November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States. The majority of lung cancer patients have a history of smoking which is more than likely the cause of cancer. However, as many as 20% of people of lung cancer patients have never smoked or used other…

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6 Tips for Cancer Caregivers

Caring for our loved ones during National Caregivers Month Cancer not only affects the patient, but also the entire family, especially caregivers.  So, if you are caring for someone, remember that it is ok to take care of yourself, too. However, when do you find time for yourself knowing you have caregiver duties such as…

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Health Benefits of Pumpkins

How can pumpkins improve your health? Not only are pumpkins full of bright color, but they also make for great decorations and delicious food dishes. They are excellent sources of: Vitamin A — essential for eye health Fiber — slows digestion Vitamin C — helps fight colds Pumpkins are rich in carotenoids including: Beta-carotene and…

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Managing Common Eating Difficulties During and After Treatment

During cancer treatment, it is important to maintain a healthy diet to nourish your body with the necessary calories and nutrients needed for energy, repair, recovery, and healing. However, side effects can make it challenging to eat during and after treatment causing eating difficulties. Learn about food suggestions you can try when experiencing common eating…

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Hydrogel Now Being Used for Prostate Cancer Treatment

Prostate cancer patients at the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center now have the option to use a hydrogel. This new method will simplify the process for patients while undergoing treatment. The hydrogel protects the prostate during treatment by acting as a spacer by pushing away the rectum from the prostate. In doing so, physicians are able…

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Video: A Child Explaining Cancer to Other Children

Hear children share common questions about cancer Many times children are not comfortable speaking about cancer more so when one of their parents has cancer. Who better than a child to explain and address those feelings? The video explains what a cancer diagnosis entails including the side effects associated with cancer treatment. Also, the video…

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Six Tips on Talking to Children about a Parent’s Cancer

Talking about cancer can be difficult for both children and parents. Many children do not want to share their feelings or feel scared to ask questions about the diagnosis. Meanwhile, parents might not know how to talk to their children about their diagnosis, treatment or recurrence. Our social worker, Katie Anderson, has provided tips on…

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MD Anderson Support Groups and Resources for Children

MD Anderson Cancer Center has many support groups and resources available year-round for children and their families. Support groups allow patients and family members to discuss their feelings, concerns, and experiences in a caring atmosphere. Most importantly, support groups can reduce isolation, anxiety, and stress. They can also improve mood, self-image and the ability to cope. Our highly…

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