By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Last year, a group of researchers assessed the effectiveness of Metformin, a conventional treatment for liver fatty disease in children, compared with vitamin E supplementation. Though the researchers used vitamin E pills, good food sources of the fat-soluble nutrient include nuts, seeds, red peppers, asparagus, and avocados.
By: Paul Ossi, M.D. -- Radiation therapy is often recommended following lumpectomy when the tissue margins or lymph nodes removed during surgery test positive for breast cancer cells. It is also prescribed to eliminate any microscopic cancer cells that may remain after the procedure. One of radiation therapy’s benefits is that it can reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence, an often emotionally trying experience that may require full mastectomy for treatment.
By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Hazelnuts originated in southern Europe and Turkey, and hazelnut spreads like Nutella became popular during the rationing periods of World War II. Hazelnuts have a delicate nutty flavor and are very high in energy. In fact, just ¾ cup contains 628 calories! Though these nuts are calorie-dense, they are also rich in key nutrients for your health.
It is a common occurrence that cancer may cause stress and anxiety for patients and their caregivers. Between diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship, this is completely understandable, and yet some may feel guilty for feeling “stressed out.” So, it can be comforting to know that not all stress is bad, according to Stanford psychologist Kelly McGonigal.
By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Sleep, like nutrition and physical activity, is a critical determinant of health and well-being. Adequate sleep timing and duration, as well as treatment of sleep disorders, can improve health, productivity, wellness, quality of life, and safety on roads and in the workplace. Poor sleep health is a common problem, with 25 percent of U.S. adults reporting insufficient sleep or rest at least 15 out of every 30 days. If left untreated, sleep disorders and chronic insufficient sleep are associated with a heightened risk of chronic disease.
By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- In December 2015, Applied Radiation Oncology published an article examining the benefits of Proton Therapy Treatment for Breast Cancer.
By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- In his final State of the Union address last month, President Obama announced a new national effort to find a cancer cure. This announcement was met with mixed reactions in the press. Most of us have been touched by cancer in some way and are hopeful for a cure, but is the cancer moonshot effort a realistic goal?
By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- In January 2016, the federal government released its New Dietary Guidelines. The guidelines are not intended to treat existing diseases. Instead, they are focused on preventive efforts through dietary patterns across the lifespan, which can help to improve and maintain overall health as well as reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
As a patient moves from active cancer treatment to post-treatment survivorship, it can be difficult to find her “new normal.” The patient may ask herself, “Now what?” Perhaps she doesn’t feel like herself or identify with the person she sees in the mirror. Look Good, Feel Better, a program provided by Ackerman Cancer Center in partnership with the American Cancer Society, aims to address these concerns through its free beauty workshops.