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 »

A Wake-Up Call

About a week and a half after my second round of Adriamycin, I had a very scary wake-up call. Although one of the side effects of one of my nausea medications was appetite stimulation, I was still not very good at eating the way I should. ... 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 »

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 »

Neulasta (Pegfilgrastim) Injections with Chemotherapy

For the three months that I was receiving Adriamycin, I also had to come in the day following each treatment to receive a Neulasta injection. Neulasta is a drug called pegfilgrastim.  ... 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 »

Chemotherapy and Menopause

As my chemotherapy treatments continued, I began to notice symptoms of menopause appear. I became short tempered, my periods stopped altogether, and I began to have insomnia and hot flashes. This is not uncommon with chemotherapy treatments. ... read more »

Chemotherapy and Migraine Headaches

Chemotherapy causes a wide variety of side effects, the specificity of which varies from medication to medication. One side effect that accompanies some types of chemotherapy treatments is headaches that can range in severity from a regular headache to a migraine. ... read more »

Chemotherapy and Anti-Nausea Medications (Antiemetics)

When going through chemotherapy, nausea and vomiting are typically part of the process. As a result, many oncologists will prescribe anti-nausea medications, or antiemetics, as a preemptive measure for managing nausea induced by the chemotherapy. ... read more »

Ovarian Transposition and Cancer Treatment

When facing cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, women of child-bearing age may be presented with various methods of preserving fertility. Ovarian transposition is one procedure your doctor may suggest. ... 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 »

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 »

Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

While there are many different types of drugs used to treat different types of cancer, the actual method of chemotherapy treatment falls into one of two classifications: adjuvant and neoadjuvant. ... read more »

The Cause of Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting

Two of the worst parts of chemotherapy are the fatigue and the nausea and vomiting. Although these are two of the most common side effects, there are things you can do about them. ... read more »