Statistics

In the United States occupational lung disease is the number one cause of on-the-job illness. This disease tops the list both in frequency and severity yet is, in almost every case, preventable. Over 20 percent of men worldwide have been exposed to some type of dangerous occupational irritant that may cause cancer and 5 to… Continue reading Statistics

Occupational diseases

Occupational diseases are those illnesses that occur due to exposure to irritants in the workplace. Occupational illnesses may occur instantaneously due to exposure to toxic chemicals or fumes or may take years to develop due to long-term exposure. Many individuals today are faced with respiratory disease such as adult asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)… Continue reading Occupational diseases

How to Manage Late Effects of Chemotherapy Drugs

Once a cancer patient’s treatments have ended, there is still a chance that he or she can experience side effects. Some side effects can continue after treatment or surface months or years after treatment. There is not a lot of concrete information that is known about cancer treatment side effects, but they can vary by… Continue reading How to Manage Late Effects of Chemotherapy Drugs

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… Continue reading Constipation

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… Continue reading Pain

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,… Continue reading Neuropathy

Neutropenia in mesothelioma patients

Chemotherapy drug treatments reduce the number of neutrophils, also known as white bloods cells that protect the body against infection. This causes a condition known as neutropenia. Cancer patients that suffer from neutropenia have an increased risk of bacterial infections and could be fatal if left untreated. Some symptoms of neutropenia include body aches, fever… Continue reading Neutropenia in mesothelioma patients

Fatigue as a side effect

Chemotherapy drug treatments can be effective, but they also seem to be linked to intense fatigue. Drugs that often cause cancer-related fatigue are vinblastine, cisplatin and vincristine. The severity of fatigue may vary by individual, but almost 90 percent of cancer patients experience some level of fatigue related to cancer treatment at some time during… Continue reading Fatigue as a side effect