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Cancer Fatigue During and After Treatment

It is not unusual for patients undergoing cancer treatment to experience fatigue. Cancer fatigue is a persistent mental, physical and emotional fatigue that can seriously impact a patient’s quality of life. Unlike the fatigue of daily life, cancer fatigue doesn’t go away with rest and it doesn’t typically resolve quickly. So what can you do to reduce cancer-related fatigue? Read the full article to learn.

The Dangers of Air Fresheners

Fragrances have been used to mask odors since ancient times, and now come in a wide variety of options - scented candles, sprays, and solid gels. However, these commercial products often contain phthalates and other hazardous chemicals that can be easily inhaled, absorbed into the skin, or accidentally ingested. In this Wellness Bulletin, Karen discusses the hazards of long-term exposure to these chemicals and how to incorporate natural alternatives to toxic air fresheners.

A Review of Female Cancers for Womens Health Week

Each year during the month of May, we join women from across the country in celebrating National Women’s Health Week. This year, National Women’s Health Week is from May 14 - 20. The observance is an opportunity to empower women to make their health and wellness a priority and encourage them to take steps toward improvement. In addition to staying active, maintaining a healthy weight, and undergoing routine medical check-ups, I believe it is important for women to learn all they can about breast and gynecologic (female reproductive) cancer including screening recommendations, signs, symptoms and risk factors.

All about COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive disease that limits airflow through either inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes (bronchitis) or destruction of alveoli (emphysema). Frequently, both conditions coexist as part of this disorder. In this Wellness Bulletin, you will learn the signs and symptoms of COPD, treatment options, and recommendations for how to increase your caloric intake to prevent malnutrition when living with COPD.

Local Elementary School Students Make Pillows for ACC Patients

A group of 5th and 6th grade students at Orange Park Elementary are making the world just a little warmer. For the past four or five years, Orange Park Elementary teacher turned librarian, Mary Pat Callihan, along with fellow teacher Karen Walker, have hosted an after school club that makes quilts for patients at Wolfson’s Children Hospital. This year, the students added mastectomy pillows to their repertoire. When Mrs. Callihan became a patient at Ackerman Cancer Center, the students decided they needed to make pillows for the ACC patients as well.

The Benefits of Gardening for Cancer Survivors

Gardening is a relaxing, fun activity with multiple long-term benefits for your health. Not only do you incorporate more physical activity into your daily routine, you also have access to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Learn about community gardens and gardens for cancer survivors in this week's Wellness Bulletin.

DNA Testing Approved for Home Use

Early in April 2017, the FDA approved a DNA test kit for home use. Developed by the genetic testing company, 23andMe, the kit reveals an individual’s genetic risk for developing 10 diseases including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, celiac and a variety of blood diseases. It is the first kit of its kind to receive FDA approval for home use.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol is legal in most countries around the world and it is easy to buy and consume. For most people, moderate alcohol consumption isn’t harmful. For others, drinking becomes a severe problem and is given the medical diagnosis of “alcohol use disorder” or AUD. In this Wellness Bulletin, you will learn the questions to ask if you are worried that you or a loved one may be alcohol dependent.

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) a Highly Effective Lung Cancer Treatment

A recent New York Times article highlighted the use of Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, or SBRT, for the treatment of prostate cancer. Although the use of SBRT for prostate cancer treatment has risen significantly in recent years, the article called into question the wisdom of using the high dose radiation delivery system near the delicate structures surrounding the prostate gland, touting a lack of solid evidence proving its effectiveness. Understandably, the article generated questions and concerns from a number of our patients and I feel it is important to address the issue.

Are you ready for summer grilling season?

Grilling meat is a spring and summer tradition in America. However, this cooking method may not be as safe as it is tasty. In fact, it may increase your risk of developing cancer, due to chemical reactions that produce carcinogenic compounds in meats that can act as toxic chemicals. This week, I will discuss how to safely grill meats so you can enjoy this summer pastime while staying healthy.

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