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Well and worried: How to move on after cancer


Most people with cancer have one goal in common: remission. When you reach this milestone you may experience relief and joy, as well as feelings you didn’t expect such as apprehension and worry. After you’ve dealt with the challenges of cancer, it can come as a surprise to feel these mixed emotions. The good news is you’re not alone and there are some helpful ways to move on after cancer.

Men’s Health Month: 5 cancer symptoms men should not ignore


It’s a stereotype that all too often rings true: Men frequently ignore signs when something is wrong with their health. Many refuse to see their doctor for health issues, let alone talk about them with their spouse or closest friends.

Recognizing the common signs of cancer—and more importantly, seeing a doctor about them—can increase a man’s chances of detecting the disease early on. More treatment options are available when cancer is diagnosed in an early stage.

Genetics and genomics: What can our genes tell us about cancer?


Video: What’s the difference between the terms genetic and genomic?

What’s the difference between the terms genetic and genomic?

Our genes decide virtually everything about us. Can our genes also help uncover information about how to control cancer if it develops? First, we need to understand more about genetics versus genomics. While these terms are often used interchangeably, they are, in fact, different. 

Not all sunscreen is created equal


Skin cancer is the number one cancer in the United States, but also one of the most preventable if you apply sunscreen before heading out into the sunshine each day. Before throwing a bottle into your grocery cart, consider the different options available.

Forgiveness can help cancer patients focus on healing


It’s one of the hardest choices many people will make in their lives, but also one of the most powerful. Forgiveness can be many things—frightening, challenging and, ultimately, freeing—but at its core, forgiveness is a choice.

Research shows that people who forgive are more likely to have higher self-esteem, lower blood pressure, fewer stress-related health issues and better immune system function, among other health benefits. To explain the role of forgiveness for cancer patients, we turned to Dr. Lynn Bornfriend, Psychiatrist at our hospital in Philadelphia.

Helping prevent cancer, continued

As I said in my last blog post, avoid processed foods. Coincidentally, processed foods are a hot topic lately because of the release of Fed Up, a documentary investigating the obesity crisis. I have yet to see it but am thrilled by the reviews.

Check out the film’s tag line: “Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong.”