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Physical Therapy Month: Techniques to heal scar tissue


If surgery is part of your cancer treatment plan, you can expect scar tissue to develop at the incision site. It’s normal in the healing process. However, for some patients, scarring may restrict mobility if the scar tissue attaches to underlying structures. The good news is that physical therapy can help.

Breast cancer survivor accomplishes goals to celebrate her five-year “cancerversary”


Rhonda Spinks knew she wanted to go all out this year to celebrate her five-year anniversary of beating stage III breast cancer. “After going through chemo and radiation treatment, and feeling down and out in my body, it was important for me to do something to show I’m back to my old self, if not stronger,” says the wildlife biologist and Army National Guard captain.

There's hope for patients with metastatic breast cancer

Dennis Citrin, MB, PhD

It’s important to emphasize that metastatic breast cancer is not a hopeless situation. Metastatic breast cancer usually develops years after treatment for apparently early-stage breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer is considered a systemic disease because it can impact multiple organs. To control it, systemic treatment using drugs is needed. With breast cancer, we have many different drug types available.

Chiropractic Health Month: Chiropractic care may ease chemo-induced vertigo


One common side effect of some chemotherapy drugs is vertigo, a condition that causes dizziness and loss of balance. Vertigo is more than feeling light-headed. It’s the feeling that you are spinning or moving when you are not, or that the world is spinning around you. Getting this sensation to stop may seem impossible, but chiropractic care may help.

Eye color may reveal your pain tolerance

Raed Rahman, DO

What would you think if I said your eye color can tell me how well you can handle pain? You might be a little skeptical. But, hold on, because preliminary research suggests it could be the case.

As pain management specialists, we strive to understand why some of our patients tolerate pain better than others, as well as the factors that influence which pain management therapies are most appropriate to the individual.

Seek supplement recommendations from qualified naturopathic providers throughout breast cancer treatment


If you’re like many women fighting breast cancer, you probably have purchased an arsenal of various herbs, nutrients and other dietary supplements. But with endless amounts of supplement information and misinformation online, it’s impossible to know which ones may be beneficial without consulting a naturopathic provider who is board certified in naturopathic oncology and/or has received training in naturopathic oncology.

Don't let fear of breast cancer paralyze you

Dennis Citrin, MB, PhD

It’s natural to worry when you feel a lump in your breast. And if your doctor tells you that you have breast cancer, it’s perfectly normal to be scared. But you can’t let fear paralyze you and prevent you from seeking care.

In my experience, 11 percent of women delay treatment by at least six months from the time they first feel a lump. The average delay, in fact, was more than a year.

Put your health first and commit to better health


As a child, LaDonna Liles regularly pitched in to help with her family’s cattle and dairy ranch, feeding and caring for the farm animals and helping with the numerous chores required to make the ranch run well. 

After she left home to pursue a career in health care, she found this work ethic helped her achieve career success, but her drive concealed a common problem many women face. The pressures of life—job, family and other obligations—distracted her from taking care of herself.