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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.

Learn about rehab during National Physical Therapy Month

Chad Franche, SPT, and Raakhee Patel, PT, DPT

With October being National Physical Therapy Month, it’s a good time to highlight programs that can help cancer patients at CTCA regain their strength, address incontinence issues and reduce pain when battling their disease.

Physical therapists help patients maximize their functional mobility. We aid them in achieving optimal function and pain relief, while preventing disability. 

Helping patients live tobacco-free


CTCA near Phoenix now offers a new program for patients who wish to quit smoking. The Tobacco Cessation Program educates patients on the benefits of quitting and the effects tobacco use has on cancer treatment.

Approximately one-third of all cancer deaths are related to tobacco use, according to the American Cancer Society. Furthermore, more than 80 percent of lung cancer deaths are due to smoking. But the good news is, it is never too late to quit. The Tobacco Cessation Program provides patients with the tools and support needed to help them quit successfully.

Metabolic syndrome: The signs, why it matters, what you can do

This summer, 1 in 3 American adults woke up to a diagnosis: obesity. The American Medical Association made the surprising decision in June to classify obesity as a disease. But is weight the only important marker of good health?

Metabolic syndrome may be more revealing, but it's not often diagnosed properly. Metabolic syndrome refers to factors that raise your risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke. It also has been linked to colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer and possibly uterine cancer.

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