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Proton Therapy for Diverse Tumor Sites

The use of proton beam therapy is expanding to include a diverse range of tumor sites, thanks to emerging research revealing the effectiveness of this advanced radiation treatment modality. Originally used in the treatment of prostate, brain, and pediatric tumors, we are seeing more and more types of tumors being treated with proton therapy. This is due to its ability to precisely deliver large amounts of cancer-fighting radiation directly to tumor sites while producing minimal side effects and reducing exposure to surrounding organs.

How to Maintain a Healthy Plant-Based Diet

For years, vegetarian and vegan diets have been classified as extreme diets that are followed by few people. However, a new position paper by the Association of Nutrition and Dietetics finds that plant-based diets may be actually beneficial for various stages of life. Well-planned plant-based diets can satisfy nutritional needs and offer many health benefits.

BEAM Team Mentors Offer Support to Current Cancer Patients

Navigating the unfamiliar territory of cancer diagnosis and treatment isn't easy. If you have recently been diagnosed, you will surely be filled with questions and concerns about how cancer will impact your life and the lives of your loved ones. Support programs like Ackerman Cancer Center's BEAM Team connect you with cancer survivors who understand the difficulties you are facing.

Alcohol Consumption and the Risk of Developing Prostate Cancer

Traditionally, risk for prostate cancer has been associated with age, race, body fat, and family history. However, a recent study has discovered a strong link between alcohol consumption and increased risk of developing prostate cancer.

Metastatic Prostate Cancer on the Rise

After years of consistent decline, the incidence of metastatic prostate cancer is now on the rise. A number of cancer experts, including myself and the other physicians at Ackerman Cancer Center, suspect the increase is likely due to changes in PSA screening recommendations that have come about in recent years.

Why is grapefruit so controversial?

Despite being very nutritious, some studies have raised concerns regarding grapefruit consumption and increased risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women. The studies point to grapefruit’s inhibition of the CYP3A4 enzyme, which metabolizes estrogen.

The Latest Advancements in Cancer Screenings

As a radiation oncologist, I cannot stress enough the importance of cancer screening tests. The implementation of cancer detection tests has greatly reduced deaths from certain types of cancer. And while effective screening tests are not yet available for every cancer, others including cervical, breast, and colon cancer, have seen a sharp decline in mortality rates due to routine screening tests.

What do you know about Celiac Disease?

An estimated 1 in 133 Americans has celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that is triggered when the person eats food that includes gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley). Find out what foods you can and cannot eat if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

Resolve to have a Healthy New Year

When life gets busy, it is easy to put your own wellbeing on hold. But making time for recommended health screenings can pay big dividends. Diagnosing serious diseases – like cancer – early, before the onset of symptoms, improves the chance for successful treatment. Follow these steps to ensure that you are up-to-date with all the cancer screening tests you need.

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