Knowledge Base

Alcohol and chronic pain

People have been using alcohol to help cope with chronic pain for many years. Many people also may use alcohol as a way to manage stress, and chronic pain often can be a significant stressor. Research studies have found that as many as 28% of people with chronic pain use alcohol as a pain management… Read more »

Pain that continues after breast cancer surgery

Pain and breast cancer It has been known for a long time that only one out of three people who are newly diagnosed with cancer experience pain.  However, one out of two people who are undergoing cancer treatment, and more than three out of four who have advanced cancer, experience pain. Now, because of medical… Read more »

Cancer and neuropathic pain: Tingling, numbness, and sensitive nerves

Cancer is a harsh illness no matter where it strikes in the body. When cancer treatments also lead to health issues, the situation may seem overwhelming.   Today, we’re taking a look at the problem of neuropathic pain in people who have cancer. When nerves are injured by tumors, surgery, or by certain types of… Read more »

‘Off-label’ use of medication

What is a medication label? Before a new medication can be sold on the market, the law requires that the manufacturer prove to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the medication is an effective and safe treatment for a particular medical condition. This is done through months, and sometimes years, of costly scientific research,… Read more »

Cancer and hair loss

Contributed by: Survivor Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, January 2009 I’m a breast cancer survivor. From the time I was about 5 years old my hair has been my best and favorite feature. When my oncologist told me two out of my three chemotherapy drugs would cause hair loss, I was crushed. I wasn’t sure… Read more »

Nicotine and cancer treatment: An unhealthy combination

We all know that smoking can lead to lung cancer, but did you know that lung cancer can be harder to treat if you keep smoking after you’ve been diagnosed? Even though this information comes from a study that was done in a research lab, and not with people who actually have cancer, the results… 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 »