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What Do You Know About Tanning?

What Do You Know About Tanning?

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Fooled by Advertising? Have you heard or seen this myth about how a “base tan” protects you? It is present online and at your local tanning bed establishment (sometimes called “solarium”).  Here is the statement taken directly from the American Sun tanning Association, “These two steps combine to create a powerful natural sunscreen that...

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Oncology Basics 2016: The Immune System and Immunotherapy

Oncology Basics 2016:  The Immune System and Immunotherapy

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Blog | 2 comments

Oncology Basics 2016 continues with a look at the immune system and immunotherapy.  As described in a previous post, one of the regulators of cell division and proliferation is the immune system.  Harnessing the power of the immune system to attack and destroy cancer cells is a promising area of oncology research. Immune System Cells Below is a graphic to...

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Making Sense of ASCO 2015 Findings: Part 2

Making Sense of ASCO 2015 Findings: Part 2

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Blog, Colorectal cancer, Melanoma | 0 comments

In our previous post, Making Sense of ASCO 2015 Findings: Part 1, we began our report on specific studies presented at The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 51st Annual Meeting. How should this information be interpreted? At conferences like ASCO, scientific discoveries are usually presented before publication and without complete peer review...

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Type 1 Diabetes: Our Life is Made Up of Numbers

Type 1 Diabetes: Our Life is Made Up of Numbers

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

Heroes are people who have the courage to turn challenges into advocacy. “Our life is made up of numbers.” Meri Schuhmacher is the mother of four sons: three of them have Type 1 diabetes.  What is a typical day for Meri? “Our life is made up of numbers,” she says.  She describes her day around blood glucose checks, “Nighttime blood...

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If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It? OR How the US Got Its Cancer Care Crisis

If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It?  OR How the US Got Its Cancer Care Crisis

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Prostate cancer | 0 comments

Did you know… In a study conducted in 2012, 69% of patients diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and 81% of those diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer did not understand that chemotherapy was not at all likely to cure their cancer? That a national survey showed physicians asked patients what they want in their care only ½ the time? That patients ask...

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A Roadmap to the “New Normal:” Understanding Cancer Treatment’s Bumpy Ride

A Roadmap to the “New Normal:” Understanding Cancer Treatment’s Bumpy Ride

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Prostate cancer | 3 comments

So often people who undergo chemotherapy hear something like this from their family, friends or other well-wishers, “Thank goodness that’s over, now you can get on with your life. You can get back to normal.” Although it’s true that chemotherapy is over, the road that the patient is on is not smooth. There are important changes that caregivers and...

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“I’d Never Heard of Melanoma”

“I’d Never Heard of Melanoma”

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Blog, Melanoma | 0 comments

Growing up, Colleen Bronstein spent all summer at her family’s summer home at the beach and when she married they had a pool and visited the beach house twice a year.  Fair skinned, freckled and Irish she loved the outdoors. Knowing the Signs “I had an itchy spot on my back for a year or so and when I went to see my family doctor about something...

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