Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

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Head and Neck Cancer Stories

Mar 01, 2013

by Dr. Anita Lee

Specific Support for our Head and Neck Cancer Patients During and After Treatment


Although head and neck cancers comprise only 5% of all cancers diagnosed in the United States each year, they can be some of the most debilitating in terms of treatment and recovery.

With improved therapies and treatment techniques, the odds of surviving head and neck cancer improve every year. Many survivors are able to resume a fairly normal life, but others may struggle to cope with the long-term side effects of treatment.

Your cancer care team provides support and advice throughout the course of therapy to ensure tolerance to treatment and promote optimal recovery. And even though most patients have supportive friends and families, they may feel overwhelmed by the physical changes and challenges they experience on their journey through cancer care.

It is so important to feel supported, not only medically but psychosocially. This is why we added a new segment to our Cancer Care site called Head and Neck Cancer Stories. The purpose of this section is to reassure our patients—in the voice of survivors who have walked this journey—that their experience is not unusual and that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

We encourage you to read our Head and Neck Cancer Stories for inspiration and reassurance and also to join our regular Living With Head and Neck Cancer Support Group meetings. This group meets the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the comfortable home-like setting of JW House in Santa Clara. Participants share experiences and knowledge and try to help replace feelings of helplessness with a sense of hope and empowerment. Friends and family are welcome. For more information about this group, contact Anzonette Pittet at 1-408-851-8026.




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