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Get active for a cause


The summer months are upon us, and that means spending time outdoors with family and friends. These long sunny days are a perfect time to get involved in the numerous outdoor events to support cancer research and prevention.

Walking or running for a cause has benefits that reach far beyond the physical. Doing something to help others is good for your overall well-being. These advocacy events can be especially meaningful for people who have been touched by cancer, whether they are caregivers, currently going through treatment or are in remission.

6 things to know about sarcoma


July is Sarcoma Awareness Month. Deemed the “forgotten cancer” because of its rarity, sarcoma is cancer of the connective tissue. In general, there are two types of sarcoma: soft tissue and bone. Soft tissue sarcomas develop in muscles, tendons, fat, blood vessels, nerves, joints and tissues that surround joints.

Exercise, prevention and quality of life

A walk in the park, a few laps around the mall, or a leisurely bike ride is all you need to do to reap the rewards associated with exercise. Research shows that exercise is one of the best forms of prevention for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, depression and anxiety. Exercise is also one of the best lifestyle choices you can make for the prevention of certain types of cancer, such as breast and colon cancer.

Meet clinician blogger Christina Shannon

Let me start off by sharing my goal for writing this blog.  I would like to share information on integrative medicine and the benefits that can be obtained from a team approach to healthcare.  As a naturopathic doctor and specialist in treating people diagnosed with cancer, I hope to provide reliable, science-based information, in order to create an open dialogue where we all benefit.

Watchful waiting may not be suitable for black men with low-risk prostate cancer


A study conducted by The Johns Hopkins Hospital revealed that an “active surveillance” approach may not be a good idea for black men with slow-growing or low-risk prostate cancer.

Typically, men with very low-risk prostate cancer are thought to be good candidates for active surveillance, in which doctors delay treatment and closely monitor the cancer. This allows men to avoid the potential side effects of treatments like surgery and radiation, such as incontinence and impotence.

Radiosurgery offers a noninvasive, precise way to treat tumors

Bernard Eden, MD

The field of radiation oncology continues to evolve and advance, offering a wide variety of radiation therapy options for patients depending on their specific cancer and the complexity of the cancer. 

Patients and family members often have a lot of questions about radiation therapy and the options available. My job is not only to treat my patients but to fully answer their questions and go over the pros and cons of a particular treatment option. 

Meet clinician blogger Dr. Bernard Eden

Bernard Eden, MD

Sharing my experiences, knowledge and expertise through blogging is new for me, but exciting. I am the Medical Director of the Radiation Oncology Department at CTCA outside Chicago. My goal in writing this blog is to inform, educate and provide hope and courage to cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. 

Welcome to the new CancerCenter


We’re excited to announce the launch of a new, more patient-focused Cancer Treatment Centers of America website.

Our new website was designed to help you and your loved ones through every step of the cancer journey. We’ve added several features to help you find the information you need. At the new, you can:

Researchers uncover link between obesity and liver cancer


New research published in Nature is among the first to identify why obesity is a risk factor for cancer. Specifically, researchers found that individuals who are obese are more likely to develop liver cancer than their normal weight counterparts.

The culprit: microbes that live in our guts.

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