Living with cancer is a life-changing experience on many levels. You may find that your perspective has changed or that you are thinking about your life in new ways. For many people, this experience serves as an opportunity to reevaluate their lifestyle and make positive changes to improve their overall physical, mental, and emotional health. Making thoughtful changes helps people living with cancer reduce their stress levels, gain confidence, discover new interests, and find greater meaning in life.
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Some veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces were exposed to substances that were later found to cause cancer. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has identified these substances, such as ionizing radiation and Agent Orange, and has created programs to help veterans receive health care related to exposure to these substances. As these veterans get older, they may develop cancer related to the exposure.
Some veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces may have been exposed during service to substances, such as ionizing radiation and Agent Orange, that are known to cause cancer. Many veterans who were exposed to these agents several decades ago are now at an age where cancer is more likely to develop. In this two-part series, learn about the link between some agents and cancer, programs to help veterans, and questions to ask your doctor.
Most people visit their neighborhood retail pharmacy to fill prescriptions for medications. However, some people with cancer may be referred to what are known as specialty pharmacies to receive medications.
What is a specialty pharmacy?
In general, a specialty pharmacy focuses on delivering medications to people that may need additional monitoring and support services than what is typically performed by a retail pharmacy.
A specialty pharmacy may handle the following:
People with cancer have specific medical needs, especially during active treatment and in the time after treatment. These needs may become serious in the event of a natural or man-made disaster, such as tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, outbreaks of disease (such as the flu or measles), and terrorist attacks. Even if such an event is unlikely where you live, it is important to be prepared. This article will help you and your family plan for emergency situations.
Here are some tips to help you and your family prepare for an emergency:
Make a Plan
This article examines the option of using a breast prosthesis after surgery. Although many women who choose a mastectomy (removal of the breast) consider reconstructive surgery, others may choose a breast prosthesis. Learn more about the issues a woman faces and the options available after surgery for breast cancer.
What is a breast prosthesis?
A computed tomography (CT) scan, also called a CAT scan, is an imaging test used to detect cancer and determine the cancer's stage (a way of describing a cancer, such as where it is located, whether or where it has spread, and whether it is affecting the functions of other organs in the body). Doctors will often repeat the test to help determine whether cancer treatment is working or to look for signs that cancer has come back.
Physical therapists are valuable members of the cancer care team. To explain their role, Cancer.Net welcomes Jean O'Toole, PT, MPH, CLT-LANA who has 40 years of experience in physical therapy and has worked at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston since 1992. She has a particular interest and experience in physical therapy for people with cancer.