Making Chemotherapy More Tolerable

As most of us know, there are many severe side effects from chemotherapy and it is these that make the treatment of cancer so difficult.  In this episode, common side effects of chemotherapy and radiation and ways to cope with and treat them will be reviewed.

Dr Gracer first discusses the side effects of cancer therapy with Miki De Vries, a radiation nurse at the Florida Cancer Institute New Hope.

After this Dr. Gracer is joined by oncology specialist Rishi Sawhney, MD, who explores in more depth some of the new treatments and approaches that modern cancer specialists use to make cancer treatment much more tolerable today compared to even a few years ago.

More about Michelle DeVries:  “ Miki” De Vries, RN, works as a radiation nurse at the Florida Cancer Institute New Hope where she helps patients struggling with cancer chemotherapy and radiation deal with their illness. In the past she has worked as a dialysis nurse and even a firefighter and crime scene investigator.

More about Dr. Rishi Sawhney:  He completed subspecialty fellowships in Hematology-Oncology & Geriatrics at UCLA. His residency training in Internal Medicine was at the Case Western Reserve University program, where he also served as a Chief Resident.

This specialty clinical training has provided Dr. Sawhney with extensive experience in the medical management of oncologic & hematological disorders. He is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Research Service Award from NIH. He has presented his work at national meetings and has published in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Sawhney is currently on staff at the San Ramon Regional Medical Center . He is committed to providing individualized and compassionate cancer care.

About Richard Gracer

Richard I. Gracer, MD, is the founder of Gracer Behavioral Health Services, an innovative and comprehensive substance abuse program that stresses the reduction of cravings, and has been in medical practice since 1974. He is certified in Addiction Medicine and Family Practice, and a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management. He edited Beating the Years, Beating Sports Injuries, and Beating Back Pain (Barron’s, 2003,2005, 2006), and wrote the popular “Ask the Doctor” column in the Lamorinda Sun for 10 years. He is the author of A New Prescription for Addiction.

Dr. Gracer is also the Host of A New Prescription for Health on WomensRadio. A New Prescription for Healthfeatures discussions with noted experts, both researchers and practitioners, on cutting edge, holistic, and comprehensive treatments for pain and addiction. Aimed at the educated person seeking more information, this series provides hard-to-get information and insights, including interviews with actual patients, on treatment of these difficult and pervasive problems.

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