Fertility & Cancer
by Kutluk Oktay, MD, and Kenny Rodriguez-Wallberg MD, PhD
As cancer survival rates continue to improve, many young adults will face infertility after being cured from their malignant diseases. Fertility is a critical component of quality of life for cancer survivors. Given the significant impact of cancer treatments on fertility, fertility preservation should be a natural extension of cancer care.
Chronic Cancer Pain Management
by Patricia Ringos Beach, MSN, RN, AOCN, ACHPN
All pain is not created equal, but chronic cancer pain can be controlled and relieved. By controlling your pain, you free up energy to focus on enjoying your life.
Understanding Bisphosphonates in Cancer Care
by Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP
Bone health is significant at multiple points in the cancer journey. Cytotoxic chemotherapy may be directly harmful to osteoclasts, the cells that make bone, thereby promoting bone loss. Combined with poor oral intake, decreased physical activity, and increased body mass index, bone health is assaulted on multiple fronts by cancer therapy.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
- Which chemotherapy would you recommend for me and why?
- Are there other treatment options I should consider?
- How many treatments will I receive?
- How long will each treatment take?
- What types of side effects should I know about?
- What are the signs of a serious side effect?
- When can I call you?
Beware of Online Cancer Fraud
While health fraud is a cruel form of greed, fraud involving cancer treatments can be particularly heartless – especially because fraudulent information can travel around the Web in an instant. “Anyone who suffers from cancer, or knows someone who does, understands the fear and desperation that can set in,” says Gary Coody, RPh., the national health fraud coordinator and a consumer safety officer with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Regulatory Affairs. “There can be a great temptation to jump at anything that appears to offer a chance for a cure.”