Fertility Preservation for Childhood Cancer Survivors

About 1 in every 500 children is diagnosed with cancer. Roughly 75% of these children beat the disease, but aggressive treatment protocols leave many of these children infertile. ... read more »

Treating Invasive Ductal Carcinoma: HER2 Targeted Therapies

In addition to chemotherapy, another systemic treatment for invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) is HER2 targeted therapy. If your cancer tests positive for HER2 proteins, HER2 targeted therapy is almost always included in the treatment plan. ... read more »

Treating Invasive Ductal Carcinoma: Chemotherapy

After the total profile for invasive ductal carcinoma has been determined, including the stage, grade, and hormone receptor status, your treatment team will put together a comprehensive treatment plan to eliminate your cancer and, hopefully, prevent its return. ... read more »

Ductal Carcinoma in Situ: Signs and Symptoms

A carcinoma is any cancer that originates in the tissues covering or lining internal organs. In situ literally means that the cells are located in their original place. The most common form of breast cancer that is non-invasive is ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). ... read more »

Low Sperm Count Can Increase Cancer Risk in Men

Researchers have recently found that men who are diagnosed as azoospermic, which is infertility because of an absence of sperm in ejaculate, are more likely to develop cancer at some point in their life. ... read more »

Wigs and Your Insurance Company

There are different types of prostheses that come with cancer, and some you may not even realize qualify as a prosthetic device. ... read more »

Tips for Coping with Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting

If you’re struggling with chemotherapy-induced nausea, here are a few more tips to help you ease it and cope with it. ... read more »

Marinol (Dronabinol)

Although it is not legal to smoke the natural plant form of this substance in many states, there is a synthetic form available in pill form called Marinol (Dronabinol) that is legal in every state by prescription only. ... read more »

Breast Exam Lying Down

The lying down breast examination involves an exam of the breasts while lying down. ... read more »

Regaining Fertility After Cancer Treatments

Not all cancer treatments cause irreversible infertility. The only time a patient will be permanently affected by the treatment is if the eggs are all destroyed (in women) or the stem cells are destroyed (in men). ... read more »

New Cancer Drug Can Help Stop Infertility

Though not every cancer survivor becomes infertile, it’s common enough for researcher to construct a new treatment that will hopefully be much gentler and give women a greater chance to convince after going through cancer treatments. ... read more »

Dealing With Cancer During Pregnancy

A woman who is diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy can carry the fetus to term and deliver a healthy infant. ... read more »

Can I Get Pregnant Myths and Presumptions

Answering the question, can I get pregnant, depends greatly on the age or stage of life and medical status of a woman. ... read more »

You Can Get Pregnant After...

Chronic illness, cancer, injury and surgery are all reasons women give up on the dream of having a child of their own, but you can get pregnant after many of these life events ' if you plan, prepare and know your medical resources. ... read more »

Spotting - What are the Causes?

What are the causes of spotting? There are many possible reasons, and a check-up with your doctor will help find out why you are experiencing spotting. Here are some causes. ... read more »

Ovarian Tissue Preservation and Cancer Treatment

For young women who’ve been hit with a cancer diagnosis, fertility preservation is a topic of much concern. ... read more »

Embryo Banking and Cancer Treatment

Embryo banking is an option for women facing fertility problems, but women with cancer can also use the procedure to increase their chance of having children after treatment. ... read more »

Breastfeeding and Cancer Patients: Rules May Soon Change

I have two friends that suffered breast cancer before the age of 40. Breast cancer is not the only form of cancer affecting women of child-bearing age. Young women suffer from colorectal cancer, lymphoma, leukemia and other forms of cancer. ... read more »

Navigating the Different Types of Breast Cancer

All cells within the breast are susceptible to cancer, even in men. There are several recognized types of breast cancer, and each has its own symptoms, treatments, and fatality rates. ... read more »

Questions for Your Doctor About Your Cancer Type

When you first receive a breast cancer diagnosis, there are things you need to know about what has determined your type of breast cancer. ... read more »

My Second Week After Chemotherapy

On the Monday after my first Adriamycin chemotherapy treatment, I had a physical exam from my oncologist. The doctor sat down with me first and asked how I was coping with the whole cancer concept in general, and how I was feeling overall. ... read more »

Stages and Grades of Ductal Carcinoma in Situ

The earliest stage of breast cancer is stage 0, which is where all DCIS is staged. When referring to the stage of a DCIS, it is actually the distance of which the cancerous cells have spread beyond the location of the original tumor. ... read more »

Signs and Symptoms of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

With almost 80% of new cancer cases being invasive ductal carcinomas, it is the most common form of breast cancer. Invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) is also sometimes referred to as infiltrating ductal carcinoma. ... read more »

Invasive Ductal Carcinoma – Staging and Grading

When a pathologist receives an invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) tissue sample from a biopsy, they analyze several factors of the cancer to determine a stage and grade of the cancer. ... read more »

Additional Types of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

While the standard invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) is the most common form of invasive breast cancer, there are four additional types of invasive carcinoma that are much less common; however, that does not reduce the seriousness of these diseases. ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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