Since 2010, September has been designated as National Blood Cancer Awareness Month. Leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes, and myeloproliferative neoplasms are all considered blood cancers that can affect the bone marrow, blood cells, lymph nodes and other parts of the lymphatic system. This month is an important month to increase public awareness of blood cancers, including screening, prevention, treatment options, and available resources for them. Staying informed with the latest news on these diseases is critical in reducing your risk of developing leukemia or lymphoma or achieving the best possible outcome from treatments. (more…)
“Bone strengthening drugs” are often prescribed to patients with multiple myeloma, metastatic disease to the bone, including breast or prostate cancer, bone cancers, Gorham’s disease or other bone conditions. “Bone strengthening drugs” is a broad colloquial term used to describe anti-resorptive medications, which include bisphosphonates and denosumab. But why is a dentist interested if a patient has a history of taking bisphosphonates or denosumab? As anti-resorptive drugs, bisphosphonates and denosumab may alter the functioning of bone cells. Thus, they may be associated with a condition marked by abnormal wound healing known as osteonecrosis of the jaw, or ONJ. While this condition has also been associated with some other drugs, such as bevacizumab and sunitinib, the incidence of ONJ tends to be higher with bisphosphonates and denosumab. (more…)
Summer squash is overflowing in you farmers markets, CSA boxes, gardens, and local grocery stores…and we’re not mad about it! We love it so much that it’s our food of the month for August. Not only are these veggies incredibly good for you (packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals all for only only 20 calories per cup) they are also very budget friendly and so versatile that they can be a part of almost any summer dish! Here are some ideas how to use them this summer. (more…)
The moment you or a loved one hear the news, time stops.
A chronic illness like cancer can make life very difficult.
Beyond health-related concerns, the anxiety of a patient and their family is compounded with a rapidly growing to do list: find a support group, get a wig, research complementary and alternative therapies, get to the pharmacy, find in-home help, clean the house, do the laundry, go to church, research financial assistance programs, prepare dinner for the family, find transportation, get a dog walker…the list goes on and on! (more…)
Gold Rush, White Egyptian, Pattypan, Costata Romanesca, Yellow Crookneck. What do all these fancy names have in common? They are all varieties of the humble summer squash. This summer delicacy is often overlooked for more exciting vegetable varieties, but these brightly hued, fun shaped gourds are just what light summer suppers need. Indeed, cooking need not be necessary with their soft and supple skin, unlike their winter counterparts. As for nutrition, 1 cup of sliced (insert your favorite summer squash variety here) yields 18 calories, 4 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 0 grams of fat and 1 gram of protein. They are very good sources of fiber, vitamin C, riboflavin, vitamin B6, folate, magnesium and potassium. In other words, they’re a nice little package of vitamins and minerals. (more…)
While enjoying the sun before the end of summer may be on your mind, remember that overexposure to UV radiation from the sun can be dangerous. UV rays are often associated with the risk of skin cancer but it is also important to know that over time, overexposure can lead to more serious health problems, including premature aging of the skin, cataracts and other eye damage, and immune system suppression. (more…)
Last time we spoke of the needs of the caretaker. I’d like now to discuss the needs of the cancer patient and the provider of their needs as a “team.” In other words, how do you really work together on this project we can call CANCER or “The Big C”? (more…)
Each month throughout 2015, we will feature a different physical activity on our blog. We hope to highlight a variety of activities in this series so that you can find your favorite ways to move your body!
Remember back in February when we reviewed the importance of strength and resistance exercise? This month, try adding Pilates to your strength training routine! Pilates is a gentle mind-body exercise that emphasizes strength, core stability, flexibility, muscle control, posture, and breathing. (more…)
This week, I received a call from a client asking if orange juice could increase his risk of skin cancer. He had just heard a story on the local news, which drew its conclusion from a recent research study published in the Journal of Oncology. With cases like this, it’s easy to see why there is so much confusion about nutrition. One day fruits like oranges are good for you, and the next day they are linked to melanoma, a deadly skin cancer? How can this be possible? (more…)
Two new vitamin D studies offer tantalizing clues about vitamin D and health, though the newly published research challenges long-held assumptions about the sunshine nutrient and bone health. As with most nutrition research, details matter, and considering those details can help you make informed choices about the role of vitamin D in your self-care plan.