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Epigenetics: Can your lifestyle choices lead to cancer in future generations?


Cancer is a disease of genetic mistakes. Our understanding of how these mistakes, or mutations, occur follows two paths. First, you may inherit a faulty gene from one or both parents, increasing your risk of cancer. Inherited mutations account for 5-10% of all cancers. Or, mutations may happen during your lifetime—due to smoking, diet, hormones or radiation—but aren’t passed on to your children. Known as somatic or sporadic mutations, these mistakes cause the vast majority of cancers.

Get your flu shot to stay healthy this winter


Every year, millions of us come down with the flu and spend several dreadful days in bed with a fever, chills and overall achy feeling. How to avoid the misery? The flu vaccine is considered the first and most important step. It’s particularly important for cancer patients and survivors, who are at increased risk of complications from the flu.

Giving Tuesday: Help advance medical research


Today is Giving Tuesday, a globally-recognized day dedicated to charitable giving. Last year on Giving Tuesday, donors gave more than $19 million to nonprofit organizations.

This year, PatientsLikeMe, an online patient network, is teaming up with our Philadelphia hospital to encourage a different kind of donation—health data. Over the next “24 Days of Giving,” people with cancer can help advance medical research simply by sharing their health information.

Gobble up these gluten-free sides this Thanksgiving


Video: Nutrition Therapy at CTCA – Good to be Gluten Free

Learn what it means for foods to be “gluten free” and get a gluten-free recipe for cranberry pumpkin seed muffins.

Searching high and low for gluten-free recipes for a holiday meal that’s typically chock-full of stuffing, gravy, dinner rolls and other gluten-rich fixings? Try our recipe for Gluten-Free Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Muffins and other gluten-free dishes courtesy of our suburban Phoenix hospital's Nutrition Therapy team.

Getting adequate vitamin D in winter months


Vitamin D helps promote a healthy immune system and support bone health, muscle and cardiovascular function. This vitamin is even more important for those with cancer, as some treatments can lead to bone loss.