Behind the Science

August 11, 2017

Passion to Care: Focus on Female Oncologists

Women oncologists often share a unique perspective and offer a different type of experience for patients—especially when treating fellow females. “Women are often accused of being too emotional—and the debate of this stereotype aside—I like this part of my job,” Marnee Spierer, MD, Chief of Staff, Chief of Radiation Oncology Clinical Operations & Medical Director […]

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August 11, 2017

Why Boys and Men Need to Get the HPV Vaccine

Just because men cannot get cervical cancer doesn’t mean they shouldn’t worry about the disease. Especially considering the role they play in spreading the virus that causes it. A recent study shows that 25 percent of men may carry an aggressive strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus linked to virtually all cases of cervical cancer. The study of men 18-59 years […]

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August 11, 2017

7 Facts to Know about Precision Medicine for Cancer

Precision medicine is one of the many buzzwords in oncology as it is changing how oncologists view cancer treatment options – in an optimistic way.  This positive outlook stems from the fact that precision medicine may help doctors select a treatment option that is more “precise”  for each individual patient. The History of Precision Medicine […]

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July 7, 2017

Passion to Care

For some physicians, their chosen career in medicine seems engrained in their psyche from the moment they’re born. For others, a moment of sudden realization — an “aha” moment — grants the necessary clarity and allows them to start the journey toward their life’s work. For three oncologists at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), […]

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July 7, 2017

Is a Clinical Trial Right for You?

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, are a cancer survivor or are a caregiver or family member of someone with cancer, you may be eligible to take part in a clinical trial. In deciding whether or not to enroll, it’s important to know the risks and benefits as well as the right questions to ask […]

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June 12, 2017

Targeted Therapy: A Game-Changer in Lung Cancer Treatment

Targeted therapies for cancer are changing the game in cancer treatment, capitalizing on the discovery that each person’s tumors carry unique differences. By pinpointing and targeting these different genetic alterations, tumor vulnerabilities can be exploited, leading to improved survival and better quality of life. Unlike chemotherapy, which targets all of your body’s cells and therefore […]

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June 11, 2017

Knowing Your Dad’s Health May Be a Gift to You

This Father’s Day, you may want to sit down with your dad and discuss his medical history. Knowing about your father’s health may help you and your doctor determine your risks for a number of health issues, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease. “We inherit half of our DNA from each parent,” says Eric Fowler, […]

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June 11, 2017

What Men Should Know About New Prostate Cancer Screening Guidelines

Prostate cancer screening made headlines again recently because of a change in the recommendations about the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent and influential panel of experts, updated its guidance from 2012. The new guidelines, which are still in draft form as the task force seeks public […]

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May 15, 2017

Immunotherapy: Helping the Body Heal Itself

Steve Hook is not afraid of hard work. The 41-year-old concrete mason from Ashville, New York was consistently putting in 100 hours a week to run his company, alongside his responsibilities to his family—wife, Amy, and stepsons Quincy and Nathan—when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the fall of 2011. Little did he know, […]

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May 15, 2017

Obesity and Cancer: The Importance of Awareness and Prevention

When it comes to reducing your risk of cancer, maintaining a healthy weight may be as important as avoiding tobacco and overexposure from the sun. In fact, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has found that those who follow a healthy lifestyle, by eating a nutritious diet, limiting alcohol consumption and taking other important steps, are […]

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