Most of us are not prepared for the physical, emotional or financial toll a cancer diagnosis brings. From those who carry high-end health insurance to under- or uninsured patients, it is common to have questions about what to expect in the way of coverage and personal expense. No one understands the financial burden of cancer better than Charlotte Sadler, Ackerman Cancer Center’s Financial Resource Coordinator. Committed to helping any way she can, Charlotte’s role is to walk patients through the benefits offered by their specific insurance plans, determine the individual financial responsibility associated with the plan and, when necessary, assist ACC patients in locating additional financial resources.
Almost all of us have discovered a lump or bump on our bodies at one time or another. In the majority of cases, these growths are not cancerous and pose no reason for concern – but that still doesn’t mean you should ignore them. Even trained physicians like myself don’t rely on visual examination to identify every lump, and I certainly don’t recommend patients self-diagnose. While not every lump or bump is cancer, I always advise patients to err on the side of caution.
When we think about super foods, most of the time bananas don’t come to mind. However, this fruit is full of potassium and several compounds with antioxidant activities. In this Wellness Bulletin, Karen gives us some easy and convenient ways to add bananas to your diet - including fluffy banana pancakes.
For years, the health community has been waging a debate on the connection between soy and cancer. Now a new study published this month in the journal Cancer indicates that soy appears to not only be safe for women with breast cancer –it may even be beneficial.
Recently, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines for Head and Neck Cancers expanded to include proton beam therapy (PBT) as an appropriate treatment option in specific cases – particularly tumors in and around the obit of the eye and base of the skull. Proton therapy has also been shown to be beneficial in curative cases of head and neck cancers or when there is long life expectancy.
Flavonoids are mentioned frequently in our Wellness Bulletins, but do you know what their health benefits are and what foods they are found in? In this week's bulletin, Karen provides a detailed look into the nutritional benefits of flavonoids and how you can easily add them into your diet. Stay tuned for upcoming bulletins on the health benefits of other nutrients!
Seven months after completing proton therapy for prostate cancer, Artie returns for his follow-up PSA blood test and consult. It’s all good news. *Please click on the photo to read the full article.*
Researchers have found that focused ultrasound can be used for treatment of a variety of cancers, as it has the potential to adjust for breathing movement in patients. Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing MEVIS in Bremen, Germany are working on the TRANS-FUSIMO EU, a focused ultrasound therapy concept that can accurately track liver movement to deliver cancer-fighting ultrawaves.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. In this week's Wellness Bulletin, Karen reviews early warning signs, preventive tips, and ways you can reduce your modifiable risk factors for colorectal cancers. She also includes a healthy recipe for cauliflower and potato curry.
Licorice is an herb that is native to the Mediterranean and parts of Asia. It is often found in herbal teas, cough remedies, hard candies and other food products. While licorice is a common flavoring agent, it has also been used as an herbal supplement in alternative medicine. However, the medicinal use of this product has not been approved by the FDA.