Your body’s normal immune response is to try to fight off invaders, such as viral and bacterial infections, and to rid the body of abnormal or mutated cells, such as cancer cells. But sometimes cancer can outsmart the immune system, shutting down its ability to detect or attack cancer.
We are living in a global event most of us could not have imagined even a few weeks ago. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented changes in all our lives, with profound upheavals in family, social, financial and work situations.
An unusual treatment with a very long name is helping cancer patients who are experiencing xerostomia, one of the side effects of radiation to the head and neck. This dry mouth condition can damage salivary glands, causing chronic oral dryness and slowed salivation.
It's estimated that between 2.6 and 3.8 million U.S. service members were exposed to Agent Orange. The main ingredient, dioxin TCDD, is a highly toxic compound that causes cancer, disrupts hormones and leads to other serious medical and reproductive problems.