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Category: Cancer Care

Cancer: The Battle No One Chooses

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can be scary and confusing. But with the right treatment and support, more and more cancer patients become survivors who enjoy a healthy long life. According to the National Institute of Health “the number of people living beyond a cancer diagnosis reached nearly 14.5 million in 2014 and is expected […]

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Ginseng: Getting to the Root

If there’s one Asian herb that everyone has heard of, it’s ginseng – Panax ginseng to give it it’s full name. It’s often thought of as a stimulant, although Ginseng is actually more sophisticated than that. In traditional Chinese herbology, we use it to strengthen digestion, improve lung function, reduce anxiety, and increase energy.

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How to perform a monthly breast self-exam

Survival rates for breast cancer patients have never been better, and early detection is one of the reasons for this.

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5 Ways to Reduce your Risk of Breast Cancer

When Angelina Jolie described her double mastectomy in an OP-ED column in the New York Times she started a discussion that I think is important.  The well-known actress and activist is in a somewhat rare category when it comes to breast cancer risk in that she has the BRCA1 gene mutation. This is an inherited […]

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Focus on Cancer: Xerostomia and mouth sores

Radiation to the chest, neck and head can affect the mouth and throat, creating dryness, changes in taste, difficult or painful swallowing and changes in speech.  Xerostomia (dryness of the mouth) occurs in over 80% of cancer patients receiving radiation to these areas within six weeks of first treatment.  Some chemotherapy agents can also cause […]

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Focus on Cancer: Hot flashes during cancer treatment

Some types of cancer cells are stimulated by naturally occurring hormones in the body like estrogen.  In these cases, drugs such as tamoxifen and letrozole are used to keep hormone levels stable and low.  These drugs are adjuvant therapies used in addition to other cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation and are used to manage […]

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Focus on Cancer: Pain and peripheral neuropathy

Using acupuncture to reduce pain has been documented in many scientific studies over the years.  It is also one of the best ways to manage the pain associated with peripheral neuropathy induced by chemotherapy.  Damage to the peripheral nerves in the fingers and toes, but also radiating up into the arms and legs can occur […]

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Focus On Cancer: Nausea during treatment

Nausea and loss of appetite can be common side effects of some cancer treatments and while medications to prevent or treat nausea are often combined with chemotherapy drugs, many patients still experience symptoms.  For the “foodies” and our patients who experience much pleasure from eating, this can be an especially difficult side effect as they […]

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IVF and Ovarian Cancer: A new study causes unnecessary alarm

The recent Dutch study revealing a possible link between IVF and borderline ovarian tumors has caused some panic amongst our patients.  I’d like to set everyone’s mind at ease. This was a large and long term study comparing ovarian cancer rates in nearly 20,000 women who received IVF with about 6,000 infertile women who had […]

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Breast Cancer Prevention

Whenever I talk about breast cancer prevention I am very conscious of my patients who are currently dealing with this illness. I want to avoid making them feel as if they did something wrong. Too often cancer patients beat themselves up for things they did and things they wished they’d done. I don’t want to […]

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New Research Gives Hope for Breast Cancer Patients

I know that many of you saw the recent news reports about a new study that showed that acupuncture is remarkably helpful when it comes to relieving the side effects of breast cancer treatment. You can see an ABC news report on this by clicking here. Doctors treating breast cancer give patients drugs that lower […]

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