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The CTCA blog

Cancer survivors reunite at “The Gathering”

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Last month, our hospital near Atlanta held a reunion for patients and caregivers. “The Gathering,” created by Cancer Fighters®, Ernest and Sylvia Withrow, was a time to see old friends, meet new ones and share with others currently battling the disease.

Replace salt with herbs to cut down on sodium

Alison Tierney, RD

Did you know that nine in 10 Americans, ages 2 and older, eat too much sodium?

You may be wondering how much sodium is too much. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which is based on scientific evidence, recommends limiting daily sodium intake to no more than 2,300 milligrams, which equals one teaspoon of salt. Anyone with high blood pressure or at risk for the condition should have no more than 1,500 milligrams, or less than three-fourths of a teaspoon, per day.

Why people with cancer should see a dentist

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Good oral health is important for everyone, but especially for people with cancer. More than one-third of people treated for cancer develop complications affecting the mouth, such as mouth sores (mucositis), dry mouth (xerostomia), and pain or difficulty swallowing (dysphagia).

Five sides to bring to a cookout

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While mayo and cream cheese may be a Labor Day cookout’s most abundant ingredients, fear not! There are healthy side dish options to add to the mix that will keep you feeling healthy and well-nourished this holiday weekend.

Vaccines can help treat or prevent certain cancers

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Vaccines have been a standard part of staying healthy for almost 70 years, protecting children from deadly diseases such as mumps, chicken pox and rubella. Now, science is looking to vaccines as a way treat people who already have certain diseases, particularly cancer.

Curcumin, turmeric’s active ingredient, holds potential benefits

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For more than 4,000 years, the Asian spice turmeric has been used in cooking and for medicinal purposes. Curcumin, turmeric’s active ingredient, is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, as well as the yellow pigment that gives many curry dishes a golden hue.

Shana Deneen, ND, FABNO, DiplAc, a naturopathic oncology provider at our hospital in Tulsa, says preliminary lab studies have suggested when curcumin is used in combination with cancer treatment, it may help inhibit the growth of breastcolon and prostate cancer.

How to make your own sunscreen

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Video: Cancer Treatment Centers of America Shows How to Make Sunscreen

Cancer Treatment Centers of America Shows How to Make Sunscreen

Sunscreen helps protect your skin from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays, which are responsible for more than 90 percent of skin cancer cases in the United States. Sara Gomendi, ND, a naturopathic resident at our Tulsa hospital, appears on Good Morning Texas to explain how to make your own sunscreen.

Beyond blue: Coping with depression and cancer

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With the tragic and untimely death of Robin Williams last week, the topic of depression is in the public spotlight. According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 4 people fighting cancer are clinically depressed. And while most people who battle depression are able to find relief that Williams didn’t, it’s a wake-up call for all of us to be more aware of the symptoms, and get help for ourselves or loved ones.

Should we throw cold water on the 'Ice Bucket Challenge'?

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If you’ve been on Facebook or Twitter recently, you’ve probably seen the Ice Bucket Challenge. The campaign asks people to donate $100 to ALS research or pour a bucket of ice water over their head. Anyone who performs this feat on camera then nominates several friends to take the same challenge for ALS, an incurable, neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gherig’s disease.

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