Supportive Care

Insights into Hospice

Hospice, which emerged from palliative care ideology, is defined as comfort care and support for patients and families facing a life-threatening illness.

Ask the Dr. – Understanding Erectile Dysfunction: What Women Should Know

Erectile dysfunction is an issue for a large number of men. Eric J. Margolis, MD, FACS, provides answers to common questions about this widespread issue that affects men and their partners. Q: How common is erectile dysfunction? A: More than 10 million men in the United States are affected by erectile dysfunction, and it has […]

African-American Women and the Breast Cancer Disparity

When Karen Jackson was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer in 1993, she was bewildered—not just by the diagnosis but by the disparity she saw between African-American women and women of other races and ethnicities. “The disparities were alarming to me. In talking with other African-American women, I kept hearing the common experiences of unequal medical treatment and access,” she explains.

Ginseng Supplements May Relieve Cancer-Related Fatigue

Cancer patients and survivors who took ginseng supplements for two months felt noticeable relief from fatigue.

Acupuncture May Reduce Lymphedema in Breast Cancer

Acupuncture may be a safe and effective alternative for reducing arm lymphedema in patients with breast cancer.

Cancer care – more tailored and more targeted.

Personalized medicine is more than just a catchy phrase. By matching treatment to the specific characteristics of the person and the cancer, personalized medicine helps people receive the care that’s right for them.

Antidepressant Cymbalta May Reduce Pain from Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

The antidepressant Cymbalta® (duloxetine) appears to reduce the numbness and tingling associated with taxane or platinum-based chemotherapy.

Changes and Challenge

One breast cancer survivor offers tips for clearing the emotional hurdle that hair loss can present. By Aarika Johnson I was diagnosed with breast cancer on my twenty-fifth birthday. Within two months I had a lumpectomy, fertility treatments to freeze embryos, and chemotherapy. Two weeks after my first chemo treatment, I began to lose my […]

Coping with Peripheral Neuropathy

By Eleanor Mayfield It began with numbness and tingling in her feet. The numbness made it difficult for her to maintain her balance, especially in the dark. Gradually, the discomfort worsened. Sometimes she had sharp, burning pains in her feet. “Sometimes it would feel like I was walking on rocks.” What Jacqueline Cohen, PhD, is […]

Your Brain After Chemo

Questions to ask your doctor about post-chemo brain. By Dan Silverman, MD, PhD, and Idelle Davidson You’re halfway through what will be six rounds of chemotherapy, and you begin to feel as though a fog has enveloped your mind. You grow forgetful. Making even the smallest decision seems overwhelming. Multitasking has become impossible—you’re lucky if […]