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Prevent Breast Cancer: It Starts with Proper Nutrition
Oct 15, 2018 By Winship Cancer Institute

Eat Healthy with CancerScience has come a long way in identifying nutrients that can help boost cell health and lower the risk of developing breast cancer. At first glance, these diet to-dos can seem overwhelming:

  1. Eat a plant-based diet
  2. Incorporate more antioxidants in your diet
  3. Try an anti-inflammatory diet
But the good news is that it’s actually much easier than you think to create and stick to a healthy diet. Each of these tips work together to create a well-rounded, healthy and delicious approach to nutrition.

Eat a Plant-Based Diet

A plant-based diet delivers important nutrients to your body, including antioxidants, phytonutrients, fiber and other important vitamins and minerals that help your body function at its best. These nutrients have been linked to a reduced cancer risk. Phytonutrients, in particular, can help protect cell health. These are naturally occurring chemicals that provide plants with color, odor and flavor. Research has shown these powerful substances have many benefits, including stimulating the immune system, blocking substances from becoming carcinogens, reducing inflammation, slowing the growth rate of cancer cells, and much more. When it comes to [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Oct 11, 2018 By Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, MEd

“Labia rejuvenation” may sound strange, but it can have a big impact on a woman’s quality of life — improving daily comfort, enhancing sexual satisfaction and increasing self-esteem. While you aren’t likely to hear women talk about problems with their labia as freely as issues with other parts of their body, that doesn’t mean those problems don’t exist.

What is Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is one of the world’s fastest growing cosmetic surgery procedures. Some women simply want to improve the look of the external vagina. Others want to eliminate chaffing, dangling or pinching of the labia minora (inner vulvar lips). The procedure involves removing excess tissue and carefully reshaping the labia minora to restore a comfortable and attractive shape and size.

Who is a Good Candidate for Labiaplasty?

While this procedure isn’t for everyone, for the right candidate, it can be life changing. You should consider labiaplasty if you want to improve the aesthetic look of your external vagina, are looking for relief from chaffing, dangling or pinching of your labia minora, or need both (functional and aesthetic improvement).

How Is Labiaplasty Performed?

The [...]

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Life After Breast Cancer
Oct 9, 2018 By Jane Lowe Meisel, MD

supportive-friendsBreast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women according to the American Cancer Society. This year alone, more than 234,000 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States. Most women with breast cancer do quite well and have long lives after completing treatment. One of the hardest things for survivors is living with the worry that the cancer may come back. We recommend scheduling regular follow-up appointments with an oncologist and following the screening and/or prevention guidelines that your provider recommends. I also tell my patients to try, as best as they can, not to worry. It is easy to see how breast surgery, radiation, and some of the side effects from systemic therapy (which, depending on treatment, can include hair loss, nausea, fatigue, weight gain, hot flashes, joint aches, or other unpleasant symptoms) can wreak havoc on a woman’s self esteem. In addition, many women are used to serving as a support system for their spouse, children, parents or other loved ones, and being responsible for important matters at work and at home. Learning to accept help and support rather than giving it can be very challenging. I always [...]

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Coping with Stress and Cancer
Oct 8, 2018 By Winship Cancer Institute

cancer fatigueCancer can create a great deal of stress as individuals try to understand their diagnosis, navigate treatment and manage follow-up care. Feelings of anger, sadness, worry, fear, as well as experiences of questioning personal values and beliefs, wondering about the meaning of life, and having challenges in relationships are all common. It is a lot for any one person to manage! There are little things you can do to help manage your spiritual and emotional stress while you are living with a cancer diagnosis and undergoing treatment:

1. Accept a New Normal

It can be very frustrating when you’re no longer able to do the things you could do before cancer treatment. It may be helpful to acknowledge your current limitations and to work toward accepting a new normal.
  • Modify favorite activities so you can still enjoy the things you love
  • Ask for help when you need it
  • Set small goals and celebrate small successes
  • Be honest about how you feel and what you can do with yourself and your loved ones
  • Find new activities you can enjoy

2. Seek Out People Who Support

When you are living with cancer, many people may be genuinely concerned and want to express their love [...]

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Winship Win The Fight 5K – Saturday, October 13th
Oct 4, 2018 By Winship Cancer Institute

Winship 5K on FacebookThe Winship Win the Fight 5K Run/Walk is a family-friendly event that will raise critical funds for cancer research, treatment and care at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. Everyone who has been impacted by cancer is encouraged to participate. For the second year in a row, nine-time NBA All-Star and Hall of Fame inductee Dominique Wilkins will serve as the grand marshal of the Winship Win the Fight 5K. "It was a thrill to help more than 3,500 Winship 5K participants reach their $1 million fundraising goal last year and I'm ready to do it again," says Wilkins.

Raising Funds for the Latest Advances in Cancer Research

The Winship Win the Fight 5K is Saturday, October 13th and already almost half a million dollars has been raised towards cancer research at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. There’s still time to be a part of this special event! If you cannot be present to run or walk this weekend, register as a “Sleep-In Warrior” to support cancer research from wherever you will be that weekend.

Register to Participate

We can't wait to see all of you at the start line and to help us support cancer research at Winship Cancer Institute of [...]

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Caring for the Caregiver: Support for Caregiving Family Members and Friends
Oct 1, 2018 By Winship Cancer Institute

Cancer CaregiverCaring for a loved one with cancer is an emotional journey. Caregivers often experience the stress and anxiety of a loved one’s cancer diagnosis and treatment, and because they are not the person undergoing treatment, they may feel reluctant to share the way they are impacted. Wanting all the focus to stay on their loved one’s care, they may not reach out for necessary help. But with so much on their plates — caregiving, managing a household, paying bills, caring for children and even holding down a full-time job — this juggling act can take a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual toll. That’s why it’s critical that caregivers take time to rest and recharge. If you are a caregiver of someone living with cancer, remember that the better care you take of yourself, the better you’ll be able to care of your loved one.

1. Share Your Feelings

As a caregiver, you may feel anxious, irritable, scared, frustrated, worried or sad. It may be difficult to share those feelings because you feel the need to “be strong” or don’t want to increase the burden for your loved one going through cancer treatment. You may hide these very real emotions and, as a [...]

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Cosmetic Medicine
Otoplasty: What You Need to Know About Ear Pinning
Sep 25, 2018 By Anita Sethna, MD, FACS

Everyone has a feature that makes them feel a bit self-conscious. But when that feature is as prominent as your ears, it can really take a toll on your self-esteem. If you’re uncomfortable with the shape, positioning or protrusion of your ears, the solution may be much less complicated than you think. Otoplasty, more commonly referred to as “ear pinning,” is a cosmetic procedure used to correct ears that stick out too far, or are shaped or positioned abnormally. It can have a significant impact and involves very little risk. In fact, it can be performed on children as young as 5 years old.

Benefits of Otoplasty

In addition to feeling better about your appearance, otoplasty offers other amazing benefits. It:
  • Can provide dramatic results with no visible scarring.
  • Has a short recovery period — usually two weeks or less.
  • Is one of the safest facial surgical procedures.

What to Expect During an Ear Pinning Procedure

Choosing a skilled and experienced cosmetic surgeon is imperative. Otoplasty is a surgery that requires extreme attention to detail. After all, there’s an exact duplicate immediately available for comparison on the other side of your head. [...]

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The Spiritual Side of Cancer Treatment
Sep 24, 2018 By Caroline Peacock, LCSW, MDiv

A cancer diagnosis is nothing short of overwhelming. In addition to concerns about coordinating treatment for the physical condition, emotions brew in the patient and family members. Fear, anger, and a feeling of being alone are common reactions. When facing cancer, one mustn’t neglect the spiritual side of treatment. Caroline Peacock, LCSW, MDiv, Manager of Spiritual Health at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, shares the importance of having someone to talk to about the spiritual side of the cancer diagnosis. “We believe in supporting the whole person in their care. Having a spiritual health clinician attend to the patient and family members helps them to know we care about all of them—all of their personhood—and that we want to support them in comprehensive care.”

Spiritual Doubts & Faith Crises

Many cancer patients experience an urge to be strong and put on a brave face. It’s tough to express one’s spiritual doubts and emotions to friends and family. A spiritual health clinician can serve as a pressure valve, allowing patients to express the suffering and angst they may not be able to comfortably share with friends or family. “If a [...]

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Navigating a Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
Sep 21, 2018 By Winship Cancer Institute

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men and can often be treated successfully. In fact, more than 2 million men in the U.S. are prostate cancer survivors. But a daunting set of questions faces the more than 200,000 men who are newly diagnosed with prostate cancer each year: Is prompt or aggressive treatment necessary, or is “watchful waiting” an option? And if choosing treatment, then what kind? Hugh Smith was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 51. Knowing that members of his family had died from prostate cancer prompted Smith to get checked. When tests showed the presence of cancer, he looked for an experienced prostate specialist who could provide the most advanced treatment available. Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University's Dr. Martin Sanda performed a prostatectomy on Smith via robotic surgery at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital in 2013. Since then, Smith says he's had no side effects and no recurrent cancer. He thanks God and the expertise of his cancer team for the good results. Now he wants to encourage other men to take charge of their own health. "Some men would rather not know about their risk of prostate cancer," says Smith. "But I [...]

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Prostate Cancer: Statistics That May Surprise You
Sep 19, 2018 By Martin Sanda, MD

prostate cancer factsAccording to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the cancers that most frequently affect men are prostate, colon, lung and skin cancers. The most common men’s-specific cancer in America, affecting 1 in 7 men, is prostate cancer. One new case occurs every 2.3 minutes and a man dies from prostate cancer every 18 minutes. You probably didn’t know this shocking statistic, from the Prostate Cancer Foundation: a man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Yet, despite these realities we don’t talk as openly about this as women do about a serious health condition. There are disputes about screenings for prostate cancer specifically, but I am an advocate of screening– including not only the PSA but also the digital rectal exam. From the screenings, you and your doctor will determine if biopsies are needed to detect aggressive cancers that need immediate treatment but also pick up cancers that are “quasi cancer” and safe to watch rather than treat immediately. Over a five-to-10-year period, about a third of men whose cancers are considered low risk turn worse and require treatment. When prostate [...]

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