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Making the Grade with the Gleason Score

When men who have prostate cancer talk to each other, they sometimes exchange their Gleason scores or their cancer stages with an intensity that two combat veterans might use when exchanging the name of [more…]

Pondering the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Exam

All men who are 50 years old and older, as well as all men who are 40 (or older) and at risk for cancer (such as black men or men who have a family history of cancer), should have an annual PSA test, along [more…]

Busting Myths about Prostate Cancer

A lot of people think that they know at least the basics about prostate cancer, and some people believe that they really have the essentials of prostate cancer down — even though they're not doctors or [more…]

Dealing with Hair Loss from Cancer Treatment

Radiation therapy causes hair loss only in the area being treated. For instance, if your lower body is being treated, you likely will lose pubic hair or leg hair. If your chest or a breast is undergoing [more…]

Covering the Chemotherapy Basics

Chemotherapy, administered under the direction of a medical oncologist with assistance from angels otherwise known as chemo nurses, covers a wide range of drug regimens that all produce side effects. Most [more…]

Pinpointing the Importance of Clinical Trials

Research studies in all fields of medicine are known as clinical trials. These studies are conducted with an eye to the future, in hopes of finding safer or more effective methods to screen for, prevent [more…]

Posing Questions about Your Prostate Biopsy

If you have any questions about the results of your biopsy, whether it's positive or negative for cancer, be sure to write them down so that you can remember to discuss them with your doctor. [more…]

Facing the Facts about Esophageal Cancer

Heartburn is common. Esophageal cancer isn't. According to the American Cancer Society, less than 1 percent (0.4 percent to 0.5 percent) of the people with Barrett's esophagus progress to esophageal cancer [more…]

Knowing What Tests to Expect for Cancer Treatment

After you've been diagnosed with cancer, tests can provide important information that determines what sort of treatment will work best for you. So roll up your sleeve for that blood test, schedule that [more…]

Recognizing the Threat of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is the 6th most common cancer in men and 14th in women with more than 30,000 new cases occurring each year. Many types of cancer are frequently publicized in the news, increasing people's awareness [more…]

Counting the Ways Life Will Be Better after Cancer

Cancer may change your life for the better in more ways than you've ever imagined. Some of the changes are obvious early on; others may be subtle and take a while to develop. Some changes may present themselves [more…]

Prostate Cancer: Essential Screening and Testing for Men

Prostate cancer is often curable, if the disease is diagnosed and treated early (before the cancer spreads). The following diagnostic tests should be done with your annual physical exam starting at age [more…]

Finding a Cancer Specialist and Asking Questions about Prostate Cancer

If your primary care doctor says you may have prostate cancer, he will want you to see a specialist, usually a urologist, to prescribe treatment and to answer your questions. When looking for a qualified [more…]

How to Deal with Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Treatment

The possible side effects of prostate cancer treatment cause most men to worry. The following information can help you talk to your doctor about overcoming and controlling the side effects that may accompany [more…]

Tips for Partners of People with Prostate Cancer

It may feel like the world is falling apart if your partner is diagnosed with prostate cancer. It is scary for both of you. Here are some tips for you to help your partner as he struggles with prostate [more…]

Prostate Cancer For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Screening and testing for prostate cancer are important for early detection and treatment. You can talk with your doctor about any concerns you may have, like prostate cancer treatment and side effects [more…]

Contacts to Keep on Hand during Breast Cancer Treatment

Being treated for breast cancer is an ongoing process with some twists and turns to be expected. Make yourself a call sheet so that you can notify the right people when chemo runs long and you need someone [more…]

Is It Breast Cancer? Warning Signs You Shouldn't Ignore

Breast cancer has some obvious and not-so-obvious symptoms that you shouldn't ignore. Pay attention to your breast health so that you can identify changes early on. Schedule an appointment with your doctor [more…]

How to Prepare for a Mammogram

Mammograms are an important diagnostic tool in detecting and combating breast cancer. You should schedule regular mammogram screenings, and follow this advice: [more…]

Breast Cancer Treatment Options

If you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, you have many treatment options available depending on a variety of factors. You can discuss the options with your doctor and your loved ones to decide the [more…]

How to Prepare for a Breast Biopsy Appointment

If your doctor suspects you may have breast cancer or wants to confirm that you don't, you'll probably be scheduled for a biopsy, a procedure in which some breast tissue is extracted and analyzed for cancerous [more…]

Members of Your Breast Cancer Treatment Team

Breast cancer patients have a whole team of caring and attentive health professionals who are focused on helping you beat the disease. Here's the roster for your breast cancer team: [more…]

Breast Cancer For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you're dealing with breast cancer, know that fellow patients and medical professionals can do a deal to ease your journey. This cheat sheet offers advice on when to see a doctor about breast issues; [more…]

How to Cope with Chemotherapy-Related Digestive Problems

The same properties that make chemotherapy drugs effective cancer killers also cause them to wreak havoc on normal cells, including those that make up your digestive system. The damage, although usually [more…]

How to Cope with Chemotherapy’s Blood and Nervous System Side Effects

The same properties that make chemotherapy drugs effective cancer killers also cause them to damage healthy cells in your bone marrow, blood and nervous system. The damage, although often temporary, can [more…]

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