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The CTCA blog

Hope Springs Organic Farm: As fresh as it gets


CTCA near Phoenix has planted a 25 acre organic farm behind the hospital.  CTCA near Phoenix is the first cancer hospital in the country to provide its patients with organic produce grown on-site and year-round.

“One advantage of Hope Springs Farm for our patients is that the farm draws awareness to local, seasonal whole foods.  Dietitians across the enterprise continue to encourage patients to eat a diet rich in whole foods, and to utilize local, organic farms, for the benefits of seasonal freshness,” says Sharon Day, Director of Nutrition.

Experts suggest redefining cancer to reduce overtreatment


Experts from the National Cancer Institute on Monday recommended redefining cancer to eliminate its association with slow-growing, premalignant lesions and to prevent overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

The new recommendations are likely to spark debate among physicians and scientists. Outlined in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the experts advise removing the word “carcinoma” from ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast. Most doctors agree the condition is not cancer and renaming it could avoid unnecessary treatments such as surgery to remove the breast.

5 tips for healthy grilling


Summertime brings out the master griller in many of us. But typical grill fare like burgers and ribs are loaded with fat and calories. Processed meats like hot dogs and brats are also full of sodium, chemicals and fat.

Sharon Day, Director of Nutrition at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center, adds, “Grilling meats at high temperatures can increase the risk of cancer-causing compounds.”

So is grilling healthy impossible? The key is to make the right choices, says Day.

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.

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