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When it comes to breast cancer treatment, radiation can seem like a walk in the park compared to major surgery and months of chemotherapy. For me, it was a breeze. I had already survived a lumpectomy and chemotherapy before my turn at radiation. I’d endured hair loss, nausea, low blood counts, fever, two hospitalizations, and a blood transfusion. Radiation couldn’t – and didn’t – even compare. But it’s still quite a process, and what follows will shed some light on how you might breeze through radiation. It’s all quite do-able – if you know what to expect. Preparation for Radiation If your doctor has prescribed radiation as part of your treatment plan, preparation is key. Radiation is a detailed, precise process that aims to kill cancer cells in the breast while sparing healthy cells in the same area. It’s administered by a machine that accelerates charged particles and shoots them at a target that generates photons. Photons travel...
Are you starting to feel pain in your knee from playing football, basketball, soccer or tennis or being a long-time regular at the step aerobic class? You’re not alone. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons , the knee is the largest joint in the human body. Additionally, it is one of the most complex joints and is vulnerable to injury since people use it so much.
The most common injury is a meniscal tear, which is often described as torn cartilage in the knee. It is estimated that this type of injury affects approximately 30 percent of people who are 50 years old and above. The meniscus are tough, and rubbery wedge-shaped pieces of cartilage that serve as shock absorbers between the thighbone (which is known as the femur) and the shinbone (known as the tibia).
“Athletes, particularly those who play contact sports, are at risk for meniscal tears,” the AAOS website states. “However, anyone at any age can tear a meniscus.&rd...
If you are getting older, then you might want to read about how to prevent knee pain. Since none of us are getting any younger, I guess everyone should read this; our knees are just getting older like the rest of our parts. Here are a few tips to help you avoid knee pain.
Keep Your Legs Strong: Those big thigh muscles really do support the knee when you’re walking, lifting, climbing and squatting. A simple but effective exercise is simply doing a short-arc knee extension while your knee is supported on a pillow; ankle weights are optional.
Be Kind to Your Knees: The days of old when you could pound the pavement are gone. Now, as you are getting older, there is less cushioning in your knees. Runners might need to switch to biking or swimming. Tennis players might need to switch to playing doubles or find a different more knee-friendly sport.
Wear Good Shoes: Time and time again, someone complaining of knee pain is wearing flip-flops, a shoe that is in the Hall of Sham...
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