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.
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.
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.
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.
By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Many cancer patients look forward to completing their treatment so that they can get back to their normal routines, even if that means returning to the unhealthy eating patterns and sedentary lifestyles they had before diagnosis.
By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- The dietetic guidelines for individuals after cancer treatment point out the importance of having a healthy eating pattern. This article explains some ways that diet can influence cancer survivorship, using breast and colon cancer as examples.
By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- Like the majority of physicians, I want what is best for my patients. As I prepare for clinical appointments each morning, my top priority is to recommend the most effective cancer treatment for each patient based on my experience and expertise. But that does not mean the decision is mine alone. Regardless of cancer type, every patient has the right to participate in an open dialogue before making any treatment decisions. This dialogue may include increased awareness of treatment options as well as the potential risks and benefits of each treatment type.
By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Cauliflower is part of the cruciferous vegetables family, and as such, it has extraordinary health benefits. Cauliflower originally came from Cyprus, and was introduced to France by the Italians in the middle of the sixteenth century. Clocking in at only 28 calories, one cup of white cauliflower provides 2 grams fiber, 5 grams carbohydrates, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, manganese, and omega-3 fatty acids.
By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- A new study, conducted over five years by the Institute of Cancer Research in London, suggests that targeted radiation may have more long-term benefits for women over 50 years old with primary breast cancer that has not spread to axillary lymph nodes or other parts of the body.
According to the American Cancer Society, Bladder Cancer accounts for 5 percent of newly diagnosed cancer cases in the United States each year. Depending on the stage and type of bladder cancer, treatment can lead to changes in a patient's quality of life, due to the bladder's close proximity to vital pelvic structures. Learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment options for Bladder Cancer here.