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This week we're beginning a series on cancer caregivers. Caregivers are family, friends, and volunteers who help a cancer patient during treatment and recovery. The cancer caregiver plays a vital role in supporting the patient during a difficult time. Our series will focus on the many roles a caregiver may play: Communicator, advocate, decision maker, and supporter. Today's post looks at the cancer caregiver as communicator. As a caregiver for a patient with cancer, you may be asked to serve...

Like any life-changing event, cancer treatment can dramatically affect your lifestyle. From body changes to changes in how we relate to others, the lifestyle changes during cancer treatment can be significant. If you are a patient, you may experience one or more of the following lifestyle changes:

Increase in doctor visits, hospital stays, and medical appointments, resulting in missed time at work, school, and social activities. Self image struggles due to hair loss, weight changes,...

As the third leading cause of cancer in the United States, colon cancer is not something to be trifled with. With an expected death rate in 2013 of approx. 52,000 people in the US, according the American Cancer Society, those over the age of 50 must be very mindful of this devastating yet very treatable disease. The key to surviving colon cancer (and even preventing development) is early screening tests and knowing if you are at risk. It is important for individuals to research potential...

The relationship between excess body weight and cancer risk has been known for quite some time. Yet, approximately two out of three American’s are still classified as overweight or obese. Overweight and obesity rates continue to soar because of poor nutrition and a lack of physical activity which, according to the American Cancer Society, relates to one in three deaths from cancer. This can possibly be attributed to overly-large food portion sizes, poor dietary choices and a simple lack of...

If you're considering alternative cancer treatments, you probably have a lot of questions. Asking questions is a healthy activity. It's also an important step in choosing the right cancer treatment for you. As one of the East Coast's premiere alternative cancer treatment centers, Natural Horizons fields a lot of questions about alternative cancer treatments. We offer a free consultation, which is a good time to ask questions about treatment -- and about us as providers. Here are 6 questions...

Joseph Shaw Jones, MD
Natural Horizons
Wellness Centers
Integrative Cancer Care

 

Discovering that you or a close family member has cancer is a difficult and overwhelming experience. Talking to your kids about cancer can be just as challenging. As a parent, it’s natural to shield your child from anything harmful or scary. Hiding a cancer diagnosis, however, only leads to confusion and fear – sending a message to your child that cancer is...

When you’re 22 and diagnosed with leukemia, it’s not always easy to find reasons to laugh. But for Suleika Jouad and her self-described “cancer friend” Kristen Howard, there is laughter and catharsis in “The Real Housewives of Chemotherapy,” a video they created after meeting in the Mount Sinai Hospital cancer ward. Jouad and Howard – who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 30 – spoof the popular Bravo television series “Real Housewives” in their YouTube video. They get dolled up...

Google+ (aka, Google Plus) is a great place to connect with cancer patients, survivors, and supporters. Many Google+ cancer communities are thriving hubs of human connectedness. You'll also find engaging conversations, blog posts, and articles to read. Here are five Google+ cancer communities worth checking out: Breast Cancer Yoga Members of the Breast Cancer Yoga community focus on "how to heal." Community members share their knowledge about breast cancer recovery and lymphedema management...

Whether you're a seasoned runner, a sometimes jogger or a person who just likes to walk, you can make each step count toward a cure for cancer. A healthy dose of cancer cure races are coming up in Washington D.C. and nearby Maryland and Virginia areas for a chance to do good for your own body as well as for countless others. Komen VA Blue Ridge Race for the Cure Saturday, April 13, 2013 - River's Edge, Reserve Avenue in Roanoke, Va. Registration fees: $30 for adult or youth...

Each year, more than 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 Americans die from it. As part of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Natural Horizons is raising awareness of  risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. First, a few statistics:

 Up to 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be avoided if everyone  50 years old or older was screened regularly Overall, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is 1 in 20,...

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