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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.

For This Prostate Cancer Survivor, A Search for Patient-Centered Care Led to Proton Therapy

Just 5 days before the 70-year-old was scheduled to undergo surgery for prostate cancer, a simple telephone conversation changed the course of his treatment and, ultimately, his life. Watch his video testimonial and read more about his story here.

Iron Deficiency & Anemia

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Anemia can be caused by many things, but when it is related to nutrition, it can be due to insufficient consumption of the basic nutrients needed to build healthy red blood cells: iron, vitamin B12, and folic acid.

Reflections on Revised Mammogram Guidelines

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has finalized its recommended mammogram schedule for women with average breast cancer risk. Based on statistical research and data analysis, the USPSTF now recommends mammograms every other year for women ages 50 to 74. The new guidelines aim to reduce false positives and overdiagnosis of breast cancer, which can be more common in younger women.

Blood-Based Biopsy for Earlier Cancer Detection

By: William Peters, M.D., Ph.D. -- Oncologists have been looking for a way to make biopsies easier and more convenient for patients. Using a single drop of blood, a team of international scientists has developed a “liquid biopsy” test capable of detecting, classifying, and locating cancer cells in the body, according to a study published in the journal Cancer Cell.

Is the Ornish diet right for me?

The Ornish diet, created by physician and former presidential health advisor Dean Ornish, M.D., takes a holistic approach to health that considers all facets of the human being when it comes to health and wellness. The philosophy is that lifestyle changes can prevent, or possibly even reverse, diseases much better than invasive medical procedures and medications can. This diet is based on scientific research that has proven that chronic diseases, such as heart disease, can be prevented and even can be reversed to a certain extent.

Ringing in 2016 with Three Advances in Cancer Research

The start of the New Year is a great time to reflect on the progress that has been made in the fight against cancer in 2015. Recent advances in cancer prevention, screening, and treatment offer hope to many. This article discusses three exciting advances worthy of a closer look.

5 Questions with Charlotte Sadler, Financial Counselor

Ackerman Cancer Center is pleased to have a financial counselor in Charlotte Sadler. Sadler has been working for the practice since January 2008. We recently sat down with her and learned more about the financial considerations to take before and after a cancer diagnosis.

The Financial Burden of Cancer

By: Jennifer Maggiore, LCSW, OSW-C -- Being diagnosed with cancer brings fear and anxiety regarding treatment decisions and uncertainty about the future. Unfortunately for many patients, there is the additional concern about the financial burden of cancer treatments.

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