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Cancer Q&A: The Risk with Tanning Beds

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on May 27, 2015 in Prevention

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

QUESTION: Are tanning beds more dangerous than spending time the sun?

ANSWER: Tanning beds work by emitting UV radiation, the same UV radiation that is produced by the sun, so using a tanning bed is not a way to protect your skin.

Happy Memorial Day from Living With Cancer

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on May 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

Recipe to Help with Appetite Loss

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on May 21, 2015 in Nutrition, Treatment

recipephotoThe following post is written by Paula Meeks, registered dietitian with Woman’s Hospital.

Previously, we talked about how to cope with appetite loss as a patient goes through cancer treatment. Here’s a quick and easy recipe to help patients with a decreased appetite get the proper nutrition and calories without filling up their stomachs too much.

This banana milkshake has between 190 and 255 calories per serving depending on if whole milk, 2 percent or skim milk is used. It also has 9 grams of protein and a serving of fruit and dairy.

Cancer Q&A: What Sunscreen Should I Use?

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on May 20, 2015 in Prevention

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

QUESTION: What type of sunscreen should I be using?

ANSWER: The most important thing to look for when buying sunscreen is the term broad-spectrum. Broad-spectrum sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

Battling Appetite Loss During Treatment

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on May 18, 2015 in Nutrition, Treatment

The following post is written by Paula Meeks, registered dietitian with Woman’s Hospital.

One of the most common side effects patients feel from their cancer treatments is a loss of or decrease in their appetite. The appetite loss can last for just one or two days after a treatment session, or it may persists throughout your course of treatment.200000070027_24Pack

Nausea, vomiting and changes in how foods taste or smell are all possible reasons for a decreased appetite during cancer treatment. But your body needs food for energy, especially when undergoing treatment for cancer, and patients cannot let appetite loss stop them from getting the proper nutrients.

The Importance of a Patient Navigator

Posted by: Tracy Johnson on May 14, 2015 in Emotions, Treatment

Whether you’re struggling with the emotional, psychological, social or financial burdens of cancer, patient navigators can help.

Our job as patient navigators is to get patients the information they need to eliminate any barriers that may affect them from being able to access treatment. For some, that may include finding a support group or someone to talk to. Others require information on how to financially afford cancer treatment and what options are available to help them.

A patient can request to speak with a social worker. The physicians at Woman’s encourage patients who have non-medical concerns to speak with the patient navigator for assistance.

Cancer Q&A: Can Children Develop Skin Cancer?

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on May 13, 2015 in Diagnosis

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

QUESTION: Do children get skin cancer?

ANSWER: While pediatric skin cancer is rare, it is not unheard of. In addition, it is important to protect your children’s skin from the sun, as one blistering sunburn in childhood more than doubles the chance of developing melanoma later in life.

Rita Wilson: Breast-cancer battle brought me, Tom Hanks ‘even closer’

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on May 11, 2015 in Support, Surgery, Treatment

The following post was written by Today.com writer Chris Serico.

wilsonRita Wilson opened up this week about her breast-cancer battle, which she says was an emotional journey that strengthened her relationship with her husband, fellow actor Tom Hanks.

“Who knew it would make you even closer?” Wilson, 58, said in a feature appearing Wednesday in The New York Times. “You never know how your spouse is going to react in a situation like this. I was so amazed, so blown away by the care my husband gave me. It was such a normal, intimate time.”

During her interview with the Times, her husband of 27 years called in via FaceTime and learned Wilson had been singing his praises. According to the newspaper, Hanks, also 58, replied, “Make sure you print them all!”

Happy Mother’s Day

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on May 08, 2015 in Uncategorized

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To all the moms out there, enjoy your weekend! You deserve it!

Keeping You Sniffle-Free This Allergy Season

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on May 07, 2015 in Treatment

May is National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month. The 2015 allergy season has already been an extremely active one!

If you think your allergies are worse than usual, you may be right – warmer falls and exceptionally cold winters as we had this past year can cause trees and plants to produce more pollen.

Patients undergoing cancer treatment are especially susceptible to seasonal allergies, so be cautious when going outside.

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