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5 Questions with Charlotte Sadler, Financial Counselor

Ackerman Cancer Center is pleased to have a financial counselor in Charlotte Sadler. Sadler has been working for the practice since January 2008. We recently sat down with her and learned more about the financial considerations to take before and after a cancer diagnosis.

The Financial Burden of Cancer

By: Jennifer Maggiore, LCSW, OSW-C -- Being diagnosed with cancer brings fear and anxiety regarding treatment decisions and uncertainty about the future. Unfortunately for many patients, there is the additional concern about the financial burden of cancer treatments.

Reflections on Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) for Lung Cancer

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- A recent radiation oncology study demonstrates that for some patients, when locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is treated with intensity modulated radiation therapy, it can result in less lung toxicity and better tolerance of chemotherapy than NSCLC treated with 3-D Conformal Radiation Therapy.

The Wellness Bulletin: A Year in Review

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Thank you for following this bulletin throughout the year. While nutrition and fitness are important, tasty treats in moderation can add to your overall enjoyment of life. With that in mind, here is a recipe to make your New Year’s celebration merry and bright.

Radiation Treatment Options for Non-Hodgkin’s and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- As with many cancer diagnoses, the most effective treatment for lymphoma depends on the cancer type and stage. Multiple factors help determine how radiation can best be used in the treatment of non-Hodgkin’s and Hodgkin’s lymphomas.

The Impact of Diet on Alzheimer’s Risk

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain's neurons, or nerve cells, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes. According to researchers, diet has a substantial impact on the preservation of cognitive function. Some foods can boost memory, while others may induce memory loss.

Ackerman Cancer Center Resolutions for 2016

We asked members of Ackerman Cancer Center's oncology healthcare team if they were planning to make any New Year's Resolutions in 2016. Here is what they told us.

Reflections on Proton Therapy for Lung Cancer

By: Ryan Perkins, M.D. -- One challenge radiation oncologists, medical physicists, and radiation therapists face when treating lung tumors with protons is the natural movement of the body due to breath. When a patient breathes deeply, his or her tumor and internal organs can shift slightly, making it difficult for the proton beam to pinpoint cancer cells. However, a study published last month in The International Journal of Radiation Oncology demonstrated that voluntary breath-hold technique is one solution to this challenge.

The Impact of Polyphenols on Reducing PSA Level Rise

By: Karen Ambrosio -- Polyphenols are a type of antioxidant that gives color to fruits and vegetables and is also found in coffee, tea, nuts, and legumes. It is well-known, by nutritionists and physicians alike, that polyphenol-rich foods have cancer-fighting properties. In fact, a study published in Nature in 2014 demonstrated that supplements can reduce the risk of abnormal tissue growth in men with prostate cancer.

What are the Signs & Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- Oral cancer describes any cancerous tissue growth that starts on the lip, in the mouth, or in the oropharynx, the portion of the throat at the back of the mouth. When detected early, oral cancer survival rates are high. Unfortunately, early detection is not always the case.

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