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National Women’s Health Week: 5 tips to be a well woman


Did you know that one in three women will develop cancer in her lifetime? We spent Mother’s Day focusing on important women in our lives, and now we should focus on their health. This week is National Women’s Health Week, a good time for women of all ages to make their health a priority.

Neuropathy Awareness Week: Acupuncture can ease peripheral neuropathy


As any cancer patient knows, the side effects of cancer treatment can be troubling. If left untreated, they can also delay or interrupt your treatment.

An especially bothersome side effect of cancer is peripheral neuropathy. This condition includes numbness, burning, tingling, muscle weakness, loss of balance and consistent or sporadic pain. It occurs when nerves in the body are damaged by chemotherapy, surgery, radiation treatment, tumors that press on nerves or other causes.

How an oncologist helps prevent cancer

I know cancer. I know how cancer starts, how it survives and why it multiplies. I know why it spreads, where it likes to go and the devastation it leaves behind. 

I am a radiation oncologist and I treat cancer every day. So when I get home at night, I think about how to prevent cancer. Like you, I want to protect myself and my loved ones from this epidemic. Here are my thoughts based on the current medical literature:

Melanoma Monday: Safe sunscreen choices


May is Melanoma Awareness Month, a time to raise melanoma awareness and promote ways to prevent skin cancer. As the most common cancer type, skin cancer affects more than 3.5 million people each year in the United States. The good news is this type of cancer can largely be prevented by limiting harmful exposure to UV rays.

Staying in the shade when you’re outside is one way to limit exposure, but if fun in the sun is on your summer agenda, follow these tips to help protect your skin.

Congratulations, Cleveland Clinic

I would like to formally congratulate Cleveland Clinic on the opening of a Chinese herbal ward in its Center for Integrative Medicine. As an established academic medical center with an excellent reputation for cardiology, urology, and many other disciplines, the Cleveland Clinic is in a unique position to bring attention to the use and value of herbal therapies as part of a formal treatment plan.

Uncertainty and fear of dying: Helping cancer patients find peace

Rev. Percy McCray

Why is his death a surprise? We know everyone will die at some point. But many of us do our best to keep death and dying out of mind. We like to think of death as something that happens to someone else instead.  

From a spiritual perspective, part of the walk in this natural body is the certainty of death. As Director of Pastoral Care at our hospital outside Chicago, my role is to help cancer patients face this reality.