Written by on 6/1/2014 6:15:00 AM
Dr. Darrel Ross is a radiation oncologist at Community Cancer Center South.
Today is National Cancer Survivor Day. It’s a day when not only do we honor all those who've won their battle with cancer, but those still fighting. From their first treatment to their last, cancer patients are strong and brave. That’s why all of our patients at Community Health Network are survivors each and every day.
It’s gratifying to be part of the cancer care team at Community Health Network and to see so many examples of how to live life well amidst cancer. As a radiation oncologist I find myself reflecting on many of my patients and recalling both the fear and humor that comes my way every day.
Some patients come to their first radiation therapy appointment believing it’s an open pit of fiery flames. What many do not know is that radiation therapy has drastically changed, and has many safeguards. Today, we are pinpointing the beam of radiation with great precision. Our goal is to avoid damaging healthy tissue while eliminating the cancerous cells. continue reading ...
Written by on 3/10/2014 10:00:00 AM
New research from the MD Anderson Cancer Center finds that yoga can improve quality of life for women undergoing radiation treatment for breast cancer.
Already known to help with fatigue, the research shows that the benefits of yoga may extend far beyond that.
The researchers split more than 191 participants into three groups: a yoga group who focused on all aspects of the exercise, a group that just used stretching techniques from yoga, and a control group. continue reading ...