Archive for January 2018

Nasal Cancer Survivor, Chris Williams

When Chris Williams began experiencing common cold symptoms such as a stuffy nose and earache, he never imagined it would lead to a serious condition. “One day, I suddenly began slurring my speech,” Chris said. He knew this wasn’t normal and immediately went to the emergency room. After completing an MRI, doctors informed Chris he had…

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Managing Side Effects of Radiation Therapy to the Head or Neck

Many people feel better when they know what to expect. Yet, there is no sure way to know to what extent head and neck cancer patients will have side effects with treatment. By managing side effects early on, patients can prevent other difficulties such as feeding tubes or infections. Fortunately, head and neck cancer patients…

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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is a cancer that starts in the cervix — the lower part of the uterus. Cancer starts when cells begin to grow out of control and crowd out normal cells. These extra cells form a tumor. Do you know what…

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Flu is Spreading Fast

With a high number of cases of people with influenza (flu) viruses, the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center wants to make sure you are protected as well as others. No one is exempt from the flu (even healthy people can get the flu) so the most important step everyone can take is to get the…

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Bringing Exercise Indoors

Sometimes the cold weather or fewer daylight hours can discourage you from working out. Fortunately, there are exercises you can do indoors. Additionally, by getting active you are lowering your cancer risk and reducing your stress level. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, being overweight or obese contributes to the development of…

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New Year, New You

With the New Year comes the resolutions list. For many the lists of resolutions include: visiting a new country, spending more time with family, getting more sleep or even learning a new language. However, the most common resolutions are to exercise more and eat healthier. This is especially important when undergoing proton therapy treatment. Although…

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Prostate Cancer Survivor, Curtis Courington

Agent Orange aftermath While serving in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War, Curtis Courington became exposed to the chemical herbicide — Agent Orange. This herbicide caused numerous health problems that are affecting veterans today. Some of these health problems include Hodgkin’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, diabetes and even prostate cancer. As a…

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