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Cancer Related Fatigue

Posted by Lauren Young on 12 September 2019
Of all the side effects of cancer treatment, some expected, some unexpected, cancer related fatigue is the most common and the most debilitating.   What is cancer related fatigue? Cancer related fatigue (CRF) is a persistent lack of energy that is not significantly improved by sleep, and is not due to over exertion. CRF feels different to a tiredness you might feel at the end of a long day that is restored with a good nights' sleep. CRF can make it difficult to cope with the ...

Breast Cancer - It's Not All About The Oestrogen

Posted by Tanya Wells on 18 July 2019
When someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, they undergo a biopsy during which 3 receptivity markers are tested: ER (oestrogen), PR (progesterone) and HER2 (human epidermal growth factor). Each of these can be positive or negative, suggesting whether cancer cells are receptive to these hormones. This defines the type of breast cancer present. Most common types of breast cancer are: ER/PR+ve HER2 -ve (70-80%) ER/PR-ve HER2 +ve (20%) Triple negative (meaning all the t...

Prostate Cancer

Posted by Dr Shala Rasouli on 27 June 2019
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men. Presenting symptoms of prostate cancer: Some men have no symptoms at all this is called 'Asymptomatic presentation'. Frequent urination (especially at night) Difficulty holding back urine (dribbling) or starting urination Interrupted or weak flow of urine Burning or painful urination Painful ejaculation Blood in semen or urine In some cases, prostate cancer can present wit...

Acupuncture for Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

Posted by Christine Lee on 24 May 2019
Peripheral Neuropathy is a common side-effect of some types of chemotherapy: especially the taxanes (paclitaxel and docetaxel), the platins (cisplatin, carboplatin) and vinca alkaloids (vincristine, vinblastine). It is the tingling or numb sensation in the hands and/or feet, and is caused by nerve damage that occurs from the treatment. It can be quite painful, and may significantly impact fine motor skills and daily function, such as handling utensils, writing, typing and, when affectin...

Exercise Physiology for Patients with Cancer

Posted by Moving Beyond Cancer on 14 May 2019
  Should patients with cancer exercise? Historically patients with cancer were advised to rest, however these days we know better! Physical activity and targeted exercise are beneficial for cancer prevention, recovery and survival, and should be a part of every cancer management program. The Department of Health and Human Services, the Americal College of Sports Medicine, and the specialist journal Oncology all have published multiple studies and review articles confirming...

Mindfulness Meditation for Patients with Cancer

Posted by MIOG support team on 10 May 2019
  Meditation is no longer associated with highly spiritual people sitting cross legged under a tree. It is becoming increasingly popular even with us common folk, and is proving to be very effective for managing stress and anxiety. A cancer diagnosis is clearly one of the most stressful things that can happen, and clinical studies are showing that Meditation and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction are very useful and should not be taken for granted. It is easy, safe and free - ...

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Cancer Related Fatigue

Posted by Lauren Young on 12 September 2019
Of all the side effects of cancer treatment, some expected, some unexpected, cancer related fatigue is the most com...

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