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Acoustic neuromas: Know the signs of these rare, inner ear tumors


An acoustic neuroma, or vestibular schwannoma, is a noncancerous tumor that grows on the nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain. Typically, acoustic neuromas grow slowly, often over a period of years, and can take some time before symptoms become noticeable.

Dr. Clinton Baird, Medical Director of Neurosurgery Services at our hospital in Tulsa, says, “Even if it is very small, an acoustic neuroma can cause symptoms. This is because the tumor can press on the vestibular nerve, which controls your sense of balance and orientation in physical space. It can cause severe dizziness and vertigo.”

Are you at risk for diabetes?


Today is American Diabetes Association Alert Day®. The association urges you to get tested for type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes. It occurs when the body does not properly produce or use insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas that helps your body convert the food you eat into energy.

A daily aspirin may reduce ovarian cancer risk


Add ovarian cancer to the list of cancers that a daily aspirin may help ward off. Researchers with the National Cancer Institute found that women may be able to reduce their risk of ovarian cancer by 20 percent by taking aspirin regularly.

The research, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in early February, studied participants who used either aspirin, non-aspirin NSAIDs (nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs) or acetaminophen.

FDA may institute food label changes


For the first time in two decades, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing changes to nutrition labels to make it easier for the average consumer to understand what they’re eating.

March is National Nutrition Month®, when dietitians call attention to the importance of making informed decisions about the food we eat. We reached out to Karen Sudders, Clinical Oncology Dietitian at our hospital in Philadelphia, for her insight into possible changes to food labels.

Travel tips for cancer patients: Aim to stay healthy as you travel


Traveling and staying healthy may sound like an impossible feat, especially during cold and flu season. But there are measures you can take to help you feel more comfortable as you travel and arrive at your treatment destination feeling ready to fight cancer.

Here are some tips we suggest to patients who travel hundreds of miles to our hospitals for treatment.

Complementary healing technique may help to improve quality of life


We all carry with us physical and emotional issues. It’s part of being human. People with cancer deal with different levels of distress. Some look for ways to alleviate some of the burdens of the disease using complementary therapies paired with their medical treatments.

Wanting to help people alleviate suffering is what inspired John Newton to study and practice complementary healing techniques around the world for almost 30 years.

Nutrition and cancer: Feel better and stay strong

Sherri O’Shea, RD, LDN

Studies show that nutrition greatly affects how well a person tolerates cancer treatment; and malnutrition is a leading factor in cancer-related deaths. Yet, many patients are not offered preventive nutrition services as part of their care, or are not aware of its importance. Integrated nutrition services can help patients feel better, stay stronger and work toward a healthy outcome.