- By Laurel J. Kelly
Living With Cancer: The importance of exercise
Exercise and cancer
If you're living with cancer, working out may be the last thing on your mind. But exercise can improve your level of fitness and quality of life. Exercise also can help you manage the symptoms of your disease and improve your overall health. Learn more about the benefits of exercise for cancer survivors and how you can add more activity to your daily routine.
Treating radiation enteritis
Radiation enteritis is inflammation of the intestines that occurs after radiation therapy. It's most common in people receiving radiation therapy for cancer in the abdomen and pelvic areas. Symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and stomach cramps in people receiving radiation aimed at the abdomen, pelvis or rectum. For most people, radiation enteritis is temporary, and the inflammation usually subsides several weeks after treatment ends. But for some, radiation enteritis may continue long after treatment ends or may develop months or years after treatment. Learn about managing the symptoms of radiation enteritis.
BRCA gene test for breast and ovarian cancer risk
The BRCA gene test is a blood test that uses DNA analysis to identify harmful changes (mutations) in either of the two breast cancer susceptibility genes — BRCA1 and BRCA2. Women who have inherited mutations in these genes are at increased risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer, compared with the general population. The BRCA gene test is offered only to people who are likely to have an inherited mutation based on personal or family history, or who have a specific type of breast cancer. Find out more about BRCA gene testing and whether it might be right for you.