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Chemotherapy and Hair Loss: What to Expect During Treatment

If you have been diagnosed with cancer and are about to undergo chemotherapy, you are probably facing a lot of very real and valid fears. Although there are many different concerns which accompany a cancer diagnosis, many people worry most about the side effects of their treatment. Both men and women report hair loss as one of the side effects that they fear most after being diagnosed with...

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If You Have Mesothelioma and You Smoke You May Be Increasing Your Level of Pain

Cancer patients who continue smoking after their diagnosis experience greater intensity of pain compared with those who stop or who never started, according to the study titled Associations between pain and current smoking status among cancer patients published in the January 2011 issue of Pain. The researchers introduced the study with some important statistics about the link between pain and...

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Breathlessness in Patients with Pleural Mesothelioma

One of the most common and most frightening symptoms of pleural mesothelioma is what doctors call dyspnea or breathlessness. At first, the patient may only experience it when they are performing some kind of physical motion; however, as the disease progresses, they may also experience it while at rest. The cause for breathlessness is what’s known as a malignant pleural effusion. What this means...

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A Cancer Glossary

A cancer diagnosis is daunting enough, but you can remove a large part of the confusion by learning some basic terms that will help you understand feedback from doctors and other care providers. Whether you are a patient searching for more information or simply someone who wants to be better informed, these terms can help you be better prepared. Adjuvant therapy: therapy used in addition to the...

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Asbestos Exposure Provokes Genetic Mutations in Mice

Health problems related to asbestos exposure are not limited to mesothelioma, asbestosis, and certain other abdominal cancers. As research into the damaging effects of asbestos exposure continues, consequences of inhaling asbestos over long periods of time are emerging that may demonstrate that the illnesses that result from extended asbestos exposure may be more dire and more numerous than...

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