Cancer - Caregiving

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.

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.

Why Only Some Smokers Get Cancer

Smoking is a significant risk factor for lung (and other) cancers and is responsible for almost 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths. However, we all know individuals who smoke for a long time and never develop cancer.

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.

Health by the Numbers: Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, but it is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. Here's a look at the disease by the numbers.

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.

Infections in Cancer Patients: How to Prevent Them

When a cancer patient develops an infection, it's a serious health problem. Understand how infections usually start and how to recognize or prevent them.

Cancer Support Groups: Why and How They Help

One study found that support groups improved cancer survivors' mood, pain, symptom control, and social functioning. Here's what to consider in order to find a support group that works for you.

Can Dogs Sniff Out Cancer?

In a double-blind experiment in 2006, dogs distinguished lung and breast cancer patients from healthy controls. In a 2008 study, dogs not only detected ovarian cancer, they differentiated ovarian cancer from other gynecological malignancies. So, is it time for your pooch to apply to medical school?

6 Sun Smarts for Babies and Toddlers

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. So, when fresh air and sunshine beckons your family outside to play, be sure to pack sunscreen along with your diapers, snacks, and other essentials. Here's all you need to know.

In Utero and Infant Exposure to X-Rays

What precautions should you consider when it comes to these radiation risks?

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.

Health Concerns: How to Keep Family Updated

The Web offers many options for staying connected and keeping loved ones updated on your or your family member's health issues. These methods are fast, easy, and efficient, and you'll know your support network is right there with you as a part of your journey.

Hospice Care: When Is it Time?

What exactly is hospice care and how does it differ from hospital care? And how do you make the decision to place your loved one into hospice?

Decoding the Stages of Cancer

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

How to Make End-of-Life Decisions

It's important to take control and define the type of medical care we want, or don't want, at the end of our life.

How to Eat Enough While on Chemotherapy

Cancer treatment side effects can make it difficult for cancer patients to consume sufficient calories and adequate nutrition, but there are ways to make it easier to get the nutrition you need.

Celebrate Being a Cancer Survivor

From the moment you are diagnosed with cancer, you become a survivor. And you are in good company. In 2010, the number of people in the U.S. living with cancer exceeded 11 million.

How to Cope When You Have No Health Insurance

If you've lost access to insurance, you may be wondering how you'll survive. Is there a way to get good health care even if your finances are unstable?

Measuring Physician Quality

The Internet has made it possible for us to weigh in and share our opinions on just about everything. It makes sense then that we'd expect to also rate our healthcare providers.

How to Manage Your Cancer Paperwork

While each doctor and facility keeps its own records about you and your treatment, it's important to keep your own Personal Health Record. Here's how to do it.

Your Friend Has Cancer: How to Show Support

As a friend, you want to help, but some of us are not sure how best to navigate the emotional situation of supporting a friend who has cancer.

Coping When Your Child Has Cancer

The news that your child has cancer can be overwhelming. Here's where to start.

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.

Reiki Healing: Benefits for Cancer Treatment

There is considerable anecdotal support of the value of Reiki for cancer patients. Scientific support for Reiki as an adjunct therapy for cancer and other serious diseases is also accumulating.

Social Life's Impact on Cancer

New research shows an active, engaging social life may benefit people with cancer in specific ways.

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!

Understanding Skin Cancer

More than 1 million Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in 2009. But there are things you can do to prevent the disease.

A Guide to Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

Today's patches, gums, and inhalers may help smokers who want to quit but need to wean themselves off nicotine slowly.

Breast Cancer Treatments 101

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