Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New Book: Skin Care Guide for People Living With Cancer

This new book makes a wonderful gift for a cancer patient. It has important and helpful information for individuals undergoing treatment for cancer, and is especially informative about cancer side effects.

Click here to buy this book on Amazon. View the book on Amazon.com.

Book description from the publisher:
"More people than ever before are living with and surviving cancer. However, the human cost of life-saving cancer treatment may be unexpected side effects to the skin, hair, and nails. How can patients navigate these changes without affecting their treatment, their appearance, or even their sense of who they are? Dr. Lacouture's Skin Care Guide for People Living With Cancer is the first book written by a board-certified dermatologist to help patients care for treatment-associated skin, hair, and nail toxicities, which can range from mild and annoying to serious enough to affect health, treatment, and quality of life. In this book, Dr. Mario Lacouture discusses a number of side effects that may rise from chemotherapy, biologic therapy, radiation therapy, stem-cell transplants, and other tools in the fight against cancer. He offers a number of practical suggestions that are useful to people living with cancer, including preparation for the rash, itching, or dry skin that may come with treatment; care for the fingernails, and suggested products that will contribute to their health; awareness of the risks for hair loss, and resources that patients may need to cope; suggested moisturizers and cosmetics that are appropriate for patients' use; and specific information for survivors. Written by one of the foremost experts in the dermatologic side effects of cancer treatments, Dr. Lacouture's Skin Care Guide for People Living With Cancer offers patients clear information and practical suggestions for preventing, treating, and living through these changes during their cancer journey."

Lots To Live For, Inc. is dedicated to helping cancer patients who are experiencing unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects from cancer treatment. Lots To Live For, Inc. has an website that offers "One Stop Shopping and Solutions for All Cancer Side Effects" - selling products for skin care, hair care and nail care. Some of the product lines that http://www.lotstolivefor.com/ sells are mentioned in this book, such as the LindiSkin skin care line. Visit Lots To Live For, Inc. to find products to help alleviate cancer side effects.

You can also find Lots To Live For, Inc. on facebook. We post practical articles about dealing with cancer side effectsand interesting articles about new developments in cancer therapy. Please "like" us at www.facebook.com/LotsToLiveFor


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Are Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients Getting the Right Treatment?

According to a recent on line article by Melissa Weber published in www.curetoday.com as many as one in seven women with metastatic breast cancer could be receiving the wrong treatment because of a change in the cancer’s biology when it metastasizes.

“When breast cancer spreads to another part of the body, a HER2-positive cancer could become HER2-negative. Or estrogen receptor-negative cancer could switch to estrogen receptor-positive. Despite different treatment strategies for each, most oncologists rely on what they know about the primary breast tumor to fight the metastasis, says Giuseppe Curigliano, MD, PhD, co-director of the division of medical oncology at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy. But researchers now believe inhibiting one cancer growth pathway with treatment may activate signaling of a new pathway that allows it to survive and spread.”

A study presented over the summer at the annual ASCO meeting showed that in certain cases when the metastatic lesion was tested, it did not match the primary tumor. There are a few different hypotheses for why this might happen. “Experts suspect that because tumors are made up of different kinds of cancer cells, a small fraction of cells may have a different receptor status. If those cells are more resistant to cancer therapy, the resistant cells may outgrow the rest over time. At the time of recurrence or progression, the overall tumor will have subsequently appeared to have ‘switched.’”

Being aware of the potential that the biologic characteristics of the metastatic lesion might not match that of the primary lesion can have implications for treatment. The researchers quoted in the study suggest that rebiopsy should be performed after considering the safety of the procedure.

To read the full article on line on the curetoday.com website please click here.

For products that can ease side effects of radiation and chemotherapy for breast cancer patients, please click here.

Great Gift Ideas for Cancer Patients from the Inspired Wellness Blog

When a friend, relative or co-worker tells you that they have cancer, you may be at a loss for how to respond, and wonder how you might help.

In a recent guest blog post on the Inspired Wellness Blog, we share some thoughts and ideas about Helpful Gifts for Cancer Patients. We share thoughts about how you can offer empathy and comfort.  Great gifts can be simple acts of kindness, products to ease side effects, inspirational items, or items to create a sense of well being and reassurance.

There are many daily tasks that you can offer to take over to help - such as grocery shopping, cooking meals, carpooling, and babysitting among others.

If you would like to give a physical gift consider gifts that can help alleviate unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects of cancer treatment.

You can read the full article on the Inspired Wellness Blog by clicking here
Please read it and share it with others.

You can find gifts for cancer patients at http://www.lotstolivefor.com/
Below is a picture of the Fighting Back Gift Pack with items to help compromised skin caused by chemotherapy and radiation. You can check out other helpful and considerate cancer gifts by clicking here.