Why We Walk

Posted by  | Issues & Perspectives, Survivorship

Have you ever considered joining a walk/run/swim or other athletic event to benefit a cause that has special meaning to you?  I never thought that participating in my first event would become even more personal, and I didn’t anticipate that the bonds I formed would help me deal with my own issues. This is the(...)

What is Hope?

Posted by  | Childhood Cancer, Issues & Perspectives

What does it mean to have hope, to be hopeful? Each of us have our own very personal ways we might answer such a big question. But, what if you were a child with a cancer or a parent with a child who had cancer? What if you asked that question of a nurse or(...)

Frank and Ellen give back

Posted by  | Issues & Perspectives, Uncategorized

As an oncologist, my patients frequently talk to me about the ways they "give back." Frank Potepan fought lymphoma in the 1990s, and for the last several years has been involved in developing a local hospice program. For Frank and his wife, Ellen, it's a chance to show their gratitude and a rewarding and meaningful(...)

11 Million Strong

Posted by  | Issues & Perspectives, Survivorship

When I think of the word cancer, “celebration” is not the next word that immediately comes to mind. But, last Sunday, that’s exactly what cancer survivors at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center did. Cancer Survivors’ Day is an annual event that falls on the first Sunday in June. It’s a date recognized around the(...)

A Cancer Prevention Diet

Posted by  | Issues & Perspectives, Prevention/Screening

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture replaced its traditional food pyramid with a new "plate icon" to help direct consumers on how to eat a healthy, balanced meal.  It turns out that an emphasis on fruits and vegetables can also be helpful in preventing cancer. In one segment of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer(...)

4 Tips to Reduce Hair Loss

Posted by  | Issues & Perspectives, treatment

Some types of chemotherapy damage cells that cause hair growth. For some patients, losing their hair is one of the most emotional and upsetting parts of undergoing treatment. The good news is that hair almost always grows back 2 to 3 months after chemo is over. Since it usually takes about one or two weeks(...)

Cell Phones and Cancer

Posted by  | Research

This isn't a new story, nor one that has a definitive answer.  Public health and other experts are still trying to sort out any link between cell phones and brain cancer, and now, the World Health Organization (WHO) has added radiofrequency electromagnetic fields emitted by cell phones and other devices to a list of "possible" carcinogens.  Jonathan(...)

Top Cancer Research News: April

Posted by  | Research

Dr. Bill Nelson discusses a new antibody drug for melanoma, hormone replacement therapy for women, vitamin D and the heart drug digoxin in treating prostate cancer. Listen to these topics and more discussed in the most recent Cancer News Review Podcast. First, Nelson reviews the FDA approval of a new antibody drug called Ipilimumab, which(...)

9 Tips for Managing Nausea

Posted by  | Issues & Perspectives, treatment

Nausea and vomiting can occur while getting chemotherapy, right after, or many hours or days later.  You’ll most likely feel better on the days you are not receiving chemo.  Here are 9 tips for managing your nausea: 1. Use a journal to record what causes your vomiting and nausea. Discuss this with your doctor or nurse.(...)

What is Compassion? It’s a Nurse.

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What is Compassion? It’s a Nurse. Compassion is defined as the awareness of the suffering of another, coupled with the wish to relieve that suffering. It isn’t something that can be taught. Compassion comes from the heart and it’s a quality that sets apart our cancer nurses. Our nurses put patients first by providing outstanding(...)