Side Effects

WTF is “Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation”?

For younger women diagnosed with cancer, the same treatments that are designed to save their lives can damage their ovaries and render them infertile.  However, there are options available to help preserve fertility. For some female patients, egg & embryo freezing is one option if done before treatment begins.  For...

Guided Imagery App to Help Fight Cancer

Many, many years ago, I was told the following by a client of mine: If your mind can conceive it and your heart can believe it, you shall achieve it! Although I do NOT believe that the power of positive thinking alone can cure a person of cancer, I do agree...

WTF is Oral Mucositis?

  Everyone knows that hair loss is a common side effects of chemo and radiation -but did you know that these therapies can also wreak havoc in the mouth?  Not only can cancer treatments cause severe dry mouth or xerostomia, but they can also cause oral mucositis.  So WTF is...


FREE Wigs for Breast Cancer Patients in Arizona

The Live and Give Foundation, Inc. aka ‘Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump!’ offers free wigs to breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy who live in Arizona through their “Wig Out Program”.  Whether you have insurance coverage for wigs or not, the Live & Give Foundation’s Wig Out Program will pay up to...


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...


FREE Massage for Cancer Patients

According to many studies, therapeutic massage offers real benefits to cancer patients.  Massage can help alleviate painful side effects & fatigue, control nausea, provide relaxation to enhance traditional treatments, and give cancer patients a self-esteem boost. Massage can even help reduce the need for pain medications.   More and more groups (whether...


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...




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