At the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, we are privileged to provide the best community cancer care available for each patient. Our blog serves as an extension of this care, offering community-based resources on a wide array of cancer-related healthcare topics.
A cancer diagnosis brings significant challenges—not just physical, but mental and emotional as well.
For women, dealing with the physical trials associated with cancer and cancer treatment can be exacerbated by appearance-related side effects, including hair loss, changes in skin tone, and dramatic swings in body weight. Far from being trivial, those appearance-related issues can be devastating to a woman’s self-esteem, body image, social functioning, and sense of self.
It takes too long. I don’t have time. Too much chopping. Everyone eats at a different time. I don’t have the right ingredients. These are just a few of the comments people make when asked about making homemade healthy meals.
According to a study reported in Business News Daily, Americans spend 23 hours a week emailing, texting, and using social media. Imagine how well you could eat if you used some of that time to prepare healthy food, or maybe even get in a walk! With a small amount of planning, food that is prepared at home can be delicious, easy to make, and healthier than fast food or take-out. Let’s get started!
When you're dealing with cancer treatment, it's easy to let stress take over. To help patients cope with that stress, and as part of the Leever Cancer Center's dedication to providing comprehensive cancer support services to our patients and their families, we offer the "Building Your Self-Care Toolbox” program, a series of no-cost workshops for patients and caregivers.
We've all seen and heard the ads: "Headache? Toothache? Joint pain? Muscle soreness? Take an anti-inflammatory." Products like aspirin, steroids, ibuprofen (Motrin and Advil, for example) and other NSAIDS, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are used by many to help manage the pain caused by inflammation. But what if there were foods that could also help to reduce inflammation? Would you be game to try them?
You go to the supermarket for your weekly groceries and find yourself in the produce aisle. Scratching your head, you wonder if you should splurge on the organic apples or save some money and get the shiny non-organic ones. The process continues as you work your way through the supermarket, with every aisle and every food item appearing to come in organic and non-organic forms, even candy bars. Is the extra cost worth it?
Cancer of the skin is the most common of all cancers. Approximately 5.4 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed each year, about 80% of which are basal-cell type. Melanomas account for about 1% of skin cancers, but they are by far the most dangerous, and the rate of melanomas has been rising for the last 30 years.