(Mass Appeal) – Survivor Journeys is a valuable resource for cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones. Each month, they present virtual lectures you can view by going to survivorjourneys.org.
Joining us is the April presenter, Doctor Anju Nohria, Director of the Cardio-Oncology Program at Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in Boston.
A study by Salerno et al published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention investigating the association of a cancer diagnosis and poor ambulatory function of survivors and subsequent mortality has found that cancer survivors with poor ambulatory function had a two to three times greater mortality risk than their cancer-free counterparts. Widespread public health efforts should focus on identifying and targeting cancer survivors who are at risk for poor functional health to improve survival, reported the study authors.
A nationwide panel of experts has developed the first mammography guidelines for older survivors of breast cancer, providing a framework for discussions between survivors and their physicians on screening in survivors’ later years. The guidelines, published today by Rachel A. Freedman, MD, MPH, and colleagues in JAMA Oncology, recommend discontinuing routine mammograms for survivors with a life expectancy less than 5 years; considering stopping screening for those with a 5- to 10-year life expectancy; and continuing mammography for those whose life expectancy is greater than 10 years.
Are you up to date on your vaccines? It’s a seemingly simple question, but it is very important. Vaccines are one of the most convenient and safest preventative care measures available, and staying up to date on your vaccinations (such as the flu vaccine) helps prevent yourself from getting sick.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge us to find new ways to interact as a society and within our communities. For anyone affected by cancer—in treatment, after treatment, or as a caregiver — it is common to have questions or concerns about how to keep as healthy as possible during this unprecedented time.
A recent study addressed the need for attention to breast cancer survivors after surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation to shed light on the adverse effects of treatment on employment. The hope was that knowing the results could better prepare patients and healthcare providers as well as employers and policymakers.
I feel funny saying anything negative about the cancer center where I was treated. After all, thanks to the care I received, I’m still here after two relapses and a rare fourth stem cell transplant 10 years ago.
But I do have a few things to say about my life after cancer.
How can patients manage insomnia during cancer treatment? Clare Sullivan, MPH, BSN, OCN, joined Dana-Farber for a live chat on sleep problems and insomnia. Sullivan, who is the clinical program manager for Patient Education at Dana-Farber, answered questions live and discuss how patients can prevent sleep problems.
In a Canadian study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Blanchette et al found the influenza vaccine was effective among patient with cancer, with greater effectiveness in patients with solid tumors vs those with hematologic malignancies.
In some cases, despite a cancer care team’s best effort, cancer comes back after treatment. This is known as a relapse or recurrence. The news can have a similar emotional impact to a patient’s initial diagnosis; patients may experience shock or feel overwhelmed.
A cancer diagnosis can be a life-changing event, bringing a great deal of uncertainty to one’s life. Cancer treatment can affect the physical body in the forms of weight loss, weakness, or hair loss, and can also affect mental health and wellbeing.
If you are starting chemotherapy, knowing what to expect and having some information on how to handle side effects, can make things easier. While your oncologist provides essential medical information and prescribes drugs to help control your reactions to chemotherapy, it is likely that they have never personally experienced it. As a result, they may have limited information about its side effects and non-medical ways to deal with them.