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Artie’s Experience, #16: Fine tuning proton therapy treatment at the midpoint

About midway through Artie’s proton therapy, a routine blood test and CT scan help fine-tune his remaining treatments. Artie explains why these midway tests are done for all patients, and what changed for him as a result of this medical update. (Please click photo to open article)

Phytonutrients, Carotenoids, and Their Health Benefits

Carotenoids are a group of phytonutrients that have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that are associated with immune benefits. Learn more, and get a tasty recipe, from this week's Wellness Bulletin. (Click photo to access article.)

Artie’s experience, #15: You can, with UCAAN. Learning from a national advocate.

A national advocate for cancer education and awareness visited Ackerman Cancer Center, and Artie shares what he learned from the founder of UCAAN, the United Cancer Advocacy Action Network. (Please click photo to open article)

Studies Suggest that Exercise May Help Suppress Tumor Growth

We know the health benefits of exercise are numerous. It has been proven that regular exercise can lower one's risk of heart disease and diabetes, promote weight management, build strong bones, and boost immunity. Now, new studies show that exercise reduces cancer risk and even improves survival rates in specific cancer types. (Click the photo to access the article.)

BPA as an endocrine disruptor

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Bisphenol A (BPA) is an epoxy resin present in plastic containers and most canned food liners. It is used as a barrier between the food and the can surface that prevents corrosion of the can and migration of metal into the food. However, BPA itself may migrate from the packaging into foods or beverages. There are public concerns about potential undesirable health outcomes because some studies have shown unfavorable effects on the reproductive system even at doses below the FDA’s proposed safe level.

Living Well with Lung Cancer

It is understandable that a lung cancer diagnosis can cause fear and anxiety. Remember—while every person’s cancer story is different, one thing is clear: the more you know about your disease, the better able you will be to make treatment decisions and to manage your health. The tips in this article are meant to help our lung cancer patients enjoy life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. (Click photo to access article.)

Artie’s experience, #14: Tips for friends

Are you looking for cancer treatment resources to help a friend or family member? Artie realized he needed more information about Ackerman Cancer Center to help a neighbor, and this blog summarizes several tips he learned that may help you too. (Please click photo to open article)

Reflections on “Decreased Incidence of Hypothyroidism with Proton Therapy”

By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- In the June 2016 issue of Neuro-Oncology, researchers from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston reported findings that craniospinal irradiation with proton therapy led to a decreased incidence of hypothyroidism in the long-term. (Click photo to learn more.)

What are Kidney Stones, and How Can I Avoid Them?

Different conditions, like gout and some cancers, can predispose you to kidney stones. (Click the photo to access the wellness bulletin.)

Artie’s experience, #13: What’s behind the curtain? A sneak peek at the proton accelerator.

All proton treatment patients are familiar with this room: the treatment table, the friendly radiation therapists, and the proton accelerator's beam source. But like Dorothy in Oz, we are not sure about “What’s behind the curtain?” In this blog, Artie lets us all peek behind the walls and below the floor to see the impressive source of the proton beam. (Please click on the photo above to access the blog)

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