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All posts by David Emerson

5-fluorouracil (5-FU) Heart Damage

5-fluorourcil (5-FU) capecitabine  kills cancer cells.  The problem is this chemotherapy regimen is cardiotoxic which means that it can cause heart damage. The cancer patient’s choice is to either

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Atrial Fibrillation in Lung Cancer

Atrial fibrillation in lung cancer is a serious long term side effect. And it should come as no surprise that radiation therapy increases the risk of atrial fibrillation (Afib) in lung cancer patients.

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The Frail Myeloma Patient

The frail myeloma patient is more common that you might think. Consider the statistics. MM is a disease with an average age of 70 years old. According to research, approximately a third of MM patients

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Insomnia & Heart Disease

According to research, insomnia increases the risk of heart disease. In fact, insomnia can cause a number of health problems. It is important therefore, to understand the possible problems that can result

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Rethinking “Cancer”

What do I mean when I propose the idea of “Rethinking Cancer?” I’ve spent years researching and writing about the term that I understand and have lived every aspect of it. In the case

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Alcohol and Heart Health?

Does alcohol damage my heart health? I am a long-term cancer survivor who lives with chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy. In short, chemo damaged my heart. In addition to living an anti-cancer lifestyle,

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Doxorubicin & Breast Cancer Risk

According to the research linked and excerpted below, doxorubicin (dox) increases breast cancer risk for AYA and adult cancer survivors. It’s important to stress that side effects are common for

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Doxorubicin is Cardio-toxic!

There is no other way to say it. The chemotherapy doxorubicin is cardio-toxic. Meaning, if you are a cancer patient undergoing DOX, you will damage your heart. The damage may show up immediately or not

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Relationships matter in Myeloma Survival

Saying that “relationships matter in myeloma survival” is a good starting place. But the issues go deeper in my experience. First and foremost, is the importance of a caregiver. Yes, your

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“Functional Cure?” Words Matter

In his essay linked below, Dr. Brian Durie tries to make a case for the term “functional cure” substituting for the word “cure” for multiple myeloma survivors. First and foremost,

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Cancer PreHabilitatation!

A diagnosis of  cancer, any type, any stage is difficult. Cancer PreHabilitation is getting in shape to undergo surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation. I am a long-term cancer survivor. I’m confident

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Stress Spreads Cancer!?

It’s one of those things that everyone knows but no one can prove. According to the studies linked below, stress spreads cancer but doesn’t necessarily cause cancer. I can’t tell you

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