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Introducing Ackerman Cancer Center’s MedFusion Patient Portal

Ackerman Cancer Center continually strives to improve our patients’ experience by offering the most effective, most efficient services possible. That is why we are pleased to introduce the MedFusion patient portal and online medical record system. The system is easily navigated and is designed to improve accuracy, enhance privacy, and provide better access to medical records for patients and their health care providers.

Male Breast Cancer: Aiming for Earlier Detection and Treatment

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- The pink ribbon is a welcomed symbol of breast cancer awareness and support that has led to many advances in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. While we have done a great job getting the word out about breast cancer in women, most people are not nearly as informed about breast cancer in men. 

New Pancreatic Cancer Test Could Lead to Earlier Detection & Treatment

By: Paul Ossi, M.D. -- Diagnosis of early-stage pancreatic cancer is virtually impossible due to a lack of screening tests for the disease, but a new British study offers hope it may one day be possible to detect pancreatic cancer through a simple urine test.

Buying Local, Organic Produce Can Reap Significant Health Benefits

Shopping in a farmer’s market can be a wonderful experience. The mixture of colors and scents in a relaxed and friendly environment encourages you to try new produce. Moreover, buying produce from a farmer’s market can benefit you and your community. Many dietary guidelines recommend eating mostly local, seasonal food in order to get all the antioxidants and phytonutrients you need to protect yourself against chronic disease.

6 Myths about Breast Cancer Survivorship

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- It is important for breast cancer survivors to learn all they can about their disease and to protect their health after treatment. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to sort the good advice from the bad. This column aims to set the record straight on six common breast cancer survivorship myths.

Preparing Yourself for Cancer Treatment

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, it is not uncommon to feel out of control and overwhelmed. There are some steps you can take to balance the scales and put yourself back in charge of your own life.

Research Leads to Improvements in Brain Cancer Treatment

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- Ongoing research is improving our understanding of brain tumors and leading to better, more effective treatments. One major study, presented earlier this year at an American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago, suggests that conventional whole-brain radiation may not be the best treatment for all brain tumor patients.

On the Importance of Prostate Cancer Screenings

By: Ryan Perkins, M.D. -- If you are confused by recommended prostate cancer screening practices, you are not alone. From the 1980s through 2012, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing was used as a routine screening method for prostate cancer. Although PSA played an important role in identifying those at risk for prostate cancer, many were concerned that the blood test led to overtreatment.

Survivor Spotlight: RB Juneau’s Proton Therapy Experience

RB Juneau knows the ingredients for a quality life. He has been married to his wife Mary for almost 50 years, raised three children, and is the proud grandfather to five more. The energetic 69-year-old takes care of his health and stays fit by walking six miles every morning. That is why he was stunned when a minor surgical procedure revealed that he had prostate cancer.

Quit Smoking Now: An Interview with Vicki Evans, Tobacco Program Manager at Northeast Florida AHEC

“Whether it’s for your health, for your grandchildren, or to save money, each person has to find a motivation to quit,” says Ms. Evans, citing stress as the number one reason people smoke and health issues as the biggest reason for quitting. Once a smoker becomes motivated to quit, it’s time to tackle their addiction.

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