Cancer Treatment Centers of America

CTCA Doctors

Explore the blogs below to learn more about the oncologists and other cancer doctors and clinicians at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), as well as the insights they share about cancer, its treatment, prevention and survivorship.

One way to lower your cancer risk: Cut the extra sugars


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The grapefruit diet. Atkins. South Beach. Low-fat. Low-carb. High-protein. It seems like there’s a fad diet for every taste bud out there. While the cornucopia of weight-loss plans varies widely on what you should and shouldn’t eat to lose weight, there’s one ingredient just about all of them agree should be cut: added sugars. That’s because excess sugars are not just empty calories; they also contribute to weight gain, which may in turn lead to obesity.

Unraveling the mystery of radiation therapy



The confusion and mystery that often surrounds radiation therapy has led to a number of myths and misconceptions. Some cancer patients, for example, mistakenly believe that radiation is painful or that it may make them radioactive, instilling fear or hesitation about undergoing the treatment. “Radiation may be scary to some patients,” says Dr. Marnee Spierer, Radiation Oncologist at our hospital near Phoenix. “They don’t understand what it is.

Is it safe to treat breast cancer during pregnancy?

Dennis Citrin, MB, PhD


Although not common, one in 3,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during pregnancy, according to National Cancer Institute estimates. During pregnancy, a woman is already going through a lot of hormonal, emotional and physical changes. Adding a cancer diagnosis to the mix can cause fear and uncertainty for the future and the health of the baby. However, in most cases, it is safe to treat a mother for breast cancer when she is with child.

Preventive tools for women at high risk for breast cancer


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Some women are more prone to getting breast cancer than others. Knowing your risk may prove empowering, especially at a time when prevention efforts are growing in both importance and availability. With today’s focus on preventing cancer when possible, some medical leaders are designing programs specifically to identify high-risk women and help them avoid becoming the one in eight women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.