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Lung Cancer: Managing Shortness of Breath
Lung Cancer: Managing Shortness of Breath Dyspnea is the medical word for difficulty breathing. It's a common symptom in people who have lung cancer or have cancer that has spread to the lungs. Dyspnea happens when you have trouble moving air in and out of your lungs. You can also have dyspnea if your lungs aren't getting enough oxygen. People who have dyspnea describe it as difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath. They often compare it to feeling like they are suffocating or being smothered. In ...
Hypercalcemia (High Calcium Level in the Blood)
Hypercalcemia (High Calcium Level in the Blood) Symptom and description Hypercalcemia is an abnormally high amount of calcium in the blood. Calcium is needed by the body to function properly. Calcium can affect your nerves, muscles, digestive tract, kidneys, and the way your heart functions. When the calcium level becomes too high, you may develop unusual symptoms. The calcium level in your blood is normally controlled by hormones, the kidneys, GI tract, and bone. Hypercalcemia may happen because your c...
Hormonal Therapy: Managing Side Effects in Women
Hormonal Therapy: Managing Side Effects in Women Hormones are chemicals the body naturally produces to control the growth and activity of normal cells. Hormones can also speed the growth of some types of cancer. For example, the hormones estrogen and progesterone can stimulate the growth of some breast tumors. Hormonal therapy is used to prevent or block hormones from speeding up the growth of cancer cells. Different forms of hormonal therapy, which is also called hormone therapy or endocrine therapy, a...
Lymphedema (PDQ®)
Lymphedema (PDQ®) General Information About Lymphedema Lymphedema is the build-up of fluid in soft body tissues when the lymph system is damaged or blocked. Lymphedema occurs when the lymph system is damaged or blocked. Fluid builds up in soft body tissues and causes swelling. It is a common problem that may be caused by cancer and cancer treatment. Lymphedema usually affects an arm or leg, but it can also affect other parts of the body. Lymphedema can cause long-term physical, psychological , and socia...