Why Doctors Are Rethinking Breast-Cancer Treatment

  Too much chemo. Too much radiation. And way too many mastectomies By Siobhan O’Connor October 1, 2015 “What if I decide to just do nothing?” It was kind of a taunt, Desiree Basila admits. Not the sort of thing that usually comes out of the mouth of a woman who’s just been diagnosed with […]...

How Safe is an Airport Full Body Scanner?

 Step onto the body scanner platform and place your hands in the air; it’s for your safety and security.” If you’ve traveled through a U.S. airport within the past few years, you’ve probably had a government screener say something along these lines. Every day travelers are herded through the chec...

12 Things a Cancer Doctor Should Never Say

We can all agree that proper communication skills are essential for the best cancer care. While some patients appreciate a direct approach, others need a bit of hand-holding. Some cancer doctors have good “bedside” manners, displaying genuine empathy for their patients. Others can be considered b...

10 Questions to Ask BEFORE Accepting Radiation Therapy for Cancer

Radiation therapy cancer treatment uses high-powered X-rays with the intention to kill cancer cells. But radiation is inherently damaging to DNA. Radiation therapy actually works by damaging the genes (DNA) in cells. Genes control how cells grow and divide. When radiation damages the genes of can...