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Survivor Spotlight: Cervical Cancer Survivor Liz McQuade Pays It Forward

It is not often that we get a second chance in life, but British-born Liz McQuade is living proof that it can happen. This go-round, she plans to make every day count.

“How Do I Tell My Child That I Have Cancer?” Answers and Resources

By: Jennifer Maggiore, LCSW, OSW-C:
Cancer. It is a scary word. No parent wants to face cancer, especially when raising children. When a mom or dad is diagnosed with cancer, they are faced with many difficult decisions and questions.
One of the most difficult decisions is how to tell the children.

The Nutritional Benefits and Potential Risks of Soy Consumption

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Tofu, also known as soybean curd, was first served in China over 2,000 years ago. Tofu came to North America in the nineteenth century, and today we can find tofu in almost every grocery store. Tofu and other soy products pack a nutritional punch. Here are some of the health benefits provided by tofu and other soy-based foods.

Reflections on “Proton Therapy vs. VMAT for prostate cancer: a treatment planning study”

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- Many men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer express their concerns about the potential side effects of cancer treatment, due to the critical structures that surround the prostate gland. Will they experience incontinence? What about sexual dysfunction? In the May 2014 issue of The International Journal of Particle Therapy, medical physicists and dosimetrists from Oklahoma, Indiana, and California collaborated to perform comparative plan evaluations for twelve patients that had previously been treated with proton therapy for high-risk prostate cancer.

Celebrate Lung Cancer Awareness Month by Quitting Smoking for Good

By: Alan Forbes, M.D., Ph.D. -- Most smokers try to quit numerous times before finally kicking the habit. Part of the challenge lies in the fact that smoking is addictive physically, culturally, and psychologically. To stop smoking once and for all, it is important to look at each of the reasons why you smoke. Here are several tips that have helped my patients over the years.

Reflections on “Studies Demonstrate Clinical Advantages of Proton Therapy”

By: Alan Forbes, M.D., Ph.D. -- Every week, it seems, new articles are being published in scientific and medical journals proving the efficacy and benefits of proton beam therapy for cancer treatment. This article summarizes the findings of three such clinical studies, presented at this year’s ASTRO (American Society for Radiation Oncology) conference.

Abdominal Fat and Insulin Resistance

We all know what body fat means, but I would like to discuss two different types of fats and their health implications. Subcutaneous fat is found directly underneath the skin. Generally speaking and in moderate amounts, subcutaneous fat deposits on the thighs, hips, and buttocks do not cause severe health problems. However, the belly is a different story. The abdomen can have two different kinds of fats: subcutaneous fat and visceral fat.

We Care Jacksonville Celebrates Its 2015 Caring Awards

The name says it all. With the assistance of nearly 600 volunteers, area hospitals, and healthcare institutions, We Care Jacksonville provided 12,000 patient services valued at $25 million last year. By coordinating with physicians and hospitals, the group provides a full gamut of specialized care including surgery, oncology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, gynecology, and more.

The Health Benefits of Spicy Food

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- According to a seven-year Chinese study with almost a half-million participants, those who ate spicy foods one or two days per week reduced their risk of overall mortality by 10 percent compared to those who had a spicy meal less than once per week.

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