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Many Cancer Patients Use Complementary Therapies, But Their Docs Don’t Know

While about one-third of cancer patients use some type of complementary therapy, such as supplements, yoga or meditation, many don’t disclose this to their doctors – and that can be problematic, say researchers. Some of the concern is that supplements may contain other ingredients not listed on their labels that…

If You’re Facing Head/Neck Radiation

Head and neck cancers are particularly difficult cancers to treat because the tools we use in Western medicine are so destructive of the noncancerous organs near the cancer site and throughout the body. So much of daily functioning — eating, talking, breathing! — requires a functioning throat, and radiation does…

Radiation Damage — What a Surprise

My father’s grandfather, Francis Colgate Benson, was a pioneer in the treatment of cancer with radiation. He became a surgeon before the turn of the (last) century. By the end of WWI he became fascinated with the new field of radiology and worked on curing cancer with radiation. He died…

The Troubling Side Effects of Head & Neck Radiation

At 37 years old and the father of a newborn son, Chris Lavoie found his life turned upside-down with a diagnosis of a tumor on his thyroid. In short order, the Celebration, Florida, man had surgery to remove the thyroid and part of his vocal cord and then received the…

Radiation Redux

How do you know if your doctor is following updated guidelines? Especially if you don’t even know guidelines exist? A significant number of women with lumpectomies are getting twice the amount of radiation treatments they are supposed to. 4 years ago the American Society of Radiation changed its guidelines, cutting…