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Living with Brain Cancer / Re: help with cancer treatment for my wife
« Last post by chrismull16 on December 05, 2019, 11:03:12 am »
WAnted to check in and see if anyone has updates on the side effects faced during chemotherapy brain cancer. a relative is facing the same situation. thank you :)
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Living with Prostate Cancer / Re: Need some input
« Last post by chrismull16 on December 05, 2019, 10:59:39 am »
My uncle is facing a similar diagnosis now and it looks like he is going to pull through. The radiation is not pleasant but compared to some diagnoses....it could be a lot worse! your husband is in good shape too, which helps him remain stronger throughout treatment. hope you both are doing okay with the news.
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Off Topic Forum / Re: how to have cancer and be a normal young adult
« Last post by kp1324 on December 05, 2019, 10:55:13 am »
hey, i think talking to your friends or a counselor about how you feel your priorities and life has shifted/how your friends can support you will help you to balance your current life with cancer AND being a college student. Also, there are a lot of support groups for cancer patients!! You may even be able to find a specific one for young cancer patients or chatwith someone else online that is your age and going through the same thing. best of luck.
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From our friends at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute:

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Know your ABCDEs. It is important to regularly check your skin for anything out of the ordinary. Freckles and moles are often harmless, but it is important to perform regular self-exams, following the ABCDEs (asymmetry, border, color, diameter, evolution). Contact your doctor if anything seems unusual.
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Living with Prostate Cancer / Re: Need some input
« Last post by diannastarr on December 04, 2019, 04:02:35 pm »
My father-in-law went through something similar when he was in his 70s. He is now in his mid-80s. Very happy with the results.
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Off Topic Forum / Prefer talking on Facebook?
« Last post by iana5252 on December 04, 2019, 02:14:36 pm »
Check out our new Facebook Group "The Future of Cancer Care"

A place where people affected by cancer can learn about new treatments and care options, including those related to quality of life issues.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/505073780335447/
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Living with Liver Cancer / Re: HCC
« Last post by Cancer Health Editors on December 04, 2019, 01:13:19 pm »
Our sister site Hep has a great Basics page all about liver transplants. We hope it answers many of your questions.

https://www.hepmag.com/basics/hepatitis-c-basics/transplantation

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The first human liver transplant was attempted in Denver, Colorado, in 1963 by a team headed by Thomas Starzl, MD. Four years later, the procedure was performed successfully. Survival rates have been steadily improving, particularly with the introduction of anti-rejection medications. Liver transplantation is a complicated surgery, requiring lifelong follow-up care. However, liver transplant recipients are usually able to return to normal activities after recovering for several months.
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Combining two different types of checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy led to improved outcomes in people with advanced liver cancer, according to study results presented this week at The Liver Meeting, the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD).

People treated with the most effective regimen of Opdivo (nivolumab) plus Yervoy (ipilimumab) had an overall response rate of 32% and a median survival of nearly two years—better than the outcomes seen with Opdivo alone. The dual treatment was generally safe and side effects were described as manageable.

Over years or decades, chronic hepatitis B or C, heavy alcohol use, fatty liver disease and other causes can lead to the development of liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of liver cancer. HCC is often detected late and is difficult to treat, as it generally does not respond well to traditional chemotherapy. Opdivo and a similar immunotherapy, Keytruda (pembrolizumab), as well as several targeted therapies, have been approved for HCC treatment in recent years.

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https://www.cancerhealth.com/article/opdivo-plus-yervoy-shows-promise-advanced-liver-cancer
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Over the past several years, cancer researchers have been investigating the benefits of medical marijuana for a wide variety of cancers, including brain cancer and breast cancer. Now, researchers at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania, say some of the compounds in the drug may help combat colon cancer, a recent press release from the university reports.

The study, which tested the effects of synthetic versions of the cannabinoid compounds found in marijuana on colon cancer cells, suggests that some of them may inhibit the growth of colon tumors. Researchers also tested two other compounds most commonly associated with cannabis—THC and CBD—but those were found to have little to no effect.

For their report, published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, scientists tested how 370 different synthetic cannabinoid compounds affected seven different types of human colon cancer cells. Of these compounds, 10 were found to be effective at stopping cancer cell growth in its tracks. However, researchers remain unsure about how exactly many of these compounds worked to reduce the viability of these dangerous tumors.

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https://www.cancerhealth.com/article/compounds-marijuana-may-help-stop-colon-cancer-tracks
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People who have undergone cancer treatment often wish that their health care providers had better prepared them for the side effects they experienced.

So finds a national survey of 403 people treated for cancer with radiation therapy within the past five years. The survey was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies on behalf of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and published in the Journal of Oncology Practice.

"An unfortunate reality of cancer treatment is that therapy also has side effects that can impact a patient’s quality of life,” Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, the senior author of the study and the Newman Family professor of radiation oncology at the University of Michigan, said in a press release. “Nearly all patients in the survey felt confident about their treatment decisions, but a sizable number also expressed a clear need for more information about potential side effects.”

Thirty-seven percent of those who received radiation therapy, 36% of those who received chemotherapy and 34% of those who received surgery to treat their cancer said they would have liked to have received more information about the side effects they experienced. Thirty-eight percent of those who experienced severe side effects reported feeling insufficiently informed, compared with just 4% of those who reported minimal side effects.

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https://www.cancerhealth.com/article/cancer-patients-often-wish-told-side-effects
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