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What Is Proton Therapy?
Jun 27, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

Proton therapy patient with nursesProton Therapy Arrives in Georgia

Winship Cancer Institute adds a powerful radiation therapy option to its broad array of cancer-fighting tools. Combining the latest advances in radiation technology, engineering, and medical physics, Winship physicians employ proton therapy to deliver a specialized treatment exactly where needed.

What Is Proton Therapy?

Proton therapy, also called proton beam therapy, is a type of radiation treatment that uses proton particles to destroy cancer cells. Unlike standard radiation therapy, which uses X-rays, a proton therapy beam can be calibrated to put the maximum radiation dose directly at the cancer with minimal radiation to healthy tissue. By reducing this radiation to normal tissues, proton therapy may also reduce side effects experienced during radiation treatment, and reduce risks of long-term side effects after treatment. Because proton [...]

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4 Ways Men Can Lower Their Risk of Cancer
Jun 14, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

Man talking with doctor One out of every three men in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. This is a sobering statistic to consider. Beyond skin cancer, men are most frequently diagnosed with prostate, lung or colorectal cancer, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Those are also the three malignancies responsible for the highest number of deaths in men. For men, reducing the risk of cancer is more important than ever.

Here Are Four Ways to Make an Impact Today

  1. If you use any tobacco products, quit now. Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than a dozen types of cancer including those involving our lungs, bladder, and mouth. Chewing tobacco and snuff can also cause head and neck, esophageal, stomach or pancreatic cancer. Talk with your doctor about the best ways to help you kick the habit for good. Finding a support group can also make a
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Coping with Survivor’s Guilt After Cancer
Jun 3, 2019 By Joy McCall, LCSW

woman cancer survivor serious Being diagnosed with cancer can bring on many different types of emotions, from fear to sadness to relief; however, many patients don’t think about how they might feel after they complete their treatment. Many are surprised when they begin to feel guilty. This is known as survivor’s guilt. It is a feeling that is often experienced by those who have survived a major or traumatic event, such as being diagnosed with cancer. The feelings may come from a sense of guilt that they survived the disease and another patient did not, or they did well with treatment while another had a very difficult time recovering. Here are some things to keep in mind if you think you might be suffering from survivor's guilt:

  • You are not alone. Survivor’s guilt is very common. It is a natural response for many cancer patients. It often feels like sadness, depression or even grief.
  • Tell
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Your Cancer Survivorship & Support
May 31, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

Cancer survivor and friend or caregiverAccording to the National Cancer Institute, an individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis through the balance of his or her life. Family members, friends and caregivers are also impacted by the survivorship experience and are therefore included in this description. At Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, we take survivorship seriously and have developed programs to help you navigate through your role as a “survivor.” The cancer journey is difficult enough to maneuver through, so our comprehensive and dedicated care team members are there for you each step of the way. For some survivors, life during and after cancer takes getting used to. What was normal prior to diagnosis may not be the case after cancer treatment. Ongoing care and attention to maintain a healthy quality of life are recommended. It is important to surround yourself with [...]

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8 Ways to Cope with Cancer as a Young Adult
May 22, 2019 By Joy McCall, LCSW

Young adult with cancerReceiving a cancer diagnosis can be devastating. Just imagine how hard it would be to hear the news as a young adult. The challenges of being diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 18 and 39 are different from those in patients who are diagnosed later in life. Many young adults diagnosed with cancer experience a disruption in a new career and dating. Cancer and any treatments that follow can sometimes have long-term effects on a person’s ability to start a family. Here are eight ways to help you cope with cancer as a young adult:

  1. Request and ask for help. Having a support system during this time is critical. Be sure to reach out to others for support even after your treatment is completed.
  2. Consider giving friends and family members specific tasks in order to help you. Some friends and family members may not be sure how best to support you during this time. It may
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What You Need to Know About Head and Neck Cancer
Apr 22, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

Head and Neck Cancer AwarenessApril is Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that head and neck cancers account for approximately 3 percent of cancers diagnosed every year in the United States and affect more than twice as many men as women? Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University is responding to the increased need by opening a new and innovative head and neck cancer clinic at Emory University Hospital Midtown. The new space on the 10th floor includes 22 care rooms that allow multidisciplinary providers to come directly to the patient during a single appointment. Winship at Emory radiation oncology experts are also offering treatment for certain patients at the new Emory Proton Therapy Center, just two blocks from Emory University Hospital Midtown. Here is more information about head and neck cancers that will help you to be aware of symptoms and potential risk factors.

What is Head

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Coping with Colorectal Cancer: A Parent’s Perspective
Mar 29, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

naomi ziva unicorn costumeAccording to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women. Parents and guardians are never fully prepared to hear news that their child has a life-threatening illness like colorectal cancer.

Diagnosis

Hal and Miriam Schmerer know this situation all too well as their daughter, Naomi Ziva, was diagnosed with Stage 4 colorectal cancer at the age of 43. “Naomi has always been an independent go-getter, so when she was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, it was hard for her to give up some of that independence and come back home,” says Hal Schmerer. In 2016, Naomi was on a family vacation in Europe when she started having serious abdominal pain. When she arrived back to the U.S., her parents say she drove herself to the emergency room where doctors diagnosed her with Stage 4 colorectal cancer. The cancer [...]

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Colon Cancer Screening Options
Mar 21, 2019 By Matthew McKenna, MD

colon cancer screening testsColon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States for both men and women. Fortunately, the death rate is in decline, in large part due to an increase in preventive screening. Colon cancer screening is one of the most effective early detection and prevention services available in medicine today. By identifying and removing tumors in the colon early on, small cancers, as well as pre-cancerous lesions that have a risk of turning into cancer, can be eliminated.

Risk Factors

There are certain factors that put people at an increased risk of colon cancer. Family history is one. People who are most at risk are persons who have a first degree family member—mother, father, brother, sister—who’s had colon cancer. People who have Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or other specific diseases of the colon may also be at risk of developing colon [...]

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Kick Butts Day's Effort to End Smoking
Mar 20, 2019 By Winship Cancer Institute

kick butts day logoDid you know that over 3,000 kids under age 18 try smoking for the first time every day? According to Kick Butts Day, 700 of these 3,000 kids will become regular smokers. Kick Butts Day takes place March 20, 2019, to encourage American youth to speak out against this tobacco use in hopes of eliminating and preventing nicotine addiction in teens. It is extremely important for teens to learn about the side effects and consequences of using tobacco, primarily because it is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.

Facts about Smoking Cigarettes from the CDC

  • Causes 480,000 deaths each year in the U.S.
  • Increases the risk for coronary heart disease and stroke, which leads to death
  • Causes about 90% of all lung cancer deaths in men and women
  • Makes it harder for women to become pregnant and can affect the baby’s health
  • Reduces the fertility of
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Pancreatic Cancer and Your Digestive Health
Mar 7, 2019 By Bassel El-Rayes, MD & David A. Kooby, MD

Pancreatic CancerWhen you think of digestion you probably don’t think about the pancreas, but it sits right behind the stomach and works to provide essential digestive functions. The pancreas, only about 4-6 inches long, is widely known for producing insulin, an important hormone that regulates blood sugar levels, but it also assists the body in the absorption of nutrients into the small intestine. Pancreatic cancer risk increases with age and most people are between 60 to 80 years old when diagnosed. Early pancreatic cancer often does not cause symptoms; however, there are five early warning signs that we can all be aware of to better advocate for our health.

Five Early Distress Warnings of Digestive Cancer

  1. Yellow eyes or skin. The pancreas uses a greenish-brown fluid made in the gallbladder, called bile, to help the small intestine in digestion. If a tumor starts in the head of the
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