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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.

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Family Connections: Understanding the Genetics of Disease

Last fall, Middlebury resident Paula Connolly attended a community education program at the Leever Cancer Center. The topic: the genetics of breast cancer. Some 3,000 miles away in Dublin, Ireland, Paula’s sister, Helen, was also engaged in a bit of genetic discovery. One of their cousins, Margaret (whose mom and sister died in their early forties), determined she would explore the possibility that faulty genes might be at the heart of the family’s common diagnosis; and she asked her Aunt Kathleen (who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 76) if she would be willing to participate in genetic testing. Kathleen’s results revealed a BRCA 2 gene mutation.

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Posted 12/3/2018

The Spices of Life

If you want to turn a recipe from bland and boring, to interesting and complex, try adding herbs and spices. Imagine apple pie without cinnamon, or tomato sauce without basil, oregano, garlic and pepper. It turns out that herbs and spices not only enhance the flavor of food, but they also add significant health benefits.

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by Karen Sabbath, MS, RD, CSO  | 

Giving Your Immune System a Boost: Is it Possible?

There are more than 1000 supplements currently available in stores and online that claim to boost one’s immunity. Their claims to fend off infection, help you bounce back from injuries, reduce the likelihood of cancer and other diseases, and prevent damage from environmental pollutants are just a few of the purported benefits. Who wouldn’t want to swallow them by the fistful? But do they work?

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by Karen Sabbath, MS, RD, CSO  |    |  Comments 

Protecting Yourself Against Skin Cancer

Summer is on its way, which means more time spent outdoors. While getting fresh air and exercise is a great way to improve and maintain your health, there’s one thing about the summer sun that isn’t so positive: skin cancer.

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Posted 5/2/2018

Leever’s Look Good Feel Better Program Boosts Confidence in Women with Cancer

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.

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Posted 3/5/2018