Healing & Wellness

March 11, 2019

Early Colorectal Screening and Detection Starts Younger

This year at your annual physical, don’t be surprised if your doctor suggests a colonoscopy, even if you’re still in your 40s. In 2018, the American Cancer Society (ACS) changed its guidelines for colon cancer screening, recommending that a person with average risk of colorectal cancer begin screening at age 45. “The increasing incidence of […]

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February 27, 2019

Guide to Faster, Healthier Meals

Good nutrition is vital to tolerating cancer treatment and may also play a role in preventing recurrence. However, preparing healthy meals, whether you’re a patient or caregiver, can take time and energy that you may not have right now. Clinical oncology dietitian Danielle Hill, RD, LDN, Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Chicago, is passionate […]

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November 27, 2018

Exposed: Myths and Facts About Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in men and women (excluding skin cancer), and accounts for the most cancer deaths — more than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. Despite its prevalence, there are many myths regarding lung cancer risks and prevention, especially in regard to smoking. Cigarette smoking is the leading risk […]

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September 11, 2018

Small Steps to Healthier Living and Healthy Aging

Health goals often focus on the short term-what you can do now to see results quickly. For cancer patients, focusing on healthy aging may be more realistic and effective. By making small lifestyle changes patients feel more in control of their health and longevity, helping those changes to become healthy habits. The question is, what […]

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September 10, 2018

Should I Eat That? Food Safety Tips for During Treatment

Eating food contaminated with harmful bacteria, parasites or viruses can cause serious illness even in those who are healthy, but for people with cancer the importance of avoiding foodborne illness is magnified. “Patients living with cancer, especially those who are getting treatments such as radiation, chemotherapy, and stem cell therapy, can be susceptible to foodborne […]

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September 10, 2018

Understanding the Links Between Inflammation, Lifestyle and Cancer

Experts have long suspected inflammation may play some role in cancer’s development. In 1863, German scientist and physician Rudolf Virchow was the first to make the connection, observing that cancer often develops at sites of chronic inflammation. But researchers have only recently pinpointed chronic inflammation as a primary risk factor for cancer and other serious health conditions. […]

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September 10, 2018

New Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common non-skin cancer in America and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths. But for many adults at average or low risk, colorectal cancer may be caught early and treated with positive outcomes, simply by following an appropriate screening regimen. With incidence rates rising, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has developed new guidelines designed to encourage more adults to […]

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August 12, 2018

The Truth About Health Foods

Whether you’re healthy or fighting a disease like cancer, making nutritious decisions can certainly impact your overall health and well-being. There’s a lot of information and research online about health foods and living a healthy and active lifestyle. It can be challenging to sift through the mountains of data to determine what is fact versus […]

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August 12, 2018

Should You Get the HPV Vaccine?

While most people know a human papillomavirus virus (HPV) vaccine exists, according to Dr. Natalie Godbee, a Gynecologic Oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Phoenix, many believe that it’s just for teens and young adults in their twenties. Many adults, particularly those being treated for cancer, aren’t aware, however, getting the HPV vaccine might […]

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August 10, 2018

Vitamin D: An Important But Elusive Nutrient

The summer months typically bring plenty of sunshine and, with it, plenty of opportunities for the body to absorb vitamin D. At least that’s what many people believe. In reality, it’s hard for most people to get an adequate amount of vitamin D each day, which is important because the body needs the nutrient to […]

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