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  • Charletans and Liars and Special Places in Hell

    Posted 4/24/2015 by hhill

      Sometimes I read something that is so infuriating that I have no words. Generally I am an even-tempered person, rarely angry, but this story from Australia incites rage.

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  • Being Close is More than Sex

    Posted 4/23/2015 by hhill

    Almost everyone going through cancer treatment loses some interest in sex. Some people have no libido, others are willing but find that they can’t physically respond, and a few lucky ones have little change in their normal sexual activity. If you are the partner of a cancer patient, this means that your sex life likely has changed—and not for the better. As is true for all issues that couples face, the most important response is communication. Things will only get worse if you don’t talk about them, and you can be sure that your partner, too, is aware that things are different in your intimate relationship. As awkward as it may feel, it is crucially important to bring up your concerns and feelings. Be sure that you don’t sound accusatory or angry; focus on the love between you, and your wish to be as close as possible as you together go through these hard times.

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  • Dangers of Homeopathy

    Posted 4/22/2015 by hhill

      Homeopathy or homeopathic medicine gets less attention than CAM, but there are some similarities. Specifically, both systems offer treatments that are not evidence-based and that have not been studied and scrutinized as have western medicine. I have written many times about CAM, but I think this is the first time that I have addressed homeopathy. Honestly, I know much less about it, but I do know a few people who are enthusiastic about its value.

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  • Diagnosis and PTSD and Cognition

    Posted 4/21/2015 by hhill

      I have to admit that it delights me when there is a research study that confirms what I have already long known and tried to teach other people. On the flip side, one might reasonably ask why, if I am so smart, I didn't do the research. Fair question.

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  • Cancer Rehab

    Posted 4/20/2015 by hhill

      Cancer Rehabilitation is different from cancer survivorship services. Survivorship services generally mean understanding and responding to possible emotional, psychosocial, and physical problems due to cancer and its treatment. For example, a survivorship plan, given to a patient soon after completion of active treatment, will include a summary of all treatments, possible medium and long term side effects, and a list of resources that might be helpful for a range of problems.

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