Monthly Archives: February 2012

The key to good care for cancer survivors

By Lewis Foxhall, MD

 

Every cancer patient wants to successfully complete active treatment .  Thanks to improved treatments and use of cancer screening programs (which can find cancer early, when it’s most treatable), this goal is being reached more frequently than ever. 

 

But to get the most out of treatment there is more you can do.  A proactive approach to care for cancer survivors has developed over the last few years. This includes traditional follow up looking for any signs the original cancer has come back.  It also includes active management of any lingering side effects of treatment, testing for new cancers, and addressing psychological and social problems that may develop or persist after treatment.  This approach is intended to give you the greatest benefit from your treatment so you can live longer, and better. [more]

 

Good communication matters

The key to successful care of cancer survivors is effective communication. Communication between you and your health care team, as well as between you and your family and caregivers is critically important to making sure you’re getting good, complete care. 

 

A vital part of this communication is a clear understanding about who is responsible for each part of your long-term care.… Continue reading →

Heart Healthy Foods Your Whole Body Will Love

By Colleen Doyle, MS, RD

 

Love is in the air – and not just because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. It’s also National Heart Month – a time to show our hearts a little love, and do what we can to reduce our risk heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.

Fortunately, there are things we can put in our cereal bowls, lunch boxes and dinner plates every day that can help reduce our own risk for developing heart disease. Not only that, a lot of these things can also be part of a healthy diet that can also reduce your risk of developing a variety of types of cancer. A two-for-one! Now who wouldn’t love that? [more]

Oats, beans, and apples

You’ve probably heard that we should eat more fiber. There are two types of fiber: soluble fiber, which helps reduce serum cholesterol levels and is therefore good for your heart; and insoluble fiber, which helps keep a healthy GI tract, which is good for your colon!

Oats, beans, and apples – along with other fruits, vegetables and grains – are great sources of primarily soluble fiber, but contain insoluble fiber, as well.… Continue reading →