Are You at Risk for Osteoporosis?
by Rena Vassilopoulou-Sellin, MD, and Charles Stava, MHSA
The exact prevalence of osteoporosis among survivors of cancer is not well understood, but bone loss is a relatively common occurrence during cancer treatment. It also may linger for many years, placing cancer survivors at heightened risk for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition defined by a decrease in bone mass and strength, which results in an increased susceptibility to fractures. The skeletal system is a dynamic organism in which bone is constantly remodeling itself; older bone is resorbed and new bone deposited in its place. Osteoporosis occurs when the degree of bone resorption exceeds that of bone formation.
Hearing Loss in People Living with Cancer
by Paul Gidley, MD
You’re a survivor. You’ve faced a cancer diagnosis, battled insurance companies, and endured hours of appointments. Now, after staring down the nausea and other common effects of treatment, you may notice that you’re having difficulty hearing. If you find yourself asking your friends to repeat themselves during conversation and think your hearing is not what it used to be, you may be right. Various cancer treatments can contribute to hearing loss in some people. But take heart – trained healthcare professionals can determine the cause of your hearing loss and even help to restore function.
Preventing Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting
Some types of chemotherapy can cause nausea, vomiting, or both. Nausea is when you feel sick to your stomach, as if you are going to throw up. Vomiting is when you throw up. You may also have dry heaves, which is when your body tries to vomit even though your stomach is empty.
by Judith A. Smith, PharmD, FCCO, BCOP
Many people often think that the worse they feel, the better the chemotherapy is working to kill the cancer. Although some symptoms might be unavoidable, many tools are available to help you cope with the side effects associated with chemotherapy.
Managing Peripheral Neuropathy
by K. Simon Yeung, PharmD, LAc
Modern therapies offer many effective ways to combat cancer. However, they often cause difficult side effects such as nausea and vomiting and hair loss. Another common side effect that may be less often discussed is peripheral neuropathy. Many cancer survivors experience this condition not only during active treatment but also weeks or months following completion of therapy.
by Susan M. Schultz, EdD
Circumlocution. It?s a fancy, technical word. It means talking about an idea in a round about way, or using more words than necessary to say what you mean in an indirect sort of way. I teach this concept each semester to my undergraduate Language Development class. However, I didn?t expect to experience it first hand.