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10 tips to help you eat better for your heart


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


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.

Hashimoto's disease and papillary thyroid cancer can go hand-in-hand


January is Thyroid Awareness Month and today we’re looking at the most common thyroid disease in the United States—Hashimoto's disease (a.k.a., Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, autoimmune thyroiditis or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis). It is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system damages cells in the thyroid gland and prevents it from producing enough thyroid hormone, which helps regulate metabolism, heartbeat, body temperature and other essential functions.

Revive yourself, your spirit and your health

Rev. Percy McCray

Many of us give so much to others that we forget to take time to give to ourselves. Taking time for yourself is not a selfish act. In fact, it can make you more content by reducing stress and the negative emotions that can come with it.

Women urged to meet with a genetic counselor before BRCA genetic test


The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended that only a limited number of women should receive genetic testing to see if they are at increased risk of breast cancer.

This announcement comes on the heels of heightened interest in genetic testing after actress Angelina Jolie's announcement last May that she underwent a preventative double mastectomy because she carried an abnormal BRCA1 gene.

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