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Cervical cancer breakthrough

Written by Community Health Network on 6/13/2014 11:30:00 AM

Two women with cervical cancer who went through immunotherapy are now in remission.

For Arrica Wallace, age 37, of Manhattan, Kansas, her diagnosis with stage III cervical cancer in 2011 was a shock. She had gone for regular Pap smears and all her tests had been normal. Cervical cancer is typically caused by the HPV virus and transforms normal cells into fast growing tumor cells - often caught in a Pap smear.

The mother of two shared her story with NBC News, “In all, I had 32 rounds of chemo, I had 25 days of radiation and I also had brachytherapy, internal radiation treatment before the trial treatment,” Wallace said. “My doctors … were pretty aggressive because I was young and healthy enough to handle the treatment side-effects.” continue reading ...


Olympic figure skating great Dorothy Hamill recalls chemotherapy side effects

Written by Community Health Network on 2/15/2014 10:15:00 AM

In 1976, Dorothy Hamill trademarked the "Hamill-Camel", a figure skating spin, and won gold at the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck. Instead of retiring from the sport when she was at the top of the podium, she went on to compete in the next year’s World Figure Skating Championship—and won. Dorothy applied those same guts when she was diagnosed with cancer.

In 2007, the figure skating champion was diagnosed with breast cancer. After extensive chemotherapy and treatment she was declared cancer-free in 2009. But even a few years after her last chemotherapy session, Hamill still felt drained from all of the treatment.

“I don’t have a lot of energy,” said Hamill in a 2010 interview with People magazine. “I get really tired. Even when I’m not skating I get tired.”

Dr. Christina Kim, a certified MD Anderson Cancer Network® physician at Community Health Network, specializes in breast surgery. She says there are common long-term side effects from chemotherapy. continue reading ...


Refuel like an Olympian before your next cancer treatment

Written by Community Health Network on 2/7/2014 12:30:00 PM

Cancer treatments can leave you fatigued and physically drained. What can you do to re-energize? If we think of food as fuel, then what we eat will make a difference. Like the Olympians in Sochi who use food to fuel for performance, cancer patients must also use food for fuel. You can use your diet to help prepare your body to fight the disease.

Here are five tips for making fueling post-treatment delicious, easy and healthy.

Eat breakfast.

Whether you are a figure skater, bobsledder or cancer patient, breakfast is important. Blood sugar is at its lowest levels in the morning, so eating easy-to-digest carbohydrates like whole-grain toast or oatmeal will help you get a good start. You’ll get your metabolism working and start the day off energized.

Stay hydrated.

Drink water. As a cancer care patient, you’re going to be juggling the side effects from chemo and radiation therapies. Drinking water is always recommended, especially to help prevent constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, and nausea.

You can also try jazzing it up with a spritz of lemon or citrus flavors. Try this citrus-infused water recipe >> continue reading ...


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