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The CTCA blog

Learn about rehab during National Physical Therapy Month

Chad Franche, SPT, and Raakhee Patel, PT, DPT

With October being National Physical Therapy Month, it’s a good time to highlight programs that can help cancer patients at CTCA regain their strength, address incontinence issues and reduce pain when battling their disease.

Physical therapists help patients maximize their functional mobility. We aid them in achieving optimal function and pain relief, while preventing disability. 

Helping patients live tobacco-free

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CTCA near Phoenix now offers a new program for patients who wish to quit smoking. The Tobacco Cessation Program educates patients on the benefits of quitting and the effects tobacco use has on cancer treatment.

Approximately one-third of all cancer deaths are related to tobacco use, according to the American Cancer Society. Furthermore, more than 80 percent of lung cancer deaths are due to smoking. But the good news is, it is never too late to quit. The Tobacco Cessation Program provides patients with the tools and support needed to help them quit successfully.

Metabolic syndrome: The signs, why it matters, what you can do

This summer, 1 in 3 American adults woke up to a diagnosis: obesity. The American Medical Association made the surprising decision in June to classify obesity as a disease. But is weight the only important marker of good health?

Metabolic syndrome may be more revealing, but it's not often diagnosed properly. Metabolic syndrome refers to factors that raise your risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke. It also has been linked to colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer and possibly uterine cancer.

Screening mammograms should begin at age 40

Dennis Citrin, MB, PhD

For years, debate in the medical community has focused on the appropriate age for women to begin routine mammograms.

The U.S. Preventive Service Task Force in 2009 recommended that women wait until age 50 for their first mammogram, sparking the most recent debate. Those who believe screening mammograms should begin at age 50 argue that mammograms are less sensitive in younger women, leading to unnecessary breast biopsy and causing anxiety in women.

Tulsa community members team up for annual Komen Race for the Cure

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Faith Dreher, a 12-year breast cancer survivor, and her mother will join thousands of others for Tulsa’s largest one-day breast cancer fundraiser.

Held at ONEOK Field on Saturday, Sept. 28, the Susan G. Komen Tulsa Race for the Cure carries special meaning for Dreher and those affected by breast cancer.

The power of meditation

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Meditation is a way to achieve physical, emotional and mental balance. Stress comes in many forms, and nobody is immune to its effects. For this reason, learning how to quiet your mind and just “be” – even for a few minutes each day – can have a positive impact on your overall health and outlook on life.

For people with cancer, meditation can help alleviate some of the anxiety they may be feeling about diagnosis and treatment.

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