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Living With Cancer

Beating testicular cancer: one man's story
Testicular cancer. Just the thought of it causes fear and apprehension. But thanks to the wonders of modern medicine, even patients with later stages of the condition have cure rates of 60%-85%. And, when diagnosed early, cure rates for testicular cancer approach 100%.
Learn more about the different types of pains caused by tumors and treatment.
Cancer treatment and fertility in women
Undergoing treatment can bring with it a whole host of new questions, including, for many people, “Will I still be able to have children?”
When your child has cancer: dealing with the diagnosis
Hearing the news that your child has cancer can trigger a range of emotions. But the most important thing is to focus on what you can do right now to help your child.
Childhood cancers: long-term effects of treatment
Now that childhood cancer survivors are living longer, researchers are learning more about the possible late side effects of childhood cancer treatments. Read here to find out more.
Pain associated with cancer and chemotherapy can be relieved. Read here to find out how.
Fighting colon cancer: one man's story
Cancer of the colon or rectum strikes hundreds of thousands of people yearly. However, when it's caught early, colorectal cancer is one of the most easily cured cancers.
Read here to find out answers to questions you may have after ending cancer treatment.
Palliative care for cancer
Palliative care can be thought of as comfort care. It is care given to a person living with a life-threatening disease, like cancer.
Tips for coping with mouth, gum, and throat problems related to radiation therapy
While your cancer care team will manage any oral health problems that may occur from treatment, there are also actions you can take.

Living With Cancer (Continued)

Reclaiming sexuality after gynecologic cancer
Women who are treated for gynecologic cancers—cervical, uterine, ovarian, endometrial, or vulvar—are often caught off-guard by the impact that surgery, pelvic radiation, and chemotherapy can have on their sex lives.
Testicular cancer: curing the most common young men's cancer
Men diagnosed with testicular cancer can expect to be cured, according to Marc Garnick, MD, an oncologist.
When your best friend has breast cancer
Someone you love will probably be diagnosed with breast cancer. Your support will be an important part of her treatment.

Preventing Cancer

Acrylamide: snack food cancer risk or not?
Acrylamide, a potentially cancer-causing agent, is present in high levels in a number of common foods. Read here to find out more.
Antioxidants and your health
Learn about the benefits and risks of taking antioxidants.
Cancer tests that can save your life
Like many young and middle-aged women, you may assume you’re immune to cancer. But statistics tell otherwise.
Rerun imageDon't be afraid of colorectal cancer screening
Colorectal cancer is the second deadliest cancer in the US and the third deadliest cancer worldwide. But when diagnosed at an early stage, before the cancer has invaded the colon wall or spread to distant sites, the chances of survival are much higher.
Prostate screening choices
Could you benefit from prostate screening tests? Read more about your choices.
Fighting prostate cancer: eat your way to victory
There is mounting evidence that diet is strongly linked to prostate cancer—the second most common cause of cancer-related death in American men.
The latest in breast cancer screening: computer-aided mammography
Each year, many women develop breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in American women. How can we screen for it?
DS Body Beautiful 55Practical prevention—testicular cancer strikes young
Most young men are not aware that they may be vulnerable to testicular cancer. Yet, this cancer usually strikes men who are 15-35 years old.

Special Topics

Fulvestrant—another option for breast cancer treatment
Fulvestrant is an option for breast cancer therapy. Learn more.
A current focus in much oncology research is to identify cancer treatments which maximize effectiveness and minimize complications. Learn about the effectiveness of high-dose chemotherapy.
How do childhood cancers differ from adult cancers?
Read here to find out how childhood cancers differ from adult cancer, as well as information on some of the most common childhood cancers.
Medication for women with advanced breast cancer
A drug called Herceptin attacks a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer in a novel way. What promise does Herceptin hold for one of the most deadly forms of breast cancer?
Osteoporosis, breast cancer, and eating disorders: not just for women
Primarily associated with women, breast cancer also occurs in men, although rarely. Find out more about these conditions and the incidence in men.
Occupation and cancer risk
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a person’s risk for developing cancer may be influenced by a combination of factors, including exposure to cancer-causing agents in the workplace.
Sperm banking: fertility options for men undergoing cancer treatment
In sperm banking, your sperm are frozen and stored so that should you decide to become a father at some point in the future, you will have that opportunity, even if the cancer treatment has affected your fertility. Learn more about this option.

True or False?

True or false: using a cell phone increases the risk of a brain tumor
Some types of brain tumors have been increasingly diagnosed since the cell phone era began. Can talking on the phone really put you at risk for a brain tumor?
True or false: hair dye causes cancer
You may have heard about a possible link between hair dye and certain kinds of cancer. Studies on the association between hair dyes and cancer have generated mixed results.
True or false: eating dark chocolate can lower your risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease
"Chocolate is good for you” sounds like an obvious entry in the “too good to be true” hall of fame. But a significant body of evidence supports this statement. So chocolate lovers can indulge their cravings—to a point—without too much guilt.

Natural and Alternative Treatments (By Condition)

American Cancer Society
http://www.cancer.org
Cancer Care, Inc.
http://www.cancercare.org
National Cancer Institute
http://cancernet.nci.nih.gov