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Prostate Cancer Survivor Shares His Experience to Benefit Others

Before, during and after cancer treatment, talking about your experience can help you heal emotionally and physically. Communicating with friends, family members, physicians and others who have dealt with cancer can have a positive impact on a patient’s overall...

Celebrating Nancy Stamm: A Cancer Survivor Who Wants Others to Learn from her Mistakes

At 21st Century Oncology, we know that it takes a fighting spirit and strong support system to beat cancer. We’re with our patients in that fight every step of the way. It’s why our rallying cry is “we fight for you like an army and care for you like a family.” While we celebrate our patients for being warriors every day, we want to give special recognition today—National Cancer Survivor’s Day.

UPF Clothing – Your Answer to Sun-Protective Clothing

Think sunscreen is the only way to protect your skin from the sun? Think again. UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) fabric is designed to help protect your skin from the sun. 21st Century Oncology is here to help you learn everything you need to know about purchasing sun-protective hats, shirts and more.

Stress and Cancer: How Does Stress Affect Cancer?

If you’re undergoing cancer treatment, stress is a significant variable you can control on your road to recovery. Here at 21st Century Oncology, we want everyone to know how chronic stress can affect cancer diagnosis and treatment. Keep reading to learn how to mitigate stress and give your body the relaxation it needs.

Nutrition for Cancer Patients

Learn how to fight cancer with a healthy, balanced diet, with help from 21st Century Oncology. Discover what foods to avoid during radiation treatment and what food groups will assist your body during and after cancer treatment.

National Cancer Survivors Day: Celebrating Our Patients

On Sunday, June 3, 2018, we at 21st Century Oncology will join friends, family, patients and cancer caregivers across the United States in celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day. Wondering how you can get involved? Check out our blog for everything you need to know about celebrating the survivors in your life.

What Is SPF and How Does Sunblock Protect Your Skin?

What is SPF, and how does sunblock protect your skin? SPF is a relative measurement of how well a sunscreen will protect your skin from ultraviolet (UV) B rays. Learn how SPF is determined and how to choose sunscreen for you and your family, from the experts at 21st Century Oncology.

6 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Sunscreen

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the U.S. However, skin cancer may be prevented by avoiding exposure to harsh UV rays, wearing protective clothing and properly applying sunscreen.

What To Do For Someone With Cancer

If your friend or loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it’s crucially important to support them, and if you’re not sure what to do, focus on some little things you can do that may have a bigger impact than you’d expect.

Listening to Your Body

No matter the sign or symptom, it is important to pay attention to what your body is indicating. It is especially important for cancer patients to be aware of returning symptoms following treatment.

Juicing for Health: Ginger Hopper Juice

The American Cancer Society recommends consuming at least 2 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables every day. If you’re often on the go, drinking a fresh juice can be an easy way to get key nutrients. Nutrient-packed fresh juice also provides a great alternative to sugary processed drinks.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles: How to Safely Travel with Cancer

Traveling this holiday season? Traveling with cancer can present some extra challenges if you’re not prepared. There are a few things you may want to keep in mind if you are a cancer patient or caregiver planning on traveling in the next few months.

Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Cancer Patients This Holiday Season

A thoughtful present can lift anyone’s spirits, especially those who are currently fighting cancer. However, a present doesn’t necessarily need to be an object they unwrap. This holiday season, consider an unconventional, yet valuable gift.

3 Tips for Moderate Exercise at Home

The Department of Health and Human Services recommends 75 minutes of vigorous and 150 minutes of moderate activity weekly. Here are three tips to get moderate exercise at home. 

Support for Every Breast Cancer Patient: Blackwell Bras to Enter the Market

Since 2011, Dr. Lea Blackwell, a 21st Century Oncology affiliated breast surgeon, has sought to redesign the bra given to breast cancer patients after undergoing mastectomies, biopsies, and lumpectomy surgeries. Now, the Blackwell Bra is one step closer to production for all breast cancer patients.

Life is Better When You Are Laughing

For those living with cancer, it may seem difficult to find a happy state of mind, but laughter can become a source of relief even when facing this particular hardship. Studies show that laughter, when used as a complementary therapy, brings positive results with virtually no negative side effects.

Fighting Like a Girl – Man With Breast Cancer Shares Personal Journey

Retired truck driver Bill Burkert, 66, was going through his normal morning routine last year when he stepped out of the shower to shave and noticed a dimple on the right side of his chest. Always being diligent with his health, he scheduled an appointment with his doctor right away.

Maintaining Relationships After a Cancer Diagnosis

A cancer diagnosis affects not only the patient, but also his or her partner or spouse as well, truly testing the traditional wedding vow, “in sickness and health.” The impact of a cancer diagnosis will be different from couple to couple. 

Just Don’t. Five Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Cancer Patient

It’s hard to know what to say to a loved one undergoing cancer treatment. Even well-intentioned words can take on a different meaning for someone fighting cancer. Learn 5 examples of things not to say to someone who has cancer so you can avoid putting your foot in your mouth.

One Physician’s Inspired Fight Against Hodgkin’s Disease

Over a decade ago, while she was in medical school, a dear friend of Dr. Vershalee Shukla was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease. While supporting her friend during a course of radiation therapy, Dr. Shukla was inspired to specialize in Radiation Oncology.

Feeling Stressed? Try this Relaxation Technique

If you’re a cancer patient or caregiver, this may be one of the most stressful times of your life. But Board Certified Radiation Oncologist and Integrative Oncologist Dr. Brian Lawenda says keeping your stress levels down is key to fighting the disease and feeling your best.

7 Things to Keep in Mind When You Have Cancer

Having a positive mindset may be one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself after a cancer diagnosis. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, always remember these 7 things.

5 Surprising Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Getting Cancer

You probably already know that you can reduce your risk of getting cancer by eating healthy, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, getting plenty of sleep, and eliminating tobacco, but these lesser known cancer prevention tips may surprise you.

Testicular Cancer Self-Exam

An estimated 8,700 cases of testicular cancer will be diagnosed this year. The average age of diagnosis is 33, but it is may be diagnosed in children, teenagers and men over the age of 55. Testicular cancers can be found at an early stage if men recognize symptoms and seek medical attention. Unfortunately, the symptoms often go unnoticed until after the cancer has spread. 

Cervical Cancer Prevention and Early Detection

This year, an estimated 12,900 women in the United States will be diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 4,100 patients will die from the disease. Physicians agree that the key to beating cervical cancer is prevention and early detection. In fact, when detected early, it is one of the most successfully treatable cancers.

Cervical Cancer Symptoms Women Should Not Ignore

Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers in women worldwide. This year, 12,900 American women will be diagnosed, and 4,100 women will die from the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control. As part of January’s Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, 21st Century Oncology wants to raise awareness about this often silent but deadly disease. As with all cancers, prevention and early detection is key to successful treatment.  

Holiday Traditions

Thanks to all the employees who participated in this year’s Holiday Gift Basket Auction which raised over $4,000 for the 21st Century C.A.R.E. Foundation! 

Breast Cancer Run Raises Over $13,000 for Local Cancer Patients

Carolina Regional Cancer Center participated in the annual BFF (Breast Friends Forever) Pink Ribbon Run and Expo in North Myrtle Beach on March 6 – 7, 2015.  More than 900 runners participated and over $13,000 was raised to benefit nonprofit organizations Caring In Our Lifetime and 21st Century C.A.R.E.

Tracking Cancer, One Person at a Time

The National Cancer Registry is the benchmark database for cancer information in the country. It is used by hospitals to improve treatment methods, by researchers to help guide and shape reporting, and by the government to help build programs and allocate funding.

Dr. Lawenda appears in Las Vegas Review Journal

LAS VEGAS — Battling cancer is bad enough without having it also ravage your skin. Chemicals such as chemotherapy affect those cells as well as cancer cells, so certified aesthetician and Summerlin-area resident Lia Yulianti volunteers her time to teach cancer patients how to care for their skin.

21st Century Oncology CEO Receives Humanitarian Award

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Dr. Daniel Dosoretz, Board Certified Radiation Oncologist, and CEO of 21st Century Oncology has been awarded the inaugural Amigos Center Humanitarian Award on behalf of the Amigos Center Board of Directors and the 4,000 immigrants the organization helps serve in Southwest Florida every year.

21st Century Oncology Las Vegas to Raise Money for American Cancer Society

21st Century Oncology of Las Vegas will be participating in the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer Event on Friday, March 13, to help make a difference in the fight against cancer. The Las Vegas cancer treatment centers will be putting a spin on the typical “Wear Your Sneaker to Work Day” by hosting a “Jeans & Jersey Day” at the start of the NCAA’s March Madness Basketball Tournament.

Dr. Valerie Dyke Receives American Cancer Society Legacy Award

Valerie Dyke M.D., F.A.S.C.R.S., Board Certified Colorectal Surgeon with The Colorectal Institute, has received the 2015 American Cancer Society Legacy Award at the Cattle Barons’ Ball this year. Dr. Dyke was chosen for this award because of her passion for educating the community about cancer prevention and the latest advances in cancer treatment. 

Cindy Berry Recognized as a 2015 “”Woman 2 Watch”

21st Century Oncology’s Las Vegas Regional Vice President of Operations, Cindy Berry, RN, MSN, was selected as one of Vegas Inc.’s 2015 “Women 2 Watch”. The publication also hosted an awards ceremony at the Silverton Hotel & Casino in the Veil Event Center recognizing this year’s honorees.

21st Century Oncology Earns FACE Award for Diversity

21st Century Oncology is pleased to announce that Gulfshore Business and D’Latinos magazines have given the company a “Face Award” in the large company category for their commitment to diversity.

Dr. Frank Vicini Named 2014 “Top Doc” by Hour Detroit Magazine

Frank Vicini, M.D., Board Certified Radiation Oncologist with 21st Century Oncology, was named a “Top Doc” in Hour Detroit Magazine’s October 2014 issue. The magazine’s 15th annual Top Docs survey includes physicians who are currently changing the face of medicine and recognize them for their hard work and talent.

Local Prostate Cancer Survivor Urges Men to Get Screened

When 52-year old Kurt David was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he knew that getting treated would be the most important decision throughout the process. The successful TV host felt it was essential to evaluate all the treatment options available to him.

2014 Top Physician Awards

21st Century Oncology is proud to announce that several of our physicians have been awarded “Top Physician” awards from numerous local organizations. We are thrilled to have outstanding physicians that are recognized both by patients, as well as fellow physicians, for their dedication to patient care.

The Importance of Cancer Clinical Trials and Research

From medication tests to cancer-fighting technological advancements, cancer clinical research and trials are essential to the ongoing fight against cancer and the mission to bring new hope to cancer patients everywhere.

The Kindness of Strangers: Keith Mirabal’s Story

Keith Mirabal had a series of obstacles in his path after he was diagnosed from tongue cancer. From nutrition to transportation and unexpected financial hiccups, Keith didn’t know what to do. Until he reached out to the C.A.R.E. Foundation. 

Signs and Symptoms of Colon Cancer

As with most diseases, early detection of colon cancer is one of the top factors in being able to get the most effective treatment. While regular check-ups and wellness appointments with your family doctor are never a bad idea, the following list of common signs and symptoms of colon cancer can alert you to a potential problem that you can have checked out.

Four Ways to Benefit from Getting a Prostate Cancer Screening

Put your mind at ease by regularly receiving prostate cancer screenings at the appropriate. Because prostate cancer is so common (it’s the second leading type of cancer in men behind skin cancer), it’s important to make informed decisions with your doctor and get checked on a regular basis based on your risk factors.

A Reference Guide to Cervical Cancer Risk Factors

Cervical Cancer affects thousands of women each year. By being aware of the associated risk factors and taking the proper precautions, a women’s risk of getting cervical cancer decreases greatly.  

Taking Care of America’s Heroes: Four Key Takeaways

On Wednesday, December 4, 2013, Dr. Jeffrey Forman of 21st Century Oncology participated in a special event in Troy, Michigan called “Taking Care of America’s Heroes.” Dr. Forman spoke during a complimentary lecture on prostate health, prostate cancer treatments, and information to aid veterans as they work through the various layers and offices of the VA system for non-VA care.

5 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Cancer Risk Factors

 From heart disease to disability, asthma to cancer, people everywhere are taking time to pay more attention to their health now more than ever and working to prevent any unfortunate diagnoses or life-altering health consequences.

4 Ways to Support National Cancer Prevention Month

Every February, individuals are invited to turn their attention to a very important cause: personal health. The second month of the year is National Cancer Prevention Month and activists and healthcare providers all work diligently to spread the word on simple ways that people can lower their risk of a cancer diagnosis. 

When You Don’t Know What To Do: 6 Ways To Support a Cancer Patient

Many people have found themselves in an incredibly tough situation: a family member, a friend or a loved one has just told you that they have been diagnosed with cancer and you have no idea what to do or say next. Read this article for simple ways to show them that you care.

6 Very Healthy Common Foods (and Drinks)

With the advancements of knowledge sharing brought on by the Internet, people we have more information regarding health and nutrition available to them than ever before. This has become so valuable to the masses of individuals who are interested in reducing their cancer risk and also want to live a healthier life. And when When it comes to living a healthier life, the first step is almost always going to be evaluating what you eat and making better nutritional decisions .