How to Manage Chemotherapy Induced Anemia?

One of the ways to treat cancer is chemotherapy. While undergoing chemotherapy a patient may face certain side effects.

Anemia is one of them. Chemotherapy leads to anemia and anemia reduces energy level and may affect the patient’s ability to get the maximum benefit from the cancer care and treatment that he/she is undergoing.

Anemia means to have lower-than-normal number of red cells in the blood. Red blood cells are important because of their role in carrying oxygen from the lungs to all the cells in the body.

And since when cancer cells have started to multiply the RBC is not able to handle oxygen supply properly.

Some of the primary signs of anemia are shortness of breath, generally feeling week and dull and fatigue, pain the chest, headache, inability to concentrate, dull skin, loss of sex drive etc.

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Which Option Should One Choose While Treating Cancer

Treating cancer involves removing and/or destroying cancer cells from the body. This can be achieved by several methods – Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy, going under surgeon’s knife, hormone therapy and biological therapy.

Which type of treatment to take or choose depends upon number of factors, like the type of cancer, stage of cancer and age of the patient have an important role to play.

Hormone Therapy is applied in combination with Radiotherapy or Chemotherapy. And it’s generally applied when a person is affected with breast or prostrate cancer.

To reduce the amount of estrogen or testosterone in the body one either goes for removal of the affected parts by way of surgery or takes chemo.

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Nosing Out Nasal Cancer

The incidence of nasal cancer is quite rare and men are more likely to be affected than women. It constitutes about 0.5% of cancer cases and occurs more commonly in people of lower economic status.

More cases of the disease have been observed in Asia and other eastern countries than in Western countries but perhaps due to better diagnosis the number of cases is rising all over the world.

Nasal cancer is caused by a number of risk factors. The use of tobacco in any form leads to this cancer.

The more the use, the greater the risk. If you’ve had a transplant and you’re taking antirejection drugs it will increase the risk.

AIDS also lowers your body’s immunity and increases the chances of cancer. Sometimes viral infections cause bacteria to enter the nose and change the cells into cancerous ones.

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Are the Elderly More Likely To Get Cancer?

Researchers have speculated that you are more at risk of getting cancer once you hit your fifties 65 is the median age for all types of cancers. Mortality due to cancer is also higher for older people than younger ones.

Cancer can, of course, affect anybody, irrespective of age, but the chances of you getting it increase as you grow older.

There is a lot of guesswork about why this happens. One reason trotted out is that older people have been exposed to more carcinogens such as sun, pollution, and stress and that their cells have had longer to mutate. However, this doesn’t explain the strange genetic abnormalities found in tumors.

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Must Have Items For People Undergoing Cancer Treatment

When someone you know is undergoing Cancer Treatment or you are taking care of someone undergoing Cancer Treatment keep a few important points in mind and items by your side that will come in handy in day to day life of a cancer patients.

Bed Tray and Special Cups: Bed trays have multi purpose. They can be used by the person eat while lying in bed and patient can keep his book on it and read also. Like-wise these special cups due to their shape enable a patient undergoing treatment to drink in sleeping poison without spilling the liquid.

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Does Splenda Cause Cancer?

About 600 people were chosen for a poll about use of Splenda in their tea and coffee. 70% of those confirmed to using it while the remaining did not. Splenda is an artificial sweetener that is suppose to be 600 times sweeter than sugar and its one of the new products on the racks in the stores. Splenda is generally called sucralose.

Splenda can be used as a direct substitute for sugar as well as added while preparing sweets at home or desserts in the form of sugar syrup or otherwise. The frequently debated issue regarding use of Splenda is, does Splenda cause cancer?

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Can Hormone Therapy Be Taken for Cancer?

Hormone therapy is mostly linked with men taking testosterone or women using estrogen during menopause. But hormone therapy for cancer is an altogether different concept.

It is also called endocrine therapy and is used to change the hormones in your body so as to halt the progress of cancer or cure it. It is applied to treat only hormone-responsive cancers and is used together with other main cancer treatments.

Hormone therapy is used to decrease some particular hormones in your body or else change the ability of the tumor to use these hormones to increase and spread. By modifying the hormone supply the tumors shrink. Hormone therapy is generally used for breast, prostrate, and ovarian cancers.

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What Can We All Do to Keep off Cancer?

There is a good news doing rounds about cancer. It’s been declared that those deaths due to cancer have fallen over the past 16 years. This is the 2nd year in a row for the US that deaths due to cancer have shown a drop. It’s good news no doubt but that hardly goes to say that the potential threat of getting it is not looming as large as before.

The doctors and researchers are not always sure about the exact reasons or factors responsible in an individual for being diagnosed with cancer. The factors responsible for cancer could be environmental or genetic. These are responsible for the vast majority of cancers.

While genetic factors are not in our circle of influence meaning we sometimes may have not control over it. But environmental factors are within our control and we can minimize or reduce the risk of being affected with cancer by taking a few steps in the right direction.

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Coping with Depression When You Have Cancer

The effect of cancer on the mind often takes second place to the ravages it heaps upon the body. The treatment itself surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy’s a lot to cope with along with fears for the future. Alterations in lifestyle and a loss of a job, or the worry about bills, insurance, and the effect it all is having on the family can weigh a cancer patient down heavily.

It is natural that depression should occur in such circumstances. And while treatment is ongoing for the physical ailment the mental well being of the patient suffers. When this happens, you should resist the impulse to withdraw into a shell and must seek counseling.

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Healing Power of Laughter for Cancer Patients

You may feel there is nothing humorous about cancer. Too true. After the diagnosis and during the treatment patients may not feel like laughing. Their minds are likely to be concerned with details about insurance and chemotherapy.

How then do we convince you that laughter is good for cancer? Most people would consider it insensitive to crack a joke or laugh when with a terminally ill patient. But have you thought that perhaps they need to be diverted from their condition? If you can do that for them you are helping them to put their disease on the backburner and live a fuller life.

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