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The Long-Term Effects of Cancer Treatment

The immediate side effects of chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy that treat cancer are well known to those directly affected by them. The reactions can include debilitating nausea, fatigue and dizziness as well as hair loss. What you may not know is that certain adverse effects of these life-saving medicines can…

How to Cope with Chemo Side Effects

Often used in conjunction with radiation or surgery, chemotherapy is drug therapy tailored to each individual cancer patient with the aim of preventing cancer spread, slowing cancer growth and killing cancer cells. Unfortunately, it can bring a host of debilitating side effects.

5 Worst Drugs that Cause Dry Eye Disease

Dry eye disease is irritating and painful. As an optometrist, I know there are many possible causes, but the medicines you take might be the culprit.  Drugs are a common part of American life, 36% of people between the ages of 18-44 take between one and four medicines daily and…

Chemo brain? Why breast cancer patients report cognitive issues

Bad news, chemo brain exists. Good news, it only affects about 1 in 5 on chemo. More specifically, 1 in 4 had memory problems, 1 in 5 had problems with higher cognition questions. Women who had both chemo and radiation were more likely to have more severe memory and higher-level…