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CTCA pulmonologist responds to CVS tobacco decision

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Video: CTCA Doctor Comments on CVS Decision

CVS Caremark announced last week that it would stop selling tobacco products on Oct 1. Hear what Dr. Visco has to say about the drugstore chain's ban of tobacco products and the connection between smoking and lung cancer.

CVS Caremark announced last week that it would stop selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores nationwide on Oct 1. The decision has received praise from physicians, including Dr. David Visco, a Pulmonologist at our hospital in Philadelphia.

Dr. Visco also is the hospital's Medical Director of the Hospitalist Program and Medical Director of Sleep Medicine. Hear what Dr. Visco has to say about the drugstore chain's ban of tobacco products and the connection between smoking and lung cancer.

CVS pledges to stop selling cigarettes by Oct. 1

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With smoking as the leading cause of lung cancer, this week’s decision by drugstore chain CVS Caremark to stop selling tobacco products is an important step toward saving lives.

The ban makes the statement that tobacco products are unhealthy and should not be sold in businesses that promote health. The move could have a ripple effect, prompting other retailers to stop selling cigarettes, too.

Debunking cancer myths on World Cancer Day

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Today is World Cancer Day, a time when people across the globe can join together and commit themselves to the fight against cancer. For anyone currently undergoing treatment, think of this day as the world is saying, “We’re with you.”

In 2012, 8.2 million people died from cancer, making the disease the leading cause of death worldwide.  One-third of these deaths could have been prevented if the cancer had been caught early or treated appropriately. That’s 2.7 million lives lost prematurely.

10 tips to help you eat better for your heart

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For people fighting cancer and heart disease, it’s especially important to eat right. This February is American Hearth Month, the perfect time to start eating better for your heart and your well-being. Two of our clinical oncology dietitians, Megan Gutierrez and Crystal Langlois, have a handful of suggestions to help you get started. Along with maintaining a healthy weight and regular physical activity, they recommend 10 tips.

Concerns about innovative cancer treatments versus commercial interests

Maurie Markman, MD

News reports over the past several months have highlighted highly encouraging reports of a novel “gene therapy” strategy in the treatment of children with acute lymphocytic leukemia.

While great success has occurred over the last several decades in improving the survival outcome of children found to have this difficult cancer, if the malignancy is found to progress after delivery of standard chemotherapy treatments (including bone marrow transplantation), the prognosis has been dire.

Seek a second opinion for orthopedic issues related to cancer

Richard Schmidt, MD

At our hospital in Philadelphia, we talk a lot about the “starfish story” (adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley), which symbolizes the power to make a difference in another person’s life.

At some point we all end up feeling like a starfish stranded on the beach; we need someone to lift us up and place us back in the ocean of life. This is especially true for the patients I meet.

More Americans are surviving cancer

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Cancer prevention efforts, early detection and treatment saved 1.3 million American lives over almost two decades as the cancer death rate fell by 20%.

The data comes from American Cancer society’s annual report on how many people have died from cancer and will be diagnosed in the coming year. The latest report reviewed incidence, mortality and survival rates between 1991 and 2010, the most recent year statistics were available.

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