By: Katrina Evans, FNP-BC: “You have cancer.” When these words are spoken, people’s lives change forever, in one way or another. A cancer diagnosis can have a physical and emotional impact on people, some greater than others. It can affect one’s life in many ways that may not be expected. Cancer truly is a journey, and many times the journey continues long after the cancer is cured.
By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- Colon cancer is the third most common cancer for both U.S. men and women, and while the incidence of colorectal cancer in adults over 50 has declined, rates for those aged 20 to 49 are on the rise. The reason for the increase is not known, but risk factors such as smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, and poor diet could contribute to the higher numbers.
By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Dietary fiber includes the parts of plant foods that our body can't digest or absorb. For this reason, its role in our health is sometimes underestimated. However, a recent study shows that high fiber consumption during adolescence and early adulthood can significantly lower a woman’s breast cancer risk later in life.
It is no secret that healthy living can reduce an individual’s cancer risk. The American Institute for Cancer Research estimates that nearly one-third of the cases of top US cancers could be prevented by following a plant-based diet low in meats and dairy, avoiding obesity, and staying active. Sound easy? Not so much. A recent AICR cancer risk awareness survey found that only 23 percent of Americans actually follow the institute’s dietary recommendations, citing cost as the main excuse.
By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Last year, a group of researchers assessed the effectiveness of Metformin, a conventional treatment for liver fatty disease in children, compared with vitamin E supplementation. Though the researchers used vitamin E pills, good food sources of the fat-soluble nutrient include nuts, seeds, red peppers, asparagus, and avocados.
By: Paul Ossi, M.D. -- Radiation therapy is often recommended following lumpectomy when the tissue margins or lymph nodes removed during surgery test positive for breast cancer cells. It is also prescribed to eliminate any microscopic cancer cells that may remain after the procedure. One of radiation therapy’s benefits is that it can reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence, an often emotionally trying experience that may require full mastectomy for treatment.
By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Hazelnuts originated in southern Europe and Turkey, and hazelnut spreads like Nutella became popular during the rationing periods of World War II. Hazelnuts have a delicate nutty flavor and are very high in energy. In fact, just ¾ cup contains 628 calories! Though these nuts are calorie-dense, they are also rich in key nutrients for your health.
It is a common occurrence that cancer may cause stress and anxiety for patients and their caregivers. Between diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship, this is completely understandable, and yet some may feel guilty for feeling “stressed out.” So, it can be comforting to know that not all stress is bad, according to Stanford psychologist Kelly McGonigal.
By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Sleep, like nutrition and physical activity, is a critical determinant of health and well-being. Adequate sleep timing and duration, as well as treatment of sleep disorders, can improve health, productivity, wellness, quality of life, and safety on roads and in the workplace. Poor sleep health is a common problem, with 25 percent of U.S. adults reporting insufficient sleep or rest at least 15 out of every 30 days. If left untreated, sleep disorders and chronic insufficient sleep are associated with a heightened risk of chronic disease.
By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- In December 2015, Applied Radiation Oncology published an article examining the benefits of Proton Therapy Treatment for Breast Cancer.