WTF is Xerostomia?

Xerostomia (n):  Dry mouth.  Occurs when the salivary glands do not make enough saliva (spit) to keep the mouth moist.    Xerostomia or dry mouth can be a troubling side effect of cancer treatments, especially head and neck radiation. Because saliva is needed for chewing, swallowing, tasting, and talking, these activities...


WTF is Synchronous Chemoradiation?

  Cancer experts have long debated & continue to debate over the best timings for radiotherapy and chemotherapy.  Often times, patients receive sequential therapy- first, chemotherapy and then radiation.  Synchronous chemoradiation is a term used to describe when a patient receives radiation therapy at the same time as or in between cycles...

New Protocol for Some Breast Cancer Patients

BIG NEWS in the world of breast cancer…. According to researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center, chemotherapy is as effective BEFORE breast cancer surgery as after.  In fact, when chemotherapy is given BEFORE surgery, the breast cancer tumors will hopefully have shrunken, thus making them more likely to be treatable with breast-conserving therapy or lumpectomy (removing...


FREE Skin Care Samples for Cancer Patients

I was reading Chemo101.com’s Latest News and learned of a new skin care line from 3Rx Skin Therapy specifically created to relieve dry skin conditions brought on by chemotherapy & radiation.  Sounds great, right?!… and you can order FREE samples to see for yourself if they really help…. Sounds even...


Radiation-FREE Lung Imaging System

Check out this amazing, novel, non-invasive, radiation-free lung imaging system called Vibration Response Imaging (created by Israeli company, Deep Breeze, Ltd) .  Some say it is s the most important medical imaging technology since ultrasound.  In a nutshell, Vibration Response Imaging records lung sounds and builds a real-time picture of the...

Proton Beam Therapy… Yet Another Novel Approach to Traditional Radiation

  When I first heard of Proton Beam Therapy, the first thought that popped into my head was “Beam me Scotty” (Can you tell that my Dad & I were huge Star Trek fans back in the day)… but in all seriousness, Proton Beam Therapy is a potentially superior radiation...


What is Prone Radiation for Breast Cancer?

Yesterday I wrote about a novel approach to whole breast radiation called Intraoperative Radiation Therapy where the Radiation Oncologist is literally in the operating room during the initial lumpectomy & administers radiation to the tumor bed immediately following the removal of that tumor. Today I read about another alternative to standard whole...


What is Intraoperative Radiation Therapy?

If you are considering a lumpectomy (instead of a mastectomy), read this…. Doctors at Northwestern Medicine are currently utilizing a novel approach to whole breast radiation therapy for their patients with early stage breast cancer called Intraoperative Radiation Therapy. Traditionally, women who opt to have a lumpectomy must first have...




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