Methodist Healthcare's highly trained oncologists are here to provide cancer patients with the educational resources they need to manage their cancer treatment.
This brochure is designed to answer some of the basic questions about cancer. Your doctor will provide you with much more detailed information specific to your cancer and the particular diagnostic tests and treatment prescribed for you.
Fatigue is one of the most common side effects of treatments in cancer patients. This fatigue can be physical, mental or even spiritual.
Pain is whatever a person experiencing it describes it to be. When your pain is controlled you are better able to sleep and eat, are less fatigued, and will have a greater peace of mind.
Chemotherapy agents are given to kill cancer cells, but can also hurt normal, healthy cells. This may result in side effects that you and our doctor will need to manage.
Side effects from radiation therapy are different for each part of the body being treated. The most common side effects are fatigue and skin irritation. Others may include nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty swallowing, painful urination, hair loss and more.
Overall nutrition is important for good health, but it is especially important for people being treated for cancer. Proper nutrition during your cancer treatment may improve the results of your treatment, reduce side effects and help you feel better. Nutrition is important for a healthy immune system.
Skin Cancer affects over one million people each year. If it is caught and treated right away, it is usually curable. It’s important to understand your risk of getting cancer.
Early detection and modern treatment methods may be effective in treating breast cancer. There are many treatment options available. Breast cancer occurs when the cells in your breast grow abnormally, forming tumors.
Chemotherapy is the use of medications to treat cancer. Depending on the type of cancer and its stage, the four main goals of chemotherapy are to cure cancer, to keep cancer from spreading, to slow the growth of caner or to relieve cancer symptoms.
The colon and rectum are part of the body’s digestive system. Cancers affecting either the colon or rectum may also be called colorectal cancer. Without treatment, colorectal cancer can spread to other parts of the body.
A mammogram is a safe, low dose x-ray that is able to detect irregularities in the breast that neither you nor your doctor can feel.
The prostate is a walnut-size gland in men located below the bladder and in front of the rectum that surrounds part of the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body). When cells change and start to grow uncontrollably, cancer develops.