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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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April 10, 2017

Why Heartburn Is So Dangerous

Most people experience the feeling of heartburn or acid reflux from time to time. However, those who seem to constantly be struggling to find relief from heartburn may have Barrett’s esophagus, a condition that requires further evaluation and monitoring. In fact, between 10 and 15 percent of people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) will develop […]

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March 13, 2017

Colon Cancer Survivor Finds ‘Rainbow at the End of the Storm’

In proof that life can change in an instant, Amy Barger was blindsided when she was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in May 2011, one week after her daughter’s wedding. She’d had no symptoms whatsoever and only learned she had cancer after a routine colonoscopy revealed a tumor in her colon. “I wanted to […]

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March 13, 2017

Myth or Fact? Some Patients Feel Pain Even Before Entering the Operating Room

Some pain is inevitable after most surgeries. But for many patients, the pain that comes even before an operation, before the first touch of a knife, is just as real. It even has a name: anticipatory pain. Aside from causing stress and physical discomfort, anticipatory pain may also lead to other complications that impact the […]

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February 13, 2017

Take a Deep Breath to Protect Your Heart

In February, American Heart Month raises awareness of heart disease and its most common causes. Awareness and prevention information are crucial in helping Americans avoid this disease. For women (and men) undergoing radiation therapy, especially for breast cancer, knowing the potential side effects of radiation therapy on your heart is critical in reducing your risk […]

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January 11, 2017

Fighting For You: Dr. Herbert Beck

Q: Why did you choose to specialize in gynecologic oncology? A: I came to the specialty of gynecologic oncology by the way of obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN). About one year into my studies, it became readily apparent to me that I wanted to become more involved in the surgical subspecialty. At that time, I was […]

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January 11, 2017

TAPUR Trial Targets Individual Cancers with Treatments Outside of FDA-approved Indication

Researchers have launched a new study designed to broaden access to drugs for some patients with advanced cancers and to collect and share data on individual responses to drugs that have not yet been approved for their specific cancer types. The Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) study is for patients who had genomic […]

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January 11, 2017

Five Viruses that Cause Cancer

Five viruses have been added to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 14th Report on Carcinogens, released in November 2016. The report identifies environmental factors, including infectious agents, known (or reasonably anticipated) to cause cancer. It’s estimated that 12 percent of human cancers worldwide are caused by viruses, which are made up of […]

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December 12, 2016

Celebrate with Mocktails, not Cocktails

Wine, champagne, winter lagers, and festive cocktails — celebrating the holidays often includes libations special to the season. But do these spirited drinks increase your risk of cancer? A new analysis shows a direct link between alcohol and seven types of cancer may have you reconsidering that next beer. The study, published in the scientific […]

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