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6 Myths about Breast Cancer Survivorship

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- It is important for breast cancer survivors to learn all they can about their disease and to protect their health after treatment. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to sort the good advice from the bad. This column aims to set the record straight on six common breast cancer survivorship myths.

Preparing Yourself for Cancer Treatment

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, it is not uncommon to feel out of control and overwhelmed. There are some steps you can take to balance the scales and put yourself back in charge of your own life.

Research Leads to Improvements in Brain Cancer Treatment

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- Ongoing research is improving our understanding of brain tumors and leading to better, more effective treatments. One major study, presented earlier this year at an American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago, suggests that conventional whole-brain radiation may not be the best treatment for all brain tumor patients.

On the Importance of Prostate Cancer Screenings

By: Ryan Perkins, M.D. -- If you are confused by recommended prostate cancer screening practices, you are not alone. From the 1980s through 2012, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing was used as a routine screening method for prostate cancer. Although PSA played an important role in identifying those at risk for prostate cancer, many were concerned that the blood test led to overtreatment.

Survivor Spotlight: RB Juneau’s Proton Therapy Experience

RB Juneau knows the ingredients for a quality life. He has been married to his wife Mary for almost 50 years, raised three children, and is the proud grandfather to five more. The energetic 69-year-old takes care of his health and stays fit by walking six miles every morning. That is why he was stunned when a minor surgical procedure revealed that he had prostate cancer.

Quit Smoking Now: An Interview with Vicki Evans, Tobacco Program Manager at Northeast Florida AHEC

“Whether it’s for your health, for your grandchildren, or to save money, each person has to find a motivation to quit,” says Ms. Evans, citing stress as the number one reason people smoke and health issues as the biggest reason for quitting. Once a smoker becomes motivated to quit, it’s time to tackle their addiction.

Online Health Tips: Helpful Advice or Sales Gimmick?

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- The Internet is filled with helpful tips on eating right and taking care of your health. Unfortunately, along with the well-meaning suggestions comes bad and sometimes harmful advice. The key to living well lies in knowing how to tell the difference.

Western Junk Food Diet Raises Colon Cancer Risk

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- Immigrants to the U.S. often develop an increased risk of colon cancer. To discover the reason behind this phenomenon, Pennsylvania researchers compared the diets of 20 black Americans residing in the Pittsburgh area to the diet of 20 black South Africans.

Malnourishment in Overweight and Obese Cancer Patients

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- In general, sarcopenia may increase a cancer patient’s risk of adverse outcomes, such as physical disability or becoming bedridden. The resulting poor quality of life is a factor for increased mortality rates. In fact, cancer patients with sarcopenia are more prone to severe toxicity during chemotherapy, which can require reduced dosages and potential treatment delays that may ultimately reduce treatment efficacy.

Stereotactic Body Radiation Shows Promise in Treatment of Kidney Cancer

By: Alan Forbes, M.D., Ph.D. -- Recently, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Kidney Cancer Program successfully used SBRT to treat inferior vena cava tumor thrombus (IVC-TT), a sometimes deadly complication of kidney cancer.

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