Advances in medical, radiation, and surgical treatments are extending the lives of many women with breast cancer. But as survival rates increase and more and more women live longer, they also face the possibility of experiencing delayed side effects from their cancer treatments. Among these potential side effects is lymphedema,
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Natural diuretics are herbs or other plants used for their effect on the urinary tract and fluid balance. Diuretics are primarily used to eliminate excess fluid from body tissues, to flush the urinary tract in the treatment of urinary infections, and in detoxification of the body via increased excretion of
Exercise Extends Breast Cancer Survival
A recent review suggests that women with breast cancer who meet current physical activity recommendations as an adjunct to standard treatment may have a reduced risk for death from their disease. The review (Canadian Medical Association Journal, Feb. 21) analyzed 67 studies, and found that 150
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Reconstructing Nerve in Neck Improves Breathing
A study led by UCLA researchers found that in people with breathing difficulties caused by phrenic nerve injury surgical reconstruction of the nerve can improve breathing, and lead to an increase in regular physical activities. Some people develop the injury after a major operation such
It’s no surprise that breast cancer ranks as one of the top health concerns among women, since an estimated one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during a life span of 95 years.
One topic that’s in the spotlight is dense breasts—women want to know what impact dense
Q: Are alternative therapies effective for treating side effects of breast cancer treatment?
A: Alternative therapies that are worth considering include mind-body approaches that can help ease the stress of your illness and its treatment—for example, meditation, aromatherapy, and hypnotherapy. Acupuncture may also be helpful: Clinical evidence shows that it may
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)—an independent panel of health experts—currently recommends biennial (every two years) mammograms for women ages 65 to 74, and issued final guidelines to this effect in January. But when it comes to older women the task force continues to make no recommendation, concluding that
Some breast cancer survivors suffer from lymphedema, a condition that can result from breast cancer treatment. In the past, the role of exercise in preventing and treating lymphedema was unclear, but a recent study found that a strength-training exercise program helped relieve symptoms of lymphedema and provided additional benefits to
When it comes to breast cancer treatment, one size does not fit all. There are many types of breast cancers and many kinds of treatments.
“We’ve made a lot of progress,” says Anne Moore, MD, medical director of the Weill Cornell Breast Center, a noted researcher, and a
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