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The fresher, the better


Now that we’re weeks away from the official start of summer, it’s time for gardening and shopping at local farmers’ markets. Fresh fruits and veggies are in season and ready to be picked, tossed, grilled, sautéed and served.

Fresh produce is ideal for you because it is rich in nutrients (e.g., vitamins, minerals), which are essential for keeping our bodies nourished, healthy and strong. According to dietitians at our suburban Phoenix hospital, the fresher the fruits and veggies you eat, the better.

Could measles cure cancer?

Donald Braun, PhD

Mayo Clinic recently released a report detailing the remission of a patient with late stage blood cancer after she received a massive dose of the measles vaccine. This is a fascinating and complex scientific breakthrough where vaccinations for viruses are being reengineered and used to treat deadly conditions.

The benefits of exercise for cancer patients


Being active has many health benefits, but in the past, doctors advised people with a chronic illness such as cancer to reduce unnecessary physical activity. Recent studies show that engaging in physical activity is one of the most important lifestyle choices cancer patients can make for their well-being.

Is over-treatment riskier than breast cancer itself?


A new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that screening guidelines for breast cancer should be made on a more individualized basis to avoid over-treatment and related complications.

Mammography enables doctors to find tumors that are too small to feel. However, since the test does not determine the potential danger of a tumor, some women may undergo biopsies, surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy for breast cancers that are not life-threatening.

Neuropathy Awareness Week: Acupuncture can ease peripheral neuropathy


As any cancer patient knows, the side effects of cancer treatment can be troubling. If left untreated, they can also delay or interrupt your treatment.

An especially bothersome side effect of cancer is peripheral neuropathy. This condition includes numbness, burning, tingling, muscle weakness, loss of balance and consistent or sporadic pain. It occurs when nerves in the body are damaged by chemotherapy, surgery, radiation treatment, tumors that press on nerves or other causes.

How an oncologist helps prevent cancer

Norleena Gullett, MD

I know cancer. I know how cancer starts, how it survives and why it multiplies. I know why it spreads, where it likes to go and the devastation it leaves behind. 

I am a radiation oncologist and I treat cancer every day. So when I get home at night, I think about how to prevent cancer. Like you, I want to protect myself and my loved ones from this epidemic. Here are my thoughts based on the current medical literature:

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