• Coping with Cancer

    Where’s my Mojo? Sexuality and a Cancer Diagnosis

    by  • November 26, 2014 • Coping with Cancer, Gynecology, Women's Cancer Center

    Sexuality and libido are hot topics now. Personal products and erectile dysfunction mediations are discussed and advertised on TV, in print, and on the Internet; by politicians and celebrities, by elderly couples and young starlets. Cosmo and Women’s Day both feature articles on lubricants and intimacy workshops. Sexuality is okay! Just as a woman’s...

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    Which Diet is Most Effective?

    by  • September 19, 2014 • Nutrition and Cancer

    The Atkins Diet The Atkins Diet is probably the most popular of the “ketogenic” diets.  Ketogenic diets typically include very low carbohydrates and increased dietary fat and protein.  These diets get their name from the fact that a significant decrease in dietary carbohydrate intake alters normal metabolic pathways and results in a rise in...

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    Managing Erectile Dysfunction after Prostate Surgery

    by  • August 4, 2014 • Coping with Cancer, Prostate Cancer

    A common sexual side effect men face after prostate cancer surgery is erectile dysfunction (the inability to achieve or sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse often caused by medications, chronic illnesses or poor blood flow to the penis). It is important to note that this condition can be managed through various treatment options....

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    Advanced Surgical Options for the Treatment of Lymphedema

    by  • March 27, 2014 • Breast Cancer Treatment, Coping with Cancer, Lymphedema Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery, Surgery, Women's Cancer Center

    Vascularized lymph node transfer is an innovative new surgical procedure used to treat lymphedema, a common condition for patients who have had their lymph nodes removed during the course of cancer treatment. Symptoms of lymphedema include fluid retention, tissue swelling and soreness of the extremities (arms, hands or legs). Research suggests that the frequency...

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    Prostate Cancer Survivorship Study is Now Open – Enroll Now!

    by  • March 8, 2014 • Clinical Trials, Coping with Cancer, Prostate Cancer

    I and my research staff at Fox Chase Cancer Center have recently launched a new study called PROGRESS (Prostate Cancer Online Guide& Resources for Electronic Survivorship Service) for men who have completed prostate cancer treatment within the last year. The purpose is to assess a new program designed to help men set wellness goals...

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    What is a Post Mastectomy/Lumpectomy Camisole?

    by  • February 13, 2014 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Coping with Cancer, Reconstructive Surgery, Women's Cancer Center

    A post-surgical camisole, used after breast surgery, provides the support of a bra and pockets for lightweight breast prostheses. These camisoles come in a variety of sizes and materials and are specially constructed for the various needs of breast cancer survivors. Camisoles can be used immediately after any breast surgery, including mastectomy, lumpectomy and...

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    Is My Insomnia Related to Breast Cancer?

    by  • January 22, 2014 • Breast Cancer Treatment, Coping with Cancer

    Breast cancer survivors often experience high rates of insomnia, which can include difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep and disruption of circadian rhythm.  A diagnosis of breast cancer is associated with several precipitating factors for sleep disturbance such as cancer related stress, cancer treatments, treatment side effects and physical changes. It is especially common...

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    Operation Jimbo Claus Arrives at Fox Chase

    by  • December 28, 2013 • Coping with Cancer, Events, General Interest, Special events

    When Brian McShane started Jimbo’s Squad, his goal was to provide comfort for patients treated at Fox Chase Cancer Center and their families. This Christmas, he did just that by distributing performance pullover sweatshirts and hats to patients. One of the Squad’s most popular annual traditions is called “Operation Jimbo Claus,” in which they...

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