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The CTCA blog

Celebrating caregivers in November

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Caring for someone with cancer can feel like a full-time job. With duties ranging from making medical decisions, to cooking and preparing meals, to driving to and from medical appointments, tests and treatments, being a caregiver can be challenging, frustrating and rewarding at the same time. It’s a job that often comes with little preparation or training, and sometimes, with little recognition.

Is it still safe to bring home the bacon? What you need to know about the WHO report

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An international panel of health experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) caused a stir this week by reporting that eating processed meats, including bacon and hot dogs, increases the risk of getting cancer. While that assessment is not entirely new, the report, published in the journal Lancet Oncology, went a step further, adding that fresh cuts of red meat probably cause cancer, too.  

Reconstructive plastic surgery helping patients feel whole again after cancer surgery

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Patients who undergo cancer operations to remove tumors often face unique challenges. While the surgeries themselves may be lifesaving, they can have a lasting impact on patients’ quality of life, especially if the procedures changed how they feel, function or look. For many, reconstructive plastic surgery offers a chance to feel whole again, to recover lost confidence, dignity and sense of self.

Clinical trials seek winning combination in chemotherapy and immunotherapy

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Immunotherapy is a hot topic in cancer care circles, for researchers, doctors and cancer patients alike.
The more the science community learns about immunotherapy’s possibilities, the more optimistic oncologists are about the array of options it offers.
Dr. Glen Weiss, Director of Clinical Research and Medical Oncologist at our Arizona hospital, shares
the enthusiasm about the evolving therapy,
which enlists the body as a cancer-fighting ally by stimulating its immune system to attack cancer cells.

Thoughtful cancer care packages comfort patients during treatment

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“What can I do to help?” Cancer patients get this question all the time from family and friends who want to provide meaningful support but just don’t know where to start. The question, though, can stump patients, too, especially as they struggle to come to terms with their diagnosis. Greeting cards, flowers and balloons can be a great way to brighten a patient’s day. But a personalized cancer care package can take the understanding, empathy and support to the next level.

Supportive therapies may help relieve breast cancer side effects

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Cancer often affects men and women differently, both in terms of the side effects they endure and the way they handle them. Few experiences drive home the point more than breast cancer’s impact on women’s health and quality of life. The disease itself and treatments like surgery and chemotherapy can bring drastic changes, including early menopause, pain and body image issues.

What's in a name? Genetics vs genomics

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Cancer care has made enormous strides over the past decade, driven in large part by DNA-related discoveries. But confusion persists among the general public over what it all means. That misinformation may cloud patients’ understanding of how available treatments can benefit them, and may even deter them from pursuing certain options.