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Managing Cancer-Related Anemia

by Lori Smith, MSN, CRNP

Anemia is a common symptom experienced by people who are receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer. It is a condition in which the blood is deficient in red blood cells, in hemoglobin, or in total volume. There are a multitude of causes for anemia, including pre-existing or current conditions, hereditary conditions, renal insufficiency, nutritional deficits, chronic anemia, hemolysis, and malignancy.

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When to Call the Doctor During Cancer Treatment

Cancer and cancer treatments may cause side effects that require the immediate attention of your doctor and healthcare team. But knowing when to call the doctor during treatment is difficult.

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Are You At Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Deep vein thrombosis (also called DVT or blood clots) occurs when a blood clot forms in a large vein. Part of a clot may break off and travel through the bloodstream to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism and, possibly, death. Everyone should know the risk factors, symptoms, and steps they can take to protect themselves.

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Update on Urologic Cancers

  • External Beam Radiation for Prostate Cancer Increases Risk of Hip Fracture
  • Preoperative Mitomycin-C Instillation Decreases Risk of Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer
  • Nephron-Sparing Surgery Best Option for People with Common Risk Factors for Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Active Surveillance a Viable Option for Men with Prostate Cancer

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National Cancer Institute
Annual Progress Report 2010

by John E. Niederhuber, MD, outgoing director, National Cancer Institute

As the 13th director of the National Cancer Institute, virtually every day brought me a fresh reminder of the privilege and excitement that stem from being part of a proud organization with an extraordinary history of groundbreaking biomedical research.The honor of serving this federal agency – and the millions of cancer patients and survivors who count on its vital efforts – only grew stronger as I prepared to step aside from its directorship.

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New Developments in Cancer Research

Advances in cancer treatment presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

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Recognizing and Treating Carcinoid Tumors

by Daniel Joo and Nancy Lindholm

Carcinoid cancer is the term used to refer to tumors that originate in the nerve cells that produce hormones, also known as the neuroendocrine system. About half of these rare tumors begin in the digestive system – the stomach, small intestine, appendix, colon, or rectum. They can also appear in the lungs or, less frequently, in other organs, such as the pancreas or ovaries.

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Higher Risk for Heart Disease and Diabetes Associated with Androgen Deprivation Therapy

Men of all ages treated for prostate cancer with androgen deprivation therapy, specifically with gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists (GnRH), have an increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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