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Online Health Tips: Helpful Advice or Sales Gimmick?

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- The Internet is filled with helpful tips on eating right and taking care of your health. Unfortunately, along with the well-meaning suggestions comes bad and sometimes harmful advice. The key to living well lies in knowing how to tell the difference.

Western Junk Food Diet Raises Colon Cancer Risk

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- Immigrants to the U.S. often develop an increased risk of colon cancer. To discover the reason behind this phenomenon, Pennsylvania researchers compared the diets of 20 black Americans residing in the Pittsburgh area to the diet of 20 black South Africans.

Malnourishment in Overweight and Obese Cancer Patients

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- In general, sarcopenia may increase a cancer patient’s risk of adverse outcomes, such as physical disability or becoming bedridden. The resulting poor quality of life is a factor for increased mortality rates. In fact, cancer patients with sarcopenia are more prone to severe toxicity during chemotherapy, which can require reduced dosages and potential treatment delays that may ultimately reduce treatment efficacy.

Stereotactic Body Radiation Shows Promise in Treatment of Kidney Cancer

By: Alan Forbes, M.D., Ph.D. -- Recently, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Kidney Cancer Program successfully used SBRT to treat inferior vena cava tumor thrombus (IVC-TT), a sometimes deadly complication of kidney cancer.

Cancer Fatigue: What Causes It & How to Cope

Many patients undergoing cancer treatment experience fatigue. Unlike tiredness, which usually goes away with a good night’s sleep, fatigue is a persistent lack of energy or weakness that does not improve with rest. The fatigue may last only a short time, or it may continue beyond treatment. The following suggestions may help combat fatigue.

Which dietary supplements should you take after age 50?

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Aging causes changes in the body, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies. For instance, aging may decrease the production of some digestive acids in your stomach, which may interfere with your ability to absorb nutrients from some foods. Here are the best dietary supplements to take in your 50's, 60's, and 70's.

Common Complementary Medicines May be Harmful to Cancer Patients

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- There’s no denying the impact technology has on our everyday lives. It is not unusual for patients to turn to complementary medicine to reduce the symptoms associated with cancer treatment, but some of the most commonly used complementary medications may have serious side effects.

New Ovarian Cancer Screening Shows Promise

The high death rate associated with ovarian cancer is partially due to the lack of a reliable screening method. But now, researchers at the University College London have developed a Risk of Ovarian Cancer Algorithm (ROCA) to more accurately calculate a woman’s likelihood of developing ovarian cancer.

Can Technology Really Boost Fitness?

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- Products like the Fitbit activity tracker and Apple smartwatch are designed to encourage physical activity and provide motivation for reluctant exercisers. While some swear by such products, others are quick to point out the drawbacks.  Here is a look at the pros and cons of activity trackers. 

Cooking During & After Cancer Treatment

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- As you can imagine, cooking with cancer-related changes in taste or smell can present some major challenges to patients and their caregivers. Here is some of the dietetic advice I give to my own patients during their wellness consults and follow-up appointments.

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