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Ask an Expert: Chemotherapy and insomnia

Q: I'm undergoing chemo, and though I am experiencing heavy-duty fatigue, I am also suffering from insomnia! Sometimes it's hard to fall asleep; other nights I wake up around 3 a.m. for an hour or two. My medical oncologist said chemo can disrupt the sleep-wake cycle and prescribed Ambien. I don't like the idea of relying on a sleeping pill. Anything else I can do?

Answer from Miles Hassell, M.D., director of Providence Integrative Medicine at Providence Cancer Center:

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Providence Liver Cancer Clinic Brochure

Treatment planning, disease management and supportive care for those with liver disease.

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Liver and Pancreas Surgery Options

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FAQ: Managing hepatitis C as a chronic condition

Frequently asked questions about hepatitis C answered by Ken Flora, M.D.

FAQ: The link between hepatitis C and liver cancer

By Paul Hansen, M.D, director, Providence Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Cancer Program and Providence Liver Cancer Clinic, Providence Cancer Center; and Ken Flora, M.D., gastroenterologist/hepatologist with The Oregon Clinic and consulting physician to Providence Liver Cancer Clinic.

New system therapies emerge for liver cancer

A study at Providence Cancer Center builds on the success of sorafenib. – By Todd S. Crocenzi, medical oncologist and researcher

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