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Cancer Treatments & Therapies


Cancers grow so early detection and treatment is best. It isn't always possible to discover a cancer. There can be no symptoms or symptoms that are mistaken for something else.


Once cancer has been diagnosed, your doctor will want you to begin treatment. This is a frightening time but it is important for you to pay attention and understand your choices.


The American Cancer Society has information about cancer treatment options that is easy to read and understand.


Cancer Most Common Among Seniors


According to the American Cancer Society, elders are more likely to have cancer. The most common types of cancer are listed below.


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What to do when your friend has breast cancer


Circus of Cancer is a wonderful site to help you help your friend thoughoutt the difficult time that go along with breast cancer. Ideas include what to do first, how to help her family, boosting her spirits, and there is something for her husband (or lover) too. >>More

The Middle Place


Kelly Corrigan's memoir which will draw you in and make you laugh and cry and you will feel deep within that you are there with her in "the middle place" If you haven't read the book yet, go to her website first. It's worth it. >>More



Cancer in Older Adults


Older adults with cancer and their families often have different needs from younger adults and children. For example, older people are often at higher risk for developing chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, arthritis, or high blood pressure. These health conditions are called comorbidities, or co-existing conditions, and can affect the treatment of and recovery from cancer. In addition, older people may not always have access to transportation, social support, or financial resources.


The American Society of Clinical Oncology has developed a downloadable and very readable paper on cancer in older adults. >>Download

Talk To Prostate Cancer Survivors


The men in this database have volunteered their names and other information because they are willing to discuss their particular situation with men, like yourself, who have recently been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. >>More

Coping With Lung Cancer

Mayo Clinic


Advice from the Mayo Clinic about things you can do.


A diagnosis of lung cancer is devastating. It may take some time to come to terms with your feelings. When you're ready, you can take steps to take control of your situation. Taking an active role in your health care may make you feel more empowered in coping with lung cancer.>>More

Oncologists Do Not Agree On Aggressive Treatment of Older Persons With Colon Cancer

Alliance for Aging Research


According to the survey, 70 percent of oncologists feel a patient’s age affects the recommendations they provide to patients to manage the disease.>>More

Dietary vitamin E derivative may be effective for preventing or treating breast cancer


Older Adults And Cancer



Cancer In Later Life

MacMillan Cancer Support


Older people today are generally both mentally and physically fitter than previous generations, and many retired people enjoy a new lease of life. Being diagnosed with cancer at this time can therefore seem very unfair, as it could affect many aspects of your life and may interfere with your quality of life. However, it is important to remember that many people are cured and others manage to maintain a virtually normal life while living with their cancer.


Older people sometimes find that they are able to cope better with the diagnosis than younger people, as they have had more experience of coping with difficult times. This ability to cope, coupled with the better health people have these days, is very important in improving the quality of life for people who are cured of cancer, and in extending the length of life for people who cannot be cured. >>More

Questions To Ask Your MD about cancer

American Geriatrics Society (AGS)


According to the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), there are several good questions to ask your doctor. Be prepared to listen and if possible take someone with you. Here's what the AGS says:


"Normal cells grow and multiply according to their genetic programming. Over time, genetic damage can occur that causes a cell to grow abnormally. Sometimes, this process is not harmful, producing a benign tumor that grows slowly, much like a skin wart. Other times, cells grow out of control, invading nearby tissues or other parts of the body. This type of malignant growth is commonly referred to as cancer. The medical study of cancer and its treatment is called oncology. Physicians who specialize in oncology are called oncologists." There are several good questions to ask your doctor. >>More

Information & Resources About Cancer

Treatment Option Tool: NCFR


The National Foundation for Cancer Research provides a free treatment option tool. Online NCFR provides:


A list of treatment options and possible side effects tailored to your specific clinical status >>More


Reports including the pros and cons of each type of treatment >>More


Questions to ask your doctor >>More


Age Pages from the National Institute on Aging

age pages

These useful booklets include:

American Cancer Society


Stories of hope. Find inspiration, hope, and support in these stories about other people whose lives have been touched by cancer. >>More - American Society of Clinical Oncology


Facts and information especially about older persons who have cancer, or who cares for someone who does. >>More

From the UK: Help The Aged


Here's what the British have to say on this very useful site:


"Health problems can be very intimidating and cancer is possibly the biggest taboo of all, but the fact is the earlier you are treated the better your chance of making a full recovery. Try not to put changes down to 'just my age' or worse, to ignore them completely.


"You are never too old to be treated for any condition and that includes treatment for cancer." >>More

National Cancer Institute


The National Cancer Institute offers a very valuable information service with many resources and advice pages. Examples include "How to Find Resources In Your Own Community," and "Life After Cancer Treatment." >>More