Best of Cancerwise 2017: The most-read insights from our experts

Cancer often brings a lot of questions and unknowns, especially when
it comes to treatment options, side effects and what to expect — and when. And
even if you don’t have cancer, you may have questions about cancer
symptoms or what to expect at your cancer screening exam.

The good news is we have experts who can help answer all of these
questions, and they did just that in 2017.

Here are 10 of our experts’ most-read blog posts from this past
year. They cover everything from sugar and cancer treatment to cancer
treatment side effects to our Moon Shots Program to what to ask at your stem
cell transplant consultation to common cancer symptoms and risk factors.


Sugar and cancer treatment: 4 things patients
should know

There are a lot of myths
surrounding sugar and cancer. But what do cancer patients really need
to know? Get insight from MD
Anderson
dietitian Erma Levy


Radiation therapy for cancer treatment: What to
expect

More than half of cancer patients will
receive radiation therapy, but how does it work? Does it hurt? And
what are the side effects? Learn everything you need to know from Cullen
Taniguchi, M.D., Ph.D.

Cancer treatment side effect:
Chemobrain
Forgetful? Having trouble
concentrating, or dealing with periods of slower thinking, mental
confusion or “fogginess?” You’re likely dealing with a common side
effect called chemobrain, which research confirms is real. Learn more in our Q&A with Jeffrey Wefel, M.D.


MD Anderson’s Moon
Shots Program: 5 things to know

While its
name was inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s ambitious goal to put
a man on the moon, the Moon Shots Program™, which was first inspired
by MD Anderson’s fourth full-time
president Ronald DePinho, M.D., has a different objective: to quickly
and effectively turn scientific discoveries into advances in cancer
care. Here are five things that we’d like
patients and caregivers to know
about the Moon Shots Program.


7 things to know about neutropenia, a common
cancer treatment side effect

If you receive
chemotherapy or radiation therapy, you may develop neutropenia because
the cancer treatment prevents the production of neutrophils. Patients
with cancers that affect bone marrow, such as leukemia, lymphoma and
myeloma, also may become neutropenic. Here’s what our Carmen Escalante, M.D., wants you to
know about this common side effect
.


Cervical cancer symptoms and risk factors: what to
watch for

Like many types of cancer, cervical
cancer doesn’t usually show any symptoms until the disease has spread
to nearby tissues. But it’s important to know the signs of cervical
cancer so you know what to watch for, says Kathleen Schmeler, M.D.,
co-leader of our HPV-Related Cancers Moon Shot™. Know your risk.


Skin cancer screening: 5 things your dermatologist
wants you to know

At increased risk for skin
cancer? You may need regular skin cancer screening exams. Here are five things Anisha Patel, M.D., wants you
to know before your skin screening exam.


Ovarian cancer symptoms: 4 things to
know

Bloating. A feeling of fullness.
Constipation. All of these can be symptoms of ovarian cancer – or the
result of a bad meal. So, how do you distinguish between indigestion
and something more serious? Here’s what Pamela Soliman, M.D., wants every woman
to know.


Cancer treatment side effect: Fatigue
Always feeling physically, mentally or emotionally exhausted?
You’re not alone. Fatigue is the most common side effect experienced
during and after cancer treatment. Here’s what to know – and how to cope, according
to clinical nurse Kim Kitchen.


Your stem cell transplant consultation: Questions
to ask


Your doctor may recommend a stem cell transplant if you’ve been
diagnosed with a blood cancer, such as leukemia, lymphoma or multiple
myeloma, or a bone marrow failure syndrome like myelodysplastic
syndrome or aplastic anemia. But before you move forward, you’ll need
to consult with a transplant doctor. Get our list of the best questions to ask.

Request an appointment at MD Anderson online or by
calling 1-877-632-6789.