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Educated patients have lower risk of infection from home-based IV nutrition

Pankaj G. Vashi, MD

For many cancer patients who cannot consume food by mouth, the intravenous delivery of life-sustaining nutrients is essential to the treatment and recovery process, especially after patients are discharged from the hospital. And yet, this important element of home-based care, commonly called home total parenteral nutrition, or TPN, has gotten a bad rap, mainly because of the high incidence of catheter-related infection.

Diet and lifestyle changes can help prevent cancer


Anyone can get cancer. However, only about 5 to 10 percent of all cancers develop from gene mutations passed down from one generation to the next, according to the American Cancer Society. For the other 90 to 95 percent of cancers, the lifestyle choices you make, the foods you eat and the amount of exercise you incorporate into your daily life can have an important impact on your overall risk. So being aware of lifestyle and diet choices are helpful tools for preventing cancer.

Dr. Mons: Restoring hope with a passion for reconstruction


Inspired by the local family doctor in his small Oklahoma hometown, Dr. Brad Mons grew up with a dream: to “deliver babies and fix broken arms.” Today, a respected surgeon in his own right, Dr. Mons has dedicated his career to helping others, like the man he always admired, though the dream took a bit of a detour. During his operating-room training at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he discovered he loved working with his hands. The revelation took his medical career in another direction.

Climbing up from cancer


The power of saying “yes,” even in challenging situations, can be especially meaningful for cancer patients. The seven men in the above video found that out when an experience that took them wildly out of their comfort zone led them to a profoundly connected, spiritual place.

Warmer temps come with a warning: Protect your skin


Temps are warming. The snow is finally melting. Picnics and outdoor activities are beginning to dot the calendar. Yes, summer is on the horizon, and that’s a welcome relief for many, especially after a brutal winter socked much of the nation. But behind the joys of sun-kissed celebrations are hazards that threaten to spoil the fun. Since May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, the time is ripe for a few reminders on how to reduce your risk of sun damage.

Immunotherapy represents progress in cancer treatment


Our immune system has one sole purpose: to protect against disease. Some cancers, though, can outsmart our immune system, and cancer cells can proliferate despite our bodies’ best efforts. Fortunately, researchers have developed a new class of drugs, called immunotherapy, that can help a silenced immune system fight cancer