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The CTCA blog

Meet clinician blogger Dr. Raed Rahman

Raed Rahman, DO

I've made it my life's passion to help patients experiencing pain due to cancer so they can focus on what's most important: healing. I am writing this blog to inform and educate and to provide you with the hope and courage you need to continue moving forward. My No. 1 message to you is that you don't have to live with pain.

Snoezelen® therapy can reduce cancer-related stress


Cancer patients are often stressed-out – physically, emotionally and socially – and being stressed out can make fighting cancer even more difficult.

Patients who can cope with their stress using, for example, relaxation and stress management techniques have lower levels of depression, less anxiety and fewer symptoms related to cancer and its treatment.

Meet clinician blogger Dr. Maurie Markman

Maurie Markman, MD

I have been blogging for over 10 years because I believe that it is important to inform the public and other professionals in my field of advances in medicine and science. I am the Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs and National Director of Medical Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). My hope for writing here is not to force my opinion, but to encourage discussion of important topics surrounding medicine.

Hope Springs Organic Farm: As fresh as it gets


CTCA near Phoenix has planted a 25 acre organic farm behind the hospital.  CTCA near Phoenix is the first cancer hospital in the country to provide its patients with organic produce grown on-site and year-round.

“One advantage of Hope Springs Farm for our patients is that the farm draws awareness to local, seasonal whole foods.  Dietitians across the enterprise continue to encourage patients to eat a diet rich in whole foods, and to utilize local, organic farms, for the benefits of seasonal freshness,” says Sharon Day, Director of Nutrition.

Experts suggest redefining cancer to reduce overtreatment


Experts from the National Cancer Institute on Monday recommended redefining cancer to eliminate its association with slow-growing, premalignant lesions and to prevent overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

The new recommendations are likely to spark debate among physicians and scientists. Outlined in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the experts advise removing the word “carcinoma” from ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast. Most doctors agree the condition is not cancer and renaming it could avoid unnecessary treatments such as surgery to remove the breast.

5 tips for healthy grilling


Summertime brings out the master griller in many of us. But typical grill fare like burgers and ribs are loaded with fat and calories. Processed meats like hot dogs and brats are also full of sodium, chemicals and fat.

Sharon Day, Director of Nutrition at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center, adds, “Grilling meats at high temperatures can increase the risk of cancer-causing compounds.”

So is grilling healthy impossible? The key is to make the right choices, says Day.

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