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Anatomy of Cancer: Understanding a disease that affects millions


Video: What is cancer?

What is cancer? Cancer experts at Cancer Treatment Centers of America discuss what cancer is and how it can be treated. Watch this five-minute video that explains cancer in everyday terms.

When you hear the word “cancer,” what comes to mind?

Is it the fear of ever being diagnosed? Or of watching the person closest to you get the news? Maybe it’s the triumphant feeling of having battled the disease until it’s finally in remission.

Many people associate cancer with the emotions it evokes: the shock, the sadness, the bravery and the exhilaration. Why cancer develops and why it responds to certain treatments is more of a mystery.

How to eat for hormonal balance: Nutrition tips for every woman


What are hormones, and why do they matter?

Put simply, hormones are chemical substances from the endocrine system that act as messengers for your body. They travel in your bloodstream to tissues and organs. 

In essence, the release of hormones is one of the ways that parts of the body communicate with each other.

Breast cancer pain is real: Let's address it

Raed Rahman, DO

Many women with breast cancer experience pain before, during or even after treatment. While it’s normal to be concerned about pain, every woman should know that relief is available.

Cancer pain can be caused by the tumor itself or by the tumor growing onto adjacent nerves or other structures. Pain also can occur as a side effect of treatment, like surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hormone therapy

Think green: Tips for safely cleaning your home and saving money


With the holidays just around the corner, getting your home in tip-top shape may be on your to-do list. But before you rush to get your cleaning done, it’s important to know which cleaning products are safest to use.

Many household cleaners contain toxic ingredients, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates only a fraction of the more than 75,000 registered chemicals have gone through complete testing to see if they might harm our health. Chemicals in cleaning products can enter our bodies via the air we breathe, through our skin and through the water we drink. In general, chemicals aren’t good for us and high exposure can be a risk factor for cancer.

Breast cancer “freebies” - Help for the body, soul and pocketbook


As many women with breast cancer know, it can be an expensive disease. Who wouldn’t appreciate a helping hand? The good news is it’s available, if you dig deep enough.

Bethany Kandel, former journalist, discovered this when she was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago. “During my treatment, I received a free wig from the American Cancer Society” says Kandel, who discovered a variety of organizations that provide everything from free lymphedema sleeves to help with transportation. “I realized there are so many people going through cancer who could use this assistance, but there was nobody compiling all of the freebies in one place.”

12 tips for talking to a loved one with cancer


Talking to a loved one about his or her cancer diagnosis and treatment can be difficult, whether you are a spouse, parent, sibling or child of someone fighting cancer. Many people are not sure what to say or ask their loved one. 

For some, talking about the big “C” brings up personal fears or memories, and they may approach conversations with hesitation, or avoid talking to their loved one about cancer altogether.

CTCA celebrates first ever National Naturopathic Medicine Week

Eliot Edwards, ND, FABNO

Naturopathic oncology providers at CTCA have been proud to be a part of the first ever week recognizing the role of naturopathic medicine in health care.

The U.S. Senate last month unanimously passed a resolution designating Oct. 7-13 as National Naturopathic Medicine Week. It was the first time a legislative branch of the federal government has directly acknowledged and supported naturopathic medicine — even though the U.S. Department of Education has recognized naturopathic medical education for decades.

New research identifies the molecular mechanisms of breast cancer


A new study by Danish researchers offers insight into the molecular mechanisms that drive the development of breast cancer. The findings could foster new targeted drugs and treatments tailored to each breast cancer patient.

Published recently in the journal Molecular Cell, the study identifies the cell receptor known as FGFR2b as having a role in the growth and spread of breast cancer.

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