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Cancer

Navy veteran overcomes leukemia with help of his birth mother

Retired US Navy Lt. Cmdr. Bren Doreck has fought his fair share of battles. But there’s one battle he never saw coming—cancer. At only 39 years old, he was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) while fighting for his country overseas. Suddenly, Bren found himself in a battle for his life. It’s only through his unwavering strength, …

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What to know about chemo brain and helpful coping strategies

Chemo brain is a common term cancer survivors use to describe thinking and memory problems that can happen during and after cancer treatment. You may also hear chemo brain referred to as: Chemo fog Cancer-related cognitive impairment Cognitive dysfunction Most define chemo brain as a decrease in mental “sharpness” and cloudy mind. Its exact cause …

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Survive and thrive: 4 strategies to reduce your risk of cancer recurrence

For Phil Waigand, a cancer diagnosis wasn’t part of the game plan. Phil was living his dream running a therapeutic horseback riding program for people with disabilities when life came to a screeching halt after he noticed blood in his stool. “I immediately made an appointment with a colorectal doctor at Baylor Scott & White …

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Beyond colonoscopy: What to know about alternative colon cancer screenings

Have you been putting off screening for colon cancer? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 30% of adults aren’t up to date on their recommended screenings. But, if you’re hesitant to get a colonoscopy, that doesn’t mean you should avoid screening altogether. There are other procedures and tests that may …

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Waiting for cancer test results? How to ease the anxiety and fear

When you’re facing a cancer diagnosis or awaiting the results of your latest scan, every hour may feel like an eternity. From the moment you know something is off, you may feel like you’re constantly waiting for the next steps—the next appointment with a specialist, the next scan, the next test result, the next step …

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Breast reconstruction: Understanding your options

The American Cancer Society estimates roughly 287,850 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year, often facing a flood of overwhelming decisions when it comes to treatment. “The patient goes from day one of being totally normal and healthy, to having a lump or a bump, to being told they have cancer,” said …

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Dental oncology: Caring for your oral health after cancer

Few experiences leave their indelible mark on health, relationships and spirituality as deeply as cancer. During this time, oral health and dental care can get overlooked or placed on the back burner until there is a problem. Most people are familiar with cancer-related side effects like fatigue and hair and weight loss. But did you know …

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