The LIVESTRONG Foundation provides free cancer support services to help people cope with the financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease. Created in 1997 by cancer survivor and philanthropist Lance Armstrong, the Foundation is known for its powerful brand – LIVESTRONG–and for its advocacy on behalf of survivors and their families. With its iconic yellow LIVESTRONG wristband, the Foundation has become a symbol of hope and inspiration around the world. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised nearly $500 million to support cancer survivors and served 2.5 million people affected by the disease. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.
Chemotherapy medicines can damage healthy cells that normally divide quickly. They do not distinguish between cancerous cells and non-cancerous cells. This can cause effects throughout the body (systemic effects). The damage to healthy cells is the reason for the side effects.
Chemotherapy often...Read More
Surgical cancer treatment means removing cancerous tissue from the body. Surgery may be used to confirm the presence of cancer cells by taking a sample of tissue (biopsy). It is also used to remove as much of the tumor as possible. Sometimes surgery is used to reduce the size of a tumor (debulk the...Read More
Cancer surgery can affect muscles, bones, nerves and organ systems, depending on what part of the body is operated on.
The risks of after effects of surgery have been reduced over the years. Less invasive surgery is now used for many types of cancer. This generally results in less scarring than...Read More
After effects of cancer treatment can be described as long-term or late effects of cancer and treatment. After effects can range from very mild to serious. They may vary from one survivor to the next. Doctors cannot always predict if any will occur or how long-lasting they will be. Treatment can...Read More
Here are some stress reduction activities that may help you if you've been diagnosed with cancer:
- Doing things that make you laugh and that you find fun
- Doing things that make you feel relaxed
- Taking classes or involvement in hobbies like music or painting
- Writing in a journal
Eating right for your health needs may improve how you feel. Discuss any changes in your diet with a member of your healthcare team before you start. Here are some nutritional recommendations you may want to discuss:
- Eating 5-7 servings daily of fruits and vegetables
- Eating plenty of fiber
First, discuss any changes in your exercise plan with a member of your health care team. But there are many physical activities that could benefit your health. Here are a few:
- Breathing exercises
- Swimming or water aerobics
- Gardening and outdoor work
Discuss any changes in diet or an exercise plan with a member of your healthcare team before you start. However, you can read about healthy behaviors and bring a list of questions to your next healthcare appointment. Discuss what you learn from your research to learn whether the information is accurate...Read More
Many cancer survivors find that they feel better if they incorporate healthy behaviors into their daily routine. Eating right for your health needs and including some exercise that relates to your recovery needs may improve how you feel. It may also reduce your risk for cancer and other major health p...Read More
Chronic suppression of the immune system is known to increase the risk of certain cancers. This means that the immune system is not working as effectively as it should. Long-term suppression of the immune system has been observed in patients who have experienced organ transplantation and are taking...Read More
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is most commonly passed by sexual contact. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccines were originally intended for adolescent girls to prevent cervical cancer. However, there is an increasing awareness of other HPV-associated cancers in both men and women. Many public health...Read More
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is most commonly passed by sexual contact. Many people have HPV and do not even know it. Because this virus is known to cause more than 95 percent of cases of cervical cancer, a great deal of research effort and money have been invested to create HPV vaccines.
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a type of bacteria that is estimated to chronically infect two-thirds of the world's population. This bacterium resides in the human stomach and is a common cause of inflammatory illnesses of the stomach and small intestine including gastritis, gastric (stomach)...Read More