Tag: cancer

Proper Nutrition Aids in Cancer Recovery

veggies and stock potGuest Bloggers: Mackenzie Souza, RD, LDN, and Elizabeth Lundy, RD, LDN, Dietitians, Cancer Center

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. There’s significant emotional, as well as physical, stress that comes with managing this disease, from receiving a diagnosis, reviewing treatment options, managing medications, and coping with symptoms.

Amid all this, managing nutritional needs can become challenging. There are countless books, news specials, magazine articles, and blog posts about food and cancer. Many of these make sensationalist claims but lack medical proof. It’s a registered dietitian that can help oncology patients and their families integrate good nutrition into their cancer care.

TrueBeam Radiation Therapy System Blends Precise Cancer Treatment with Patient Comfort

TrueBeam machineMost likely, you know someone who has gone through cancer treatment. And oftentimes, treatment includes radiation oncology (aka radiation therapy). This uses beams of high-energy X-rays or radiation implants to eliminate tumors. Thankfully, advances in radiation therapy make the lifesaving treatment quicker, safer, more comfortable and more precise.

If you live in Central Massachusetts, you’re lucky to have these advances right in your own backyard.

Is Colonoscopy Prep Keeping You Away?

colonoscpy calendar reminder

Guest Blogger: Benjamin Hyatt, MD, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Division of Gastroenterology

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s time to discuss an uncomfortable topic: colon health. Let’s start with the bad news: Colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the United States. But here’s some good news:  it’s most often preventable.

New Insurance Guidelines Cover Lung Cancer Screening Test

sticky-note-lung-cancer-screeningDid you know that lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women? Did you also know that according to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. This is true because lung cancer is typically already more advanced when someone seeks medical attention for already existing symptoms. This makes early diagnosis crucial, as it provides the best chance for effective treatment options and better prognosis.