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The Nutritional Properties of Hazelnuts

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Hazelnuts originated in southern Europe and Turkey, and hazelnut spreads like Nutella became popular during the rationing periods of World War II. Hazelnuts have a delicate nutty flavor and are very high in energy. In fact, just ¾ cup contains 628 calories! Though these nuts are calorie-dense, they are also rich in key nutrients for your health.

How You Approach Stress Could be More Beneficial than Simply Reducing Your Stress Levels

It is a common occurrence that cancer may cause stress and anxiety for patients and their caregivers. Between diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship, this is completely understandable, and yet some may feel guilty for feeling “stressed out.” So, it can be comforting to know that not all stress is bad, according to Stanford psychologist Kelly McGonigal.

The effects of insufficient sleep on body weight and composition

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Sleep, like nutrition and physical activity, is a critical determinant of health and well-being. Adequate sleep timing and duration, as well as treatment of sleep disorders, can improve health, productivity, wellness, quality of life, and safety on roads and in the workplace. Poor sleep health is a common problem, with 25 percent of U.S. adults reporting insufficient sleep or rest at least 15 out of every 30 days. If left untreated, sleep disorders and chronic insufficient sleep are associated with a heightened risk of chronic disease.

Reflections on “Technology Trends: Proton Therapy Treatment for Breast Cancer”

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- In December 2015, Applied Radiation Oncology published an article examining the benefits of Proton Therapy Treatment for Breast Cancer.

In Response to the State of the Union’s “Cancer Moonshot” Initiative

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- In his final State of the Union address last month, President Obama announced a new national effort to find a cancer cure. This announcement was met with mixed reactions in the press. Most of us have been touched by cancer in some way and are hopeful for a cure, but is the cancer moonshot effort a realistic goal?

In Response to the New Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015-2020

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- In January 2016, the federal government released its New Dietary Guidelines. The guidelines are not intended to treat existing diseases. Instead, they are focused on preventive efforts through dietary patterns across the lifespan, which can help to improve and maintain overall health as well as reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Look Good, Feel Better Program Boosts Confidence for Female Cancer Patients and Survivors

As a patient moves from active cancer treatment to post-treatment survivorship, it can be difficult to find her “new normal.” The patient may ask herself, “Now what?” Perhaps she doesn’t feel like herself or identify with the person she sees in the mirror. Look Good, Feel Better, a program provided by Ackerman Cancer Center in partnership with the American Cancer Society, aims to address these concerns through its free beauty workshops.

Is there a link between obesity and cognitive aging?

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Regular consumption of refined sugars and saturated fats accelerates age-related deficits in spatial learning, whereas consuming relatively high amounts of vegetables and fruits may counteract the aging process. In fact, food compounds called phytochemicals have the ability to protect neurons against dysfunction and degeneration. More information and a brain-healthy recipe inside.

Radiation Therapy Treatment Options for Cervical Cancer

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- Radiation therapy is used for cervical cancer at Stage IA2 and above. Cervical cancer treatment may include a combination of external beam radiation, proton beam therapy, and brachytherapy.

Health Benefits of the Sweet Potato

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Before it became a popular superfood, the sweet potato was cultivated by the Incan and pre-Incan races for thousands of years. Sweet potatoes are richer in complex carbohydrates than most root vegetables, and the skin has three times the amount of nutrients compared to the flesh. Here are just a few of the health benefits each nutrient in a sweet potato can provide the human body.

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