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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.

Does sugar 'feed' cancer?


Websites promoting the idea that sugar “feeds” cancer suggest that eating foods with sugar makes cancer grow faster. As a result, some cancer patients forego eating any sugar, eliminating beneficial foods, such as fruits, that contain essential nutrients.

There is no conclusive research on human subjects to prove that sugar makes cancerous cells grow and metastasize. Avoiding foods with processed sugar is a good idea in general, but eliminating foods with natural sugar won’t stop cancer cells from dividing.

New study shows a link between low sperm production and cancer


A study conducted by the Stanford School of Medicine found that men who are diagnosed as azoospermic, infertile due to lack of sperm in ejaculate, are more prone to developing cancer than men without this condition. A man diagnosed as azoospermic before he turns 30 has eight times the risk of cancer as a man without the condition.

“An azoospermic man’s risk for developing cancer is similar to that for a typical man 10 years older,” said Michael Eisenberg, MD, PhD, assistant professor of urology at Stanford and director of male reproductive medicine and surgery at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Eisenberg is lead author of the study, published online June 20 in Fertility and Sterility.

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