Breast Cancer - Treatments

Dan Doty

Cancer is very scary condition. Whether it happens to you or a loved one, it is always difficult to deal with. Here is Dan's story, an ex-Marine who was able to take this on, in addition to other health scares.

Should You Exercise When Treating Cancer?

For cancer patients and survivors, exercise can help improve physical functioning, fatigue, and quality of life—and may improve chances of survival.

"Cold Caps" May Prevent Hair Loss From Chemo

One of the most psychologically and socially devastating side effects of chemotherapy is hair loss. Although not yet FDA-approved, cold caps have helped many women hold onto their locks.

High Cholesterol May Promote the Growth of Breast Cancer

New research from Duke University Medical Center finds a byproduct of cholesterol may be linked to the growth and spread of breast cancer. But are cholesterol-lowering drugs the answer?

Consider Becoming a Platelet Donor

Many patients undergoing chemotherapy are in need of platelets. Here's how you can help.

What's Your White Blood Cell Count?

In addition to knowing your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol numbers, you should also know your white blood cell count. Here's the lifesaving reason why.

Nanomedicine: New Options for Cancer Patients

Nanometer, nanotechnology, nanomedicine. You may have come across these terms, but what do they mean? And how can they help you?

Chemo Brain: What You Need to Know

The brain fog experienced by people with cancer can be controlled. Here's what it is, and what you, or a loved one, can do about it.

Staying Headstrong During Your Fight With Cancer

Cancer is hard on your body and can impact your mind as well. Learn what you can do to gain a sense of control.

Keeping Cancer a Secret

Planning to keep your diagnosis to yourself? Read this first.

Key Facts About Cancer

Educating yourself can help ease some of the anxiety. Read on for important information.

Breast Cancer Surgery: What Are the Options?

Approximately 12 percent of women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime but when it comes to surgery, there's no simple formula. Here, a rundown of the most common surgeries performed after a breast cancer diagnosis.

Get Smart About Health Info in the Media

Here's how to understand the latest health news and what it means for your diagnosis.

Why Cancer Insurance May Not Pay Off

If you were diagnosed tomorrow, would you be prepared financially? If the answer is "no," you may be tempted to invest in cancer insurance. But read this first.

Living With Cancer? 10 Healthy Habits to Follow

Don't let cancer cramp your style. These hints will help you thrive during treatment.

Are You Covered? The Case for Cancer Insurance

Think you're covered in case of cancer? You might need to think again.

5 Ways to Help Your Loved One With Cancer

Is a friend or family member dealing with cancer? Here's what you can say and do to help.

Living With Cancer? How to Help Others Help You

After disclosing your cancer diagnosis, you may find friends and family behaving differently toward you. Here's how to put an end to the awkwardness.

Breast Cancer and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Nearly one in four women who receive a diagnosis of breast cancer will also develop this second condition. Learn more about the connection.

4 Types of Breast Cancer

By understanding the subtle differences between breast cancers, scientists are on the path to personalizing breast cancer treatment.

Find the Best Cancer Treatment Facility

Identifying the right treatment place for you is an essential ingredient in your cancer treatment plan.

The Downside of Chemotherapy

Despite widespread use for cancer treatment, chemotherapy (or chemo) does have its downsides.

Harness Your Immune System to Fight Cancer

Your body's own immune system is a germ-fighting machine. Scientists see promise in directing these powers toward eradicating cancer. Here's how.

Are Our Own Killer Immune Cells the Key to Curing Cancer?

Anti-CD47 is an antibody, which is a protein that is part of the immune system and helps destroy harmful invaders. In test tube studies and experiments with mice, anti-CD47 shrank tumors and helped to prevent them from spreading.

Understand the Different Types of Breast Cancer

A diagnosis of breast cancer is not as straightforward as you might imagine (or hope). There are several different types of breast cancer, some more serious than others. Get the facts.

False-Positive Mammogram Results

It happens. It's scary. Here's what you need to know about when a mammogram shows an abnormal area that looks like cancer but is not.

The Gray Line Between Breast Cancer and Abnormal Cells

Determining what should be treated aggressively and what would do better to watch and wait is not always clear-cut. Understand the debate around ductal carcinoma in situ or DCIS.

Health by the Numbers: Cancer

If detected early, many forms of cancer can be successfully treated. Here's a look at the disease by the numbers.

Health by the Numbers: Breast Cancer

Breast cancer death rates have been declining, thanks to increased prevention and improved treatments. Here's a look at the disease by the numbers.

IUD Pros and Cons

Popular in the 80s, this form of birth control is making a comeback. Here's what to consider.

Real Solutions for Cancer-Related Fatigue

Fatigue is often an intense side effect for cancer patients. Why does it happen and how can it be remedied?

Cancer Vaccine Progress

Scientists are at work on a vaccine that would prevent the development of cancer cells in the body. Get the update.

Marijuana for Cancer Care

This drug seems to offer relief from pain, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, and loss of appetite, which are common side effects of cancer and cancer treatments. And there are other possible benefits as well.

5 Exams That Could Save Your Life

These simple tests can help detect common health conditions before they escalate.

The 10 Best Reasons to Quit Smoking

Many people successfully kick the habit, and you can too. Here, the top 10 benefits of smoke-free living.

A Year of Living Less Dangerously

Keeping up with all your health screenings may seem daunting, but this list can get you started on a year of healthy living.

Personalized Cancer Treatment, A Promising Future

Predictive models and biomarkers are two of the ways cancer medicine is becoming ever more specific. Learn about what they do and get the oncologist-recommended questions related to personalized treatment.

Mammograms vs. Treatment: What's Working?

Mammograms save lives. Or do they? Breast cancer deaths have declined over the past two decades. Is this due to routine screenings or better treatment techniques?

Extending the Effectiveness of Chemotherapy

When a patient becomes resistant to chemotherapy, it becomes a much less effective treatment option. Now, scientists are working on ways to extend the effectiveness of anticancer drugs.

Update on Stem Cells: Potential for a Cure?

Cancer scientists are slowly but surely making potentially promising discoveries in stem cell research and the breakthroughs could be significant.

Chemo and Heart Failure

One chemo side effect is the potential to increase patients' risk for heart failure, particularly in those who already have heart disease. Here's what you should know and what you can do.

Aromatherapy for Cancer Symptoms

Could it be the smell of relief? Here's how to use essential oils to address pain and anxiety associated with cancer treatment and recovery.

Medical Update: Lymph Node Removal for Breast Cancer

New advances may make lymph node removal more targeted and less the norm.

Radiation Risks

No cancer treatment is risk free and sometimes the side effects don't manifest until many years after treatment.

Decoding the Stages of Cancer

The numbers and letters that describe cancer can sound mysterious and scary. Understanding how they are determined can help.

Breast Reconstruction

What are your options following the removal of a breast?

Coping With Your Cancer Diagnosis

As difficult as a cancer diagnosis is, you can cope with it. Here are a few of the things you should do first after learning you have cancer.

Breath Tests for Cancer

Preliminary studies using breath tests to identify patients with cancer may provide another option for doctors. So far, results show promise for detecting at least two types of cancers.

Palliative Cancer Care versus Hospice Cancer Care

You may be familiar with hospice, which supports people with life-limiting illnesses. However, you may not be as familiar with palliative care, a related concept that is invaluable to people with cancer or other serious illnesses.

Should You Ever Postpone Chemotherapy?

If you've been diagnosed with cancer, you probably want to start—-and complete—-treatment as soon as possible. However, there are times when physicians will postpone chemotherapy.

The Benefits of Targeted Cancer Therapy

Research and progress in targeted cancer therapy today may someday lead to highly effective, customized treatment for cancer patients. Targeted cancer therapy, also called molecular targeted drugs or therapy, blocks the growth and spread of cancer by interfering with the tumor’s growth.

Breast Lumps: Myths vs. Facts

The oft-cited but confusing statistic that one out of eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime creates a lot of understandable anxiety among women. The fear of finding a lump, even if it's not cancerous, just adds to the stress. Here are a few of the common myths about breast lumps.

The Benefits of Yoga for Cancer Survivors

Yoga shows great promise for providing relief, which is great news for the millions of cancer survivors in the U.S.

7 Ways to Prevent Dosing Errors With Chemotherapy

Despite safety precautions and the diligence of healthcare providers, sometimes physicians and nurses make medication errors.

Coping With Sleep Loss After Chemotherapy

Sleep disturbances are common in people who have cancer, especially those undergoing chemotherapy, which makes a challenging situation even more difficult.

Celebrities Who Battled Cancer and Won

Cancer is an equal-opportunity disease. It strikes Olympic athletes, celebrities, and people who hold some of the highest positions in government. Happily, many famous cancer victims are also long-time cancer survivors.

Aspirin and Breast Cancer Survival

An easy way to help prevent breast cancer and increase survival in breast cancer patients may be as close as your medicine cabinet. Two new studies add to the growing body of evidence that aspirin could possibly play a role inhibiting the development and recurrence of breast cancer.

Breast Cancer and Depression: Two Habits That Help

Unfortunately, there is a link between breast cancer and depression. In fact, about 25 percent of women with breast cancer suffer from significant depression.

Massage Therapy for Cancer Patients

Massages are a great way to relax, rejuvenate, and pamper yourself. However, did you know massage also has therapeutic benefits for cancer patients?

Breast Cancer Myths Debunked

Misconceptions about breast cancer are widespread. Here are a few of the most common breast cancer myths and the truth behind them.

Milk Thistle for Chemotherapy-Induced Liver Damage

Researchers have found that milk thistle may prevent or reduce chemotherapy-induced liver damage.

Weight Lifting May Help Breast Cancer Survivors

Hitting the weights most likely wouldn't be the first thing you'd do after breast cancer treatment. Oddly enough, however, experts say that this may be just what you need.

Turmeric for Breast Cancer Risk

There's good news for post-menopausal women who are at high risk for developing certain types of breast cancers. Researchers say a common spice may protect against some breast cancers. Even better, this ingredient is probably already in your kitchen pantry.

Share Your Story. Become a Health Hero.

Have you or a loved one survived a life-threatening disease? Are you currently struggling with depression, chronic pain, heart disease, or other health-related condition? Have you gone to extraordinary lengths to help someone in a health crisis? If so, we want to hear from you!

The Five Deadliest Cancers

Here’s a look at the five deadliest cancers and the factors that may increase your risk.

Breast Cancer and Antidepressants

Numerous studies over the past seven years have produced conflicting results as to whether certain antidepressants reduce the effectiveness of tamoxifen, a drug women with breast cancer often take.

Why Mastectomies are on the Rise

After 20 years of treating breast cancer with less invasive techniques such as a lumpectomy, the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction. Now, many women are opting to have both breasts removed after they develop cancer in one breast. If you are facing breast cancer, here’s what you should know.

The Link Between Heart Disease and Cancer

How are these most feared diseases related?

Antioxidants for Breast Cancer

Can you utilize the power of antioxidants for breast cancer treatment?

Celebrities with Cancer

Those who stand in the limelight also stand up to—and for—cancer.

The 5 Biggest Medical Breakthroughs of 2008-2009

Each year we hear of the latest in medical innovations. Although these improvements amaze us at times, the majority of Americans will never come in contact with the latest breakthroughs…or so you think.

6 Reasons Why Beer Can Be Good For You

When consumed in moderation, this age-old brew can impart a host of health benefits.

Breast Cancer Treatments 101

Working with your doctor to choose the appropriate treatments may help increase your chances of long-term survival.

Cancer Treatment: Myths vs. Facts

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, it's important to know the facts. Read on as we separate fact from fiction.

The 3 Scariest Mistakes That Doctors Make

Simple screw-ups are a part of life, but in medicine, these mistakes can be fatal. Learn how to protect yourself.

Cancer: How Close Are We to a Cure?

The outlook for people diagnosed with cancer has improved significantly, but when will we find a cure?

Easing the Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Follow these tips to minimize nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and hair loss.
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