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Tips On How To Beat Mesothelioma

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Managing a rare cancer diagnosis presents unique challenges. One survivor shares her tips for navigating the sometimes-murky waters.

Sun Safety During Cancer Treatment

Shielding your skin from the sun’s potentially harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays should be a concern for everyone, especially if you spend time outdoors, but if you’re undergoing treatment for cancer, you may need to be especially vigilant when it comes to sun protection; some of the treatments you’ve received may make your skin more vulnerable to UV damage and might also be associated with side effects that can worsen in hot, sunny conditions.

Understanding the Goals of Cancer Treatment with Chemotherapy

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, your healthcare team may have prescribed chemotherapy as part of your treatment plan. The goals of treatment with chemotherapy will depend largely on the type and stage of your cancer. If you’re currently undergoing or about to begin treatment with chemotherapy, you may want to understand the goals of your prescribed therapy.

What to Tell Children when Facing a Diagnosis of Mesothelioma

If you have children in your life, you already know that they tend to be creatures of habit who rely on their daily routine. There may be unexpected changes in their routine with your fight against cancer, and you may be concerned about the best way to talk to them about it.

Chemotherapy for Older Patients with Mesothelioma: What You Should Know About the Risk of a Low White Blood Cell Count

As you may already know, chemotherapy works by attacking the rapidly dividing cells it finds in the body, particularly cancer cells because they multiply quickly. However, chemotherapy can't differentiate between cancer cells and other rapidly dividing healthy cells, such as bone marrow cells. As a consequence, many chemotherapy patients, especially older patients, experience a drop in the levels of their blood cells, including their infection-fighting white blood cells. This may lead to the patient's chemotherapy being stopped or reduced until the white blood cell count recovers enough to resume treatment, which can give cancer cells a chance to grow. A low white blood cell count, a condition called neutropenia, may also increase a patient's risk of infection, which can lead to delays in treatment, or hospitalization.


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