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  • Breast Cancer Uses Exosomes as a Medium through Which it Metastasizes to the Brain

    October 26, 2019
    When breast cancer metastasizes to the brain, the patient only survives for less than a year. Cancer uses exosomes to cross over to the brain through the blood. Exosomes work by hijacking the natural process of the cells known as transcytosis and tricking the cells in the blood brain barrier (BBB) to take them up. Exosomes are tiny bubbles...read more
  • How to Cope with Chronic Pain Associated with Cancer

    October 16, 2019
    Chronic pain is among the long-term effects of cancer treatment. For many patients, cancer has become a chronic illness since it has stayed in the body for a long time. Even those who are cancer-free still experience pain from previous treatments. As more cancer patients live longer because of effective treatment options, the number of people experiencing chronic pain...read more
  • 4 Lung Cancer Myths You Need to Know

    September 24, 2019
    A report from World Health Organization (WHO) shows that lung cancer caused the largest number of cancer related deaths in 2018. That is, lung cancer was responsible for 18.4 percent (1.8 million) of the total deaths. But people have delayed going for diagnosis and treatment because of the stigma associated with this cancer type. In a bid to overcome the stigma,...read more
  • Treatment Options for Melanoma

    September 13, 2019
    Although rare, melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops from melanocytes, the cells that produce melanin. Melanoma has three main subtypes based on the location: Cutaneous melanoma: It occurs on the skin of areas such as the neck, arms, face, and hands. All these parts are usually exposed to sunlight. Uveal or ocular melanoma – A rare sickness that emanates...read more
  • How Can the Long-term Use of Acid Reflux Drugs Cause Cancer?

    August 23, 2019
    Reflux drugs are also known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). They are used to heal heartburn and acid reflux; an example of such medicines are Pantoprazole, Lansoprazole, Rabeprazole, Dexlansoprazole, Omeprazole and Esomeprazole. PPIs are the most prescribed drugs in the United States. The drugs have been on sale for over 25 years. In recent years, the drugs have been in...read more
  • 3 Risk Factors for Colon Cancer

    August 14, 2019
    Colon cancer is the third most prevalent type of cancer. It is a type of cancer that attacks the large intestines. The large intestines are the final part of the digestive system. Several risk factors can cause colon cancer. These factors can be modifiable and non-modifiable. Here are three risk factors for colon cancer: Family history – This is a...read more
  • Suitable Screening Intervals for Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer

    July 25, 2019
    In the United States, lung cancer screening is currently offered during routine clinical care. The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that high-risk individuals go for annual low dose chest CT (LDCT) screening based on results from the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST). High-risk individuals include those between the ages of 55 and 80, have a history of...read more
  • New Hope for Younger Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

    July 13, 2019
    A recent study found that adding ribociclib, a targeted drug that attacks cancer cells improved survival rates in premenopausal women diagnosed with an advanced form of breast cancer. Compared to patients that only received hormone therapy, patients prescribed ribociclib had their risk of death reduced by about a third. The drug works by specifically targeting and interfering with the...read more
  • Physical Therapy: a Critical Component While Recovering From Breast Cancer Surgery

    June 24, 2019
    Most patients who undergo a surgical procedure also integrate physical therapy in their recovery plan, particularly, if the surgery involved body parts that move or control movement, including the legs, arms, or central nervous system. However, physical therapy is also essential to patients who’ve completed breast surgery. Whether it’s double mastectomy or lumpectomy, a great percentage of breast cancer treatments...read more
  • Giving Emotional Support to Cancer Patients

    June 13, 2019
    A cancer diagnosis can have an overwhelming emotional impact not only on the individual facing the disease, but also on the person’s friends and family. Whether the affected person is your friend, child, sibling or parent, it may be challenging to find the right deeds and words to express your emotional support to them, particularly if it’s your first...read more

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