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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol is legal in most countries around the world and it is easy to buy and consume. For most people, moderate alcohol consumption isn’t harmful. For others, drinking becomes a severe problem and is given the medical diagnosis of “alcohol use disorder” or AUD. In this Wellness Bulletin, you will learn the questions to ask if you are worried that you or a loved one may be alcohol dependent.

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) a Highly Effective Lung Cancer Treatment

A recent New York Times article highlighted the use of Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, or SBRT, for the treatment of prostate cancer. Although the use of SBRT for prostate cancer treatment has risen significantly in recent years, the article called into question the wisdom of using the high dose radiation delivery system near the delicate structures surrounding the prostate gland, touting a lack of solid evidence proving its effectiveness. Understandably, the article generated questions and concerns from a number of our patients and I feel it is important to address the issue.

Are you ready for summer grilling season?

Grilling meat is a spring and summer tradition in America. However, this cooking method may not be as safe as it is tasty. In fact, it may increase your risk of developing cancer, due to chemical reactions that produce carcinogenic compounds in meats that can act as toxic chemicals. This week, I will discuss how to safely grill meats so you can enjoy this summer pastime while staying healthy.

Antioxidants and Free Radicals

In recent years, researchers, the market and the media have given much attention to the terms “antioxidant” and “free radical”. In this bulletin, we are going to discuss the basic principles of these two concepts, the beneficial properties of antioxidants and how they help protect the body against damaging free radicals.

ACC’s Financial Resource Coordinator Helps to Ease the Financial Burden of Cancer

Most of us are not prepared for the physical, emotional or financial toll a cancer diagnosis brings. From those who carry high-end health insurance to under- or uninsured patients, it is common to have questions about what to expect in the way of coverage and personal expense. No one understands the financial burden of cancer better than Charlotte Sadler, Ackerman Cancer Center’s Financial Resource Coordinator. Committed to helping any way she can, Charlotte’s role is to walk patients through the benefits offered by their specific insurance plans, determine the individual financial responsibility associated with the plan and, when necessary, assist ACC patients in locating additional financial resources.

Lumps, Bumps and Cancer

Almost all of us have discovered a lump or bump on our bodies at one time or another. In the majority of cases, these growths are not cancerous and pose no reason for concern – but that still doesn’t mean you should ignore them. Even trained physicians like myself don’t rely on visual examination to identify every lump, and I certainly don’t recommend patients self-diagnose. While not every lump or bump is cancer, I always advise patients to err on the side of caution.

The Health Properties of Bananas

When we think about super foods, most of the time bananas don’t come to mind. However, this fruit is full of potassium and several compounds with antioxidant activities. In this Wellness Bulletin, Karen gives us some easy and convenient ways to add bananas to your diet - including fluffy banana pancakes.

The Soy - Breast Cancer Connection

For years, the health community has been waging a debate on the connection between soy and cancer. Now a new study published this month in the journal Cancer indicates that soy appears to not only be safe for women with breast cancer –it may even be beneficial.

NCCN Head & Neck Cancer Guidelines Updated to Include Proton Therapy

Recently, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines for Head and Neck Cancers expanded to include proton beam therapy (PBT) as an appropriate treatment option in specific cases – particularly tumors in and around the obit of the eye and base of the skull. Proton therapy has also been shown to be beneficial in curative cases of head and neck cancers or when there is long life expectancy.

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