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Integrative MedicineGiving Cancer Patients a Voice

What if you could share your experience of being diagnosed with and treated for cancer–including the emotions you felt and how you coped–and that sharing could contribute to research that will improve the lives of others? Well, you can, through a valuable online resource called the Cancer Experience Registry. As Read more…

Medical NewsThe Cancer Roller Coaster

Throughout this cancer, I visualized running a marathon. I sat in my chemo chair listening to music and when I closed my eyes I ran up a mountain and down a hill. After the chemo was over, I began visualizing being on a roller coaster (by the way, I hate Read more…

Natural OptionsThree Keys to Post-Cancer Recovery

You have finally finished your cancer treatments. After being inundated with doctors and doctor visits for however many months, all of a sudden, you are set free. Yea! ….now what? You’re in the middle of “season” with social events and holidays. How do you create balance while recovering from cancer Read more…

Medical NewsThe Known and the Unknowns of the Journey

This column is a continuation of last issue’s feature story on Shay Moraga who at 39 years old was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. We are honored to have Shay sharing her journey with Desert Health® readers in an ongoing column. When we left Shay, she was close to Read more…

Integrative MedicineCancer Does Not Discriminate

Cancer does not discriminate. It affects people of all ages, races, backgrounds and lifestyles. And sometimes it finds those you’d least expect – those who have lived the healthy, balanced life that we all strive to achieve. This year, breast cancer found Shay Moraga at 39 years old. A yogi Read more…

Medical NewsScar-less Skin Cancer Removal

Skin cancers, including basal cell cancers and squamous cell cancers, are the most common cancers in the United States, affecting more than 4 million Americans every year. Skin cancers are over two times more common than all other cancers combined. They are also increasing faster than all other cancers combined. Read more…

Medical NewsI Have Cancer, but My X-ray Is Normal

It was August 2014 when Bob, age 49, developed a cough that did not resolve with the usual over-the-counter medications. He visited his family physician who ordered a chest x-ray. The chest x-ray report was normal. However, the cough persisted over the next 2 to 3 months so his physician Read more…

InspirationSurviving Cancer Against the Odds

Why do some people survive cancer against all odds when others do not? That question sent Kelly Turner back to school to get her Ph.D. As a cancer patient counselor, Turner was searching for answers in an effort to help her clients and was angered at the fact that no one Read more…

Natural OptionsIntegrative Cancer Care

Conventional treatments for cancer are surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormones and targeted biological therapy.  For those seeking alternatives or additions to increase efficacy or to mitigate side effects, a wide array of choices exist.  Interventions which have been scientifically studied and have shown positive outcomes range from drinking green tea to Read more…

Health & BeautyThat Sneaky Desert Sun

Okay, I will admit it; I am trying to scare you. The big, bad summer is here and with it comes the threat of too much heat, too much sun, and the danger and risk that accompanies both. You might say, “I know, I know. I wear sun block” or Read more…

Medical NewsPET/CT: Not a CAT-Scan for Your Pet

PET/CT is an acronym that stands for “positron emission tomography/computed tomography.”  It is a combination of PET and CT (CAT scan) which combines the best of both worlds in terms of functional metabolic imaging at the cellular level, and anatomic imaging for structural detail.  It also incorporates the PET scan’s Read more…

Natural OptionsAlternative Cancer Care Pioneers

Over the last several decades, a search for a cure for cancer has largely been focused on developing new chemotherapy drugs, radiation therapy and surgical interventions. Nonetheless, the incidence and mortality of cancer, in general, are increasing. The number of cancer-related deaths is expected to double in the next 50 Read more…

Natural OptionsMitochondrial Inflammation and Cancer

Dr. Thomas Seyfried teaches neurogenetics and neurochemistry at Yale University. He is also a pioneering researcher in promoting how to treat cancer nutritionally. His book, Cancer as a Metabolic Disease: On the Origin, Management and Prevention of Cancer, contains over 400 pages and 1,740 medical references that make a compelling Read more…

Integrative MedicineIntegrative Cancer Therapies to Support Breast Cancer Treatment

“Cancer does not grow too much; it dies too little,” states Robert Nagourney, MD.   You can think about cancer cells as normal cells becoming immortal. Apoptosis is the process in which normal functioning cells are programmed to die. In cancer cells, this mechanism is over-ridden so the cell malfunctions Read more…

Integrative MedicineLife After Cancer: Nourishing Your Health

“What do I do to keep cancer from coming back?” “What do I eat/not eat?” “How do I live a cancer free lifestyle?” These are questions I hear from my patients every day. The answer is simple. The foods you should avoid in preventing cancer are the same ones you Read more…

Medical NewsHear ye, hear ye!

the thoracic cavity with dr presser

I’ve been waiting for this news – as have most of the doctors, surgeons and health care practitioners who have seen lung cancer kill the many who could have been saved with early screenings. It’s about time! After decades of debate, guidelines issued recently by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Read more…

Medical NewsThe General Surgeon

The General Surgeon

Anal cancer is a rare disease, with only 7,060 new cases, and 880 deaths estimated for 2013. When broken down by gender, the incidence is only 1.9 per 100,000 women per year, and 1.5 per 100,000 men per year. However, in HIV positive gay/bisexual men, the incidence is increased 100-fold, Read more…

Medical NewsIt’s Time to Quit Smoking

On average, smokers live 14 years less than non-smokers and one in six will be diagnosed with lung cancer. Approximately 70% of smokers say they want to quit, but success rates vary, depending on whether they try quitting on their own or undergo treatment. The long-term success rate of those Read more…

Health & BeautyWhat Is A Breast MRI?

Breast MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is an extremely helpful, non-invasive imaging tool used to evaluate mammographic abnormalities and identify early breast cancer, especially in women at high risk. An MRI does not involve radiation exposure and does not replace screening mammography. Instead it provides a powerful supplementary tool for detecting Read more…

Medical NewsLung Cancer Screening Saves Lives

More people die of lung cancer each year than breast, colorectal, prostate and ovarian cancers combined.  Lung cancer kills, so why be a victim? The current lung cancer screening guidelines are in response to the results of the National Cancer Institute’s sponsored national lung screening trial (NLST).  NLST findings published Read more…