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How to Sleep with a Port-A-Cath

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 15 March 2022
How to Sleep with a Port-A-Cath
If you have been diagnosed with cancer and need to receive chemotherapy, your doctor might recommend a chemo port. A chemo port is a device that can help reduce the pain and anxiety associated with chemo treatment.  But your chemo port may be in place for weeks or months and can be uncomfortable during sleep. So how should you sleep with a chemo port? What is a Chemo Port? A chemo port is a small device implanted beneath the skin, which is attached to a catheter connected to a ve...
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Chemotherapy Or Not? Physicists Study Gene Expression Tests

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 13 February 2022
Chemotherapy Or Not? Physicists Study Gene Expression Tests
Professor Josef Käs from Leipzig University led these investigations in collaboration with the head of the Institute of Pathology Hamburg-West, Professor Axel Niendorf, and the independent statistical consultant Bernhard Ulm. They have just published their findings in PLOS ONE, a multidisciplinary journal that pays particular attention to whether experiments and data analyses have been conducted rigorously. Gene expression tests examine how active certain genes are in tumour cells. Ofte...
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Melatonin, Chemotherapy And Cancer Survival

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 23 September 2021
Melatonin, Chemotherapy And Cancer Survival
Melatonin is a hormone produced by our pineal gland, which is roughly located in the centre of our brain. Melatonin production follows a circadian rhythm, with the highest levels being produced at night while we sleep. Night time exposure to light can significantly decrease melatonin production, and multiple observational studies have linked night shift work to the development of breast cancer. Interestingly, women with breast cancer in Denmark can now receive financial compensation if, wi...
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Tips for Post-Chemo Hair Growth

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 14 July 2021
Tips for Post-Chemo Hair Growth
Hair loss is undoubtedly one of the most distressing side effects of cancer treatment and whilst there are lots of products and services out there which promise to aid hair growth, it can be overwhelming trying to understand what really works and what's just hearsay. So we've been doing some investigation into whether scalp massage really can help with hair growth and the good news is that we've found strong evidence to suggest that scalp massage does improve hair growth.
In...
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The Fasting-Mimicking Diet during Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 20 June 2021
The Fasting-Mimicking Diet during Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer
Extensive preclinical evidence suggests that short-term fasting and fasting mimicking diets (FMDs) can protect healthy cells against the perils of a wide variety of stressors, including chemotherapy, simultaneously rendering cancer cells more vulnerable to chemotherapy and other therapies Essentially, fasting causes a switch in healthy cells from a proliferative state towards a maintenance and repair state. Malignant cells, in contrast, seem to be unable to enter this protective state b...
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