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Arimidex is the most common hormone therapy drug taken by post-menopausal breast cancer survivors. We’re warned about sore and aching bones and joints, the danger of osteoporosis… but no one ever seems to mention the drug’s affect on your hair, and for many of us, it’s the most irritating side effect of all.
Side effects. When you go through breast cancer treatment, you quickly learn the meaning of those two simple words. And you find out that each treatment you undergo has its very own list of side effects. For chemotherapy , which has the most prolific array of accompanying side effects (and after effects, and lasting effects), challenges can range from commonplace (nausea, hair loss); to possible ( “Taxol toes,” the annoying and sometimes debilitating tingling accompanying taxane drugs); to rare (new cancers, cardiac events, death). For radiation, side effects are fewer, and generally less serious; although painful burns and extreme fatigue a...
Vegetables are going to be expensive this summer. And
because vegetables, especially above-ground vegetables like greens, broccoli,
and cauliflower, are the mainstay of a healthy diabetic diet, everyone who is
able should have a vegetable garden this summer.
I've just finished cutting back the old canes on my
raspberry bushes (and have a couple of jagged scratches across my face where a
belligerent raspberry cane attacked me without provocation), and now I'm
planning my vegetable garden.
Hmm. What should I plant this year?
Before I was diagnosed with diabetes , I loved succotash. I
always wanted to plant some, but I could never find any succotash seeds.
Whenever I asked at the garden store, the clerks would roll on the floor
I assumed that was because succotash seeds were so popular
they sold out on the first day of spring, so I kept coming in earlier every
year, but I was never able to find any.
One year, after the clerk pick...
Hair loss occurs because chemotherapy targets all rapidly dividing cells—healthy cells as well as cancer cells. Hair follicles, the structures in the skin filled with tiny blood vessels that make hair, are some of the fastest-growing cells in the body. If you're not in cancer treatment, your hair follicles divide every 23 to 72 hours. But as the chemo does its work against cancer cells, it also destroys hair cells. Within a few weeks of starting chemo, you may lose some or all of your hair.
If you are having chemotherapy , your hair loss may be gradual or dramatic: clumps in your hairbrush, handfuls in the tub drain or on your pillow. Whichever way it happens, it's startling and depressing, and you'll need a lot of support during this time.
Some chemotherapy drugs affect only the hair on your head. Others cause the loss of eyebrows and eyelashes, pubic hair, and hair on your legs, arms, or underarms.
The extent of hair loss depends on which drugs or other treatments are used, and for h...
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