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Processed Meats and Alcohol Linked to Stomach Cancer, AICR Reports

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Two weeks ago, the AICR released The Stomach Cancer Report, a systematic review of the global research regarding the causes of stomach cancer. This article discusses the AICR’s recommendations for reducing this risk, based on strong scientific evidence.

Reflections on “Post-Surgical Radiation for Pancreatic Cancer”

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- Surgery, especially the Whipple procedure, is the recommended treatment for most types of primary Pancreatic Cancer. A recent study from Mayo Clinic - Rochester has helped clarify the role of post-surgical radiation in treating this serious disease.

The DASH Diet, Part 2

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- In last week’s Wellness Bulletin, I discussed the DASH Diet and its heart health benefits. Today’s bulletin provides a few more tips for getting started with this diet, as well as a recipe for Green Salmon, perfect for healthy summer cookouts.

Ovarian Cancer Treatment Options

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- At Ackerman Cancer Center, we treat a variety of cancers, including less common types such as ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer accounts for only 3 percent of all cancers, yet it is the leading cause of death among female reproductive cancers. Although scientists are working to develop an early detection strategy for the disease, no reliable screening test is currently available.

The DASH Diet, Part 1

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- The good news is that high blood pressure may be prevented and controlled through simple lifestyle changes. For instance, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggests following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension plan or DASH diet.

Tumor Cell Growth may be Triggered by High Sugar and Stress Levels

It is clear that following a heart-healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of heart disease, but now there is evidence it can also help prevent cancer. Researchers say that reducing sugar intake and stress levels can substantially lower one's risk of disease and promote good health.

Mevion Proton Technology: A More Accessible Cancer Treatment Alternative

By: Chief Medical Physicist Robert Tokarz, MS, DABR -- The advantages of proton therapy have been clearly demonstrated in its ability to spare normal tissues from radiation exposure. Traditionally, the challenges associated with developing a center to offer this innovative treatment—including a large upfront investment and many square feet of constructed space—have been roadblocks for many potential proton therapy institutions. However, as studies continue to show the benefits of proton therapy compared to conventional radiation methods, major proton therapy manufacturers have begun to develop more compact, efficient, and affordable treatment systems.

The Health Benefits of Bell Peppers

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Bell peppers are high in vitamins C and K, and are a source of beta carotene, potassium, folic acid, fiber, and flavonoids. Red bell peppers have significantly higher levels of nutrients, and they become a good source of lycopene, which may help to protect against prostate cancer as well as cancers of the bladder, cervix, and pancreas.

New and Promising Treatment Options for Glioblastoma

By: Alan Forbes, M.D., Ph.D. -- Glioblastoma is a highly aggressive type of brain tumor. Each year, approximately 12,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with it. Typically, a glioblastoma is removed with aggressive surgery, followed by a combination of radiation therapy and chemotherapy. It is exciting to watch the development of new treatment options for any cancer. To that end, I would like to discuss three new and promising treatment options for glioblastoma.

How (and How Not!) to Incorporate Peanuts into Your Diet

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- According to the National Peanut Board, the average American eats 6.6 pounds of peanuts per year in the form of peanuts, peanut butter, peanut flour, peanut oil, and other products. However, not all peanut products are good for you. Some brands of peanut butter include ingredients that can actually be harmful to your body.

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