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Medical News30 Years of Comprehensive Cancer Care

This year, Desert Regional’s Comprehensive Cancer Center celebrates 30 years of serving our community. In 2011, we interviewed the center’s management team for a story on integrative cancer care – the use of both medical and natural therapies – and wanted to see how things have evolved. We followed up Read more…

Integrative MedicineAnticancer Living: Transform Your Life and Health with the Mix of Six

Anti cancer book

Anticancer Living is authored by the husband and wife team of Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, and Alison Jefferies, MEd who lead the integrative medicine program at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. The scientific basis of all their information and recommendations is deep and sound.  In many ways, this Read more…

Integrative MedicineA New Year Update

Nine months after treatment and a year after starting an integrative cancer care protocol, today, I am cancer-free. In January 2019 I was diagnosed with early stage invasive ductal breast cancer and chose to have my tumor frozen versus a lumpectomy or mastectomy. “Cryoablation” as it’s called is much less Read more…

Integrative MedicineTreating Cancer Metabolically

Despite the billions of dollars spent on cancer research and treatments, cancer rates continue to skyrocket. It is currently estimated that 1,735,350 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed this year and 609,640 people will die from cancer.1  Approximately 38.4 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer Read more…

Through the GenerationsHow Can I Help When I Don’t Know What To Do?

Shay’s Story

You just got off the phone and are in shock that your friend has cancer. You are the best friend, spouse, parent, volunteer…everyone’s cheerleader.  How this could happen? The New Year is here and everyone is supposed to be happy and celebrating – not talking cancer! You feel helpless. Like Read more…

Medical NewsPlasma Cell Neoplasms: A Common Form of Blood Cancer in the Coachella Valley

Have you observed vague symptoms of fatigue, weakness, weight loss, bone pain and broken bones recently? Are you above 40 years of age and/or have a history of HIV? If so, you should see your primary care physician and ask for a referral to a hematologist as you are at Read more…

Medical NewsDo You Believe in Miracles?

Shay’s Story

It was early November and there was an itch near the top of my breast that would not go away. I vividly remember how annoying the itch was and thinking I felt a lump. During a boot camp workout, I asked my friend what she thought it might be, and Read more…

Medical NewsSurvivors’ Guilt and Gratitude

Shay’s Story

On July 15, 2019, I celebrated my third Cancerversary (a special word in the cancer world to celebrate another year of being cancer-free). It reflects the day that I finished chemo, weekly doctor appointments and that safety net of support. Not a day goes by that I am not thankful Read more…

InspirationHow Do People Heal?

How do people heal?

In my work as a massage therapist and energy medicine practitioner I consider this question every day. Every client–each person–has a story. We are each on a healing journey. The details vary, but the quest is the same for all: we are searching for wholeness. What helps? What constitutes success? Read more…

Medical NewsHow to Tell Your Kid You Have Cancer

The hardest part of cancer? That’s a loaded question, but telling my kid about it ranks up there at the top of that list. Lauren had just turned 10 when my husband and I found a lump in my breast. A few days later, an oncologist predicted that I had Read more…

Medical NewsCaregiving for the Caregiver

Support comes in many forms, especially when someone is going through cancer. We think about how awful everything that they must endure is – treatments, doctor appointments, fatigue, stress and so much more. Hopefully, the person going through cancer has a good support system and a caregiver that will be Read more…

Integrative MedicineHypnosis for Cancer Care

Cancer patients and survivors often experience significant problems with pain, fatigue, sleep, stress, anxiety, trauma and grief associated both with the cancer diagnosis and side effects of treatments. Hypnosis can be powerfully effective for the physical, mental and emotional fallout that comes with the disease – and after, when life Read more…

Integrative MedicineThe Cancer and Food Connection

Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, an oncology fellow at the time, wrote a detailed biography of cancer in his 2010 book Emperor of All Maladies. In it he reports that early in human history, cancer was a very rare disease. As we all know, cancer has become increasingly common, especially since the Read more…

InspirationDealing with a Diagnosis

In January I was told I have breast cancer. The overwhelming news brought tears and the urge to crawl up in a ball and stay there forever. I didn’t want to face what lay ahead – more doctors, more tests, and many life-changing decisions to be made. How could this Read more…

Medical NewsColon Cancer: Prevention is Key

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. behind lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 22 (4.49%) for men and 1 in 24 (4.15%) for women.  And while colorectal cancer rates Read more…

Medical NewsShay: New Year, New Day, Set New Goals

Each year, as December 31st approaches, people start talking about goals, especially fitness-related ones. I feel everyone has the best intentions, including myself, to lose the weight, eat clean, or detox. I like to sit down with my cancer Warriors and have a goal-intention setting night. After cancer, your body Read more…

Natural OptionsNew Year’s Resolutions:

There’s no denying it—having cancer (or any other life-threatening disease) definitely changes the way one looks at the future. So it’s only natural that, after a diagnosis of cancer, the nature of patients’ New Year’s resolutions changes as well. I can say that from my own experience (diagnosed with breast Read more…

Fresh CuisineWhy Nutrition Matters When You Have Cancer

Gluten Free with Tiffany

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. A health care team may provide a variety of treatment options, but it is up to the patient to prioritize and focus daily on their nutrition, which is the foundation of health. Malnutrition (lacking adequate nutrients) is a serious side effect of cancer and Read more…

Integrative MedicineShay’s Story: Helping a Loved One Going through Cancer this Holiday Season

Shay Moraga is a triple negative breast cancer survivor and shares her journey with Desert Health® readers in an ongoing column… It is the most wonderful time of year. Festive tunes on the radio, everyone you meet seems excited about upcoming vacations and family coming into town to celebrate the Read more…

Integrative MedicineHolistic Cancer Therapies

Cancerous tumors, due to their fast metabolism, exist best in a ‘low oxygen’ environment. While chemotherapy is, by nature, dominantly an oxidative process, there are non-toxic oxidative therapies available in out-patient environments that are proving to be effective as a complement to chemotherapy and radiation or as stand-alone holistic treatment Read more…