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Video: Healthy snacking on the go

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Many cancer patients spend much of their time traveling to and from appointments, whether by car or by air, and eating healthy often isn’t always top of mind. Plus, when you travel, nutritious options aren’t as easy to come by as when you’re home, especially when it comes to snacking. So when it’s mid-afternoon and you’re looking for a quick energy boost but you’re stuck in an airport or your car, you may be limited to whatever fast food you can find. But healthy snacking on the go doesn’t have to be such a challenge.

Endometrial cancer: What to know after journalist Gwen Ifill's death

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When long-time journalist Gwen Ifill passed away recently after a battle with endometrial cancer, her unexpected death cast an immediate spotlight on a disease that doesn’t get enough attention. A form of uterine cancer, endometrial cancer is the most common cancer of the female reproductive organs among U.S. women, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS)—yet much of the general public knows little about it.

Common cancer symptoms women are likely to ignore

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Before you ignore a persistent cough or bloating, you may want to have your doctor to check it out. What may seem only slightly abnormal could be much more serious. A 2014 study of 4,858 adults found that more than half experienced red flags that may have indicated cancer, but just 2 percent believed cancer was a factor.

Should cancer patients get the flu shot?

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Many patients may not realize it, but cancer and its treatments may affect your immune system’s ability to fight off infection. This can put cancer patients who develop the flu at a higher risk for developing complications from the virus, so Dr. Mashiul Chowdhury says they should make getting a flu shot a top priority each fall.

Why does cancer affect men and women differently?

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Men and women are different in many ways, from the organs in their bodies to the emotions they wear on their sleeves, even in how they approach an argument or take on a task. So it may come as little surprise that cancer—a disease influenced by genetics, biology and lifestyle habits—affects men and women differently, too. The question that still stumps scientists is: Why?

Tips for overcoming the holiday blues

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The holiday season is nearly upon us. Plans for social gatherings are in the works. The malls are filled with the sights and sounds of the season. Families are mapping out their holiday meals. But for people fighting cancer, the joy of the holidays may be tempered by stress, sadness and worry over your diagnosis and treatment. The chaos of the coming weeks does not help. But there are ways for you to de-stress and take the time to enjoy the season.

Having chemotherapy? How to prepare for hair loss

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Chemotherapy often comes with unpleasant side effects: nausea, fatigue, vomiting and mouth sores, to name a few. But for many patients, losing that first clump of hair after treatment is the hardest to bear because it packs an emotional punch. “It is very common for patients to grieve the loss of their hair, even a male patient with very short hair,” says Kendra Laufer, Clinical Services/Education Specialist at our Tulsa hospital.