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Heartache at home inspires physician's passion for helping patients battle sarcoma

Jeffrey M. Weber, MD

Having a family member with sarcoma has enabled my wife, Nancy, and I to experience the diagnosis, treatment and death associated with this awful disease from the other side of the coin. I have to admit that cancer has become a personal enemy—sarcoma, in particular, because of its vicious nature and aggressive course. The fact that it took our sweet, 24-year-old daughter, Annie, from us made it a particularly distasteful foe. 

Educated patients have lower risk of infection from home-based IV nutrition

Pankaj G. Vashi, MD

For many cancer patients who cannot consume food by mouth, the intravenous delivery of life-sustaining nutrients is essential to the treatment and recovery process, especially after patients are discharged from the hospital. And yet, this important element of home-based care, commonly called home total parenteral nutrition, or TPN, has gotten a bad rap, mainly because of the high incidence of catheter-related infection.

Diet and lifestyle changes can help prevent cancer

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Anyone can get cancer. However, only about 5 to 10 percent of all cancers develop from gene mutations passed down from one generation to the next, according to the American Cancer Society. For the other 90 to 95 percent of cancers, the lifestyle choices you make, the foods you eat and the amount of exercise you incorporate into your daily life can have an important impact on your overall risk. So being aware of lifestyle and diet choices are helpful tools for preventing cancer.

Dr. Mons: Restoring hope with a passion for reconstruction

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Video: Dr. Mons, head and neck cancer surgeon

Dr. Mons, head and neck cancer surgeon

Inspired by the local family doctor in his small Oklahoma hometown, Dr. Bradley Mons grew up with a dream: to “deliver babies and fix broken arms.” Today, a respected surgeon in his own right, Dr. Mons has dedicated his career to helping others, like the man he always admired, though the dream took a bit of a detour. During his operating-room training at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he discovered he loved working with his hands. The revelation took his medical career in another direction.

Climbing up from cancer

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Video: First Descents: Climbing Up From Cancer

First Descents: Climbing Up From Cancer

The power of saying “yes,” even in challenging situations, can be especially meaningful for cancer patients. The seven men in the above video found that out when an experience that took them wildly out of their comfort zone led them to a profoundly connected, spiritual place.

Emperor of All Maladies: Documentary has viewers talking

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Video: Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies Pre-Screening Events

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies Pre-Screening Events

"There’s not a person in our country that has not in some way been affected by this disease, cancer,” award-winning documentarian Ken Burns says in Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, an in-depth biography of a disease that has afflicted over 20 million adults in the United States.

Warmer temps come with a warning: Protect your skin

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Temps are warming. The snow is finally melting. Picnics and outdoor activities are beginning to dot the calendar. Yes, summer is on the horizon, and that’s a welcome relief for many, especially after a brutal winter socked much of the nation. But behind the joys of sun-kissed celebrations are hazards that threaten to spoil the fun. Since May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, the time is ripe for a few reminders on how to reduce your risk of sun damage.