Cancer Q&A

When the Doctor Becomes the Patient: One M.D.’s Personal Tale of Survivorship, in his Own Words

Cancer Q&A

Sixteen years ago, Phil Evans, MD, found himself in the unexpected role of patient. He was driving down the road when his cell phone rang. By the end of the conversation, he knew he would lose a kidney to cancer. What he didn’t know then was how his life would be forever changed.

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Dr. Evans, Director of the Center for Breast Care and Professor of Radiology, doesn’t talk much about his diagnosis. It’s not a secret, it’s just that Dr. Evans, who is also the president of the

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Why are Colonoscopies so Important?

Cancer Q&A

By James K.V. Willson, M.D.

Colon cancer is highly curable if caught early, and the best way to detect colon cancer is through a colonoscopy.

There are two main reasons why proper screening for colon cancer is so critical. First, if cancer is found, surgical intervention is most effective when it’s caught early. But even more important is that precancerous polyps—called adenomas­—can be identified by colonoscopies and then removed, which prevents their progression to cancer.

A recent study in The New England Journal of Medicine, appearing just in time for Colon Cancer Awareness Month (March), [...]

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Why is Good Nutrition Important for a Patient with Cancer and What Types of Food Should Be Consumed During Treatment?

Cancer Q&A

By Jennifer Wolfshohl, RD, CSO, LD

Good nutrition is important for everyone, but especially for those undergoing cancer treatments. Cancer itself, as well as its treatments, may affect a patient’s appetite. Treatments also may change your body’s ability to tolerate certain foods and use certain nutrients. Eating well while undergoing treatment can help you:

Tolerate side effects Heal and recover more quickly Keep up your strength and energy Maintain weight Keep your immune system strong Feel better

Eating well means choosing a variety of foods that provide the nutrients you need to maintain your health while fighting cancer. These nutrients include [...]

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