Cancer Treatment Centers of America

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Integrative cancer treatment's role in the whole-patient journey


When they are first diagnosed with cancer, many patients’ immediate priority is finding a treatment plan. Learning about their disease and the options available to fight it often takes center stage. But what many don’t realize is that treating the cancer itself is only part of the battle.

New guidelines help doctors and patients with chronic pain management


The number of cancer survivors is growing—reaching almost 14 million in the United States—but many of them, as many as 40 percent, experience pain as a side effect of the disease and/or its treatment. Experts say pain may have serious impacts on patients’ quality of life and may even slow recovery from cancer treatment. To address these issues, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) developed new guidelines for managing chronic cancer-related pain.

Preventing infections critical for cancer patients


That little cut on your finger may not seem like a big deal, but leave it untreated and it may lead to a big problem: infection. That's serious business for cancer patients, who are at greater risk of infections and the consequences that often result.

Weightlifter uses strength for bigger fight


Karyn Marshall is a chiropractor and pioneering woman's weightlifter, the first woman to lift more than 300 pounds in competition and holder of 60 world and national titles during her Hall of Fame career. Her accomplishments even won her a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Study confirms alcohol consumption raises cancer risk


If you ever worried about whether your alcohol intake puts you at a higher risk of cancer, a new analysis showing a direct link between alcohol and seven types of cancer may have you reconsidering that next beer. The study, published in the scientific journal Addiction, reaches a sobering conclusion: There is now enough credible evidence to suggest that drinking alcoholic beverages increases the risk for many cancers, including breast, colorectal and liver cancers.