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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.

Talking with children about cancer


When a parent is diagnosed with cancer, there is inevitably a disruption in family life as well as the children’s daily routine. The way they deal with the emotions that come along with cancer will often depend on the child’s age and development.

“The most important thing for children to know while a parent is going through cancer treatment is that they are loved and will be cared for,” says Heather Swick, mind-body therapist at our hospital near Chicago.

Nonsmokers can get lung cancer too


It’s Lung Cancer Awareness Month and did you know that nonsmokers can get lung cancer too?

One misconception about lung cancer is that you have to smoke to get it, yet anyone can be diagnosed with the disease. While cigarette smoking remains the number one risk factor for lung cancer, up to 15 percent of people who develop lung cancer have never smoked.

Ampullary cancer: Know the signs of this rare disease


Earlier this year, ampullary cancer made the news when 1970s actress Karen Black succumbed to the disease. But many people who read the headline may have wondered, “What is ampullary cancer?” A rare gastrointestinal cancer, ampullary cancer develops in the ampulla of Vater, where the bile and pancreatic ducts meet and empty into the small intestine.

NYC sets standard with new minimum age for buying cigarettes


On Oct. 30, New York City set the strictest limit on tobacco purchases of any major U.S. city. The legal age for buying tobacco will soon be 21, instead of 18, under a bill adopted by NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

While protesters pointed out that New Yorkers under 21 can drive, vote and fight in wars, advocates for the bill cited research that the earlier people began smoking, the more likely they were to become addicted.

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