By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Genetics and lifestyle can impact kidney health and increase the risk of developing chronic kidney disease. Kidney damage usually occurs slowly over many years, due to exposure to some medications such as pain relievers, to uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and recurrent urinary tract infections. Recently, new studies have found a link between specific foods and a failure in kidney function. (Click photo to open article.)
Have you ever wondered how the proton beam can be targeted so specifically to the 3-dimensional shapes needed for cancer treatment? In Part One of a 2-part blog, Artie explains what he’s learned, and it’s as simple as 1-2-3. Steps 1 and 2 are covered here—read Artie’s Experience, #12 to complete the process. (Please click on the photo above to access the blog)
By: William Peters, M.D., Ph.D. -- Many breast cancer patients have been told by their doctors to take aromatase inhibitors for 5 years after treatment. However, new findings have shown that extending treatment from 5 years to 10 years improved disease-free survival in post-menopausal women with early-stage breast cancer.
By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- In a recent study, Dr. Michael Chuong, along with colleagues from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Dallas, Texas, discovered that patients with esophageal cancer would experience fewer side effects if treated with Proton Therapy in place of other radiation therapy practices.
Summer is cantaloupe season, and they are available from June to August. Cantaloupes received their name from Cantaloupe, Italy, where they were cultivated in the 1700s. They are an excellent source of many vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. (Click photo to open article.)
Perhaps you've finished getting radiation or chemotherapy—congratulations! So, you may be thinking, "Why do I need to schedule a follow-up in a few months?" This article explains the role of follow-up appointments in post-treatment survivorship.
As a proton therapy patient, Artie shares his experience dealing with those open-backed gowns, as well as how modesty, professionalism, and respect are handled at Ackerman Cancer Center. (Click photo to open article.)
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a condition that causes the lining of the body’s joints—such as the knees, elbows, and knuckles—to become inflamed and swollen. This can result in the destruction of the joint surface, causing extreme tenderness and pain. A multidisciplinary approach—including any prescription medications, weight control, regular exercise, and an anti-inflammatory diet—have shown the best outcomes for managing symptoms of this disease. (Click photo to open article.)
By: Eden Mock, MSW, Oncology Social Worker -- In my early twenties, I became a caregiver to my grandfather who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. I still very vividly remember the day when I packed up my belongings to move in with him to provide support. As a young adult, it took some learning space to transition into my role as caregiver. As I made this transition, it was both a rewarding and challenging time. I cared deeply for my grandfather and wanted to do all I could to be there as a support for him. However, in retrospect, there were some things I wish I had known in preparation for being a new caregiver. The following article offers some tips for young adult caregivers and those new to caregiving. (Click photo to open article.)
Have you ever played the children’s game 20 Questions? Artie describes his experiences getting answers to his questions through formal and informal systems provided by the Ackerman Cancer Center. It’s not a game. It works. (Click photo to open article.)