Experts recommend bereaved caregivers find a routine after a loved one’s death, either by returning to work or setting up another type of schedule instead of being home alone in order to escape from the grief.
Reentering the workforce after a cancer diagnosis can add anxiety to an already stressful job hunt and whether a survivor chooses to disclose a diagnosis or not, there are a few helpful guidelines to consider.
Lymphedema can develop as a result of removing or destroying lymph nodes during surgery or radiation, causing arm heaviness and swelling, but research shows that exercise, lymph drainage, compression and protection helps manage lymphedema and alleviate symptoms.
Some siblings may take on a parental role while others become advocates, but individual reactions to a cancer diagnosis vary greatly, depending the sibling relationship and the sibling’s age at diagnosis
Many experts consider lobular carcinoma in situ, LCIS, to be a precursor to invasive breast cancer, but there is still debate over the best treatment including surgery and prevention with tamoxifen or Evista.
Improvements in the classification of myelodysplastic syndrome, MDS, based on varying characteristics in the disease have better defined prognosis and helped patients and doctors make treatment-related decisions.
About 20 percent of patients develop secondary MDS—when the disease is caused by chemotherapy, such as alkylating agents, or radiation used to treat a previous cancer—and current research is focused on finding genetic alterations that will provide better treatment options for these patients.
Employment discrimination has decreased with more public awareness of cancer survivorship issues, but it hasn’t disappeared and survivors should be familiar with their company’s policies and outside resources on legal issues and employment discrimination.