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Nutrition strategies to help patients recover after surgery


Recovering from cancer surgery can be challenging, especially if you are unable stay nourished and strong. Many people experience a loss of appetite, and side effects such as pain and nausea can limit their ability and desire to eat.

Jason Stevens, MA, RD, CSO, LD, a clinical oncology dietitian, says working with a dietitian before and after a surgery can help patients maximize their nutrition intake.

Hope Springs Organic Farm keeps growing


At our hospital near Phoenix, patients reap the benefits of having an organic farm right in their backyard. The Hope Springs Organic Farm provides patients and staff with produce fresh from a 25-acre organic farm that will soon expand another 44 acres. Our culinary chefs use the daily harvest to prepare delicious, nutrient-rich meals to ensure they eat the freshest foods year-round.

Full exposure: An oncologist’s perspective on sunscreen

We all have risk factors for cancer. Some of us smoke, some of us drink too much and some eat too many processed foods. Me? I love the sun. I love to sit outside and feel the warmth on my skin. I tell myself it’s not such a bad habit. I wear sunscreen. That prevents skin cancer, right?

Naturopathic remedies for allergies


Seasonal allergies can put a damper on outdoor activities this summer. Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system to substances found in the everyday environment. Many people rely on medications to relieve allergic symptoms. Yet, natural solutions may help relieve some allergic symptoms and rebalance the immune system without the side effects brought on by drugs.

6 steps to help a loved one quit smokeless tobacco


Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn’s death from oral cancer associated with a lifetime use of smokeless tobacco shocked baseball fans around the country. But will Gwynn’s death have any resonance with current baseball players or future fans? After all, Gwynn was a professional athlete—disciplined and in tune with his body.  If he couldn’t kick the habit, what choice do regular folks have?

Managing the financial stress of cancer treatment


With cancer treatment, you, your doctors and your loved ones want to do everything possible so you can beat the disease. Sparing no expense, though, can be difficult for the average person, and the stress that comes with these financial challenges can take a toll.

Researchers find link between red meat intake and breast cancer risk

Researchers at Harvard recently found a higher intake of red meat linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. A group of 88,000 mostly Caucasian female nurses completed five surveys about their diets from 1991-2007, and were followed for 20 years. Nearly 3,000 of these women later developed breast cancer. This study looked at the relations between different protein foods in the women’s diet and the risk of later developing breast cancer.

Infrequent exercise is better than none at all, studies show


It is well known that regular exercise has many health benefits, including weight management, reduced risk for certain diseases, and overall physical health. But what if you can only squeeze in exercise a couple of times a week? Is it enough to make a positive impact on your health? Studies show that exercising twice a week is not only better than living a sedentary lifestyle, it also may be just as beneficial as working out more regularly.