January Food of the Month: Leeks

Written by Liv Scheinbaum on January 27, 2015 | Reply

Leeks are part of the Allium family, which also includes garlic, onion, scallions and chives. This aromatic veggie is low in calories, about 54 calories for 1 cup of raw leeks, but packed with a subtle flavor that makes them perfect to toss into soups and salads, or sauté as a tasty side dish all on its own. Leeks are an excellent source of vitamin K and very good sources of vitamin B6, manganese, copper, iron and folate. (more…)

Gifting Blood

Written by Aoi Goto on January 23, 2015 | Reply

January has been designated as the National Blood Donor Month in order to encourage volunteers to give blood.  Blood is typically in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, the amount of traveling by donors, and various drawbacks that cold weather brings.  In these cold months when blood supply is critically low, it is important that we spread the awareness of the need for more blood donors.  (more…)

Cervical Cancer Awareness

Written by Aoi Goto on January 20, 2015 | Reply

This January, we would like to recognize National Cervical Health Awareness Month. During this month, we encourage women to take this opportunity to think about the status of their own cervical health. (more…)

Our Top 15 GMO FAQs

Written by Lauren Borg on January 16, 2015 | Reply

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) or genetically engineered foods (GE) are currently a hot topic, especially as the fight to label GMO foods intensifies. Although a confusing topic, GMOs are not completely understood by many people. Check out our GMO Q&A to learn all about GMOs, the current research and policy regulations and why this issue is important to be aware of. (more…)

Physical Activity and the Cancer Patient – Walking for Exercise

Written by Stephanie Lang on January 13, 2015 | Reply

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!

Staying physically active (and eating a healthful diet) can help promote optimal health. For cancer patients, moderate amounts of physical activity seem to help reduce the fatigue from chemotherapy and radiation, perhaps by boosting mood. Walking is one of the most popular physical activities in America, and for a good reason—it’s safe, cheap, practical, and familiar. (more…)

Dental Management and Cancer Therapy: Some Important Information to Know Before Undergoing Invasive Procedures

Written by Lauren Levi on January 6, 2015 | Reply

Trained in dental oncology, Lauren Levi, D.M.D., is a general dentist who provides care to cancer patients and is committed to delivering comprehensive oral care. She has extensive experience treating patients who are receiving chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and stem cell transplants and who face individualized dental needs because of these treatment programs.  Dr. Levi will be featuring an oral health series for Meals to Heal this year. (more…)

Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Yoga

Written by Amy Staudacher on December 31, 2014 | Reply

Yoga originated in India over 5,000 years ago and is still practiced today as a relaxation method to align the mind and the body.  It involves a series of poses that focuses on posture alignment, breathing exercises, as well as mediation to quiet the mind and achieve a higher level of awareness without distraction. The practice has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, leading to improved health and wellbeing. Supporters also claim that yoga can have beneficial effects on blood pressure levels, heart rate, and improved quality of sleep. (more…)

December Food of the Month: Pomegranates

Written by Amy Staudacher on December 30, 2014 | Reply

Pomegranates have long been symbols of prosperity and health dating back to the ancient civilizations, and more recently, have gained widespread recognition as a “Superfood” due to their potent antioxidant content and stellar nutritional profile. (more…)

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong: Disrupting Cancer

Written by Lauren Borg on December 26, 2014 | Reply

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, the developer of Abraxane—one of the leading cancer-fighting drugs, sat with Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CBS’ 60 Minutes to discuss his unconventional strategies into turning cancer into a chronic disease and not a death sentence. (more…)

Holiday Nutrition Tips

Written by Aoi Goto on December 18, 2014 | Reply

The holiday season can be a busy and stressful time of the year for everyone, but it can be especially difficult for cancer patients.  Although the holidays are all about celebrating with your family and friends, cancer treatment side effects can make it difficult for patients to enjoy their meals and the festivities.  That is why we would like to share with you some nutrition tips to help you get through this holiday season.  These tips are from Tips for Managing Nutritional Needs During the Holidays, which was provided as part of the Cooking. Comfort. Care. Nourishment for the Pancreatic Cancer Fight program. (more…)

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