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Treatment Side Effects

 

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What Cancer Survivors Need to Know about Lymphedema

Lymphedema is the build-up of fluid in soft body tissues. The condition occurs when lymph is not able to flow through the body the way that it should. When part of the lymph system is damaged or blocked, fluid cannot drain from nearby body tissues. Fluid builds up in the tissues and causes swelling. In cancer survivors, lymphedema is caused when the lymph system is damaged or blocked by infection, injury, cancer, re­moval of lymph nodes, radiation to the affected area, or scar tissue from radia­tion therapy or surgery.

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Men & Cancer
How Cancer Treatment Affects Your Fertility

by Mary K. Samplaski, MD, and Rebecca Z. Sokol, MD, MPH

When you first hear the words, “You have cancer,” family plan­ning and your future fertility are probably not top of mind. Naturally, you’re likely more focused on things like treatment, survival, and prognosis. However, you may be glad to know that with modern treatment protocols, many cancers have excellent prognoses.

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Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

by Robert Knoerl, BSN, RN, and Grace Kanzawa, BSN, RN, with Ellen M. Lavoie Smith, PhD, APN-BC, AOCN

If chemotherapy is part of your cancer treatment regimen, you may develop a condition known as chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, or CIPN for short. Up to 68 percent of cancer survivors may experience this common chemotherapy side effect.

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