Want more information on breast cancer, types of chemotherapy treatments or chemotherapy side effects? Get up to date information on cancer care and treatment from oncologists, nurses and cancer patients and survivors from these cancer education videos. Oncology Associates strives to add cancer information videos to our site each month so that patients and caretakers may learn more about cancer from oncologists as well as other patients.
Find More Information About Various Cancer Topics Below
Immunotherapy is a newer type of cancer treatment that seeks to use the patient’s natural defense system, the immune system, to fight cancer.
Learn more Immunotherapy.
What are Clinical Trials?
An important component of cancer research comes from clinical trials, which are supervised cancer research studies to determine the effectiveness of a particular cancer treatment. These trials involve cancer patients taking a new cancer drug treatments- before the drug has been approved by the FDA. Patients must volunteer to be tested but most also meet specific criteria to be eligible for testing.
Learn more about clinical trials and whether they might be an option for you.
What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer is a disease that affects men. In fact, it’s a cancer that we need to improve our awareness on, as roughly one out of seven men in this country will be diagnosed with this cancer during their lifetime. While prostate cancer is generally diagnosed in older males, it is a cancer that may affect younger males. Men need to be better aware of prostate cancer symptoms, as well as how to screen for it.
Visit the prostate cancer awareness page to learn more about this cancer.
What is Lymphoma Cancer?
Lymphoma is a blood cancer, involving two distinct forms – non-Hodgkin lymphoma and Hodgkin disease. This page offers information on the different types of lymphoma, including what types of symptoms to be aware of, as well as possible causes and how lymphoma cancer can be treated.
Visit the lymphoma cancer awareness page to learn more about this cancer.
Understanding Kidney Cancer and Treating It
Kidney cancer is currently one of the ten most commonly diagnosed forms of cancers in both men and women in the United States. While the average age of diagnosis is about 64 years old, it’s good to be aware of this cancer’s symptoms, risk factors, as well as its different treatments.
Visit our kidney cancer page to learn more about this cancer.
How Xgeva (Denosumab) Treats Bone Metastases
Xgeva is an FDA approved targeted therapy cancer treatment used to prevent bone fractures and reduce bone pain for certain types of cancers with bone metastases, such as metastatic breast cancer.
Visit the Xgeva cancer treatment page to learn more about how this treatment works.
Lynparza a New Ovarian Cancer Treatment
Lynparza (olaparib) is showing promise as a treatment for some forms of advanced ovarian cancer. This recently FDA approved targeted cancer therapy works effectively on certain types of ovarian cancer associated with defective BRCA genes.
Learn more about how this cancer treatment works.
Staying Aware of Melanoma Cancer
Though melanoma is a type of skin cancer that is more commonly diagnosed in fair skinned people, it is a cancer that affects people of all skin types and age. It’s important to be aware of the symptoms and risk factors of melanoma, as well as how to diagnose and screen for it.
Learn more about Melanoma Skin Cancer.
How Promising Immunotherapy Darzalex Treats Multiple Myeloma Cancer
When plasma cells become cancerous they produce too much of a protein that leads to the growth of tumors. Darzalex is an FDA approved immunotherapy treatment that is showing particular promise for treating this cancer, particularly for patients who have had 3 or more prior types of myeloma treatments.
Learn more about how Darzalex treats multiple myeloma.
Understanding Male Breast Cancer
Each year roughly one percent of all breast cancer cases are diagnosed in men. While the chances for a male to be diagnosed with this disease is much lower than it is for a woman, breast cancer does effect men and there are certain risk factors and symptoms that men should be aware of. Learn more about Male Breast Cancer.
Hematology and Blood Cancer
Hematology is the study of blood, blood forming organs and blood disorders. Physicians who specialize in hematology are referred to as hematologists. These physicians are involved in diagnosing, treating and preventing blood diseases and various cancers, such as Hodgkin Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma.
Learn more about blood cancer types and hematology.
What is Targeted Therapy for Cancer Treatment?
Recent cancer research continues to find new cancer drugs to improve cancer treatment. Many of these drugs are used in targeted therapy, where these drugs target cancer cells, without going after the patient’s healthy cells. This video explains more about how targeted therapy works.
Watch the video to learn more about how targeted therapy works.
What is Ovarian Cancer?
While ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer amongst women in the United States, it is also one of the most difficult to screen for early detection. This page provides more information on what ovarian cancer is, as well as its symptoms and how to improve early detection.
Learn More about ovarian cancer.
How New Cancer Drug Imbruvica (Ibrutinib) Treats Blood and Lymph Node Cancers
In recent studies, this approved targeted therapy shows promise for the treatment of patients with certain blood cancers and lymph node cancers, including chronic lymphocytic leukemia and mantle cell lymphoma.
Learn more about Imbruvica.
You’re Not Alone in the Chemo Room
Many patients at Oncology Associates share the experiences of how they made lasting friendships with other patients, as well as a lot of fun in the chemo room.
Watch the video to hear how cancer patients have found friendships, encouragement and inspiration in the chemo room.
How Breast Cancer Drug Ibrance Works
New breast cancer drug Ibrance (palbociclib) is showing promise as a hormone based cancer treatment for advanced breast cancer. Learn more about how this breast cancer treatment works, which cancer patients it helps and what types of side effects this targeted therapy may cause.
Learn more about Ibrance cancer treatment.
Hair Loss from Chemotherapy
Cancer patients and survivors share their experiences with hair loss during their cancer treatments involving chemotherapy.
Watch the video to learn more about hair loss during cancer treatment.
A Personal Decision – Breast Cancer Surgery
If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, which surgery option is best for you? Choosing between having a lumpectomy or a mastectomy can be a difficult choice. If both options are available, your decision to choose one over the other may involve many variables.
Watch the video to listen to what other breast cancer patients and survivors say.
Avastin – A Promising Treatment for Advanced Cancer
Avastin (Bevacizumab) is an FDA approved targeted therapy for various advanced and metastatic cancers. It is currently approved for the treatment of six types of advanced cancers, including lung and colon cancer.
Learn more about this treatment.
Genetic Testing for Cancer
How likely are you, or someone in your family, to get cancer? Genetic testing may help determine whether a family has a greater risk of cancer because they carry a genetic mutation, which passes from one generation to the next. It may also be used for some cancer patients to determine how likely they might be to develop a second type of cancer.
Visit this page and watch the video to learn more about genetic cancer testing.
Understanding Lung Cancer
Lung cancer takes more lives than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined. While breast cancer awareness continues to grow, better awareness of lung cancer and its symptoms needs to continue.
Learn more about lung cancer.
What is Chemo Brain?
Chemo brain is a possible side effect from chemotherapy, where patients experience mental cloudiness or memory loss. Generally, it’s a short term symptom. This video discusses the symptoms, possible causes and provides some helpful tips to cope with possible chemo brain side effects from chemotherapy treatment.
Watch the video to learn more about chemo brain and its symptoms.
Breast Cancer Treatment – Lumpectomy vs Mastectomy
In this video, oncologist Stephen Lemon, MD, of Oncology Associates compares the two breast cancer surgeries. Watch the video and learn more about the two different procedures.
How to Use Port-a-Caths During Your Chemo Treatments
Ports are commonly used in chemotherapy treatment for blood draws and chemo administration. Dr. Lemon explains how a port and why it is helpful in chemotherapy treatments.
Ports: A Patient’s Perspective
Listen to patient Mary Beth Meeches talks about her experience using chemotherapy ports during her treatment.
You’ve Been Diagnosed with Cancer, Now What?
This video provides some guidance and clarity as to what your next steps might be following your cancer diagnosis.
Cancer Drug Opdivo Shows Great Promise
Opdivo (nivolumab)is an FDA approved immunotherapy cancer treatment that is showing great promise for treating certain types of cancers, such as melanoma, kidney, lung cancer and Hodgkin Lymphoma. Learn more about how this treatment works, how it is used and also what types of side effects it may cause.
Chemotherapy Side Effects
Learn more about the possible side effects you may incur during chemotherapy treatment and how to treat them.
Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Now What?
Breast cancer may be diagnosed in several ways. Once the diagnosis is made there are various steps to take for the treatment of the cancer.
Kadcyla ( T-DM1 ) an Amazing New Breast Cancer Drug
Kadcyla, or T-DM1, is a recent FDA approved breast cancer drug that shows promise for women with stage 3 or stage 4 breast cancer that is HER2-positive.
Colon Cancer Awareness and Getting Screened
Colorectal cancer includes both colon and rectum cancer. 90% of colocrectal cancer occurs in people fifty years
or older. Even though the risk of getting this type of cancer increases with age, many people are still not aware of the importance of getting a check-up or screening.
How Lung Cancer Treatment Afatinib Works
Afatinib (Gilotrif) is a lung cancer drug used to treat metastatic non-small cell lung cancer that have a genetic mutation of a gene called epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR).
How New Immunotherapy Treatment Empliciti Treats Multiple Myeloma Cancer
Empliciti (Elotuzumab) is a recently approved cancer drug treatment for multiple myeloma. This immunotherapy treatment works in conjunction with two other FDA approved drugs.
Learn how Empliciti treats multiple myeloma.
How Herceptin Treats HER2 Positive Breast Cancer
Nearly 20% of breast cancers test positive for a protein called HER2, also known as Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2. These cancers tend to be more likely to spread and are also generally less likely to respond to cancer treatments. Herceptin (trastuzumab) has shown to be effective in not only treating HER2 positive breast cancer but is now being used to treat HER2 stomach and esophagus cancer. Learn more about Herceptin and how this targeted therapy treats HER2 breast cancer.
How Zydelig ( Idelisib ) Treats Certain Types of Blood Cancers
Zyelig, or Idelisib, is a recent FDA approved targeted therapy drug that is being used as a second-line cancer treatment for certain blood cancers, like B cell cancers, where the first line cancer treatments are no longer working. Learn more about how Zydelig works as a targeted therapy.