The Best of Cancer.Net—2014

January 8, 2015

From test results to side effects, research advances to advice on healthy living, Cancer.Net continues to provide timely, reliable, comprehensive information to people with cancer and those who care about and for them. So what content made it to the top in 2014? Here’s a rundown of the most popular podcasts, articles, blog posts, and videos of the year.

Top 5 Podcasts of 2014

1. 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting Highlights on Immunotherapy for Melanoma and Cervical Cancer, with Steven O’Day, MD
In this podcast, Dr. Steven O’Day discusses several studies on immunotherapy for melanoma and cervical cancer highlighted at ASCO’s 2014 Annual Meeting.

2. Leg Swelling After Cancer Treatment
This podcast reviews why people treated for certain types of cancer have a higher risk of leg lymphedema, symptoms to watch for, and ways to reduce the risk of leg lymphedema.

3. After Breast Cancer: Preventing Lymphedema
In this podcast, we talk about what lymphedema is and why it can occur after cancer treatment. We also review the signs and symptoms you should be aware of, as well as some practical steps to take to reduce your risk.

4. Caring for the Symptoms of Cancer and Its Treatment
This podcast discusses palliative care.

5. HPV and Cancer
This podcast explains what HPV is and talks about the symptoms, the types of HPV that may cause cancer, ways to reduce the risk of infection, and a vaccine to prevent some types of HPV.

Top 5 Cancer.Net Articles of 2014

1. Care Through the Final Days
This article helps caregivers understand what to expect and how to help as a person approaches the end of life.

2. Blood Test Results
A common blood test called a complete blood count (CBC) is used to help diagnose some blood cancers, tell if a cancer has spread to the bone marrow, and/or help determine how the body is tolerating cancer treatments such as chemotherapy. This article describes this test and explains what the results mean.

3. Side Effects of Chemotherapy
This article describes the short- and long-term side effects of chemotherapy and provides resources for preventing and managing them.

4. Side Effects of Radiation Therapy
This article describes common side effects of radiation therapy, as well as specific issues that may develop as a result of radiation therapy to the chest, head and neck, stomach, abdomen, and pelvis.

5. Types of Oncologists
This article provides information about the different types of clinical oncologists who may be a part of your cancer care team. Oncologists are doctors who specialize in the care and treatment of people with cancer.

Top 5 Cancer.Net Blog Posts of 2014

1. Spotlight On: Oncology Social Workers – Part I, a Q&A
Oncology social workers provide support to patients, families, and caregivers who are dealing with cancer. Learn more about the role oncology social workers play in the cancer care team from Iris Cohen Fineberg, PhD, MSW, ACSW, OSW-C, and Penelope Damaskos, PhD, LCSW, OSW-C.

2. Traveling With Cancer
Besides deciding where to go, what to do, and what to pack, there are a number of important things about your health to discuss before leaving town. Learn more about special travel considerations for people with cancer.

3. Spotlight On: Oncology Nurses – Part I, a Q&A
Oncology nurses work in all areas of cancer care and play a number of important roles. A panel of oncology nursing experts from a variety of specialties discusses how they help people living with cancer and their families from diagnosis and treatment to survivorship and end-of-life care.

4. Spotlight On: Oncology Pharmacists – Part I, a Q&A
Oncology pharmacists are experts in the medications used to treat cancer, as well as the medications used to manage symptoms and side effects. Learn more about the role oncology pharmacists play in the cancer care team from a group of experts.

5. Foods to Avoid During Cancer Treatment
Food safety is important for people who are receiving or recovering from cancer treatment. To help prevent serious foodborne illness, here is a list of high-risk foods.

Top 5 Videos of 2014

1. Managing Side Effects of Chemotherapy
Dr. Lynn Schuchter discusses medical advances in relieving side effects of this cancer treatment, as well as what patients should ask before chemotherapy begins.

2. What's New in Sarcoma Care and Treatment, with Dr. Robert Maki
Dr. Robert Maki discusses some scientific advances in the care and treatment of people with sarcoma.

3. Navigating Challenges: Talking with Your Cancer Care Team
After a diagnosis of cancer, many people find it difficult to talk openly with the doctor and other members of the cancer care team. This is for different reasons including fear and shock, medical jargon, and language barriers. This video offers guidance on how patients can navigate these challenges.

4. What to Know: Germ Cell Tumor Markers
Dr. Timothy Gilligan explains a new ASCO guideline on tumor markers for germ cell tumors.

5. Navigating Challenges: Finding Emotional Support after a Cancer Diagnosis
This video offers guidance on how patients can get the emotional support they need, cope with the fear and uncertainty cancer brings, and navigate the complexity of family relationships.