Public awareness of specific cancer types has grown tremendously thanks to the efforts of survivors, family members, and patient advocacy groups. We are proud of the hard work that continues to go into this increased awareness, but we also believe that every cancer deserves the same amount of attention and support. Surprisingly, the cancers we hear the most about are not necessarily the most prevalent. There are numerous cancer types that are under-publicized and under-funded, yet they continue to affect individuals and families every day.
By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- The majority of patients being treated for head and neck cancer experience oral side effects, but dental problems can arise in patients undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. There are, however, steps patients can take to minimize these side effects.
An increasing body of scientific evidence shows that addressing the psychological and spiritual needs of cancer patients helps to facilitate their healing process.
By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- One of the most valuable features of the human body is its ability to protect itself against the invasion of abnormal cells. This powerful protection system, known as the immune system, uses a specific type of white blood cell, called a T-cell, to detect and destroy harmful viruses and bacteria that make their way into the body. Unfortunately, some cancers have the ability to hide from or suppress these hardworking T-cells. To combat the problem, new drug therapies are being developed that work to supercharge the immune system to help fight off cancer.