Posts tagged ‘cancer prevention’

Meet our doctors: Philip Pearson and David Rhodes on active surveillance

April 5, 2014 | by
prostate gland
Cancer of the prostate is the No. 2 cancer killer of men, behind lung cancer, accounting for more than 29,000 deaths annually in this country. But because prostate cancer advances slowly, good prostate health and early detection can make all the difference. Many prostate cancer tumors don’t require immediate treatment because they’re small, confined and slow-growing. For patients with these type of tumors, so-called “watchful waiting,” increasingly known as “active surveillance” may be the best course of action. In “active surveillance,” physicians closely monitor patients so they can identify early signs of disease progression and treat…

Colonoscopy screenings: Hear the myths, get the facts (w/VIDEO)

March 24, 2014 | by
polyp detection during colonoscopy
Colonoscopy may not be the most pleasant of procedures, but it is one that can save your life. According to the National Cancer Institute, getting colonoscopies at recommended intervals (for most people, this means starting at age 50 and every 10 years thereafter if the results are normal) can reduce colorectal cancer deaths by up to 70 percent. This is possible because the procedure can catch the cancer in its earlier stages, when it’s more treatable. Additionally, colonoscopies can detect and remove precancerous growths called polyps before they become malignant. Despite the proven benefits, many…

Weight gain can be an unexpected side effect of cancer treatment

February 19, 2014 | by
Weight gain linked to cancer
A side effect of cancer treatment many people don’t expect? Weight gain. Weight gain is an often unexpected side effect of cancer treatment that can expose survivors to higher risk. Foods like fruits and vegetables, high in nutrients and fiber while low in calories, can help weight control. People with certain cancers – such as breast, prostate and colon cancer – are more likely to gain weight during treatment due to the therapies used to combat their disease. Hormone therapy, some chemotherapy regimens and medications such as steroids  all can cause weight gain, as well as water…

Meet our doctors: Surgeon Joseph Kim on stomach cancer

January 25, 2014 | by
Joseph Kim
Stomach cancer (also called gastric cancer) can develop in any part of the stomach. If left undetected, it can penetrate the stomach wall, progress to adjacent lymph nodes and spread to nearby organs. The cause is unknown but has been associated with dietary factors, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, smoking and alcohol consumption. Asian-Americans and Latinos are at greater risk for stomach cancer, or gastric cancer, says Joseph Kim. Screening, however, can save lives, he says. Here Joseph Kim, M.D., a City of Hope surgical oncologist and head of upper gastrointestinal surgery, talks about how people can…

Asian community at greater risk from stomach cancer; H. pylori blamed

January 22, 2014 | by
H. pylori
Stomach cancer is often considered a relatively rare cancer that affects predominantly older people. Infection with Helicobacter pylori is a common precursor to gastric cancer, which disproportionately affects the Asian community. However, what’s true for the majority of people in the United States is not true for the Asian population. Stomach cancer, or gastric cancer, is much more common among that community and tends to affect younger people. In fact, gastric cancer is twice as common among Asians and Pacific Islanders in Los Angeles County as it is among people nationwide. “In most Asian countries,…

Cancer and cuisine: What you need to know about eating well

January 15, 2014 | by
Cancer and nutrition
Eat healthy. Be active. When it comes to cancer risk, food matters. Our experts explain the connection. Those are two pieces of advice that Leslie Bernstein, Ph.D., R.N., professor and director of City of Hope’s Division of Cancer Etiology, will likely share – and emphasize – at a Jan. 28 Ask the Experts lecture titled “Cancer and Cuisine.” (Another “Cancer and Cuisine” event will be held Jan. 25 at the newly opened City of Hope | Antelope Valley clinic in Lancaster, Calif.) Bernstein is the principal investigator of the California Teachers Study, which has tracked more…

Meet our doctors: Surgeon Stephen Sentovich on colorectal cancer

January 14, 2014 | by
Colon and rectal cancer is treatable and beatable – and early detection is of paramount importance. Yet despite research that shows colon and rectal cancer screening saves lives, recent data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than 20 million Americans age 50 to 75 have never been tested  for colon and rectal cancer, and that one in three adults are not up-to-date with their screenings. Colorectal screening saves lives. Stephen Sentovich, a colorectal surgeon at City of Hope, is very clear on that point. An advocate for screening colonoscopy and…

CDC: Colorectal cancer screening saves lives, but 1 in 3 skip it

November 5, 2013 | by
One in three Americans ages 50 to 75 are skipping the recommended screenings for colorectal cancer, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even though the disease is the nation’s second-biggest cancer killer behind lung cancer. In total, the CDC reports, about 23 million adults who should undergo the potentially lifesaving screenings have not done so.  Those least likely to be screened include Hispanics, people age 50 to 64 and men in general. One City of Hope expert blames a lack of accurate information. “People have a lot of misconceptions about this kind of exam or think they have to…

Lung cancer fact: Screening saves lives

October 31, 2013 | by
Dan Raz, M.D., co-director of City of Hope's Lung Cancer and Thoracic Oncology Program, says lung cancer screening with low-dose radiation chest CT scans saves lives.
Lung cancer screening with low-dose radiation CT scanning saves lives. “There’s no doubt about it. The studies clearly show that,” said Dan Raz, M.D., co-director of the Lung Cancer and Thoracic Oncology at City of Hope. “Lung cancer screening really has the potential to revolutionize and change the face of lung cancer from a disease that we can cure sometimes, to a disease we can cure most of the time.” Without standard lung cancer screening, only about 15 percent of patients have their cancer detected at an early stage. In July, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force…

Meet our doctors: Karen Reckamp on lung cancer’s mystery risks

October 26, 2013 | by
City of Hope's Karen Reckamp, a lung cancer specialist
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States, causing more deaths than colon, breast and prostate cancer combined. Health professionals agree that tobacco use is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer, but people who don’t smoke get lung cancer, too. Karen Reckamp says City of Hope experts have made significant strides forward in helping lung cancer patients. Here Karen Reckamp, M.D., M.S., co-director of City of Hope’s Lung Cancer and Thoracic Oncology Program, sorts out facts about lung cancer and smoking, what current treatments are available,…