Care & treatment

Medical advances are giving patients more care and treatment options than ever before—and all those choices can be overwhelming. We’ll try to make it simple.

 

Cancer 

Cancer The Washington National Institute for Wellness Solutions conducted research with hundreds of cancer survivors to discover how a cancer diagnosis changed their lives. View the study findings to learn insights, advice and support methods related to cancer treatments.

It's the diagnosis no one ever wants to hear: "cancer." Fortunately, the treatment options are many, and long-term survival rates are increasing. Before you plan your treatment, be sure you understand the how, what and why of cancer.

Chemotherapy treatment is used to eradicate a variety of cancers. Though commonly used, chemotherapy can seem frightening. When you or a loved one is facing cancer, understand how chemotherapy works and what you can expect.

Another common cancer treatment is radiation. How does it work? When is it the right course? What are the side effects? Find the answers here.

Colorectal cancer is a common cause of cancer deaths in men and women. Even those who survive have a high risk of recurrence and new cancers, too. The American Cancer Society offers expert support for colorectal cancer patients and survivors.

If you’re going through cancer, you may naturally wonder what happens when treatment ends. What does life after cancer look like? These helpful resources from the American Cancer Society can answer many of your questions and guide you along the path to wellness.

What does your cancer diagnosis mean? What are your options? How will your friends and family handle the news? Find the answers—along with support, understanding and compassion—through CURE Connections.

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Heart disease 

Heart disease The nation’s No. 1 cause of death is cardiovascular disease, with stroke coming in third. If you're dealing with heart disease or stroke, give yourself the best chance for a full recovery.

Heart disease treatments have improved in recent years. Options now range from inexpensive medicines to high-tech devices. Whatever treatment type you pursue, your care and treatment can take a toll—on you and on your caregivers. Arm yourself with information to make the right choices for your heart health.

If you've been diagnosed with coronary artery disease, some experts believe it's possible to reverse the damage. Learn about your options with help from your health care provider.

Heart failure. The diagnosis sounds frightening. But what does it mean? Find the answers here, along with questions to ask your doctor, wellness tips and patients' stories of perseverance.

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Stroke 

Stroke The American Stroke Association publishes the Stroke Connection magazine. Browse it for information and inspiration for stroke survivors and the people who love them.

A single stroke can change everything for the patient and loved ones. With medical care, support and good information, life can return to an even better normal.

The National Stroke Association helps stroke survivors with valuable information for the road to recovery. Stroke recovery is a lifelong process. For many people, it begins with formal rehabilitation. No matter where you are in your recovery journey, there is always hope.

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Accidental injuries 

Accidents The American Red Cross was founded in 1881 to help people affected by war and natural disasters. Today the organization also offers community services, support for military families, lifesaving blood products, educational programs and international relief services.

Before disaster strikes, make sure you’re ready. Check out the Be Red Cross Ready guide.

Stay well all year long with the flu checklist from the American Red Cross.

Donating blood is one of the fastest, easiest ways to help others. In fact, a single blood donation can help up to three people. Learn how you can become a blood donor and be a lifesaver.

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Diabetes 

Diabetes If you have diabetes, it touches nearly every part of your life. But there’s a lot you can do to protect your health—today and in the coming years. This resource guides you to prevent problems caused by diabetes.

Diabetes complications can include amputation, blindness, kidney disease, heart disease and stroke. But you can reduce your risk of complications—and improve your odds of living well.

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Alzheimer's 

Cancer Do you care for someone with Alzheimer’s? Take advice from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Learn caregiving techniques and educate yourself to provide effective care. Subscribe to the foundation’s biweekly e-newsletter for updates and caregiving tips.

Alzheimer’s disease has no cure, but the FDA has approved prescription drugs to manage symptoms.

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