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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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).
Radiation therapists do more than administer radiation treatment. These dedicated professionals also monitor medical equipment and computer programs, perform X-rays, assess patients' physical and psychosocial needs, and much more. We recently sat down with Jill Hoffman, RT(T), to learn more about the day-to-day relationship patients build with their radiation therapists.
By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- With every passing year, cancer survival rates improve. This is due in part to research findings, new treatment options, and preventive care. One important concept in preventive care is to take steps to reduce complications both before and after cancer treatment. Pre- and post-treatment care has been reported to greatly improve long-term quality of life for cancer survivors.
The financial impact of a cancer diagnosis can be staggering. Missed work time, transportation costs to and from treatment, co-pays, medication and medical supplies – the list goes on and on. To help deal with these unplanned costs, some patients are finding unique ways to finance their cancer care through social media.
By: Alan Forbes, M.D., Ph.D. -- Life in Florida for many people brings up the concern of developing skin cancer. Prevention of skin cancers is of prime importance because of the intense Florida sun and our outdoor lifestyle. But what if you have a skin cancer or a precancer? What should you do? What are your options?
Public awareness of specific cancer types has grown tremendously thanks to the efforts of survivors, family members, and patient advocacy groups. We are proud of the hard work that continues to go into this increased awareness, but we also believe that every cancer deserves the same amount of attention and support. Surprisingly, the cancers we hear the most about are not necessarily the most prevalent. There are numerous cancer types that are under-publicized and under-funded, yet they continue to affect individuals and families every day.