Tag: cancer treatment

Swollen Lymph Nodes Aren’t Always A Sign of Disease

Swollen Lymph Nodes Aren’t Always A Sign of Disease

Finding a lump is frightening—no matter where it is. Swollen lymph nodes are your body’s way of telling you that something’s wrong. Usually, they’re alerting you to a mild infection or illness. Once your immune system has fought the pesky invader, your lymph nodes will shrink back to their normal

For Most Breast Cancers, Preventive Double Mastectomy Is Unnecessary

For Most Breast Cancers, Preventive Double Mastectomy Is Unnecessary

In 2013, actress Angelina Jolie announced that she had both of her breasts removed after genetic testing indicated she was at increased risk of breast cancer. Her announcement came about five years after actress Christina Applegate underwent a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with early-stage cancer in one breast. Media

Improve Cancer Treatment Outcomes With Prehabilitation

If you are one of the estimated 1.7 million Americans who will be diagnosed with cancer this year, your treatment program will depend on the type of cancer you have, how far it has progressed, your age, and your overall health, among other factors.

As you and your doctors decide what

Editor’s Note: What to Do if the Diagnosis is Cancer

The words “You have cancer” are some of the most feared words a patient can hear. They often cause a paralysis, as patients commonly have difficulty thinking clearly about how to proceed once they’ve received a cancer diagnosis. Here are some basic guidelines to help you or a family member navigate

Breast Cancer Screening After Age 75

Although the risk of breast cancer increases with age many older women stop having mammograms in their later years—this despite an American Cancer Society (ACS) recommendation that screening continue. “The ACS advice reflects the fact that regular screening mammography saves lives,” says Laurie Margolies, MD, professor of radiology and director

Bone Cancer Symptoms: When Aches and Pains Are More Than Arthritis

Bone Cancer Symptoms: When Aches and Pains Are More Than Arthritis

When you think about the more than 200 bones that comprise the skeletal framework supporting your body, you probably envision them as sturdy, rigid, and unchanged. Actually, your bones are in a constant state of flux. Cells known as osteoclasts break down weakened portions of the bone, while cells called

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