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Enjoy the Health Benefits of Butternut Squash This Fall

Butternut squash has many nutritional health benefits, as Ackerman Cancer Center's oncology wellness specialist explains. (Please click photo to access article.)

Cancer and the Zika Virus

This summer, the Zika virus dominated news headlines. From Rio, Brazil, to Miami, Florida, Olympians, expecting mothers, and policymakers were concerned with the lasting effects of this mosquito-borne illness. Zika can still be a concern, especially in Florida. Though the news cycle spun away from Zika, carrier mosquitos only need standing water and temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit to stop hibernating and start hatching their eggs. (Please click photo to read article.)

Artie’s experience, #24: Following up after Cancer Treatment Ends

One month after completing proton therapy, Artie returns to Ackerman Cancer Center’s Amelia Island office for a follow-up PSA blood test and a consultation with Dr. Ackerman. This blog highlights the follow-up process and Artie’s apparent success. (Please click photo to open article)

Karen Answers: “My doctor prescribed warfarin. What can I eat?”

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- According to the FDA, many vitamins and minerals interact with anticoagulants or blood thinners. As a result, these supplements can reduce the health benefits of warfarin, or increase one’s risk of bleeding while taking the drug. (Click photo to access article)

Artie’s Experience, #23: Celebration for Survival

Artie attended a semi-annual Celebration for Survival program, and explains what this event is about. He shares tips for post-treatment success, which were described during the celebration, as well as included in the resource materials provided by Ackerman Cancer Center. (Please click photo to open article)

Which Breast Cancer Screening Option is Right for Me?

By: Ryan Perkins, M.D. -- Recently, a patient’s husband asked me if his wife could get screened for breast cancer with an alternative to mammography called breast thermography. This is a great question, as there are many valid options for breast cancer screening. Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I would like to share my answer with you. (Click photo to access article.)

The Link between Smoking and DNA Damage

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year. That is one out of every 5 deaths annually. Despite these alarming facts, an estimated 40 million U.S. adults currently smoke cigarettes. More than 16 million Americans live with a disease related to their smoking habit. (Please click photo to access article.)

Survivor Spotlight: Breast Cancer Survivor Karelyn Lotz Gives Back to Those in Need

When Karelyn Lotz was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2016, she put her years as a nurse midwife into practice by staying calm, cool, and collected. “The diagnosis was a surprise,” she says, “but I’m a nurse, so I wasn’t shocked.” (Please click photo to access article.)

Artie’s experience, #22: Graduation day – Completing Proton Treatment

Artie describes his graduation day experience after completing 38 proton therapy treatments. He also looks ahead to post-treatment plans. (Please click photo to open article)

The Impact of Diet on Prostate Cancer Treatment Outcomes

By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- Because men diagnosed with non-metastatic prostate cancer have a long life expectancy, it is important to know what eating patterns may provide the best long-term health benefits and quality of life. (Click photo to access article)

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