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The CTCA blog

Dealing with a parent's cancer diagnosis

CTCA

About 1.7 million Americans are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2014. If one of them is your parent, dealing with their cancer diagnosis as an adult can be challenging.

You may feel anxious about the future and unsure of how to proceed. Although it takes time to adjust to this new “normal,” here are some ways to get through it:

Breast cancer is not one disease

Dennis Citrin, MB, PhD

Forty years ago, cancer pathologists—the doctors who study and describe the disease—had limited tools. They relied almost entirely on the cancer’s appearance under the microscope.As a result, the doctors who treat cancer patients followed a one-size-fits-all protocol: first surgery to remove all evidence of the cancer, then radiation therapy, followed by prescribing a few rather primitive drugs.

Steer clear of agave? Why stevia may be a better choice

CTCA

Health-conscious people who are searching for a natural sweetener have probably come across agave nectar. In recent years, agave has been touted as a natural sugar substitute that can be added to beverages, baked goods and other foods in need of a sweet boost.

FDA should grant accelerated approval for ovarian cancer drug

Maurie Markman, MD

Symptoms of ovarian cancer—nausea, bloating and pelvic pain—are so general that they are often confused with less serious conditions. As a result, the majority of women are diagnosed when the disease already has reached an advanced stage, making it more difficult to treat effectively. Oncologists, and the women they treat, are eager for new therapies to help extend the lives of women with advanced ovarian cancer.

Chicago Bears and CTCA team up to raise prostate cancer awareness

CTCA

CTCA and the Chicago Bears have teamed up to raise awareness about the second most common cancer among men in the United States: prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates 233,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, and about one in seven men will develop the disease in their lifetime. Together, CTCA and the Bears hope to open up dialogue about prostate cancer and encourage men to make strides to lower their risk for the disease.

The soy debate: Is soy good for you?

CTCA

The debate over the pros and cons of soy has been gaining momentum in recent years, with some touting the benefits of soy and others vehemently against the versatile bean. With all the misinformation out there, we asked Carolyn Lammersfeld, Vice President of Integrative Medicine at our Chicago-area hospital, to chime in.

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