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Health insurance marketplaces gaining momentum after fixes


The roll-out of the online health insurance marketplace, a key piece of federal health reform, was anything but smooth in October. The online marketplaces were billed as an easy way for people to shop for insurance, but few were able to sign up during its first few weeks. Even President Obama admitted it was “poor execution” for his administration to launch a website that didn’t work.

After two months and several fixes to the website, Americans without health insurance have been able to sign up. The Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, requires most all Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty on their tax returns. 

Delays can be costly for cancer patients

Laurence Altshuler, MD

There is no question that the earlier a cancer is diagnosed, the better the eventual outcome. Yet, delays are quite common. There are several reasons for such delays, most of which can be attributed to both patients and doctors.

On the patient side, you might simply ignore any symptoms or brush them off as being caused by other issues.

The role of spirituality in cancer care and quality of life

Rev. Percy McCray

When individuals and families are faced with a cancer diagnosis, having a strong belief can make all the difference in the world. During difficult times, a spiritual or religious faith can ease tensions, boost attitude and support overall improved health.

Research suggests that individuals and families with religious and spiritual beliefs cope better and enjoy a more positive quality of life before, during and after being diagnosed with cancer. Prayer also leads to optimism, reduces stress and can bolster the immune system.

The secret ingredient in this healthy brownie recipe is...


Can brownies be good for you and taste good too? It’s possible, says Brooke McIntyre, clinical oncology dietitian and Diabetes Program Coordinator at our hospital in Tulsa. McIntyre will appear on KJRH-NBC Tulsa this morning to discuss healthy substitutions for the holidays.

“My role is to keep patients as healthy as possible during their cancer treatment but also to find healthy substitutions that will help manage their blood sugar if they are diabetic,” she says.

How to reduce your risk of cancer from fried foods


French fries and potato chips aren’t the healthiest foods, but do they cause cancer? Back in 2002, scientists found that some foods browned through frying, baking or roasting contain a known carcinogen called acrylamide.

The news put fries, chips, cereal, cookies, crackers and even coffee on the blacklist, even though most of us never stopped eating them. In fact, Americans typically get 40 percent of their daily calories from foods with acrylamides. 

10 nutrition tips for managing cancer and diabetes


November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and of the more than 13 million Americans who have or have had cancer, eight to 18 percent also have diabetes. It’s an eye-opening statistic and a reminder about why it’s important to be proactive about our overall health and well-being during and after cancer treatment.

Relieving cancer aches and pains with chiropractic care


We hear about people going to chiropractors all the time for different reasons: back pain, neck pain, muscle stiffness, headaches, and so on. People with cancer seek chiropractic care too, to relieve the aches and pains caused or aggravated by the disease and its treatments.

It can be uncomfortable to lie on a table for long periods of time for radiation treatments. Surgical procedures can cause pain in connective tissues and joints. Chemotherapy drugs can cause nausea, headaches, neuropathy and other unpleasant side effects.

Understanding the link between fructose and pancreatic cancer


In July, we looked at the question of whether sugar “feeds” cancer and found that there is no conclusive research on human subjects to prove that sugar makes cancerous cells grow and metastasize. 

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, so we wanted to share what’s happening in the research world as scientists continue to study the connection between sugar and cancer. We also offer insight and recommendations from one of our medical oncologists.

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