Gonadal Suppression and Cancer Treatment

Cancer treatments like radiation and chemotherapy can reduce or eliminate fertility for female patients. Before starting therapy, women who want to increase the chance of conceiving after treatments are complete often seek out methods fertility preservation. ... read more »

Can Having Children Protect You From Cancer?

The term nulliparous refers to a woman who has never given birth – she has no children. In our fast-moving world, many women choose not to have children until much later in life and some choose to never start a family. ... read more »

Cancer and the Insurance Companies

I had four types of insurance when I got sick: traditional major medical, disability insurance, a supplement hospitalization bridge policy and cancer insurance. ... read more »

Skin Cells Transform to Reproductive Cells

Researchers are constantly looking for ways to help men who’ve undergone cancer treatment before sperm could be frozen or during the years before puberty. ... read more »

Invasive Ductal Carcinoma – Diagnosis

Invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) sometimes causes a lump within the breast. This lump is characterized by irregular edges and is hard and immovable. When compared with a benign breast lump, an invasive ductal carcinoma lump feels more anchored... ... read more »

New Cancer Treatment Protects Ovarian Function

More than 70,000 cancer diagnoses are given each year to patients between 15 and 39 years old. Many patients are women still in their reproductive years. The life-saving chemotherapy these women need is the same chemotherapy that kills off any hopes of natural reproduction. ... read more »

Time to Get a Port

A port is used in place of a traditional IV for patients who will have to have IV treatments on a routine basis.  This is routine for oncology and hematology patients. ... read more »

Pregnancy Cancer on the Rise: Age Not to Blame

With the average age at first pregnancy increasing as life and financial strive pushes everything back, you'd expect there to be some sort of health repercussions. For instance, as women age so do their eggs. ... read more »

Oocyte Banking and Cancer Treatment

Oocyte banking is one of the top options for fertility preservation when facing cancer treatments as a woman in her reproductive years. The procedure requires time, which is one of the contributing factors in patient/doctor final decision. ... read more »

Research shows that daily vitamins can prevent cancer

"In this large-scale, randomized, placebo-controlled trial among middle-aged and older men, long-term daily multivitamin use had a modest but statistically significant reduction in the primary end point of total cancer after more than a decade of treatment and follow-up." ... read more »

Cancer in the Past Doesn’t Cause an Infertile Future

Though it’s true that women who survive cancer in childhood can struggle with infertility issues, it’s been found that the infertility isn’t permanent, and in many cases women will eventually become pregnant and give birth to full-term healthy babies. ... read more »

Risk of Prostate Cancer Lower after Circumcision

Researchers in King County, Washington have completed a study that reveals a possible link between circumcision and prostate cancer risk. According to the study, men who are circumcised before their first sexual experience are less likely to develop prostate cancer. ... read more »

Effect of Pregnancy on Cancer Progression

Pregnancy more often than not does not affect cancer progression and it's usually not necessary to stop the pregnancy. ... read more »

Breastfeeding Reduces Breast Cancer Risk

Breast feeding decreases the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women with a first-degree relative with breast cancer. ... read more »

Could Radiation from Flying Be Unsafe During Pregnancy?

There is no known risk of radiation or cancer from flying during pregnancy. ... read more »

Proton Radiotherapy for Pediatric Brain Tumors

Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital across various hospital departments recently published the results of an 11-year study on the treatment of pediatric brain tumors with proton radiotherapy (PRT). ... read more »

Gel Application to Reduce Pain During PAP Smear

Insertion of the speculum during a PAP smear examination can be painful for some women. The fear of this pain may be enough to keep women from scheduling an annual examination. ... read more »

Cancer and Fertility in Women

Cancer can be a heart breaking thought for the woman who has yet to start a family. With the help of the cancer treatment team and advanced fertility options, motherhood is not out of the question in all cancer cases. ... read more »

Frozen Sperm

Freezing sperm is an option for men who are not yet ready or able to have a child but who want to give themselves the option of doing so in the future. ... read more »

Pap Smear

The Pap smear is a procedure used to stain and examine cervical cells for certain changes such as cancer. George Nicholas Papnicolaou lived from 1883 to 1962. ... read more »

The Link Between Oral Contraceptives and Prostate Cancer

Researchers have published their findings in BMJ Open linking prostate cancer with the use of oral contraceptives, such as birth control pills. ... read more »

Risk Factors Revealed for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

According to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, there are several factors that may increase the risk of having children with a genetic predisposition to the cancer. ... read more »

Radiation Exposure May Affect Testicular Cancer Rates

According to a new preliminary study by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, male infants born to mothers exposed to radiation in early pregnancy may suffer from increased risk of testicular cancer later in life. ... read more »

Bloom Syndrome

Bloom Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder first recognized and described by Dr. David Bloom. Another name for Bloom Syndrome is Bloom-Torre-Machacek Syndrome. ... read more »

Cancer Treatments and Pregnancy

What is I am receiving cancer treatments while I am pregnant? Will the treatments effect the fetus? ... read more »

Painful Endometriosis Best Treated With Excision Surgery

Endometriosis is a common women's health problem and one of the topthree causes of female infertility, yet many women go for years without a diagnosis. Endometriosis is characterized by unnatural growth ofendometrial tissue outside the uterus. ... read more »

Talking About Infertility With the Cancer Team

When facing cancer treatment, the patient needs to being up their concerns about fertility and having children later in life early in the treatment plan. The fact that the patient wants to have children later can affect the treatment choices. ... read more »

Contraceptive IUD May Halt Endometrial Cancer

Published in the latest issue of Annals of Oncology, is a report by European researchers linking the use of an Intrauterine Device (IUD) with treatment of endometrial cancer. ... read more »

Lance Armstrong Says Hello to His Little Miracle

After surviving testicular cancer, Lance Armstrong never thought he would, or could, conceive a baby naturally. ... read more »

What Are X-Rays?

 X-rays are a form of radiation. This kind of radiation is invisible. X-rays are used to make "pictures" of the bones and organs. ... read more »

Cancer Treatments and Fertility

Are some cancer treatments less harmful to fertility than others? Radiation is most harmful to fertility if it is directed towards the reproductive organs, but if it's outside that area then it does not have to affect fertility at all. ... read more »

Breast Cancer Survivors Can Breast-Feed After Treatment

Researchers presented a report at the 35th Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology that may take a few oncologists by surprise. ... read more »

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