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Leveraging the Power of Genomics

Ten years ago, a collaboration of hundreds of scientists announced it had finally completed sequencing the human genome – the location map for all the bits of genetic information that tell our cells when and where to develop, how to grow and feed them­selves, and eventually, how to die. For diseases like cancer, this new under­standing confirmed what researchers and physicians had begun to suspect and had found the first evidence for several decades earlier: Cancer is not a single disease.

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You Don’t Have to Live in Pain

by Gary E. Deng, MD, PhD

Most people will experi­ence pain at some point during their lives. If you have cancer, you may experience pain caused by the cancer itself or by its treatment, such as neuropathic pain caused by chemotherapy. If you’re experiencing pain, don’t try to tough it out. Chronic pain can lead to anxiety and depression and can increase stress. And chronic stress hurts both the body and the mind.

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Making Sense of Your Pathology Report

A pathology report is a medical document written by a pathologist, a doctor who special­izes in interpreting laboratory tests and evaluating cells, tissues, and organs to diagnose disease. The report specifies a diagnosis based on the pathologist’s examination of a sample of tissue taken from a tumor. This tissue sample, or specimen, is obtained through a biopsy.

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Get Relief from Gastrointestinal Side Effects

by Marie Morande, RD, CSO, LD

While cancer treatments affect everyone differently, radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery all pose potential side effects. Cancer treatment can affect your body’s ability to absorb food, reduce how much you enjoy food, and cause disruptive gastrointestinal issues. Common gastrointestinal side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and sore mouth or throat.

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Genetic Markers Linked To the Development of Lymphedema in Breast Cancer Survivors

A new University of California San Francisco (UCSF) study has found a clear association between certain genes and the development of lymphedema, a painful and chronic condition that often occurs after breast cancer surgery and some other cancer treatments. The researchers also learned that the risks of developing lymphedema increased significantly for women who had more advanced breast cancer at the time of diagnosis, more lymph nodes removed or a significantly higher body mass index.

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Medication Duloxetine Helps Reduce Pain From Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

Among patients with painful chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, use of the anti-depressant drug duloxetine for 5 weeks re­sulted in a greater reduction in pain compared with placebo, according to a study in the April 3, 2013, issue of JAMA.

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Put an End to Cancer Pain

by by Kim Thiboldeaux and Mitch Golant, PhD

For many people, the most fright­ening part of any diagnosis is experiencing pain that is not treatable. Many people, however, un­dergo cancer treatment without ever having pain. If you do experience pain, you should talk to your healthcare team and together create a plan to manage your pain.

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Lymphoseek Approved to Help Locate Lymph Nodes in Patients with Certain Cancers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Lymphoseek Injection, a radioactive diagnostic imaging agent that helps doctors locate lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer or melanoma who are undergoing surgery to remove tumor-draining lymph nodes.

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