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10Dec, 2018

How can Home Infusion Therapy Help Cancer Patients

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Whether you’re undergoing chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or will have surgery to remove a tumor, home infusion therapy is a great complementary therapy to any traditional cancer treatment. We can administer intravenous medication in addition to the saline solution and vitamins in our IV infusions. Here are five great ways home infusion therapy can help cancer patients. Home infusion therapy is a specialized treatment in which patients receive intravenous fluids, vitamins, and/or medications without having to go to a clinic. These vitamins (and medications, if applicable) usually take 30 – 60 […]
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Chemotherapy MedicoRx®
26Jul, 2017

What Does Chemotherapy Feel Like?

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Chemotherapy for cancer treatment can be scary, especially when approaching the first session. What will I feel like during the treatment? What will I feel like afterward? The answer is that everyone responds to chemotherapy differently, but here are some of the most common reactions. Pre-Chemotherapy Experience Many chemotherapy drugs are delivered intravenously similar to a standard IV. Some are delivered by infusion therapy, with a wearable to mounted pump, which can allow patients to be treated at home. A typical chemotherapy session starts with a blood test to ensure […]
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Chemotherapy MedicoRx®
27Apr, 2017

Post Chemotherapy Safety Issues

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Chemotherapy is a difficult process to go through in the best of cases. Patients are often stressed and anxious, as are caregivers and family members. Side effects can be anywhere from uncomfortable to debilitating. In addition to the emotional and physical challenges of undergoing chemotherapy, there are safety considerations that need to be implemented for patients and household members after therapy. Because chemotherapy drugs are present in the body after therapy, it is important that caregivers and family members are not inadvertently exposed to the drugs. According to the American […]
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Chemotherapy MedicoRx®
20Apr, 2017

How to Prepare for Infusion Chemotherapy

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Chemotherapy can be scary. First, the fact that you have cancer is frightening, and chemotherapy is known mainly for its unpleasant side effects. Most people have heard stories of (or experienced) people losing hair, experiencing extreme nausea and fatigue, and other side effects. Part of the fear comes from the unknown. Because everyone responds to chemotherapy differently, it is difficult to know just what to expect. What is Chemotherapy? According to the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, “chemotherapy is a medication or a combination of medications prescribed to kill […]
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MCC MedicoRx®
17Apr, 2017

New Drug Available for Aggressive Skin Cancer

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The first FDA-cleared drug for the treatment of Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is now available after clinical trials found that patients, mostly pre-treated with chemotherapy, responded to the drug for as long as one year. The drug Avelumab (brand name Bavencio®), belongs to a class of drugs called checkpoint inhibitors. Checkpoint inhibitors counteract cancer cells’ ability to suppress immune systems by tricking the body’s checkpoint molecules into treating cancer cells as healthy cells. Avelumab alerts the body to the presence of dangerous cancer cells and directs the immune system to […]
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23Mar, 2017

Skin Color Changes: What They Mean

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Pigmentation is the coloring of a person’s skin. The varieties of normal skin color in humans range from people of “no color” (pale, white) to “people of color” (light brown, dark brown, and black). Skin color is a blend resulting from the skin chromophores red (oxyhemoglobin), blue (deoxygenated hemoglobin), yellow-orange (carotene, an exogenous pigment), and brown (melanin).  Hyperpigmentation is the term for skin that is discolored, which for most people involves patches of skin that are either lighter or darker than what is normal for the rest of the body. […]
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6Jan, 2017

Checkpoint Inhibitors Show Promise Fighting Many Cancers

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An important part of the immune system is its ability to tell between normal cells in the body and those it sees as “foreign.” When the immune system is able to detect foreign cells, it can attack just those cells while leaving the normal cells alone. To do this, it uses “checkpoints” – molecules on certain immune cells that need to be activated (or inactivated) to prompt an immune response. New Kind of Drug Checkpoint inhibitors are a relatively new class of cancer drugs – often made of antibodies – […]
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12Oct, 2016

Psychological Therapy Helps Cancer Patients Cope and Heal

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When most patients receive a cancer diagnosis, they are shocked and afraid. Doctors tell them the type and degree of cancer in their bodies and go on to describe a treatment regime. The patient goes home, anxious and afraid. A New Kind of Cancer Doctor A new type of cancer doctor is treating these patients, helping them survive longer and heal faster. They are not medical doctors, they are psychologists using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to treat cancer patients. CBT is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, […]
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3Oct, 2016

Palliative Care Improves Quality of Life for Cancer Patients

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The word “palliative,” technically, means “relieving pain or alleviating a problem without dealing with the underlying cause,” according to one dictionary. That definition suggests that palliative health care might be short sighted or superficial. Thinking Beyond Illness Far from it. The World Health Organization defines palliative care as, “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, […]
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6Sep, 2016

What to Expect from Chemotherapy

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Chemotherapy involves using drugs to attack cancer cells. Chemo is considered a “systemic” therapy, meaning it affects the entire body. The drugs used can also damage healthy cells that are unrelated to the type of cancer being treated. Perhaps one of the most visible and well-known side effects of chemotherapy is hair loss. Most chemo drugs are designed to attack rapidly growing cells–behavior typical of most cancers. Hair follicles are some of the fastest growing cells in the body and are therefore often victims of chemotherapy’s active agents. Other common […]
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28Jun, 2016

Fight Cancer from the Kitchen: Get Cancer Fighting Foods Into Your Diet

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According to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), “strong evidence does show that a diet filled with a variety of plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans helps lower risk for many cancers. In laboratory studies, many individual minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals demonstrate anti-cancer effects. Yet evidence suggests it is the synergy of compounds working together in the overall diet that offers the strongest cancer protection.” The AICR finds that there are direct dietary cancer fighting benefits and indirect benefits. It has been found that carrying […]
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Hormonal Changes from Menopause Greatly Increase the Risk of Cervical Cancer
25Jun, 2015

Cervical Cancer After Menopause

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As women undergo hormonal changes throughout the course of their lives, this can also mean that physical and immune function can rapidly vary with these fluctuations. However, it is important to recognize that while these cycles can seem exhausting on the body and mind, they are affecting a balance within the system, which is also integral to health and wellbeing. For many women, the occurrence of certain cancers is much higher after menopause, due to the manner in which the hormonal changes that have occurred. However, some viruses and sexually […]
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There are Five Main Forms of Breast Cancer
23Apr, 2015

Information on Breast Cancers

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When it comes to one’s health and the various illnesses that can impact it, few things are as frightening as the word cancer. Cancer has long been a major killer, and while modern medicine is making gradual steps to overcome it, it’s still a major problem. Breast cancer in particular is of special concern due to its dangers and the fact that it is one of the most common types of cancer out there. As such, taking a closer look at it is something that is very important. About Breast […]
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Helsinki Criteria is Used to Correlate Lung Cancer Diagnosis to Asbestos Exposure
15Apr, 2015

Asbestos and Lung Cancer

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Throughout history, mankind has unfortunately had to learn about some health risks the hard way. A perfect recent example of this is in the now well-established link between asbestos and lung cancer. Lung cancer is already one of the most dangerous types of cancers one can contract, and knowing that it came from exposure to materials once thought safe can be frustrating. It’s important to understand that technically, the type of medical condition most commonly linked to asbestos – mesothelioma – isn’t actually an official form of lung cancer. The […]
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Preventive Measures can be Helpful in Boosting the Immune System
20Feb, 2015

Cancer and Your Immune System

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Although specific cancers can impact organs and tissues within the body, this disease also results in a systemic disruption of function.  One of the most noticeable reactions is the effects that cancer has on the immune system, and how this can change physical ability and needs.  Alterations on a cellular level result in overall differences that can impact the manner in which the body is able to respond to an outside infection. Different Impacts on the Body Although benign tumors can be a lesser cause for long term care and […]
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29Sep, 2014

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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Across the United States, the month of September is observed as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to recognizing our brave children diagnosed with cancer, remembering the young lives taken too soon, and standing with the families facing childhood cancer. The leading cause of death by disease in children under fifteen, cancer is diagnosed in 15,780 children under the age of 21 each year in the US; one fourth of them will not survive the battle. The objective of this month is to highlight the various types of […]
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22Aug, 2014

Advancements in Cancer Research with Immunotherapy

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One of the most exciting and innovating things evolving in cancer research is experimental immunotherapy. With the ability to disguise itself from the immune system, cancer is an extremely cunning disease. The way that the body usually responds to an abnormal cell is to eradicate it with white blood cells. In petri dishes, white blood cells can do this to cancer cells. However, in the body, it’s a totally different scenario. The immune system is an enormously powerful mechanism. A collection of organs, substances, and special cells, our immune system […]
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21Aug, 2014

Oncology Hospitalists: An Emerging and Growing Specialty

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As a medical specialty, the number of hospitalists, along with the number of institutions using hospitalists, has grown rapidly since the mid-1990s. There were about 11,000 hospitalists working in the United States in 2003, according to a Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) estimate, and about 35,000 in 2012. Traditionally, hospitalists have been physicians trained in internal medicine who provide care to hospitalized patients. But hospitalist programs have expanded beyond being the “generalist,” and have moved into specialties such as neurology, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, general surgery, and oncology. Although not yet […]
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