cancer treatment

What to expect after a mesothelioma diagnosis

Getting a cancer diagnosis is never good news. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer with only 2,000- 3,000 new cases diagnosed in the US each year and most cases can be traced to occupational asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is considered incurable, but in recent years doctors have learned how to better treat and diagnose this particular cancer. …

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Constipation

Chemotherapy drug treatment can cause a patient to experience constipation, or the uncomfortable passage of hard, dry stools that are infrequent. Some symptoms include bloating, cramping, increased gas and pain. About 50 percent of cancer patients experience constipation. Other side effects can occur from this condition such as decreased appetite and nausea. Drugs That Cause …

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Pain

It has been shown that almost 90 percent of cancer patients suffer some type of pain during or after cancer treatments. Fifty percent of patients suffer some sort of chronic pain. Cause of Pain Chemotherapy drug treatments can cause different types of pain such as, acute pain that comes on and lasts a short period …

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Neuropathy

Chemotherapy drug treatments can cause neuropathy, or injury to the peripheral nerves. These consist of motor nerves that help with movement and muscle tone and sensory nerves that help with temperature, pain and touch. The symptoms of neuropathy depend on the nerve type that is affected.   Symptoms of motor nerve damage include muscle weakness, …

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