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22 06, 2017

Battling the Suns Harmful Rays

By | June 22nd, 2017|Cancer News|Comments Off on Battling the Suns Harmful Rays

Summer is a time when everyone wants to be outside enjoying the sunshine, the beach, the pool, or any outdoor activity. While undergoing chemotherapy there are a few precautions you should take to keep safe and healthy from the sun’s harmful rays. Here are some helpful tips to get you through the summer: • Try [...]

8 06, 2017

Summer Eats: Mustard Chicken and Summer Vegetables

By | June 8th, 2017|Cancer News|Comments Off on Summer Eats: Mustard Chicken and Summer Vegetables

Eating Healthy is a big part of your Cancer Journey here at CHOA. You will feel better, You will have more energy, and your body will be getting the fuel it needs to heal. Below is great Recipe to try this Summer! Enjoy! Mustard Chicken and Summer Vegetables Sweet roasted vegetables and tangy marinated chicken [...]

26 05, 2017

Dragon Boat and Move It

By | May 26th, 2017|Cancer News|Comments Off on Dragon Boat and Move It

Recently Team CHOA competed in the Dragon Boat Races here in Charleston. Dragon Boat Charleston’s mission is Promoting Physical & Mental Wellness among Cancer Survivors and their Community through Dragon Boating. Their Goal is to redefine Cancer Survivorship. Mental and physical wellness is a big part of a cancer survivor’s journey.  It has been going [...]

11 05, 2017

May is Brain Cancer and Skin Cancer Awareness Month

By | May 11th, 2017|Cancer News|Comments Off on May is Brain Cancer and Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Brain Cancer: Primary brain tumors can be either malignant (contain cancer cells) or benign (do not contain cancer cells). A primary brain tumor is a tumor which begins in the brain. If a cancerous tumor which starts elsewhere in the body sends cells which end up growing in the brain, such tumors are then called [...]

25 04, 2017

Dealing with Diarrhea

By | April 25th, 2017|Cancer News|Comments Off on Dealing with Diarrhea

Diarrhea is a very common side effect when taking chemotherapy. Here are some suggestions on how to combat it! Immodium- AD: First Dose: Take 2 caplets (4mg) of Imodium A-D (loperamide HCL) During the Day: Take 1 caplet every 2 hours During the Night: Take 2 caplets at bedtime and 2 caplets every 4 hours [...]

12 04, 2017

Why Exercise?

By | April 12th, 2017|Cancer News|Comments Off on Why Exercise?

Why Exercise? Several studies have proven that exercising while going through treatment can increase survival rate and decrease fatigue. It can improve prognosis and quality of life. However, it is important to discuss all physical activity and exercise plans with your physician before starting anything. • 30min of exercise 5 days a week is ideal. [...]

27 03, 2017

Neutropenic Precautions

By | March 27th, 2017|Cancer News|Comments Off on Neutropenic Precautions

Hand Washing- The number one way to prevent illness. This not only includes the patient, but those in contact with the patient. Soap and warm water is best but hand sanitizer may be used as well. Avoid Crowds – ex: Going to the mall, grocery store, church, or riding the bus. If someone must go out, they should avoid [...]

7 03, 2017

Dignicap is here at CHOA

By | March 7th, 2017|Cancer News|0 Comments

Here at Charleston Hematology Oncology Associates we have the new DIGNICAP technology that allows patients to keep their hair during treatment. It is currently only FDA approved for Women with Breast Cancer. We are 1 of 10 practices around the country with this machine. The machine works by cooling the scalp causing a reduced blood [...]

7 03, 2017

What is Chemo Brain?

By | March 7th, 2017|Cancer News|Comments Off on What is Chemo Brain?

Here are just a few examples of what patients call chemo brain: Forgetting things that they usually have no trouble recalling (memory lapses). Trouble concentrating (“spacing out”) Trouble remembering details like names, dates and sometimes larger events Trouble multi-tasking, like answering the phone while cooking, without loosing track of one task. (They are less able [...]

7 03, 2017

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

By | March 7th, 2017|Cancer News|Comments Off on March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Screening is the first step to catching Colon Cancer early. See below on how you can get a free screening this month. Provided by the Hank and Laurel Greer Colorectal Cancer Program Through the Hank and Laurel Greer Colorectal Cancer Program we are offering free digital rectal exams (DREs) and fecal immunochemical tests (FITs). DREs [...]