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Nutrition and cancer: Feel better and stay strong

Sherri O’Shea, RD, LDN

Studies show that nutrition greatly affects how well a person tolerates cancer treatment; and malnutrition is a leading factor in cancer-related deaths. Yet, many patients are not offered preventive nutrition services as part of their care, or are not aware of its importance. Integrated nutrition services can help patients feel better, stay stronger and work toward a healthy outcome.

HIPEC may offer hope to patients fighting
advanced stage colorectal cancer


In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, today we’re taking a look at the disease and one of the innovative treatments available for it. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), one in 20 people are at risk for developing colorectal cancer. It’s the third most common cancer in the United States. ACS estimates this year alone, 96,830 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer and 40,000 with rectal cancer (the term “colorectal” is used to refer to both cancers).

3 things to know about lowering lymphedema risk


Today marks Lymphedema Awareness “D” Day, a day to honor patients and raise awareness about the condition.

Lymphedema is swelling, or edema, caused by an abnormal collection of fluid just beneath the skin. It can develop when lymph nodes are removed or lymph vessels are damaged following cancer-related surgery or treatment such as radiation therapy.

Travel tips for cancer patients: Prepare for your trip


For many reasons, almost 70 percent of our patients choose to leave their home state and travel to one of our hospitals for care. Traveling when you’re being treated for cancer can be a challenge, especially the first few times when it's a new experience. Getting ready for your trip requires extra time and planning to make sure you have a smooth trip.

Consider these tips to help you prepare for your trip and make life a little less frenzied as you travel.

Why sleep matters for cancer patients


Video: Why Sleep Matters for Cancer Patients

Why Sleep Matters for Cancer Patients

It’s National Sleep Awareness Week and across the country, sleep-deprived Americans are spending billions of dollars on sleep aids, from noise machines to specialty pillows. Last July, 8.6 million Americans reported taking medication to sleep better. Among the general population, 10-15 percent of us have trouble sleeping.

Do black cumin seeds hold the cure to colon cancer?


Nigella sativa, or black cumin, is a flowering plant that grows in Europe, India and the Arabian Peninsula. Its seeds have been used for cooking and medicinal purposes for thousands of years, but do they contain the cure to colon cancer?

Genetics can dictate patient response to pain medicine

Raed Rahman, DO

Among my patients, I have observed differences in how individuals respond to opioids, a commonly prescribed type of narcotic pain medication. Just as people differ in hair, skin and eye color, they also can experience different results from pain medications.

For some patients, a particular medicine—and even a specific dosage—may work well. For others, the exact same amount and drug type may offer little relief.

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