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Can Technology Really Boost Fitness?

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- Products like the Fitbit activity tracker and Apple smartwatch are designed to encourage physical activity and provide motivation for reluctant exercisers. While some swear by such products, others are quick to point out the drawbacks.  Here is a look at the pros and cons of activity trackers. 

Cooking During & After Cancer Treatment

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- As you can imagine, cooking with cancer-related changes in taste or smell can present some major challenges to patients and their caregivers. Here is some of the dietetic advice I give to my own patients during their wellness consults and follow-up appointments.

9 Things Every Cancer Patient Should Know about Clinical Trials

By: Paul Ossi, M.D. -- All cancer patients want the most effective treatment possible, but only about 5 percent of U.S. cancer patients participate in clinical trials.  The truth is clinical trial participants have access to advanced therapy not yet available to most patients. There are other benefits, too. Here are nine important facts every cancer patient should know about clinical trials.

Insider Info: Our Doctors Reveal the Health & Wellness Tips They Swear By

We asked the oncologists at Ackerman Cancer Center to share some tips they rely on to keep their own bodies running smoothly.

Hookah Smoke Poses Serious Health Threat

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- Hookah is a hot trend in Jacksonville and other areas along the East Coast, but unfortunately, the recreational activity may lead to higher cancer rates in coming years.

Ackerman Cancer Center’s Proton Therapy Unit Opens for Treatment

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- The opening of Ackerman Cancer Center’s proton therapy unit this week is the culmination of a vision that began over 15 years ago. We are one of only 15 operational proton centers in the U.S., as well as the world’s first private, physician-owned practice to offer proton therapy. Because of this, I’m pleased to say that our patients now have access to the most precise form of radiation therapy available today, offered in our comfortable, convenient location.

Many Breast Cancer Patients Have a Poor Understanding of Their Disease

By: Ryan Perkins, M.D. -- Most of us are familiar with the adage “knowledge is power,” but a recent study published in the journal Cancer reveals that it is truer than we may realize. According to the study, a large number of American women diagnosed with breast cancer lacked important knowledge about their tumors.

Survivor Spotlight: Alan Margolies on Early Cancer Detection, Survivorship, & Keeping a Zest for Life

“It’s frightening to find you have cancer. There’s an uneasiness – you’re moving into something unknown,” says Alan Margolies. But Alan placed so much trust in Dr. Ackerman and the quality of the practice that he “never had a doubt he would be okay.”

Vitamin D & Its Effects on Cancer

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- Men with prostate cancer tend to have low vitamin D levels, but until recently, the connection between prostate cancer and vitamin D was unclear. Now, a new study from the University of Colorado Cancer Center suggests that vitamin D may help to block a protein responsible for prostate tumor growth.

Understanding Your Electronic Medical Records

Many healthcare providers have converted their paperwork into electronic filing systems. Even in offices without “patient portals,” it is easy to request a printed or securely emailed copy of your medical information from the administrative staff. While most doctors agree that patients should have access to this information, experts acknowledge that there are distinct advantages and disadvantages to having Electronic Medical Records (EMRs).

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