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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.

Do black cumin seeds hold the cure to colon cancer?


Nigella sativa, or black cumin, is a flowering plant that grows in Europe, India and the Arabian Peninsula. Its seeds have been used for cooking and medicinal purposes for thousands of years, but do they contain the cure to colon cancer?

Genetics can dictate patient response to pain medicine

Raed Rahman, DO

Among my patients, I have observed differences in how individuals respond to opioids, a commonly prescribed type of narcotic pain medication. Just as people differ in hair, skin and eye color, they also can experience different results from pain medications.

For some patients, a particular medicine—and even a specific dosage—may work well. For others, the exact same amount and drug type may offer little relief.

Yoga may reduce fatigue and inflammation after breast cancer


Feeling tired after breast cancer treatment? Try adding a weekly yoga class to your schedule for more energy during the day.  

A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that women who practiced yoga regularly for three months after treatment were less tired than women who didn’t. The women in the yoga group also had reduced levels of inflammation. While inflammation helps the body heal, it can be harmful at high levels.

Have a heart this Valentine's Day, consider organ donation


Valentine’s Day marks National Organ Donor Day, and you can show your love by giving one of the most important gifts of all—life.

On any given day, over 100,000 people are waiting for an organ, and every 10 minutes someone new is added to the wait list. While 79 people on average receive an organ transplant each day, 18 people die waiting for one (

Future of cancer research is cloudy due to low participation in adult clinical trials

Glen Weiss, MD

A recent Associated Press article revealed what many of us in cancer research have known for some time: Too few adult patients enroll in cancer clinical trials and the consequences for future advances are dire.

Given that many modern advances in cancer care have in some way or another been shaped by information stemming from clinical trials, this news represents a crisis in cancer research.

CTCA pulmonologist responds to CVS tobacco decision


Video: CTCA Doctor Comments on CVS Decision

CVS Caremark announced last week that it would stop selling tobacco products on Oct 1. Hear what Dr. Visco has to say about the drugstore chain's ban of tobacco products and the connection between smoking and lung cancer.

CVS Caremark announced last week that it would stop selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores nationwide on Oct 1. The decision has received praise from physicians, including Dr. David Visco, a Pulmonologist at our hospital in Philadelphia.

Dr. Visco also is the hospital's Medical Director of the Hospitalist Program and Medical Director of Sleep Medicine. Hear what Dr. Visco has to say about the drugstore chain's ban of tobacco products and the connection between smoking and lung cancer.

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