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Cancer Q&A: What Makes Up Cancer Research?

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jul 28, 2014 in Diagnosis

The following information is provided by the Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge and was published by The Advocate.

QUESTION: What processes make up cancer research?

ANSWER: Cancer research includes many different areas of interest. Most discoveries start in labs where scientists do basic or fundamental research into the human body. These scientists might or might not be testing for a specific hypothesis as they try to understand how the body works, including on a cellular level.

Keeping My Skin Healthy and Preventing Melanoma

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jul 24, 2014 in Diagnosis

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. One person dies of melanoma almost every hour. However, with early detection, this disease can be cured.

Check out the following video from the American Cancer Society and watch how you can take care of your skin to prevent melanoma and future skin cancer problems.

Got a Stamp? Then Make a Boy’s Birthday Wish Come True

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jul 22, 2014 in Diagnosis, Support

danny2You don’t need to walk a 5K or set up a fundraising page to help someone with cancer. You don’t need to cook prepared meals to give them or help with chores

Although those actions are generous and noble and can mean the world to your recipient, if you’re looking to brighten the day of a person battling cancer, you don’t even have to leave your desk … except maybe to walk to the mailbox.

Educating Yourself on Cancer

Do you know what stage I or stage II cancer means? Or how long the average person diagnosed with stage III or stage IV cancer lives after surgery and receiving treatment?

Lifestyles with cancer are changing every year, and an advanced cancer diagnosis does not mean the same today as it did 20 years ago. Knowing what you’re facing during and after your cancer treatment is vital, and we work to educate patients so they understand what is going on with their bodies.

5 Ways to Bring More Fruits and Veggies to Your Diet

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jul 17, 2014 in Nutrition

480585269The following post was written by Amber McGuerty with Woman’s Nutrition Services Department.

You’re trying to eat right and exercise more. You’ve cut out fast food and are getting to the gym, but what about your intake of fruits and vegetables?

The recommended number of daily servings of fruits and veggies is five, but no one tells us how to get that into our daily diets.

Chiquita McKinley’s Story of Survival

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jul 16, 2014 in Diagnosis, Support, Surgery

Chiquita McKinley first noticed a lump in her breast when she was taking a shower one day.

After seeing an oncologist and having her first mammogram, Chiquita got the news. At the age of 36, she was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma stage 2 breast cancer.

After getting over the shock and sitting down to talk to her kids about her condition, Chiquita vowed to fight, and beat, cancer.

Cancer Q&A: Should I Consider Counseling?

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jul 14, 2014 in Diagnosis

The following information is provided by the Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge and was published by The Advocate.

QUESTION: Should those affected by a cancer consider counseling?

ANSWER: According to the National Cancer Institute, almost all cancer patients have feelings of distress while dealing with their diagnosis. Common feelings of distress can include: sadness, fear, feeling alone, depression, panic and spiritual uncertainty.

Study: Sitting Too Long May Increase Your Cancer Risk

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jul 10, 2014 in Diagnosis

478884417If you’re sitting down reading this blog entry, it may be a good time to stand up and stretch your legs.

According to a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, sitting down for the majority of the day can put people in higher risk of developing certain types of cancer.

Treatment Options for Lymphedema

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jul 09, 2014 in Surgery, Treatment

Lymphedema refers to swelling that generally occurs in one of your arms or legs that commonly occurs following surgery to remove breast cancer.

There’s no cure for lymphedema, and treatment focuses on reducing the swelling and controlling the pain. Those treatments include exercises, massages, wrapping and compression.

Cancer Q&A: What Are Cancer Stem Cells?

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jul 07, 2014 in Diagnosis

The following information is provided by the Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge and was published by The Advocate.

QUESTION: I recently heard something on the news about cancer stem cells. What are they?

ANSWER: Cancer stem cells (or CSC) are a certain type of cancer cell, that according to the National Cancer Institute, “the theory goes, these cells are distinct from the other cells that form the bulk of a tumor in that they can self-perpetuate and produce progenitor cells, the way that traditional stem cells do.” So in other words, the CSC’s “job is to repopulate tumor cells eradicated by treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation.”

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