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Lung cancer awareness is not just for smokers

Lung cancer awareness is not just for smokers

Nonsmokers can show their support by participating in or creating an awareness event. The editors of Oncology Nurse Advisor offer ways to support lung cancer awareness and to show your support for someone trying to quit.

Make November 15 
the first day of 
a smoke-free life

Make November 15 
the first day of 
a smoke-free life

Information and resources to help patients quit smoking and resources to help patients cope with lung cancer and its treatment.

September: A month for cancer awareness

September: A month for cancer awareness

Patient information on coping with the emotional toll of cancer, making treatment decisions, dietary and nutritional needs, and survivorship care

Integrative care options and resources

Cancer patients may wish to explore acupuncture or other integrative care options. The following article details several options and provides related resources.

Meditation techniques 
and clinical trials for patients

Meditation techniques 
and clinical trials for patients

Meditation can help relieve stress in cancer patients. The following article details several types of meditation and includes related clinical trials.

Information booklets for clinical trial participants

These resources highlight several in-depth online booklets for patients that explain cancer clinical trials.

Ten steps for selecting a clinical trial

Patients can follow these ten steps when making a decision about whether a clinical trial is right for them.

Clinical trials: A treatment option to think about

Clinical trials: A treatment option to think about

Patients bombarded with information may find clinical trials difficult to understand. This article explains the concept and defines common terms.

Clinical trial phases

Clinical trial phases

This article provides detailed information about the four phases of clinical trials to help patients better understand each segment.

How to manage eating problems

How to manage eating problems

Treatments for cancer such as surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and biologic therapy can cause eating problems. Here are steps for managing some common eating-related effects of cancer treatment.

How would I know if I may have pancreatic cancer?

How would I know if I may have pancreatic cancer?

More than 44,000 cases of cancer of the pancreas will be diagnosed in 2011, estimates the NCI. This article, suitable for patients, reviews the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Caring for Your Skin During Cancer Treatment

Caring for Your Skin During Cancer Treatment

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Skin conditions like rash, itching and dryness are common side effects of cancer treatment. In this fact sheet, patients can learn how to keep skin problems like these under control.

Prostate Cancer: What You Should Know About Screening and Diagnosis

Prostate Cancer: What You Should Know About Screening and Diagnosis

Prostate cancer screening is important in the early detection of prostate cancer because many patients do not have symptoms. This guide reviews current screening tests, recommendations, and risk factors.

Multiple Myeloma: Making the Most of Your Medical Appointments

Multiple Myeloma: Making the Most of Your Medical Appointments

Many people see their cancer care as a collaboration. This fact sheet provides tips for patients with multiple myeloma for improving communication with providers during office visits.

What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer: A Guide for Newly Diagnosed African American Women

What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer: A Guide for Newly Diagnosed African American Women

Learning you have breast cancer doesn't stop your life. This guide helps provide more information to African American women about what to do once a cancer diagnosis is made and what the next steps should be.

Questions you can ask your oncology care team

When talking with your oncology care team, it may be helpful to write down questions ahead of time to receive the answers you need. This list is a helpful starting point for patients.

How to examine your breasts

How to examine your breasts

Breast self-examination is one of the most important tools you have for early detection of breast cancer.

Can men develop breast cancer?

Can men develop breast cancer?

Although it occurs primarily in women, men can also develop breast cancer. Here, how to recognize the signs and how to manage it.

Breast cancer awareness for men

Breast cancer awareness for men

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month--but women are not the only ones affected.

Fact Sheets for patients

The following article introduces the new CancerCare Fact Sheets for patients on the ONA Web site and highlights a few of the most recent topics.

Sunshine, summertime, and a reminder about skin cancers

Summer is when many people intentionally increase their sun exposure and their risk for skin cancer; therefore, this is a good time to review the facts.

Radiation therapy: What it is and how it works

Radiation therapy: What it is and how it works

This installment includes information on radiation therapy and resources for patients undergoing radiotherapy.

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Information about colorectal cancer nurses can share with their patients, including a list of resources for patients and their families.

Resources about ovarian cancer treatment

The follow resources provide detailed information about treatment for recurrent ovarian cancer.

Is a clinical trial right for me?

There are many ways to prepare--and factors to consider--before deciding to enroll in a clinical trial.

10 questions to ask at your next exam

To improve communication between you and your health care provider, use this list of questions as a starting point for conversation.

What you should know about chemotherapy drugs

The following resource provides patients with helpful information on key factors to consider when selecting a treatment for cancer.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month 2010

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month 2010

September is national Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in the US. Events will be held nationwide to spread awareness and hope.

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