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SUNDAY, June 15, 2003 (HealthDayNews) -- A new online resource for cancer patients that focuses on the importance of caring for bones when a person has cancer has been launched by CancerCare, a national nonprofit organization.
"Caring for Bones During Cancer" provides information for cancer patients and their loved ones about bone health during cancer and options for cancer patients who experience bone complications.
CancerCare will also host a telephone educational workshop for cancer patients on June 27 at 1:30 p.m.
To access the Caring for Bones During Cancer resource or to get more information about the telephone workshop, go to the CancerCare Web site.
Cancer and treatments for the disease can affect bones in a couple of ways. Hormone therapy treatments, which are commonly used to treat breast and prostate cancer, have been shown to increase the risk of osteoporosis in women and men.
Cancer itself can also spread to the bones from its original location, resulting in weak and unstable bones. Some cancer patients may suffer pain when their bones are affected by the disease or treatment, but both osteoporosis and metastasis can occur without causing any symptoms.
Both the online resource and telephone workshop offer tips on lifestyle modifications, such as healthy eating and a doctor-approved exercise plan that can help cancer patients protect their bones. There's also treatment information to help cancer patients cope with bone complications and background information on osteoporosis and bone metastases.
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