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Pharmacists Corner

Chemotherapy and Nerve Changes

Chemotherapy is used to treat many types of cancers and sometimes may cause nerve changes, which can increase with the more chemotherapy a patient receives.

Managing the Side Effects of Radiation

About 60 percent of patients diagnosed with cancer will receive radiation therapy. Radiation in high doses damages cancer cells by interfering with the cell’s ability to grow and reproduce.

Cancer Patients and the Flu Vaccine

Pharmacist's Corner: should cancer patients get the H1N1 flu vaccine

Sorting Pills

New program helps patients get control of their medicine cabinets

Herbal Supplements

Emily Mackler, Pharm. D., discusses herbal supplements and their potential impact on cancer treatment.

Managing Constipation During Cancer Treatment

Constipation is one symptom that can often lead to nausea and is very common in our Cancer Center patients. Some causes of constipation are the medications used to treat cancer (such as vincristine and thalidomide), pain medications, some medications used to treat depression or to help with sleep, not drinking enough water or other fluids, inability to exercise, or tumor involvement.

Don't Let Diarrhea Slow You Down

Undergoing cancer treatment with chemotherapy or radiation often leads to diarrhea, a significant and unpleasant side effect.

Understanding Oral Medications for Cancer

Cancer medications taken by mouth may be more convenient and, in some cases, require less frequent doctor visits than intravenous treatments (infusion).

Flu Vaccine

Flu season is upon us with expected peaks in January and February. Because people with cancer already have weakened immune systems, we get a lot of questions about whether patients and their families should get vaccinated.