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2008-09-15 21:00:09

By Eric Eyre For years, cancer patients have complained about the memory loss and attention problems they experience while undergoing chemotherapy. A new animal study from West Virginia University's School of Medicine suggests there may be a way to prevent those memory- related side effects - often called "chemo-brain." WVU researchers have discovered that injections of a powerful antioxidant called N-acetyl cysteine, or NAC, could stop memory loss caused by chemotherapy drugs,...

2008-07-27 15:00:14

By Allison Kennedy, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Ga. Jul. 27--When Cookie Aftergut was treated for breast cancer five years ago, she didn't have ready access to information outside of her drug and radiation therapies -- information such as sound nutrition, exercise, makeup and scalp care for when her hair fell out. "The doctors, unfortunately, are most interested in giving you chemo and their mission is to get you well. Until you have lost your hair, it's hard to relate to someone who has...

2008-07-06 18:00:07

By George Sanchez, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Jul. 6--Cancer blog Following my diagnosis, I began a blog with Paul Contreras, an old friend who also is a young cancer survivor. Here are some excerpts. To read the full blog, go to http://mycancerchronicles.blogspot.com. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007 A few days after my oncologist recommended chemotherapy, I called him back with a bunch of questions: What health precautions should I take during the treatment? What sort of diet should...

2008-06-21 15:00:00

By Mike Fletcher, Kokomo Tribune, Ind. Jun. 21--As a nurse, Sherri Parish knew what cancer can do to a person. She saw the sickness, the loss of hair and the agony on the faces of cancer patients. But until she lived through it herself, she didn't fully realize the consequences. "It scared me," the 47-year-old said of being diagnosed with breast cancer. "I wondered what would happen to my kids and grandkids," she said. "The chemo made me deathly sick for days and days. Losing my...

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2007-07-23 13:45:00

WASHINGTON -- More breast cancer patients are being offered chemotherapy before surgery instead of afterward - amid much debate about how to do it right and when it's a good option. Doctors have long known that having chemo first sometimes shrinks an advanced tumor enough that a woman can undergo smaller surgery and keep her breast. What's new is the hope that it may help more women with earlier-stage cancer in a different way: by letting doctors switch drugs if the tumor doesn't respond...

2006-08-30 11:51:21

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Unlike cranial radiation, chemotherapy for children with a certain type of leukemia does not appear to have harmful long-term effects on intelligence, even at high doses, a new study shows. Radiation to the brain had long been the standard treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). While this approach is effective it can damage the brain, with particularly harmful effects in young children, Dr. Brenda J. Spiegler of the Hospital for Sick Children in...

2006-08-16 07:05:00

By Lisa Richwine WASHINGTON -- Chemotherapy drugs may cause more serious side effects for breast cancer patients under age 64 than once thought, a U.S. study released on Tuesday said. Researchers mined insurance claims for 3,526 women who had intravenous chemotherapy for breast cancer and tallied problems serious enough to require emergency care or a hospital stay. Their review found more than 8 percent of women underwent treatment for a fever or infection compared with less than 2 percent...

2005-12-01 12:36:20

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer suffer a worse quality of life than healthy women, as well as troublesome symptoms such as fatigue, but these problems -- and their quality of life -- gradually improve, a new study shows. While doctors are getting better at managing the side effects of chemotherapy like nausea and vomiting, concern remains about problems that can persist and perhaps become chronic, such as fatigue, menopausal symptoms and...

2005-11-28 17:10:00

A clinical study of ovarian cancer initiated by investigators at Yale School of Medicine will combine the anti-cancer drug phenoxodiol with docetaxel for women with recurrent ovarian cancer. "Advanced-stage ovarian cancer is one of the most devastating forms of cancer, with half of the women diagnosed with it dying within five years," said principal investigator Thomas Rutherford, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at Yale and a...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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