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Obesity & Chemotherapy

The effectiveness of certain chemotherapy drugs may be reduced by fat cells. This groundbreaking recent discovery was made according to a recent study published in November 2017 in Molecular Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.  Obesity has long been associated with a higher risk of…...

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Antioxidants: Body Balance

A 2017 epidemiological study published in Frontiers in Oncology suggests that a diet rich in antioxidants like carotenoids and vitamin C can help to prevent breast cancer and lung cancer. Antioxidants have had their fair share of press in recent years and numerous studies have been done trying to pinpoint their…...

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PUFAs & Cancer

In the last century, the American diet has seen a dramatic rise in the intake of PUFAs, or polyunsaturated fats.  When we weaned ourselves off of saturated fats from animal sources, we replaced our cooking oils with an assortment of PUFAs from vegetable oils, soybean oils, and seed oils such…...

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Q&A with Play4TheCure Coach Kim Looney

Kim Looney is the Head Girls’ Soccer Coach at Valley Christian High School in Cerritos, CA. Her team started hosting a “Kick it to Cancer” game in 2010 and they haven’t looked back since. Over the past 5 years alone they have raised nearly $25,000. We chatted with Coach Looney…...

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Cervical Cancer Prevention & Awareness

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) joins others in raising awareness of and informing of steps toward preventing the disease—one of the most detectable and treatable cancers, if vigilance is observed.  Here is information and a set of best practices. Risk Factors:…...

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Struggles of Survivorship: Part 2 – Psycho-Social Implications

The mental status of cancer survivors can be fragile and destabilized. Psycho-social complications often arise, such as fear of recurrent illness, financial hardship, anxiety, difficulty handling the end of treatment, fatigue, lasting “brain fog”, broken relationships and even post-traumatic stress disorder. In order to navigate this myriad of challenging issues…...

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Struggles of Survivorship: Part 1 – Pain

It is estimated that by the year 2030, deaths due to cancer will drop dramatically and life expectancy after diagnosis will have significantly increased. Whereas this is encouraging news and proof positive that the practice of oncology and the drugs used to treat cancer have become progressively more effective, there…...

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Genetic Breakthrough in Aggressive Prostate Cancer Research

Cancer researchers at the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia have zeroed in on a specific type of gene loss that sets off large-scale genetic changes that could make prostate cancer both resistant to treatment and more likely to spread. The discovery concerns the retinoblastoma (RB) susceptibility gene, the first “gatekeeper…...

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Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Tips for the New Year

With 2018 now at hand, many of us will resolve to reign in our eating habits until the Holiday season returns next fall. The leeway we have understandably allowed ourselves over the past few weeks so as to indulge during the Holidays will be curtailed. So we say!  To help,…...

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Hypertension Medicine Linked to Skin Cancer

A research study conducted in both Denmark and the United States found a strong link between skin and lip cancer rates and the use of hydrochlorothiazide, one of the most popular blood pressure medicines in the world. The team, composed of members of the University of Southern Denmark, the Danish…...

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