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Healthier Alternatives to Traditional Fourth of July Food

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jul 01, 2015 in Nutrition

164795509The following post was written by Brooke Schoonenberg, Dietitian at Woman’s Center for Wellness.

When most people think of the Fourth of July, they think of patriotism, freedom, and a good old BBQ!

Certain foods like hamburgers, hot dogs, and apple pie have become staples on many of our July 4 menus. Unfortunately, these foods can be very high in calories, fat, and sodium. However, there are alternatives on the market which still taste great but are healthier than their original versions. Let’s take a look:

Treatment Options for Mesothelioma

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jun 29, 2015 in Treatment

The following post was written by The Mesothleioma Center for the Living with Cancer blog.

Decades ago there were less effective treatment options for people with mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer caused primarily by exposure to asbestos. Today’s treatments are safer, present fewer side effects and are more effective at helping people live longer.

Asbestos refers to a group of toxic minerals that were widely used in construction and industrial products throughout the 20th century. People who worked with asbestos for years are the most at risk of developing mesothelioma. The longer someone is exposed to asbestos their risk of developing a disease increases. But not everyone with a long history of exposure gets sick. Researchers suspect genetic susceptibility may help explain why.

Bone Health and Osteoporosis Prevention

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jun 25, 2015 in Nutrition, Treatment

The following post is written by Paula Meeks, registered dietitian with Woman’s Hospital.

Osteoporosis is a thinning of bone tissue and a loss of bone density. Women start to lose bone mass in their 30s, and this can lead to bone diseases such as osteoporosis.

A healthy diet can and will lower the risk of developing a weak skeleton and decrease the chance of fractures, back pain and other bone-related problems. A healthy diet that contains calcium and vitamin D is vital to strong bones.

Cancer Q&A: Pap Tests

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jun 24, 2015 in Prevention

The following information is provided by the Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge and was published by The Advocate.

QUESTION: How often should I see my gynecologist for a Pap smear?

ANSWER: A Pap smear test can detect the cells that line the cervix and may be abnormal. An abnormal Pap smear can be the sign of many different conditions, many benign, or a sign of cervical cancer.

The ABCDEs of Skin Cancer

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jun 22, 2015 in Diagnosis, Prevention

Yesterday marked the official start of summer, and while you’re out in the sun enjoying the warm weather, your skin is getting scorched by the sun. During these months, it’s important to protect your skin with sunscreen and limiting its direct contact with sunlight.

Skin cancer and melanoma can result from too many rays, and some of the symptoms can be found below:

Different Cancer Treatment Options

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jun 18, 2015 in Diagnosis, Treatment

What’s the best treatment option for someone diagnosed with breast cancer? Is it chemotherapy treatment or radiation therapy? And what about some of the lesser-known treatment options like hormone therapy and biological therapy?

There isn’t one golden answer to that question. What treatment option is best varies from patient to patient. Some women require more than one treatment option and some may not even require any treatment post surgery, but the vast majority will. Doctors and patients work with one another to figure out the best course of action for that specific woman.

Cancer Q&A: “Late Effects”

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jun 17, 2015 in Treatment

The following information is provided by the Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge and was published by The Advocate.

QUESTION: What does the term “late effects” mean?

ANSWER: Late effects is the term used to refer to side effects from cancer treatments that might not show up right away. According to the National Cancer Institute, a late effect is a health problem that occurs months or years after a disease is diagnosed or after treatment has ended.

Help with the Financial Side of Cancer

Posted by: Tracy Johnson on Jun 15, 2015 in Support

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As a breast cancer navigator, I work with patients when complications arise. This can include emotional, spiritual, medical, or interpersonal concerns. One of the most common problems cancer patients face is financial.

With the  cost of healthcare increasing, many patients have had to select insurance policies with higher deductibles and co-payments to be able to maintain coverage. Once these patients are diagnosed many of them often can’t afford the deductible due to their limited budgets.  Others have  missed work to get treatment and now won’t have a pay check

But there is help for them.

Water Wisdom to Keep You Hydrated

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jun 11, 2015 in Nutrition, Treatment

The following post is written by Nutrition Services at Woman’s Center for Wellness.

You’ve heard all the advice: Drink eight glasses of water a day. Stay properly hydrated while exercising. Sports drinks aren’t just for professional athletes.

Yet you’re still unsure whether you’re drinking the right amount for good health. How much fluid should you really be taking in daily? Do you need to add extra when you’re physically active? And is too much water dangerous?

Everyone’s body needs water. We lose it by sweating, excretion, or simply not taking in enough through foods—like fruits and vegetables—and drinks.

The Role of Genetics in Cancer

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jun 10, 2015 in Diagnosis, Genetics

Genetics plays a big part in the diagnosis and fight against cancer, but there are still many questions surrounding genetics and very few people know about its role.

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