First-time post-cancer guidelines unveiled
April 26th, 2012
10:54 AM ET

First-time post-cancer guidelines unveiled

Cancer survivors often talk about first reactions when their doctors first used the word "cancer" during a diagnosis. "It's almost like the word was in another language that I didn't understand," a friend of mine said once. For many of the nation's 12 million cancer survivors, learning the new language of post-cancer health maintenance means translating bad eating habits into a healthy diet and exercise.

For the first time, the American Cancer Society on Thursday published formal guidelines for cancer survivors, focusing on the health benefits of maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet. The guidelines are published online in CA: Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

“These recommendations, while we now have evidence that they work for cancer survivors, they are good guidelines for everybody,” said co-author Colleen Doyle, MS RD, director of nutrition and physical activity for the American Cancer Society, “If you’re eating right and are being active and maintaining a healthy weight, you just feel better.”

While previous information has been published regarding the benefits of healthy weight, exercise and eating, Doyle explained that her team of experts based their report on the growing body of data developed from studying cancer survivors. The main points of the review include:

April 26th, 2012
08:13 AM ET

Human Factor: Doctor's post-cancer life lesson

Editor's note: In the Human Factor, we profile survivors who have overcome the odds. Confronting a life obstacle – injury, illness or other hardship – they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn't know they possessed. This week transplant surgeon Dr. Carlos Zayas describes his experience as a patient when he underwent a bone marrow transplant

When I was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma in 2009, I was told I had a 10% chance (or less) of survival with a 90% chance of relapse. Needless to say, it was overwhelming.

After 24 rounds of chemo, 18 different drugs, a failed transplant of my own bone marrow and an unsuccessful international search for a perfect bone marrow match, I knew my prognosis didn’t look good - but I decided that my diagnosis didn’t mean I was going to die.


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Berries may delay memory decline
April 26th, 2012
12:01 AM ET

Berries may delay memory decline

As the number of Americans living with Alzheimer's disease continues to rise, researchers are investigating various ways that people can prevent memory decline through nutrients in foods we might eat often anyway.

So far, nothing has been proven to work for sure, but there's no harm in eating healthy foods.

The latest target of interest is berries. A study of more than 16,000 women over age 70 suggests there is a connection between berries and memory problems. Specifically, women who ate the most berries per week were likely to have up to a 2.5-year advantage in terms of when they showed signs of memory decline.

There's no reason think that results would be different in men, said the study's lead author, Elizabeth Devore, researcher at the Channing Laboratory at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.


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April 2012
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