Month: November 2008

Managing pain due to lung cancer

What is lung cancer? Lung cancer starts in the tissues of the lungs, usually in the cells that line the air passages. It’s diagnosed by looking at some of these cells under a microscope. There are two main types of lung cancer: small cell and non-small cell. Eighty percent of people with lung cancer have… Read more »

Managing pain due to colorectal cancer

What is colorectal cancer? Colorectal cancer includes cancer of the large intestine (the long, muscular tube at the lower end of the digestive system) and the rectum (the last six inches of the colon, where waste leaves the body). Colorectal cancers often start as small, noncancerous growths called polyps. If polyps are found during a… Read more »

Managing pain due to breast cancer

What is breast cancer? Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women. Malignant (cancerous) tumors are most often found in the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and sometimes in the lobules (glands that produce milk).When cancer spreads outside of a duct or gland to other breast tissue, it’s called… Read more »

Coping with pain after cancer surgery

Cancer surgery is scary for most people. You might worry about what will happen during the operation. You may wonder what the surgeon will find, and whether you’ll be in pain afterwards. It’s common to feel alone at this time, and to be anxious about the future. This article will help you to understand the… Read more »

Cancer-related fatigue

How is cancer-related fatigue different from just being tired? Most people are tired after work or exercise, but resting or sleeping can usually make them feel better again. Cancer-related fatigue is different, though: It can be an overwhelming, daily lack of energy that is not helped by rest or sleep. Cancer-related fatigue is not only… Read more »

Understanding metastasis

When cancer spreads: metastasis Cancer usually starts as a tumor in an organ or tissue of the body — except for leukemia or lymphoma, where it affects the blood cells instead. When cancer spreads to other parts of the body beyond the area where it began, it is called metastasis (pronounced meh-TAS-tuh-sis). When cancer is found in… Read more »

Understanding cancer stages

What is staging? No two cases of cancer are exactly alike. Some cancers are found early, and others aren’t noticed until the cancer has metastasized (spread past the place in the body where it first started). Staging is the system doctors use to learn how much a cancer has spread. Once doctors know the cancer’s stage, they can come… Read more »

Things to be aware of around children

As a parent, you want to protect your children from being hurt or upset. If you have cancer, though, it could be hard to keep your children from learning about your illness. There will be many facts about your diagnosis and treatment that you’ll need to share with your family. Talking to everyone openly and… Read more »

Pain treatment options for cancer

Cancer isn’t always painful, but then again, everyone handles pain differently. You are the only one who truly knows when you’re in pain; it’s important to tell your doctor or nurse when it happens, so that you can manage it together. Keep in mind, though: Treatments that work well for one person might not work… Read more »

Facing the different cancer stages with your family

Cancer is an illness that no one should have to handle alone. Trying to manage on your own can add to the stress of being sick. If it’s hard to ask for help, keep in mind that some people want to lend a hand, but that they may not know what’s needed. Try making a… Read more »