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FDA may institute food label changes


For the first time in two decades, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing changes to nutrition labels to make it easier for the average consumer to understand what they’re eating.

March is National Nutrition Month®, when dietitians call attention to the importance of making informed decisions about the food we eat. We reached out to Karen Sudders, Clinical Oncology Dietitian at our hospital in Philadelphia, for her insight into possible changes to food labels.

Travel tips for cancer patients: Aim to stay healthy as you travel


Traveling and staying healthy may sound like an impossible feat, especially during cold and flu season. But there are measures you can take to help you feel more comfortable as you travel and arrive at your treatment destination feeling ready to fight cancer.

Here are some tips we suggest to patients who travel hundreds of miles to our hospitals for treatment.

Complementary healing technique may help to improve quality of life


We all carry with us physical and emotional issues. It’s part of being human. People with cancer deal with different levels of distress. Some look for ways to alleviate some of the burdens of the disease using complementary therapies paired with their medical treatments.

Wanting to help people alleviate suffering is what inspired John Newton to study and practice complementary healing techniques around the world for almost 30 years.

Nutrition and cancer: Feel better and stay strong

Sherri O’Shea, RD, LDN

Studies show that nutrition greatly affects how well a person tolerates cancer treatment; and malnutrition is a leading factor in cancer-related deaths. Yet, many patients are not offered preventive nutrition services as part of their care, or are not aware of its importance. Integrated nutrition services can help patients feel better, stay stronger and work toward a healthy outcome.

HIPEC may offer hope to patients fighting
advanced stage colorectal cancer


In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, today we’re taking a look at the disease and one of the innovative treatments available for it. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), one in 20 people are at risk for developing colorectal cancer. It’s the third most common cancer in the United States. ACS estimates this year alone, 96,830 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer and 40,000 with rectal cancer (the term “colorectal” is used to refer to both cancers).

3 things to know about lowering lymphedema risk


Today marks Lymphedema Awareness “D” Day, a day to honor patients and raise awareness about the condition.

Lymphedema is swelling, or edema, caused by an abnormal collection of fluid just beneath the skin. It can develop when lymph nodes are removed or lymph vessels are damaged following cancer-related surgery or treatment such as radiation therapy.

Travel tips for cancer patients: Prepare for your trip


For many reasons, almost 70 percent of our patients choose to leave their home state and travel to one of our hospitals for care. Traveling when you’re being treated for cancer can be a challenge, especially the first few times when it's a new experience. Getting ready for your trip requires extra time and planning to make sure you have a smooth trip.

Consider these tips to help you prepare for your trip and make life a little less frenzied as you travel.

Why sleep matters for cancer patients


Video: Why Sleep Matters for Cancer Patients

Why Sleep Matters for Cancer Patients

It’s National Sleep Awareness Week and across the country, sleep-deprived Americans are spending billions of dollars on sleep aids, from noise machines to specialty pillows. Last July, 8.6 million Americans reported taking medication to sleep better. Among the general population, 10-15 percent of us have trouble sleeping.

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