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Enjoy Holiday Food Without Regret
Dec 17, 2018 By Tiffany Barrett, MS, RD, CSO, LD, Registered Dietitian at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Eating Thanksgiving with CancerEating healthy during the holidays can be a challenge for most of us, but for many cancer patients it’s a struggle just to eat. If you’re currently going through cancer treatment, eating might not be the first thing on your mind. However, staying nourished during treatment is extremely important. Your body needs more nutrients than normal to repair the effects of treatment. We are all well aware that holiday foods tend to be fatty and sugary with many strong flavors. If you are having symptoms such as nausea, low appetite, taste changes, or pain with swallowing, many of the traditional holiday foods will be unsettling. Avoid heavy cream sauces or gravies if you have a sensitive stomach. Also, stay out of the room where food is being cooked because cooking smells can make you nauseous. Turkey breast, cranberry sauce, potatoes, and basic vegetable dishes should be well [...]

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7 Tips to Peacefully Celebrate the Holidays When You are Not Feeling Jolly
Dec 14, 2018 By Wendy Baer, MD

It is the time of the year to feel happy … time to be generous … time to spend time with loved ones … and sing festively. Are you not in the mood this season? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Many people find the holidays very stressful and sometimes even sad. Social engagements and family gatherings add another time commitment to already busy days. Gift giving puts pressure on already strapped budgets. Expectations of how you should be enjoying this time of year only make you feel worse. All of these feelings are magnified and complicated by cancer treatment during the holidays. There are things you can do to help yourself get through the holidays and maybe even enjoy them a bit. Self care is important throughout the year, but during a stressful period it must be a priority.

1) Get Adequate Rest

Making sure you get adequate sleep nightly is key!
  • Adults need 7-9
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Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines You Need To Know
Nov 26, 2018 By Emory Healthcare

Current guidelines state that screening for lung cancer is recommended when all of the following lung cancer screening guidelines are met. Learn more.Did you know that not everyone can actually qualify for lung cancer screening? Current guidelines state that screening for lung cancer is recommended when all of the following lung cancer screening guidelines are met:

  • Age 55-77 years
  • Asymptomatic (no signs or symptoms of lung cancer), no lung infection (pneumonia, bronchitis) within the past 12 weeks
  • Current or former smoker (if former smoker, it is recommended that it has been less than 15 years since quitting)
  • History of cigarette smoking with pack years greater than or equal to 30
  • You have not had a CT of the chest within the last 12 months

How to Calculate "Pack Years"

VIEW ONLINE CALCULATOR 20 cigarettes = 1 Pack To translate smoking history into "pack years," simply multiply the number of cigarette packs smoked per day by the number of years smoked. (# packs per day x # total years smoked = pack [...]

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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month - Reduce Your Cancer Risks Today
Nov 21, 2018 By Manu S. Sancheti, M.D.

lung-cancerAccording to the American Cancer Society (ACS), lung cancer accounts for about 13% of all new cancers. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. For smokers, the risk of lung cancer is higher than non-smokers' risk, so I encourage smokers to make a plan to quit smoking during this Lung Cancer Awareness Month. I would also recommend that you stay away from all tobacco products and byproducts, including secondhand smoke. It’s never too late to stop smoking. Contact Emory HealthConnection at 404-778-7777 to learn more from a registered nurse about finding a primary physician who can assist you in your health goals. In addition to not smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests you get your home tested for radon. Radon, a naturally occurring gas that comes from rocks [...]

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6+ Reasons to Quit Smoking on November 15th for the Great American Smokeout
Nov 14, 2018 By Winship Cancer Institute

Great American Smokeout - Quit Smoking November 15More than 40 million Americans smoke cigarettes, despite the fact that tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of death in the U.S. To help lower this number and the heightened risk for disease caused by cigarette smoking, the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is Thursday, November 15. The event is held each year to encourage smokers to set a quit date with a community of peers and support. Along with the Great American Smokeout event, November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, meaning there are multiple opportunities to make a change and choose to quit smoking today. If the momentum and support created through these events and efforts aren’t enough, there is plenty of data to prove the benefits of quitting smoking today. According to the American Cancer Society:

  • Within 20 minutes of quitting, your blood pressure and heart rate are reduced
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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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