Physical self-care for cancer patients?

Coping with a cancer diagnosis can be one of the most stressful experiences of someone’s life and it is important to recognize that self-care during cancer is neither self-indulgent nor selfish. It’s about taking care of yourself (or anyone with cancer) no matter what stage they are at.
There’s absolutely no right way to cope and deal with cancer and no best self-care ideas. It’s about determining what’s best for you. It sometimes means cozying up on the couch and watching a movie, going for a walk, chatting with loved ones, or spending time by yourself. Continue reading “Physical self-care for cancer patients?”

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Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a viral infection that is passed between people through skin-to-skin contact. There are over 100 varieties which are passed through sexual contact and can affect your genitals, mouth, or throat. Most people get a genital HPV infection through direct sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, and oral sex.

Because HPV is a skin-to-skin infection, intercourse isn’t always required for transmission to occur. Continue reading “Human papillomavirus (HPV)”

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Hepatitis Vaccination

The term ‘hepatitis‘ means inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis can be caused by viruses, other infectious agents, alcohol, and other chemicals. There are various Hepatitis viruses which include A, B, C, D, E and possibly G. Types A, B and C are the most common. All can cause acute hepatitis. Viral Hepatitis B and C can cause Chronic Hepatitis which can lead to Liver Cirrhosis (fibrosis) and in some cases Liver cancer (Hepatocellular carcinoma). They differ in the way they are transmitted from person to person. Continue reading “Hepatitis Vaccination”

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Cancer Vaccination

Vaccination is the administration of a vaccine to help the immune system develop protection from a disease. Vaccines contain a microorganism or virus in a weakened, live or killed state, or proteins or toxins from the organism. In stimulating the body’s adaptive immunity, they help prevent sickness from an infectious disease.

When a sufficiently large percentage of a population has been vaccinated and become immune, herd immunity results which indirectly protects the non-immune population because infection transmission is low. The effectiveness of vaccination has been widely studied and verified. Vaccination is a most effective method of preventing infectious diseases. Continue reading “Cancer Vaccination”

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Questions You May Want to Ask Your Health Care Provider About Your Diagnosis

Most early-stage breast cancers in the U.S. are found with screening mammography, before any warning signs or symptoms appear.

However, breast cancer also is found when there are warning signs. So, it’s important to be aware of these warning signs and see a health care provider if you notice any breast changes. Continue reading “Questions You May Want to Ask Your Health Care Provider About Your Diagnosis”

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Contents of a Breast Pathology Report

Pathology reports are written in medical language because they are prepared for health care providers. This can make some of the wording hard to understand.

However, understanding the basic parts of the report can help you be better informed about your diagnosis.

Different pathology labs may use different terms to describe the same information. So, your report may not have the exact wording found here. Continue reading “Contents of a Breast Pathology Report”

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Breast cancer; Last time out

In our previous article, we talked about how important it is to know the health status of your breast in order to aid early discovery of any breast cancer and put us in a vantage position to fight and defeat cancer. Sequel to this, questions have popped up on why some cancer cases resolve easily and some do not, rather they have been known to deteriorate and taken lives fatefully. Continue reading “Breast cancer; Last time out”

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