By Jeff Kendall, Psy.D.
Sara is a 55-year-old breast cancer survivor who completed her treatment more than 18 months ago. Instead of feeling completely recovered from her cancer experience, she finds herself constantly worrying about whether her cancer will return. She says the worry can come to her at any time—when she is driving, when she wakes up in the morning, or whenever there is a story about cancer on television. Sara also believes that she is the only post-treatment cancer patient who is experiencing fear of recurrence.
Fear of recurrence is when cancer [...]
By Hak Choy, MD
As medical treatments for lung cancer become more advanced, increasingly personalized regimens for patients can be given that may often include radiation therapy.
Radiation therapy may be given as part of a treatment plan in the following ways:
Prior to surgery or chemotherapy to help reduce the burden of tumor.
At the same time or immediately after chemotherapy to increase cure rate for localized tumors.
After surgery to help prevent recurrence of cancer.
Palliatively, or to improve quality of life, if a tumor is causing pain or discomfort (such as shortness of breath from [...]
By Joan Schiller, MD
Everyone knows that smoking is the major cause of lung cancer. In the early 1900s lung cancer was so rare that references to it were typically confined to the medical literature. Since then, the number of people who smoke has risen dramatically, as has the number of patients getting lung cancer, and the disease has become a national—even international—concern.
Epidemiological studies have shown that the more a patient smokes, the higher the risk of getting lung cancer, and that if they stop, the chances of getting lung [...]