Tag Archives: pancreatic cancer

Health Benefits Abound for Smokers Who Quit

Are you quitting smoking? Congratulations! Despite widespread awareness of the dangers of smoking, it’s not easy to quit. The good news is that once you start quitting cigarettes, your body begins to heal. In fact, within three days, nicotine leaves your body, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As your body starts […]

More Cancer Deaths Preventable by Losing Weight

A new federal report shows that death rates from all cancers continued to decline in the United States between 2004 and 2008. The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer also reveals that several cancers could be avoided if people lost weight and exercised more. Cancers of the colon and rectum, kidney […]

Rationing Cancer Care? An Oncologist Examines the Affordable Care Act Continued…

Last week I published a column on this blog regarding the thorny issue of how we as a society could approach the issue of affordable cancer care, and which treatments might simply be unaffordable from a societal perspective. Shortly after this blog was posted the world’s leading medical journal, the New England Journal of Medicine, […]

Rationing Cancer Care? An Oncologist Examines the Affordable Care Act

The health care reform act –  known as the Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress and signed into law last year after much contentious debate – will have a profound effect on health care in the United States if it survives the numerous legal challenges making their way through the courts. What are the likely […]

Diabetes and Cancer: Is there a link?

Investigators for years have questioned whether diabetes is a risk factor for the development of cancer.  There are theoretical reasons to suspect that there might be a link: insulin levels are increased in Type 2 (adult onset, non-insulin-requiring) diabetes because the body cannot utilize insulin properly to control blood sugar levels. Insulin acts as a […]