Cancer Care

Vitamin D Reduces Fatigue in Cancer Patients

By John Otrompke, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 4. , 2012

A new study shows that Vitamin D supplementation, at a dose of 2,000 IU per day, reduced the symptoms of fatigue in a cohort of people with various types of cancer.

Massive Study Finds Link Between Allergies & Hematologic Cancers

By John Otrompke, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 3. 2012,

A cohort study of over 64,000 people found that those with allergies to grass, plants and trees were more likely to develop hematologic malignancies compared with people who don’t have allergies. The surprising observation runs contrary to studies, and has investigators and clinicians scratching their heads.

Yoga Improves Muscle Pain, Memory Problems in Cancer Survivors

By John Otrompke, Contributing Writer

Two new studies of an innovative yoga program specifically designed for cancer survivors add to existing data showing that yoga can improve sleep, reduce “chemo-fog” and ameliorate a variety of chronic problems that often follow conventional 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. , 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. , 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”).

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Immune Enhancement, Avoidance of Interactions Are Keys to Chemotherapy Support

By Janet Gulland / Contributing Writer - Vol. 12, No. 1. , 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. , 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.