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Tips for Preventing Infections during Chemotherapy

People with cancer who are treated with chemotherapy are more likely to get infections through everyday activities with their family and friends or from healthcare settings. One out of every 10 people with cancer who receives chemotherapy gets an infection that requires a hospital visit.

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Most Cancer-related Blood Clots Occur in Outpatients

In a study of nearly 18,000 people with cancer, University of Rochester Medical Center researchers have found that when blood clots develop – a well-known and serious complication of cancer treatment – 78 percent of the time they occur when a person is out of the hospital, at home or elsewhere, while on chemotherapy.

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Living with Uncertainty

While no one wants to think about it, every cancer survivor needs to be prepared for the chance that their cancer may come back some day. This is very hard to think about, especially right after successful cancer treatment. But not being aware of this possibility could be dangerous to your long-term health. There are some things you can do and things you should know that will help you deal with the uncertainty of cancer recurrence.

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AICR's Foods that Fight Cancer™

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) has launched a new web-based tool that details the current state of the research on the food-cancer link, and offers practical strategies for adding cancer-protective foods to the day.

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Surviving – Even Thriving – with an Ostomy

by Dorothy Doughty, MN, RN, CWOCN, FAAN

Coping with a cancer diagnosis is a huge challenge for anyone – but if your cancer involved the bladder, rectum, or cervix, you may also be coping with an ostomy. An ostomy is an opening on the abdominal wall that provides for elimination of stool or urine. A person with an ostomy must wear a pouch to collect the stool or urine.

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Updated Guideline on the Use of Antiemetics to Prevent Vomiting and Nausea after Chemotherapy and Radiation Issued

The American Society of Clinical Oncology has issued an update to its clinical practice guideline on the use of antiemetic medications to prevent vomiting and nausea resulting from treatment with chemotherapy or radiation. The new guideline includes comprehensive, stratified recommendations on the use of antiemetics during treatment with chemotherapy drugs that are classified as high, moderate, minimal, and low risk for causing vomiting and nausea.

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Targeted Therapies

by Jeff Boyd, PhD

Today, breast cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer, and brain cancer all receive the same standardized therapies, despite the fact that no two tumors, even from the same organ, are truly alike. But this “one size fits all” approach to treatment is about to change.

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How to Read Your Pathology Report

Surgical pathology reports vary somewhat regarding the information that they contain; however, each report will document the significant details that affect the management of your diagnosis. Typically, a surgical pathology report is divided into a minimum of four to five sections.

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