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November 23, 2016

Alternative Cancer Treatments That Work

The facts are clear that a person will develop some sort of cancer during his or her lifetime. Even with an innovative treatment protocol, the odds that an individual will develop some sort of cancer during his or her lifetime now stands at a frightening 1 out of 2.5. 

Cancer not only seems to be becoming more deadly--claiming 500,000 lives per year--but it is striking its victims at progressively younger...

Chemotherapy can save your life, but it can be difficult to go through. One of the common side effects of chemotherapy is mouth sores. Coping with mouth sores during chemotherapy can improve the quality of life for cancer patients

What are cancer-related mouth sores?

Many drugs used for chemotherapy frequently cause mild to severe ulcers or sores on any of the soft tissues surrounding your mouth, including your lips, gums and tongue. These sores can make it difficult to eat, drink or...

The miracle of today’s cancer treatments is that they can effect real change — but the downside is that, in the midst of receiving them, many patients feel pretty horrible. While undergoing cancer treatments, patients often experience symptoms including nausea, soreness, fatigue and more. Cancer is a disease with multiple initiating factors, so choosing multiple therapy practices makes sense. That’s one reason chiropractic care is so valuable. According to the National Institutes for Health...

Oral care during cancer care is extremely important to maintaining overall health and a strong immune system. According to the National Institutes of Health, one third of cancer patients suffer with oral complications when undergoing treatment, even if no pre-treatment dental issues are present. Mild oral health issues during cancer treatment may not have a major impact on the patient’s life, but serious cases can make simple tasks such as eating, talking and swallowing troublesome. From an...

There are many unfortunate side effects of cancer treatment. One that many patients have the most issues with is dry mouth, as some chemotherapy and radiation treatments can damage the salivary glands. Although, on the surface, this sounds like a relatively minor issue, it can become a major one when it’s a constant occurrence. If you are currently undergoing cancer treatment and you are experiencing chronic dry mouth, there are several things you can do to lessen your discomfort.

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The traditional wisdom has always been that patients and survivors should get as much rest as possible. Just relax until your body heals completely. Rushing back into an active lifestyle could actually jeopardize your health. But exercise for cancer patients can be as important as medical treatment and nutrition. Recent studies suggest increased physical activity is precisely what the body needs – both during cancer treatment and afterward, in recovery. Regular exercise not only results in...

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the month, there are breast cancer awareness events, charity walks, fundraisers, and open houses happening all over the country (see here for a partial list). Below are some of the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month events in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Upcoming Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events in NoVa

Making Strides Hosted by the American Cancer Society, Making Strides...

With cautious optimism, you can finally celebrate the fact that you’re a cancer survivor. Now begins the recovery process. But for many, this recovery can last longer and be more difficult than the cancer treatment itself.

How do you transition back into a normal life? In fact, what does “normal” even mean now?

There is no universal roadmap or timeline, and “normal” means different things to different people. But you can lean on the collective experience of those who preceded you and...

Through our series on Cancer Caregivers, we’ve been exploring the role caregivers play in supporting a person undergoing cancer care. We looked at cancer caregivers as communicators and as decision makers. Today, we’re focusing on caregivers as a provider of hands-on care. For many caregivers, helping the patient with pain and symptom management is daily part of providing care. You may be asked to dispense pain medication or remind the patient to take a scheduled dose. You might also help...

This post is part of our series on cancer caregivers and the roles they play. In our last post, we examined the cancer caregiver's role as a communicator. Today we're looking at another important role for caregivers: Decision maker. After a cancer diagnosis, there are numerous decisions that need to be made. Medical care, finances, end-of-life decisions – it seems every decision is a big one. Patients may lean heavily on caregivers for help in making these decisions. It's a tremendous...

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