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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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

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

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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November 14, 2016

5 Things You Need to Know About Lung Cancer

In recent years, Ashish Sangal, MD, a medical oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), has noticed more patients have come to initial consultation appointments with a fair amount of background knowledge about lung cancer. “Because social media and the internet make information so easily available, I’ve seen that significantly increase,” says Dr. Sangal, […]

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November 13, 2016

6 Top Myths About Pancreatic Cancer

Although it’s estimated that more than 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2016, many people are misinformed about the disease. In honor of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve debunked the top six pancreatic cancer myths. Myth #1 – Pancreatic cancer is always deadly. Contrary to what some believe, pancreatic cancers can be […]

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October 11, 2016

Double Duty

In the past, women requiring mastectomy for breast cancer typically faced a series of operations and recoveries. But now patients may be able to opt for simultaneous surgeries, which can give better cosmetic results including less scarring. Before undergoing any type of breast reconstruction surgery, it’s important understand what it involves and get answers to […]

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September 14, 2016

Lymphoma, Leukemia, Myeloma: Hope on the Horizon

Advances in diagnosing and treating blood cancers have helped double survival rates, and the future outlook may be even brighter. Blood cancers—lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma—made up almost 10 percent of all cancer cases diagnosed in 2015, or about 162,000 new cancer cases. At the same time, progress is being made on the survival front. More […]

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August 4, 2016

Playing Defense

You probably think of your immune system as your body’s natural defense against external infections, or that thing you try to boost during flu season. But as a former laboratory researcher who explored using the immune system to fight diseases, I’ve seen firsthand how its elegant signaling pathways can be modified to better fight cancer. […]

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