- By Laurel J. Kelly
Living With Cancer: Ginger may ease nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy
Ginger for nausea and vomiting: Does it work?
Nausea and vomiting are common side effects of chemotherapy treatment for cancer. In most cases, these side effects can be managed with self-care measures and preventive medications. There also is evidence that when taken with standard anti-nausea medications, ginger may help further reduce or eliminate nausea and vomiting during and after chemotherapy treatments. Learn more from Dr. Brent Bauer, director of Mayo Clinic's Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program.
Types of biopsy procedures used to diagnose cancer
A biopsy is a procedure to remove a piece of tissue or a sample of cells from your body to be analyzed in a laboratory. If you're experiencing certain signs and symptoms, or if your health care provider has identified an area of concern, you may undergo a biopsy to determine whether you have cancer or another condition. Learning about biopsies and how and why they're done may reduce your anxiety.
Stereotactic body radiotherapy
Stereotactic body radiotherapy is used to treat tumors in the lungs, spine, liver, neck, lymph nodes or other soft tissues. Specialized equipment focuses beams of radiation on a tumor or other target. Each beam has little effect on the tissue it passes through, but a targeted dose of radiation is delivered to the site where all the beams intersect. The high dose of radiation delivered to the affected area causes tumors to shrink and blood vessels to close off over time following treatment, robbing the tumor of its blood supply. The precision of stereotactic radiosurgery means there's minimal damage to the healthy surrounding tissues. In most cases, radiotherapy has a lower risk of side effects, compared to other types of traditional surgery or radiation therapy. Find out if stereotactic body radiotherapy might be right for you.