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  • Should I Tell My Health Care Provider I Want Complementary Therapies?

    You should always discuss any additional therapies or self-care strategies that you want to initiate with your health care provider (e.g., doctor, nurse practitioner, physician assistant). Many complementary therapies may be helpful when done alon...

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  • Are Women With Breast Cancer Seeing The Most Experienced Surgeons?

    Up for a quiz? Great. Assume that you or your spouse were newly diagnosed with breast cancer and needed to see a breast cancer surgeon. How would go about finding a breast cancer surgeon to help treat your cancer? Remember, your treatment outcome ...

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  • More Compelling Evidence That Patient Outcomes Are Better At Specialized High Volume Cancer Hospitals – Lung Cancer, A Case In Point

    Preliminary findings from a study presented at last week’s meeting International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer in Seoul, Korea demonstrates why it so important for cancer patients or their spouses to carefully choose the right physician...

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  • What is the Difference Between Alternative and Complementary Medicine?

    Although some health care professionals and many lay people use the terms alternative and complementary therapies interchangeably, they are very different. Alternative therapies are unconventional unproven therapies that reject conventional medici...

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  • Enhancing Breast Cancer Screening

    The following is a review written by a nurse, Valerie R. Vestal, MSN, FNP, RN, at our institution on a study related to breast cancer screening.Breast Cancer is the most wide spread cancer affecting women and the second leading cause of cancer dea...

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  • The Best of the Medical Blogosphere

    Regular readers of blogs know that it is common for bloggers to read and link to other bloggers, especially if they are talking abut a similar topic. Each week a member of the medical blogosphere hosts "Grand Rounds." This is a good way to find bl...

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  • What Is A Clinical Trial?

    Clinical trials are studies designed to test new therapies on humans. All different types of treatment are studied by this method (e.g. radiation therapy, chemotherapy, biological agents, medical devices and more).Research initially starts in a la...

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  • An Example of A Credible Cancer Website

    In my spare time I work with organizations like the American Cancer Society, Oncology Nursing Society, and Lance Armstrong Foundation. Last week I was doing some work related to the Lance Armstrong Foundation so I decided to go back and visit the ...

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  • Spring - What Does the Season Mean

    It is only March 1st. and Spring does not officialy start for several weeks, but it has been on my mind.As in summer, Spring brings dayight hours that are greater or equal to 12 hours and rapidly increasing. Everything begins to warm, new plant gr...

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  • Gifts That Help Cancer

    With the holidays coming quickly and many people still looking for gifts and organizations stil needing donations to help fight cancer I wanted to mention a few ways to combine the 2.In North Carolina (where I live) there is a wonderful company ca...

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BA, MPH

Steve shares what he learned from his personal experience with cancer.

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