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CTCA patient draws on experience as a first responder to fight cancer

Eugene Hunley

When I worked as a firefighter/paramedic, fear was a constant presence. It was fear for my patients, fear for my fellow firefighters and even fear for my own life. Imagine how you would feel if you were about to walk into a 30-foot wall of fire. But fear on the job was always tempered by the support of my team.

I quickly learned the importance of having complete confidence in my fellow firefighters. Every member of my team was there to support me, whether it was at the hose, at a victim rescue, or if I went down. This is why firefighters call it a brotherhood.

Marine cone snail venom could treat chronic neuropathic pain

Raed Rahman, DO

Because many of my patients experience severe chronic neuropathic pain—a type of pain that is complex and difficult to resolve—I’m always looking for new, more effective therapies. The next big thing in pain medicine could come from a surprising source: the marine cone snail.

I read with interest a recent article in Pain Medicine News, “Studying Neuropathic Pain, at a Snail’s Pace,” that discusses the development of neuropathic pain therapies based on the marine cone snail.

Reduce harmful inflammation with the anti-inflammatory diet

Cristina Swartz, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC

Your diet affects the amount of inflammation in your body, which can be good news if you’re willing to make the right food choices.

Too much inflammation can harm your health: It damages tissue and can contribute to serious conditions, such as heart disease, cancer and even diabetes. Chronic illness, stress, aging and lifestyle factors, such as diet, activate inflammatory responses in the body.

Cancer survivors reunite at “The Gathering”


Last month, our hospital near Atlanta held a reunion for patients and caregivers. “The Gathering,” created by Cancer Fighters®, Ernest and Sylvia Withrow, was a time to see old friends, meet new ones and share with others currently battling the disease.

Replace salt with herbs to cut down on sodium

Alison Tierney, RD

Did you know that nine in 10 Americans, ages 2 and older, eat too much sodium?

You may be wondering how much sodium is too much. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which is based on scientific evidence, recommends limiting daily sodium intake to no more than 2,300 milligrams, which equals one teaspoon of salt. Anyone with high blood pressure or at risk for the condition should have no more than 1,500 milligrams, or less than three-fourths of a teaspoon, per day.