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In Response to the State of the Union’s “Cancer Moonshot” Initiative

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- In his final State of the Union address last month, President Obama announced a new national effort to find a cancer cure. This announcement was met with mixed reactions in the press. Most of us have been touched by cancer in some way and are hopeful for a cure, but is the cancer moonshot effort a realistic goal?

In Response to the New Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015-2020

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- In January 2016, the federal government released its New Dietary Guidelines. The guidelines are not intended to treat existing diseases. Instead, they are focused on preventive efforts through dietary patterns across the lifespan, which can help to improve and maintain overall health as well as reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Look Good, Feel Better Program Boosts Confidence for Female Cancer Patients and Survivors

As a patient moves from active cancer treatment to post-treatment survivorship, it can be difficult to find her “new normal.” The patient may ask herself, “Now what?” Perhaps she doesn’t feel like herself or identify with the person she sees in the mirror. Look Good, Feel Better, a program provided by Ackerman Cancer Center in partnership with the American Cancer Society, aims to address these concerns through its free beauty workshops.

Is there a link between obesity and cognitive aging?

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Regular consumption of refined sugars and saturated fats accelerates age-related deficits in spatial learning, whereas consuming relatively high amounts of vegetables and fruits may counteract the aging process. In fact, food compounds called phytochemicals have the ability to protect neurons against dysfunction and degeneration. More information and a brain-healthy recipe inside.

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.

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