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Antioxidant Foods and Cancer Prevention: Fact or Fiction?
Oct 29, 2018 By Winship Cancer Institute

Nutrition to Fight CancerAntioxidants are all the rage. Our news outlets put out one story after another — some claiming these powerful chemicals can help lower our risk of cancer, improve heart health and even have anti-aging properties — while others suggest antioxidants aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Separating fact from fiction can be difficult and leave many of us scratching our heads.

How Antioxidants and Free Radicals Work Together

Free radicals are highly reactive and unstable molecules with an unpaired electron. To stabilize (oxidize), free radicals take electrons from other molecules, damaging them in the process and turning them into free radicals themselves. This triggers a cycle of cell damage and causes stress to your body. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. While we’re used to hearing about the harm free radicals can cause us, the truth is they’re also necessary [...]

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Your Cancer Diet When Undergoing Treatment
Oct 22, 2018 By Winship Cancer Institute

Nutrition to Fight CancerA healthy diet can quickly take a back seat during cancer treatment. Chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments can be hard on the body, which makes it difficult to get the nutrients you need. Although cancer treatment effects can differ for each patient, common side effects that can make it difficult to eat healthy may include:

  • Nausea
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Taste Change
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea
However, a healthy diet is more important than ever when undergoing treatment. According to the American Cancer Society, proper nutrition can help patients maintain weight, lower risk of infection, improve energy and better tolerate some side effects.

Easy Ways to Improve Your Diet

When trying to improve your own diet, it’s important to keep in mind that cancer is an individual experience. What tastes good or appeals to one person may make someone else feel worse. The best [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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