Year: 2008

Coping with cancer through spirituality

Spiritual and religious practices and beliefs may help you to cope with the pain of cancer and with the uncertainty and fear of a cancer diagnosis. Many people rely on faith to make sense of their lives and to feel connected to others — but you may also be looking for a connection to something… Read more »

Cancer and depression

When you have cancer, you will feel down at times; this is perfectly normal. Your everyday life has suddenly changed, you face an uncertain future, and you may need treatment that will take several weeks or months. Even the most cheerful person would feel sadness, grief, and worry. In the beginning After you are diagnosed… Read more »

Cancer and anxiety

If you have cancer, there will probably be times when you feel worried and afraid. As a matter of fact, 44% of people with cancer say that they feel anxious at times, and 23% say that they have a great deal of anxiety. Reasons for anxiety can range from the fear of having cancer-related symptoms like nausea… Read more »

Managing pain due to prostate cancer

What is prostate cancer? Prostate cancer forms in the prostate gland. The prostate gland is found in men, below the bladder and in front of the rectum; it makes and stores semen. Prostate cancer can range from slow-growing, which can be treated fairly simply, to a very aggressive type that calls for a mix of… Read more »

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 »