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Increase in oral cancers linked to HPV


Human papillomavirus (HPV) is known for causing cervical cancer, but in recent years it’s the association between this common sexually transmitted infection and oropharyngeal cancer that has made headlines.

For Oral Cancer Awareness Month this month, we decided to explore the link between HPV and cancers of the oropharynx, the middle part of the throat including the soft palate, the base of the tongue and the tonsils.

Can the Paleo diet help prevent and even treat cancer?

Douglas Kelly, MD and Rebecca Wright, DO

The Paleolithic diet has received a lot of attention in the past few years. In fact, it was Google’s most searched for diet in 2013. But the diet is not without controversy, with equally forceful proponents and opponents—even within our hospital.

Both of us follow the Paleo diet, also known as the “caveman diet,” and believe it’s healthy and tasty. As doctors who treat cancer patients, we wanted to address the question of whether a Paleo eating plan can help prevent and treat cancer.

Five-year cancer survivors to “Celebrate Life Every Day”


This month kicked off the first of five Celebrate Life® events to be held this year at CTCA hospitals. The annual event honors CTCA patients who are celebrating their five-year anniversaries as cancer survivors.

The theme for this year's events is “Celebrate Life Every Day.” It’s a time to observe milestones patients have reached and surpassed, as well as every day moments they cherish with their loved ones.

Acoustic neuromas: Know the signs of these rare, inner ear tumors


An acoustic neuroma, or vestibular schwannoma, is a noncancerous tumor that grows on the nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain. Typically, acoustic neuromas grow slowly, often over a period of years, and can take some time before symptoms become noticeable.

Dr. Clinton Baird, Medical Director of Neurosurgery Services at our hospital in Tulsa, says, “Even if it is very small, an acoustic neuroma can cause symptoms. This is because the tumor can press on the vestibular nerve, which controls your sense of balance and orientation in physical space. It can cause severe dizziness and vertigo.”

Are you at risk for diabetes?


Today is American Diabetes Association Alert Day®. The association urges you to get tested for type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes. It occurs when the body does not properly produce or use insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas that helps your body convert the food you eat into energy.

A daily aspirin may reduce ovarian cancer risk


Add ovarian cancer to the list of cancers that a daily aspirin may help ward off. Researchers with the National Cancer Institute found that women may be able to reduce their risk of ovarian cancer by 20 percent by taking aspirin regularly.

The research, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in early February, studied participants who used either aspirin, non-aspirin NSAIDs (nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs) or acetaminophen.

FDA may institute food label changes


For the first time in two decades, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing changes to nutrition labels to make it easier for the average consumer to understand what they’re eating.

March is National Nutrition Month®, when dietitians call attention to the importance of making informed decisions about the food we eat. We reached out to Karen Sudders, Clinical Oncology Dietitian at our hospital in Philadelphia, for her insight into possible changes to food labels.

Travel tips for cancer patients: Aim to stay healthy as you travel


Traveling and staying healthy may sound like an impossible feat, especially during cold and flu season. But there are measures you can take to help you feel more comfortable as you travel and arrive at your treatment destination feeling ready to fight cancer.

Here are some tips we suggest to patients who travel hundreds of miles to our hospitals for treatment.

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