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The Many Benefits of Routine Physical Activity

Getting started with an exercise regimen is difficult, but has many rewards. It improves your overall quality of life and reduces risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and depression. You can even be reimbursed by some insurances for having a gym membership.

Study Finds Aspirin May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Women who take a regular dose of baby aspirin may reduce their risk of breast cancer, according to a study published May 1 in Breast Cancer Research. The study is the first of its kind to suggest that the low-dose aspirin and not regular (325 mg) aspirin is associated with breast cancer risk reduction.

University of North Florida & Ackerman Cancer Center Provide Support to Lung Cancer Patients

Once a month, a group of very important people gathers at Ackerman Cancer Center to share information and their experiences of living with the lung cancer that connects them. The Living with Lung Cancer Support Network was born when Dr. Paul Clark, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at the University of North Florida, learned from friend and research partner, Jennifer Maggiore (Ackerman Cancer Center Director of Patient Services) that there were virtually no cancer support groups in the area for those affected by lung cancer.

Local Elementary School Students Make Pillows for ACC Patients

A group of 5th and 6th grade students at Orange Park Elementary are making the world just a little warmer. For the past four or five years, Orange Park Elementary teacher turned librarian, Mary Pat Callihan, along with fellow teacher Karen Walker, have hosted an after school club that makes quilts for patients at Wolfson’s Children Hospital. This year, the students added mastectomy pillows to their repertoire. When Mrs. Callihan became a patient at Ackerman Cancer Center, the students decided they needed to make pillows for the ACC patients as well.

DNA Testing Approved for Home Use

Early in April 2017, the FDA approved a DNA test kit for home use. Developed by the genetic testing company, 23andMe, the kit reveals an individual’s genetic risk for developing 10 diseases including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, celiac and a variety of blood diseases. It is the first kit of its kind to receive FDA approval for home use.

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.

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.

Using Focused Ultrasound for Cancer Treatment

Researchers have found that focused ultrasound can be used for treatment of a variety of cancers, as it has the potential to adjust for breathing movement in patients. Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing MEVIS in Bremen, Germany are working on the TRANS-FUSIMO EU, a focused ultrasound therapy concept that can accurately track liver movement to deliver cancer-fighting ultrawaves.

Social Support Tied to Better Outcomes for Breast Cancer Patients

Healthcare professionals who work with cancer patients have long recognized the benefits of social support. It is not uncommon to see patients who have strong relationships with spouses, family, friends, community or religious groups experience better treatment outcomes than those with limited social interactions. A recent study showcased this for breast cancer patients.

Cancer Death Rates Drop Significantly

After peaking in 1991, cancer death rates have consistently declined. According to a report published January 5 in the American Cancer Society’s journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, there was a 25% drop in cancer deaths for men and women between 1991 and 2014. The numbers are encouraging, and reflect the progress made in the areas of awareness, early detection and cancer treatment.

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