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Music plays a role in cancer coping skills, study finds



Video: Music Therapy for Cancer Patients

Music Therapy for Cancer Patients

Music plays many roles for people throughout their lives. It can recall happy times, or be soothing during difficult times. A new study suggests that music has a powerful effect on a person’s ability to cope during cancer treatment.

Addressing health disparities in cancer


Cancer may be colorblind, but statistics show that minorities are most affected. Minorities not only have a higher risk of developing cancers such as prostate, colorectal and breast, but they are also more likely to die from the disease.

For National Minority Cancer Awareness Week, we’re exploring the issue and providing resources for low- or no-cost access to cancer screening exams.

GERD, heartburn can increase your risk for esophageal cancer


April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month and today we’re focusing on a common risk factor for the disease: gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or chronic acid reflux. GERD occurs when acid from the stomach splashes up into the esophagus. The acid irritates the lining of the esophagus, causing inflammation and symptoms such as heartburn, chest pain, regurgitation, sore throat or hoarseness, dry cough, persistent hiccups and trouble swallowing.

Drinking green tea to prevent cancer? Studies are mixed


On any given day, 160 million of us fill our mugs with hot tea or pair our meals with a glass of iced tea. Half of all Americans are drinking tea, fueling its growing popularity as researchers find it may help prevent disease—including cancer.

Most studies exploring the link between tea and cancer prevention focus on green tea, which comes from the Camellia sinesis plant, the same one as the more popular black tea used for iced tea. 

Testicular Cancer Awareness Month: What young men need to know about the disease


Cancer is often thought of as an older person’s disease. However, testicular cancer is the most common cancer in American men between the ages of 15 and 34, and 90 percent of cases occur in men under the age of 54.

Young people aren’t typically thinking about cancer, so it’s important to be aware of the symptoms. Testicular cancer can occur in both testicles, but typically it develops in one.

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.”

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