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Chemo Brain

by Fremonta Meyer, MD

Over the past several years, the medical community has become increasingly aware of a phenom­enon that cancer survivors have long experienced – chemo brain. Yes, recent research shows that cancer-related “brain fog” is real, and it can have a significant impact on quality of life.

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Protect Yourself from Infection

by Kimberly Hinckley, RN, BSN, CIC, and Brahm H. Segal, MD

Infections are illnesses caused by microorganisms (germs) such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. People with cancer may be at increased risk for infections for a number of reasons.

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How Cancer Affects Your Skin

by Mario E. Lacouture, MD

Dr. Mario Lacouture answers questions on treatment-related skin complications.

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Looking Your Best When You’ve
Lost Your Locks

At an early age, world-renowned celebrity hairstylist David Babaii encountered a deep passion and love for hairdressing. Quickly, his imaginative hair creations gained him worldwide notoriety, allow­ing him the opportunity to work within the world of haute couture with design­ers, fashion magazines, and the world’s top models. A Look Good Feel Better featured beauty expert, David’s passion for hairdressing has also led him to share some of his best advice for women coping with hair loss as a side effect of cancer treatment.

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Living with Diabetes and Cancer

by by Sonali N. Thosani, MD, and Victor R. Lavis, MD

Nearly 26 million people in the United States are living with diabetes. Of those 26 million people, 7 million don’t know they have it. An even greater number, 79 million people have a condition called pre-diabetes, which means they are at a very high risk of developing diabetes.

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Got Chemo Brain?

by Karen Syrjala, PhD

A harsh irony is sometimes involved in moving on after cancer treatment. Having emerged from the darkness of a life-threatening disease, you may now find yourself in a haze of cognitive problems known collectively as chemo brain.

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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.

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How I Handled Hair Loss with Joy

by Joy Huber

For me, hair loss was the most emotionally painful part of my cancer experience. But I managed to handle my hair loss with joy. There were definitely tears shed, and there was certainly sadness. But I did not stay there. I moved quickly from crying to laughing. Here’s how.

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