Cancer Care

Ginseng and Curcumin: Herbal Allies in Cancer Care

By John Otrompke, Contributing Writer
Ginseng and curcumin, two herbs with long histories of use in traditional Asian herbal medicine, have beneficial effects in people with cancer, according to new studies presented at this year's annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

Innovative Cancer Conference to Highlight Primary Care’s Role

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 13, No. 1. Spring, 2012
Cancer care goes far beyond surgery and chemotherapy, and primary care practitioners have an important role to play in improving survival and quality of life for people with cancer. They're also key players in cancer prevention. The role cancer prevention and management will be the focus the Healthy Medicine Academy's Advances in Cancer Strategies conference, April 20-22, 2012.

Putting PSA Testing in Perspective

By Erik Goldman

The recent Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation against routine Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening has a lot of guys pissing vinegar, with some calling the new report "a death sentence." More moderate voices call for recognition of the limits of PSA testing while cautioning against sweeping policy moves. Integrative Urologist Dr. Geo Espinosa sheds some light.

Flax Seed: A Woman's "Breast Friend Forever"

By Robert Pendergrast, MD - Vol. 12, No. 3. Fall , 2011
There are many foods that can contribute to a breast-healthy diet. In his effort to help family members and patients dealing with breast cancer, Dr. Robert Pendergrast has reviewed them all. His conclusion? Flax seed is one of the best. It's a cornerstone for breast cancer prevention, and should become every woman's "BFF" ("Breast Friend Forever").

Immune Enhancement, Avoidance of Interactions Are Keys to Chemotherapy Support

By Janet Gulland / Contributing Writer - Vol. 12, No. 1. Spring, 2011
Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, are assessing potential interactions between common chemotherapy drugs and natural products widely used by cancer patients. So far, AHCC a mushroom-derived compound, and L-glutamine show very low risk of interactions. This research will be important for guiding clinical care of people with cancer.

Once Considered “Fringe,” Yoga Enters Mainstream Cancer Care

By August West / Contributing Writer - Vol. 12, No. 1. Spring, 2011

Over the last decade, yoga has emerged as a favored adjunctive modality at cancer centers across the country. Studies presented at the Society of Integrative Oncology’s annual meeting show that carefully tailored yoga programs can reduce anxiety, improve sleep, reduce the need for meds, and improve flexibility.

Vitamin D May Prevent Tamoxifen- Associated Joint Problems

By Meg Sinclair / Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 4. Winter, 2010

Severe joint pain is a common side-effect of tamoxifen therapy for breast cancer, and it is associated with vitamin D deficiency. Supplementation aimed at pushing serum vitamin D levels over 40 ng/ml can prevent or attenuate the pain.