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School-age children: How should they be involved in my care?

How much your 6- to 12-year-old children should help in taking care of you at home depends on their ages and your relationship with them. School-age children can help, even though they might complain about it. How they can provide care Use these guidelines when figuring out how to involve your children in your at-home… 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 »

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 »

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 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 »