Treatment Options for Metastatic Cancer

Metastasis is the spread of cancer cells to other areas of the body, often through the lymph system or bloodstream. A metastatic cancer, or tumor, is one that has spread from where it started into different areas of the body. In the past, many people diagnosed with metastatic cancer did not live long. Even today, … Continued

BRCA1 & BRCA2: Is a Preventive Mastectomy for Me?

BRCA1 and BRCA2 are human genes that naturally produce tumor suppressor proteins that help repair damaged DNA. These genes play an important role in stabilizing each cell’s genetic material. When either gene is mutated (altered), DNA damage may not be repaired properly which can increase the risk of female breast and ovarian cancers. What to … Continued

Sex After Prostate Cancer: Managing the Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Treatment

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American men, effecting approximately one in nine during their lifetime. Prostate cancer treatment can lead to side effects that negatively impact your quality of life, particularly libido, erectile function, penis length and sperm count. Prostate cancer and radiation therapy Prostate cancer may be treated with different types … Continued

How Is Lung Cancer Diagnosed?

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women—not including skin cancer—and accounts for 14 percent of all new cancers. The most common causes of lung cancer include smoking, secondhand smoke and exposure to certain toxins. However, non-smokers with a family history of lung cancer and cancer survivors who had radiation … Continued

What Does Chemotherapy Do?

Chemotherapy is the use of any drug to treat any disease, but it is most commonly used to describe cancer treatment. This treatment is most often given as an infusion, but it may also be given intravenously or into a device implanted in your chest. Some chemotherapy drugs can also be taken in pill or … Continued

How Common Is Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. That all changed, however, thanks to an increased use of Pap smear testing. In fact, incidence rates of cervical cancer have dropped by more than half since Pap smear testing has become an integral part of women’s wellness. All … Continued

What Are the Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer (e.g., colon cancer) is a highly treatable and often curable disease if it is diagnosed early. In March 2014, the American Cancer Society reported a 30 percent decrease in colon cancer rates in the United States in the last 10 years among adults aged 50 and older. This decrease is attributed to a widespread increase in colorectal … Continued

What Does Skin Cancer Look Like?

Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. Skin cancer commonly occurs on areas of the skin that are regularly or over-exposed to harmful ultraviolet rays (either from the sun or tanning beds). An estimated 5 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year. Types of skin cancer There are three major … Continued

What Causes Lung Cancer?

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States—affecting nearly 228,000 people each year. Though lung cancer is often considered a smoker’s disease, more than twenty-five percent of those affected are non-smokers. While it’s true that smoking is associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, there are certain factors that can … Continued