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External Beam Radiation Therapy in Combination with Brachytherapy vs. Brachytherapy Alone for Treating Prostate Cancer

When going through prostate cancer treatment, being able to maintain a high quality of life is important to patients. In this recent study, Brachytherapy and External Beam Radiation Therapy plus Brachytherapy were compared to determine which option resulted in better patient outcomes and a higher quality of life.

Sparing Healthy Tissue in Brain Radiation Treatment

Protecting healthy tissue and preserving mental function is critically important for patients with brain tumors. Our Chief Medical Physicist, Robert Tokarz, breaks down the latest radiation therapy options available to patients.

Life After Treatment

In the days, weeks, and months following the ending of cancer treatment, an individual can have many questions and feel many different emotions on what's next. It is important to create a plan of action to aid in the transition of life after your treatment is finished.

High Body Fat Levels Can Increase Breast Cancer Risk

Overweight and obesity is often associated with an increased risk for several different cancers. However, a study's findings was recently published that shows postmenopausal women can have an increased risk for breast cancer even with a normal BMI but increased body fat levels.

Maintaining Health and Wellness in the New Year

The New Year is a good time to reevaluate your health and wellness. Creating and establishing new habits that promote a healthy lifestyle should be a priority. We encourage you to continue or make the change to a healthier you.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

It is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and I want to stress the importance of screening for this disease. Because the Pap smear test is able to detect cellular abnormalities and precancerous lesions that can develop into Cervical Cancer, it is vital for women to be screened either annually or every 3 years. By being proactive in screening, the incidence rates of Cervical Cancer have drastically declined over the last 30 years.

Cancer Vaccine Showing Promising Future

Finding a cancer vaccine has proven to be a difficult feat to accomplish. Researchers have been studying cancer for decades, but have yet to develop a vaccine. However, in a recent study, a team of researchers were able to create a cancer vaccine that could potentially eliminate and protect against certain cancers. The researchers were able to identify certain antigens that exist on cancer tumors and developed a vaccination based on their findings.

Uplifting Someone With Cancer This Holiday Season

The holidays can be a difficult time for those undergoing cancer treatment. It is important that during this time, we encourage and uplift those who need it the most to make this holiday season a memorable one.

Gut Bacteria and the Body’s Response to Cancer Drugs

According to a few new studies, an individual's gut bacteria can play an important role in how the body response to certain immunotherapy drugs. These studies were published in Science and claim that "good" bacteria responds well to the PD-1 inhibitors, while "bad' bacteria doesn't respond at all. PD-1 inhibitors are a type of immunotherapy. The current research is promising. However, to be proactive in helping patients combat cancer and help the body respond to cancer drugs, further clinical research and trials must be conducted.

Can Aspirin Help Treat or Prevent Cancer?

Preventing and reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke by taking low dose aspirin has proven to be effective. However, more recent studies are showing the benefits of low dose aspirin in the treatment and prevention of certain cancers.

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