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Ginseng May Improve Fatigue in Cancer Patients

A study led by the Mayo Clinic found that “high doses of the herb American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) over two months reduced cancer-related fatigue in patients more effectively than a placebo”.  Fatique is one of the most common short term & longer term side effects caused by cancer treatments. Here’s...


got Lymphedema? Get LympheDIVAs…

Lymphedema is a potential side effect of breast cancer treatment (most   commonly caused by the removal of or damage to lymph nodes) that can cause permanent swelling of the arm and hand.  Swelling can range from mild and hardly noticeable to extreme making it difficult to use the affected arm and hand....


What is Neutropenia?

Neutropenia (n): characterized by an abnormally low number of neutrophils the most important type of white blood cell. (Wikipedia) White blood cell counts can be determined by a simple blood test. Anyone undergoing cancer treatments will most likely experience some level of neutropenia at some point.  You see, white blood cells help our bodies...


Great Alternative to Hospital Gowns…

With a diagnosis of cancer comes an endless number of doctors appointments, tests, scans, biopsies, surgical procedures and even hospital visits.  And to add insult to injury, often times, patients need to wear those yucky hospital gowns.  For many, hospital gowns are downright uncomfortable, depressing, embarrassing and candidly just another reminder...


Adding the “Right” Dentist to Your Oncology Team…

While researching content for “WTF is Magic Mouthwash or Miracle Mouthwash?” & “Dental Care & Care”, I now realize the importance of working with a dentist who really understands cancer before beginning cancer treatments as well as throughout treatment and in some cases, even after treatment ends. Meet the Dental...


WTF is Magic Mouthwash or Miracle Mouthwash?

Many people undergoing treatment for cancer experience oral problems such as mouth sores or ulcers (technical term is either oral mucositis or stomatitis) at some point in their battle. These sores can make everyday activities like eating or speaking difficult to nearly impossible. They can be quite painful and cause...


Tips for Combating Chemobrain

Chemobrain (n):  a term used by cancer survivors to describe the change in memory, concentration, attention span or ability to perform different mental tasks following chemotherapy treatments.  Also called chemofog. Chemobrain is real and affects different patients differently. Some patients do not experience any sort of forgetfulness or inability to concentrate,...


Dental Care & Cancer…

When someone is first diagnosed with cancer, I can pretty much guarantee that dental care is one of the last things running through their mind.  Understandably so.  But the challenge is that existing dental problems can worsen as a result of cancer treatments.   And chemo & radiation can cause new...


11 Therapies To Consider When Battling Cancer

“Housecall“, a free weekly e-newsletter from the Mayo Clinic, recently had an article about 11 alternative treatments to consider when battling cancer.  It’s a great article.  (Thanks Andrea for sharing this with me!)  So without further ado, “Alternative Cancer Treatments:  11 Options to Consider ” straight from The Mayo Clinic Staff: Alternative cancer...


Fertility & Cancer…

I have met quite a few parents whose children are cancer survivors.  And their journey’s have some major similarities.  First, their child was suddenly diagnosed with cancer and literally started chemotherapy the very next day.  Secondly, in each instance, the oncologists never discussed the longer term affects that cancer treatments...




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