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  National Cancer Institute - Lip and Oral Cavity Cancer Treatment
Cancer of the lip and oral cavity is a disease in which cancer (malignant) cells are found in the tissues of the lip or mouth.
Cancer of the lip is more common in men than in women, and is more likely to develop in people with light-colored skin who have been in the sun a lot.
The chance of recovery (prognosis) depends on where the cancer is in the lip or mouth, whether the cancer is just in the lip or mouth or has spread to other tissues (the stage), and the patient’s general state of health.
www.cancer.gov /cancerinfo/pdq/treatment/lip-and-oral-cavity/patient   (324 words)

 Urotherapy for patients with cancer
The suggestion that polyamines play an important role in colorectal cancer was confirmed by studies that found elevated polyamine concentrations in blood or urine (23) of patients with colon carcinoma.
In patients with successful curative surgical treatment all preoperatively elevated urinary polyamine concentrations markedly decreased and returned to normal, whereas they were elevated and increased further in patients with proven relapse of the tumor and/or metastases in different organs (24).
Urinary extracts from patients with aplastic anemia (93) and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (94) are capable of stimulating megakaryocyte colony growth in culture, and when injected into rats could also induce thrombocytosis in peripheral blood and megakaryocytosis in the spleens of these animals.
www.csen.com /theory/cancer.htm   (3890 words)

 How Quackery Harms Cancer Patients
The deadly message promoted by cancer quackery is that "orthodoxy cannot be trusted." Undermining trust in the research and therapeutic establishment, the government regulators, and the American Cancer Society is crucial to the promotion of so-called "alternative" approaches to cancer management.
After diagnosing it as cancer, she boasted to her health food friends that she was "going to prove once and for all that diet cure works!" Unfortunately, although at least 80% of self-discovered breast lumps are benign, hers was cancerous.
Patients should be warned that when they patronize cancer quackery they face economic exploitation, risk injury or death, place themselves beyond reach of consumer protection laws, and help sustain quack operations that will exploit other cancer sufferers in the future.
www.quackwatch.org /01QuackeryRelatedTopics/harmquack.html   (2466 words)

 Cesium Therapy in Cancer patients   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The type of cancer of the patients studied and their number is detailed in table 1.
Of the breast cancer patients, the most impressive effect was seen n a female patient who was comatose at the beginning of the Cs-treatment and was considered a terminal case.
Two of these patients died within 14 days, one of the patients had previous massive chemotherapy, and little time was available to restore her metabolic condition.
www.cancer-therapy.net /cesiumstudy.htm   (1923 words)

 Le Magazine, April 2002 - Report: Fda Attacks Alternative Clinics - Cancer Patients' Lives Threatened
Conventional oncologists are so overwhelmed with patients (sometimes more than 40 a day), that they lack the time to provide the type of individualized treatment that is required to induce a complete response.
A cancer diagnosis can humble a person of any means, exposing them to hospitals where human beings are treated as if they were on an "assembly line." At conventional cancer treatment centers, patients are forced to tolerate inconvenience, neglect and abuse that a healthy person would not accept at a cut-rate motel.
Cancer patients given a death sentence by their oncologist appeared to be getting better when using this natural therapy.
www.lef.org /magazine/mag2002/apr2002_report_clinic_01.html   (1119 words)

 USATODAY.com - Anti-tumor drug extends lung cancer patients' lives   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Avastin, a cancer therapy approved a year ago to treat colon tumors, also helps prolong life in lung cancer patients, the National Cancer Institute announced Monday.
Patients whose tumors had spread to the brain also were not included.
But because lung cancer is so common, doctors say Avastin — which is already on the market — has the potential to help tens of thousands of patients.
www.usatoday.com /news/health/2005-03-14-lung-cancer-drug_x.htm   (548 words)

 National Association of Cancer Patients Home Page
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CANCER PATIENTS was founded in 1990 to support medical research in the field of cancer and to take advantage of the breakthroughs occurring in biology and chemistry that are producing new drugs for the cure of cancer.
Achieving these goals alone will not cure cancer, but achieving them will make positive contributions to finding a cure for cancer by stimulating research efforts and by removing barriers and impediments to research.
Cancer patients are suffering and dying because the U.S. does not have an adequate, reliable supply of many medical isotopes needed for cancer research, diagnosis and treatment.
www.cancerpatients.org   (364 words)

 Half of head and neck cancer patients disabled by treatment   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Patients who had undergone chemotherapy were 3.5 times more likely to report disability, and patients who had had a neck dissection, surgery to remove lymph nodes in the neck, were twice as likely to be disabled.
Patients were on average more than four years out from their initial diagnosis.
Patients were considered disabled by their cancer if they were working before they were diagnosed and were unable to work after treatment.
www.cancer.med.umich.edu /news/headandneck04.htm   (819 words)

 FDA Approves New Drug to Combat Nausea and Vomiting for Cancer Patients Getting Chemotherapy
It should improve cancer patients' quality of life, as well as their ability to tolerate these treatments," stated Commissioner Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D. In 2002, the American Cancer Society found that over 1,284,900 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the United States.
In these studies fewer patients had symptoms of nausea and vomiting when Emend was part of their treatment compared to patients who received standard nausea and vomiting medicines.
Patients being treated with blood thinners such as warfarin and Coumadin will need to have their blood tested after the completion of their 3-day regimen that includes Emend with each chemotherapy cycle to see if their blood thinning medicine's dose needs to be changed.
www.fda.gov /bbs/topics/NEWS/2003/NEW00886.html   (441 words)

 Nurses’ follow-up phone calls help cancer patients
CHAPEL HILL – A program of telephone counseling and education by nurses helps cancer patients cope with their disease, according to studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
With funding from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Nursing Research, Mishel is conducting three psycho-educational intervention studies with cancer patients.
Patients are instructed to generate a list of questions and monitor themselves for symptoms.
cancer.med.unc.edu /news/externalnews-archives/research_09211999.htm   (752 words)

 BBC NEWS | Health | Workplace failing cancer patients
Cancer patients are unnecessarily losing out in the workplace, a survey has found.
Patients were being affected by a "culture of ignorance" among employers, a report by charity Cancer Bacup said.
Cancer Bacup said many workers with cancer did not leave their job because of the severity of their illness, but because there is a crucial lack of practical policies, information and support.
news.bbc.co.uk /go/click/rss/0.91/public/-/2/hi/health/4292245.stm   (451 words)

 || DukeMedNews || VNR Package: Virtual Reality Helps Breast Cancer Patients Cope with Chemotherapy
That stressful environment was almost too much for chemotherapy patient Donna Honeycutt of Elon, N.C. She worried that she wouldn't be able to complete the entire series of treatments she needed to have the best chance of beating her breast cancer.
Schneider and researchers at Case Western Reserve enrolled 20 breast cancer patients, between the ages of 18 and 55, who were scheduled to receive chemotherapy.
Currently she is conducting a larger trial of 120 patients to study how the virtual reality intervention works for patients with colon, lung and breast cancer.
www.dukemednews.org /av/vnr.php?id=7392   (1206 words)

 Savvy Patients - Cancer
Given the blatant failures of conventional cancer therapies, it is imperative that we examine optional and complementary therapies to assist the swelling ranks of American cancer patients.
Commonweal is a health and environmental research institute specializing in (1) people with cancer and health professionals who work with people with life-threatening illnesses; (2) children and young adults with learning and social difficulties, and the childcare professionals who work with them; and (3) the global search for a healthy and sustainable future.
Cancer treatment search engine with news of treatments and also financial help for cancer patients and families.
www.savvypatients.com /cancer.htm   (3470 words)

 Rob Lowe helps cancer patients - chemotherapy side effects
In a new survey of 301 cancer chemotherapy patients, 89 percent reported that they feel the best way to overcome cancer is to treat it aggressively and take control of their treatment.
However, 62 percent of the patients surveyed believe that some of the side effects of chemotherapy can be as life-threatening as the cancer itself.
Created by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Cancer Care and biotechnology company Amgen, the town meetings were developed in response to the survey's finding that 71 percent of patients were so overwhelmed by their initial diagnosis of cancer that they were unable to absorb information about their cancer and its treatment.
www.bymyside.com /media/pr_town_meetings.jsp   (1226 words)

 Prostate Cancer: Prostate Cancer Treatment & Research information
More cancers are caught early and new treatments are making it possible for men to live long and healthy lives following their diagnosis.
If cancer is detected, the PSA level is a valuable tool for monitoring the response to treatment and the spread of cancer.
If the biopsy reveals that cancer is present, it is given a Gleason score, which is a measure of the aggressiveness of the cancer.
www.cancerresearch.org /prostatebook.html   (1138 words)

 Cancer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Based on five years experience as a volunteer teaching self-hypnosis to cancer patients at the Wellness Community in San Diego and working with cancer patients in his private practice, Dr. Overholser has developed a set of five tapes that are of tremendous help to those who are fighting against the disease.
These CDs are to be used as a complement to the cancer therapy a patient is receiving and are not offered as a cure or cancer treatment.
One of Dr Overholser's patients, Barbara, was unable to begin therapy due to accumulation of fluid in her lung.
www.hypnosispower.com /powerhealing/cancer.htm   (374 words)

 || DukeMedNews || Virtual Reality Helps Breast Cancer Patients Cope with Chemotherapy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
DURHAM, N.C. -- Women with breast cancer have fewer adverse effects from chemotherapy and less fatigue when using virtual reality as a distraction intervention during treatments, according to a study from the Duke University School of Nursing and Case Western Reserve Comprehensive Cancer Center.
In the study, published in the January 2004 issue of Oncology Nursing Forum, the researchers described how chemotherapy patients eased their fatigue and discomfort by solving a mystery, touring an art gallery or going deep-sea diving in a virtual environment as they underwent treatment.
Susan Schneider, Ph.D., director of the oncology program at Duke University School of Nursing and lead author on the paper, said that helping patients keep their minds off the stresses of chemotherapy can be both physically and mentally important to patients.
dukemednews.org /news/article.php?id=7386   (1250 words)

One family doctor asked his patient to sign a statement that he was just giving her a BCG vaccine to prevent tuberculosis.
Patients' NCI tries to help get that common sense back, so patients and their doctors can stand up to the cancer business, participate in their own recovery, and be free to choose modern treatments when they are shown to be more effective.
When these steps are not sufficient, it becomes time for the patient and doctors to decide whether to step up to the Phase II alternative therapy that attacks the cancer directly without serious side effects, and continues strengthening the immune system.
www.patientsnci.org   (5294 words)

 Open Directory - Health: Conditions and Diseases: Cancer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Cancer Dictionary and Acronyms - Terminology and abbreviations presented in a searchable format.
Cancer Mondial - The International Agency for Research on Cancer provides access to reports and databases on occurrence and characteristics.
BBC News: Cancer the Facts - A guide to several types of tumors and their treatments including audio from experts, survivors' stories and news archives.
dmoz.org /Health/Conditions_and_Diseases/Cancer   (1694 words)

 Anemia in Cancer Patients: Introduction and Overview   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In the past, anemia occurring in cancer patients was often referred to as “chronic anemia” or “anemia of chronic disease.” These effects may be reflective of a paraneoplastic syndrome.
In many cancer patients, the causative mechanism of anemia is incompletely defined; thus, the term “anemia of chronic disease” is used.
Experience with patients with nonmyeloid malignancies receiving cancer chemotherapy in community oncology practice in the United States demonstrates that responses occur in 50% to 60% of EPO-treated patients, and the response rate is over 75% in patients with > or = to 1 g/dL decrease in hemoglobin.
www.moffitt.usf.edu /pubs/ccj/v5ns/article1.html   (1361 words)

 USATODAY.com - Cancer patients surviving longer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
About 64% of cancer patients now survive five years after being diagnosed, a rate that has been climbing since the 1970s, when half of patients lived that long, says the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2001
About half the increase in survival rates among men is the result of prostate cancer patients living much longer after diagnosis, Jemal said.
Increasing survival rates are not always a sign of progress against cancer, the report noted.
www.usatoday.com /news/health/2004-06-02-cancer-survival_x.htm   (354 words)

 New guidelines help lung cancer patients make informed treatment decisions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Written in easy-to-understand language, the patient guideline booklet provides comprehensive, up-to-date information about treatment options available for patients, and includes information on the various types of cancer, tests and exams, treatment options, clinical trials, and a glossary of lung cancer terms.
Lung cancer is the second-most common cancer and the most common cause of cancer deaths among both men and women.
The Lung Cancer Treatment Guidelines for Patients is part of an informational series to help patients and their families make more informed decisions regarding their cancer treatment.
www.cancer.med.umich.edu /news/lungguidelines.htm   (591 words)

 Coping with Cancer, Side Effects, Caregiving, and other Cancer Resources | OncoLink - The Web's First Cancer Resource
Ways for cancer patients and caregivers to cope with cancer, side effects, nutrition, general cancer support issues, grief/end of life issues, and shared survivor's experiences.
Information and support for family members and loved ones of cancer patients who are accepting the challenge of being the caregivers outside of the hospital setting.
Comfort and support for patients and families who are experiencing a life-limiting illness or the loss of a loved one.
cancer.med.upenn.edu /coping   (174 words)

 ACS :: Nutrition for Cancer Patients
Cancer patients have special nutrition needs and issues related to eating.
Cancer treatment can greatly affect your nutritional needs.
Whether you need help dealing with side effects or simply want to make sure you maintain your health, these resources will help.
www.cancer.org /docroot/MBC/MBC_6.asp?sitearea=ETO   (139 words)

 Cancer Care Fort Worth Texas
Our office is in the medical district just south of downtown Ft. Worth in Tarrant County, but our social workers visit clients in their homes in all the cities and counties we serve.
Since our move, we are bursting with new programs for cancer patients in or out of treatment, their families and their caregivers.
Cancer Care Services is a Texas nonprofit corporation and a public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
www.cancercareservices.org   (389 words)

 M. D. Anderson Cancer Center   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Achieving that goal begins with integrated programs in cancer treatment, clinical trials, education programs and cancer prevention.
Compassion — along with innovative cancer treatment, cutting-edge cancer research, comprehensive education and research-based prevention of both common and rare cancers — has earned the gratitude of countless adult and pediatric cancer patients and their families.
Two drugs found effective in advanced kidney cancer patients when given after surgery may be even more beneficial before surgery, say researchers conducting a clinical trial to test...(
www.mdanderson.org   (122 words)

 CancerBACUP online: cancer information, support & resources :   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Welcome to CancerBACUP, Europe's leading cancer information service, with over 4,500 pages of up-to-date cancer information, practical advice and support for cancer patients, their families and carers.
Access information on all aspects of cancer, written specifically for cancer patients, their families and carers, plus over 1,000 cancer questions and answers available online.
Search our comprehensive database of organisations and resources for cancer patients, or, if you're a health professional, check out the latest developments and guidelines.
www.cancerbacup.org.uk   (172 words)

 ACS :: Patients, Family, & Friends
This section will help you learn more about different types of cancer, how to prevent it, and how to detect it early.
People new to the cancer experience can get help making treatment decisions, understanding the effects of treatment, finding treatment centers and doctors, participating in clinical trials of new treatments, supporting a friend or loved one with cancer, and talking about cancer with friends and others.
Learn how to maintain your health, discover how you can share your experiences to help current patients cope, and find out how you can get involved in the fight against cancer.
www.cancer.org /docroot/HOME/pff/pff_0.asp?level=0   (243 words)

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