A Brief History of Chemotherapy

In the early 1900s, a German chemist named Paul Ehrlich began using chemicals to treat disease, coining the term “chemotherapy.” Cancer chemotherapy refers to the medications used to treat cancer in humans and animals.

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Study Shows Chemo Not Always Necessary for Breast Cancer

Many women with early-stage breast cancer may not require chemotherapy as part of their treatment plan, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Previously, the National Institutes of Health recommended chemotherapy as an additional secondary treatment for many breast cancer patients. This practice reduced the risk of recurrence and has lowered mortality rates. However, it has been discovered that chemotherapy might not be necessary for a select group of patients.

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Sickle Cell Anemia

What is Anemia and Who is at Risk?

Anemia affects more than three million Americans, making it the most common blood disorder, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

People with anemia lack red blood cells, or do not have enough red blood cells. Red blood cells carry an iron-rich protein called hemoglobin. This protein attaches to oxygen in the lungs and carries it to other tissues throughout the body.

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