Self esteem after cancer therapy

Here is a great write-up for post-cancer body image from Dana Farber. After cancer treatment is over, and you are declared cancer free, your loved ones are celebrating that you are cured and the treatments worked. However…….. Many patients undergo surgery for cancer. Scars, mastectomy, missing limbs, and other changes can alter self-image. Even after … More Self esteem after cancer therapy

Happy birthday to me! Yep, just turned 50.

Happy birthday to me?  Yep, just turned 50, which means it is time to make that dreaded age 50 medical appointment. Recommendations from the American Cancer Society for colon screening…….. Starting at age 50, both men and women should follow one of these testing plans: Tests that find polyps and cancer Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years*, or Colonoscopy every … More Happy birthday to me! Yep, just turned 50.

Acupressure and cancer related fatigue

Acupressure may improve fatigue related to cancer therapy.  In this report, it specifically evaluated breast cancer patients and treatment related fatigue. Acupressure is used to stimulate body points without needles, similar to acupuncture. Recently reported online in the July 7, 2016  in JAMA Oncology, researchers looked compared the outcome of a control group, acupressure and stimulated acupressure. … More Acupressure and cancer related fatigue

Chemotherapy and nausea

I am tired tonight and thought I’d “throw up” a quick blog. As my mother in law is getting round two of her chemotherapy, I thought I’d list this for her.  We know certain chemotherapy causes nausea and vomiting.  We also know how to minimize this. Medications have improved tremendously for prevention of nausea and vomiting. If … More Chemotherapy and nausea

7 Mayo Clinic tips on reducing cancer risks

Courtesy of the Mayo Clinic. Some of these are no brainers: Don’t use tobacco Eat a healthy diet Maintain a healthy weight and exercise Protect yourself from the sun Get you immunizations Avoid risky behaviors Get a regular medical exam Seems simple yet: 1:6 people still smoke 75% of Americans are considered overweight 43% of … More 7 Mayo Clinic tips on reducing cancer risks