Living With Cancer by Zoann Dreyer

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Com. Most children’s hospitals have some type of “teen center” stocked with computers that you can use. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW M The most typical kinds of cancer that teens get include testicular cancer, brain tumors, osteosarcoma, Ewing’s sarcoma, leukemia, and lymphoma (including Hodgkin’s disease and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma). 38 Living with Cancer M Cancer is still relatively rare in kids, with only about one or two developing the disease each year for every 10,000 children, but treatment is now much more effective than it used to be.

Radiation to the breast area may cause a stiff shoulder or breast sensitivity. The health-care team can provide exercises to keep the affected arm moving freely. Patients undergoing radiation for breast cancer who experience skin irritation often find it more comfortable to stop wearing a bra whenever possible or use a soft cotton bra without underwires. Salt and Baking Soda Solution For a mild mouth rinse, mix ½ teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of baking soda in a large glass of warm water. 50 Living with Cancer Bladder irritation.

Still others struggle less with nausea if they wait an hour or two after treatment before eating. Patients who feel nauseated before every treatment should try eating a bland snack, such as toast or crackers and apple juice, right before. Typically, several small meals throughout the day are easier to manage than one or two large meals. Best choices include bland foods such as crackers, chicken or beef broth, rice, and Jell-O. Sipping cool liquids between meals often helps (especially bland, noncarbonated beverages, such as iced tea or Gatorade).

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