Tag Archives: Chemotherapy

Cancer Patients Might Be More Optimistic About Prognosis Than Their Doctors

A small study finds conflicting opinions between doctors and their patients

According to a recent study, the majority of cancer patients believe they will live longer than their estimated prognosis. Researchers found that many patients remain optimistic about their survival chances even after their doctors give them a poor prognosis. Professors at … Continue reading

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Germs Help in the Fight Against Cancer

Study shows that certain gut bacteria enhance the action of chemotherapy drugs

Since about the mid-19th century, people have been understandably afraid of germs. Prior to that time, no one knew why millions of people became mysteriously ill with symptoms such as fevers, rashes and coughs. Nor did they understand why so … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Sunshine: A Novel” by Norma Klein

A young mother struggles with her impending death

“Sunshine” by Norma Klein was published in 1974. It was loosely based on the true story of a young woman who died of cancer. During the last 18 months of her life, she made a series of audio tape recordings … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Death of Cancer” by Vincent T. DeVita Jr., M.D. and Elizabeth DeVita Raeburn

A cancer specialist describes the ongoing War on Cancer in the United States

“The Death of Cancer” is a gripping account of the ongoing battle against what is perhaps the world’s most feared disease. Told from the perspective of a physician who has spent most of his adult life searching for a cure, … Continue reading

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Is Chemotherapy Worth It for Late-Stage Cancer Patients?

A recent study shows that it can do more harm than good

Less than 10 years ago, my grandmother was on her death bed as late-stage lung cancer slowly consumed her. She had gone through months of painful chemotherapy, but the treatment only extended her life for a short time. In those … Continue reading

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You Will Laugh, You Will Cry: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s film, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, reveals beauty through the death of a teen

It is not surprising that Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, an award winning coming-of-age film centered on a teen dying of terminal illness, got a standing ovation at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The story follows awkward, insecure … Continue reading

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