Elephants in Pain, Part II

Cancer, arthritis, and other painful diseases occur in animals just like humans. Elephants in captivity can develop painful toe infections, and crippling arthritis of the wrists and ankles. Living conditions in zoos and circuses lead to pain and suffering often hidden from the public. Catherine Doyle, Director of Science, Research, and Advocacy for the Performing …

Elephants in Pain, Part I

Cancer, arthritis, and other painful diseases occur in animals just like humans. Elephants in captivity can develop painful toe infections, and crippling arthritis of the wrists and ankles. Living conditions in zoos and circuses lead to pain and suffering often hidden from the public. Catherine Doyle, Director of Science, Research, and Advocacy for the Performing Animal …

Olivia Newton-John: Back Pain Revealed as Breast Cancer Relapse

Cancer Returns After 20 years of being in remission from breast cancer, Olivia Newton-John was diagnosed with a relapse. Though she initially just thought it was back pain, she wrote in a statement on Facebook that she soon learned her cancer had returned and “metastasized to the sacrum.” Metastasis is the development of secondary malignant …

Cancer Survival Lessons from Comic Legend, Tommy Chong

In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, I interviewed Tommy Chong on my radio show, Aches and Gains. Tommy shared his battle with rectal cancer and the triumphs he has achieved in overcoming his pain. As you may already know, Tommy was a part of the legendary counterculture comedy team of Cheech and Chong. With partner …

Breast Cancer

Beating Breast Cancer Pain: What You Need to Know

Those who are battling breast cancer are bound to feel pain at some point. It may result from the cancer itself or from the treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or other therapies. Regardless of the stage of the cancer, pain can occur. In fact, as many as 50% of cancer patients with pain may …

Overcoming the Pain of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – The Brittany Daniel Story, Part II

Low back pain or pain in general can be one of the first symptoms of cancer. Brittany Daniel, TV and film actress known for her role on, The Game experienced just that. Her first symptom of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL) was worsening low back pain.

Brittany shares more details about overcoming the pain from the lymphoma, cancer treatments, and surgery. Dr. Nina Wagner, oncologist and lymphoma expert from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine provides up to date information on risks, symptoms to be aware of, and current treatments for NHL.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Ovarian Cancer Month: What You Don’t Know Can Kill You

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Like every awareness month, we should always be wary of a disease like cancer, not just for a month but for the entire year. Ovarian cancer has been deemed “the silent killer” because symptoms do not arise until the cancer has begun to spread. Below, I have provided some …

Interventional Pain Procedures for Cancer Pain

Interventional pain management procedures are a specialized form of pain treatment, and can be quite helpful. These treatments can be provided instead of medications, or integrative therapies, or along with those treatments. Sometimes, interventions can facilitate physical therapy, improve function, speed recovery, and improve quality of life, especially at the end of life.

Suzanne Somers, Breast Cancer, and Phototherapy, Part II

Suzanne Somers is best known for her role as Chrissy Snow on the 1970s sitcom, Three’s Company. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2000, had surgery, and then radiation therapy. We’ll talk more about how Suzanne got through the treatments, the pain, and how phototherapy patches have benefitted her health. David Schmidt, CEO …