after treatment for prostate cancer, but it can happen after being treated for other cancers too. If you have this problem, you are not alone. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you are having trouble controlling your urine. There are ways to help.
Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer Shows a Decrease in Overall Cancer Deaths
The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer has shown that death rates for lung cancer, which accounts for more than one in four cancer deaths, are dropping at a faster pace than in previous years. The report was coauthored by researchers from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries.
Know Your Options for Starting a Family after Cancer
by Sarah C. Hessler, MD, and Aimee Seungdamrong, MD
The ability to start a family is now a possibility for increasing numbers of women and men after cancer treatment. If you’ve been wondering whether you’ll be able to have children after chemotherapy or radiation, you’ll be pleased to know that, thanks to advances in the field of reproductive assistance and fertility preservation, you do have several options to consider.
New ASCO Choosing Wisely® List Details Five Cancer Tests and Treatments Routinely Performed Despite Lack of Evidence
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has announced its second “Top Five” list of opportunities to improve the quality and value of cancer care. Published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO), ASCO’s second Top Five list was released as part of the Choosing Wisely® campaign, sponsored by the ABIM Foundation, to encourage conversations between physicians and patients aimed at curbing the use of certain tests and procedures that are not supported by clinical research.
Control Your Cancer Pain
by Dhanalakshmi Koyyalagunta, MD
Pain is a distressing but common side effect of cancer and its treatment. In fact, many of the estimated 14 million cancer survivors in the United States will experience cancer pain at some point. For some, the cancer itself is the cause of the pain. For others, cancer treatments can lead to painful chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, radiation-induced tissue damage, and post-surgical pain.