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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.

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.

Gratitude and forgiveness are good for your health


Exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet are the main components of good health. But well-being is tied to decisions beyond the gym and your refrigerator. Consider the following health benefits of gratitude and forgiveness, important choices you can make as you approach the holidays and reflect on the past year.