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Cancer-Fighting Healthy Recipes to Try: Roasted Turkey Breast

Cancer-Fighting Healthy Recipes to Try: Roasted Turkey Breast

Holidays are right around the corner. For many, the holidays include lots of delicious food. This season, get into the holiday spirit with yummy holiday food and potentially prevent cancer with cancer-fighting ingredients.

Roasted Turkey Breast, Porchetta Style: Cancer-Fighting Recipe

The holiday season is always a good time to make a delicious roasted turkey.  But now, you can make your holiday meal with a few extra cancer-fighting ingredients. This cancer-fighting turkey recipe includes herbs and spices that give your immune system a boost to help prevent cancer.  


1 turkey breast, whole

1 teaspoon of coriander seed

1 teaspoon of fennel seed

1 tablespoon of finely chopped rosemary

1 tablespoon of freshly chopped sage

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 teaspoon of kosher salt

⅛ teaspoon of ground pepper

3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

4 cups of low-sodium chicken broth


  1. Mix together coriander and fennel seeds in a small, dry skillet and heat on stove over medium-high heat until seeds are gold, or approximately 3-4 minutes. Shake pan in a circular motion every so often at first and then constantly as it cooks. Move the heated seeds to a plate to cool.
  2. Use a food processor to mix toasted coriander and fennel seeds, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper. Mix until all ingredients are very finely chopped. After ingredients have been chopped, keep the processor running while lightly pouring in the oil. Let it settle for at least 15 minutes.
  3. While the seasoning is settling, begin gently separating skin from the turkey. Use your fingers to avoid ripping the skin. Once seasoning is done sitting, pour ⅓ of the mixture under the skin on each side of the breast. Then coat the inside of the breast with the rest of the mixture. Finally rub your hands over the remainder of the skin, giving it a light mixture coating. Seal the turkey breast in a plastic wrap and let it marinate in the refrigerator for 4 hours.
  4. After the turkey is done marinating, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Ensure a rack is in your roasting pan and unwrap turkey to set on the counter.
  5. Before placing the turkey on the rack, pour chicken broth into the roasting pan. Place the turkey on the rack and stick it in the over. Roast the turkey, turning the pan over every 20 minutes to ensure even cooking until the thermometer reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit. If the skin darkens too quickly, place a foil tent over the breast.
  6. Let the turkey sit for about 20 minutes before carving and serving.
  7. Enjoy

This cancer-fighting recipe is perfect for the holiday season. Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, wants to help each and every cancer patient, and their families, enjoy a seasonal meal that is healthy and may help prevent cancer as well. Discover more cancer-fighting recipes on our blog with new recipes posted monthly. Visit our website at to learn more about our cancer treatment services and patient resources.

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Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at Comprehensive Cancer Centers

At Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada (CCCN), our mission is to provide groundbreaking cancer treatment and research for patients in Southern Nevada and from out of state.

The number one cause of cancer-related deaths in Nevada is lung cancer. Approximately 1700 new cases of lung cancer are expected to be diagnosed in Nevada each year. In fact, Nevada residents have a higher rate of a lung cancer diagnosis  than our neighboring states. Because more people are diagnosed with lung cancer in Nevada, CCCN felt it was important to expand its services to diagnose and treat lung cancer patients and others suffering from pulmonary related diseases.

Last year, CCCN added a pulmonary division to our multidisciplinary practice in an effort to offer more services to patients in our community. Lung Center of Nevada, a division of CCCN, provides services for patients with pulmonary diseases and sleep disorders.

What are pulmonary or lung diseases?

Pulmonary or lung diseases refer to medical conditions related to the lungs. Common lung diseases include lung cancer, asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic cough and emphysema. Those with nicotine dependence are at a high risk for developing a lung disease. Smokers and those at risk for a pulmonary disease should watch for symptoms and warning signs and know when to seek professional help.

Warning signs of lung disease

  • Chronic cough that lasts longer than one month
  • Consistently feeling a shortness of breath
  • Noising breathing or wheezing when inactive
  • Coughing blood
  • Chronic chest pain lasting longer than one month

Lung Center of Nevada

Our team of highly trained and board-certified pulmonologists, nurses and respiratory therapists provide the best treatment possible for patients with lung diseases and sleep disorders. Our multidisciplinary approach helps patients with a variety of pulmonary related diseases get the treatment they need. Pulmonary lung conditions we commonly treat at the Lung Center of Nevada include the following:

    • Asthma
    • Emphysema
    • Chronic bronchitis
    • Chronic cough
    • Nicotine dependence
    • Snoring
    • Insomnia
    • Obstructive sleep apnea


  • Other common sleep disorders


What are sleep disorders?

Lung Center of Nevada also treats patients sleep disorders at the Desert Sleep Disorders Center. The center is run by four board-certified sleep medicine doctors and a highly strained staff of nurses and technicians. Our team of professionals work together to provide the most progressive treatment for patients with sleep disorders, focusing on patient concerns to provide the best quality of service. Sleep-related disorders treated by the Desert Sleep Disorders Center include sleep apnea, insomnia, night terrors, nocturnal seizures, REM behavior disorders, restless leg syndrome and periodic limb movement of sleep. See these common symptoms for various sleep disorders and seek help if you experience some of these symptoms.

Symptoms of a sleep disorder

  • Snoring
  • Regularly disturbed sleeping
  • Nightmares in adults
  • Insomnia
    • Difficulty falling asleep
    • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Daytime sleepiness and/or lack of energy
  • Nighttime teeth grinding
  • Sleep paralysis (unable to move while sleeping or just after waking)
  • Trouble breathing while sleeping or attempting to sleep
  • Irregular sleeping hours (shift work sleep disorder)
  • Sensation that legs are burning, itching, aching or throbbing

Visit our Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine service page to learn more about these services and the type of treatment we provide.

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Inspiring Quotes for Cancer Patients

Inspiring Quotes for Cancer Patients

“Cancer may have started the fight, but I will finish it.” –

Cancer affects all of our lives. Whether we experienced the disease ourselves or experienced the cancer journey with a loved one, each of our lives has been touched by cancer. Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada wants to provide resources and support for cancer patients and their families. We’ve compiled this list of quotes meant to inspire cancer patients to keep fighting and never give up hope.

Inspiring Cancer Quotes

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.” – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross was a psychiatrist and author of the book On Death and Dying, which first introduced the theory of the Five Stages of Grief.

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt.

Eleanor Roosevelt was the First Lady of the United States while Franklin D. Roosevelt served from 1933 to 1945.

You don’t always have to hold yourself together…” – II Corinthians 12:9

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher.

Mary Anne Radmacher is an author and speaker, well-known for her quotes about life.

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” – Cayla Mills

Cayla Mills has a website dedicated to providing a platform for cancer patients to tell their stories. This is a place for cancer patients to find and share their own thoughts, feelings and inspiration through illness.

At any given moment you have the power to say this is NOT how the story is going to end.” – Author Unknown.

We hope these quotes inspire you to continue fighting through your cancer journey as a cancer patient and caregiver.

This article was brought to you by Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, a multidisciplinary practice dedicated to the research, treatment and care of cancer, serious blood disorders, lung disease and sleep disorders. Visit our website at to learn more about our mission.

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How to Get Involved with Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer affects more than 158,000 Americans annually and approximately 1,700 Nevadans will be diagnosed this year. It is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in both men and women in the United States. Every November, people around the country come together to raise awareness about lung cancer. Events happen all over the country, giving participants plenty of chance to advocate for lung cancer awareness. How can you get involved? Discover the ways to get involved during lung cancer awareness month.

Ways to Participate in Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Volunteer or Attend Events

Even if you can only donate a little bit of your time, every person who volunteers is playing an essential role in the fight against lung cancer. You can volunteer with national organizations, such as the Lung Association, American Cancer Society, Free to Breathe, Lung Cancer Alliance and more, or you can volunteer at local community activities to raise awareness and fight lung cancer right here in Las Vegas.

Social Media

Even if you can’t join an upcoming event or volunteer, you can still make a difference by utilizing social media to spread awareness. Follow/like the Lung Cancer Association or other lung cancer organizations on your active social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Share posts and images, bringing awareness to Lung Cancer Awareness month. Change your profile picture to represent Lung Cancer Awareness Month and use the following hashtags throughout your posts to join the national conversation.

  • #LungCancer
  • #LungCancerAwareness
  • #LungCancerAwarenessMonth
  • #LungHealth
  • #ShareYourVoice
  • #ShareHope

Share Your Story

Now is the time to share your experience with lung cancer and the people you love. Share your lung cancer story with #ShareYourVoice to help bring awareness to the disease. Help to reduce stigma and encourage others to speak out about their experiences with lung cancer, including professionals, patients and families.

Make a Pledge – I Quit For

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada (CCCN) and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) are joining forces to help people who smoke tobacco products kick the habit with the “I Quit For” campaign. CCCN will provide four tobacco drop-off bins on the UNLV campus. Two of the bins will be located in the Student Union and the remaining two will be stationed at Thomas & Mack Center or Sam Boyd Stadium during events. Those planning to quit smoking can drop-off any unused tobacco products in the bins.

In addition to the drop off, participants can also make a simple and meaningful “I Quit For” pledge. The pledge encourages attendees to write the name of a child, parent, friend or loved one to whom they are promising to quit smoking, taking the pledge to a symbolic level. They can then snap a photo of themselves with their pledge form and send it to their friends and family members or post on social media with the hashtag #IQuitFor.

Pledge forms and additional components of the I Quit For campaign can be found at at

Call Congress

You can spread lung cancer awareness today by contacting your elected officials in Congress. Urge them to support legislation for more lung cancer research and efforts to limit lung cancer-related deaths. The more people speak up, the more likely Congress will step up to make a difference.


If you cannotgive your time to volunteer or promote lung cancer awareness on social media, consider making a small donation to the Lung Association or another organization of your choice dedicated to bringing awareness to and promoting research on lung cancer. Every little bit counts, so don’t worry if you cannot donate a large dollar amount because any amount helps the fight against lung cancer.

Whether you decide to share your story, make a pledge to a loved one or be advocate on social media, November is the time to join the movement to reduce lung cancer deaths and stigma. Lung Cancer Month 2016 can be the best year yet for lung cancer awareness.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, encourages patients, professionals and families to get involved with Lung Cancer Awareness. For more information, visit To schedule an appointment, call 702-952-3350.

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Thoughts on Thyroid Cancer

Thoughts on Thyroid Cancer

This infographic was created by Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada (CCCN), an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, a multidisciplinary practice located in Southern Nevada. Comprehensive Cancer Centers provides advanced oncology services for cancer patients with various cancer types, including thyroid cancer. Visit our website to learn more about our cancer treatment services. You will also have access to a variety of patient resources. Call us at 702-952-3350 to make an appointment with a cancer treatment specialist.

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Battling Cancer with Kindness and Port Pillows

At Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada (CCCN), we strive to provide high quality patient care that is also compassionate. We know that it takes an entire team of oncologists and medical staff to help treat you, but it also takes a team of loved ones to provide you with support.  Anyone can become part of that support team by doing what they can to help their loved ones diagnosed with cancer. One example of how we can fight cancer together is the story of Sam H.

Helping Cancer Patients Together

Sam H., the grandson of a patient at CCCN saw his grandmother struggling with how to protect her chemo port. He wanted to find a way to help relieve any pain or discomfort she might have when something pressed against her port. .

Battling Cancer with Kindness and Port Pillows

Letter from Sam donating port pillows to Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada.

Sam did some research and found a solution. He handmade and donated 100 chemo Port Pillows, “In honor of my grandma and the cancer treatment performed at CCCN.” Port Pillows are used to cover and protect a chemo port from seatbelts while riding in the car. For many patients with a chemo port, activities like riding in a car can be uncomfortable, but the use of a chemotherapy Port Pillow can cover the seat belt and prevent uncomfortable rubbing. Sam saw an opportunity to help his grandmother and other cancer patients at Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada.

Sam dedicated the Port Pillow donation to his grandmother, but he has helped so many other cancer patients too. Sam is proof that, together, we can provide high quality care in a compassionate environment.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, provides advanced oncology services for cancer patients. Our clinical research program, one of the largest in Nevada, has helped to develop more than 60 FDA-approved cancer treatment options. We participate in over 170 clinical trials annually. It is our mission is to help heal cancer patients through compassionate care and advanced medical expertise. Visit our website at to learn more about our practice. To schedule an appointment, call 702-952-3350.

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Cancer-Fighting Healthy Recipes to Try: Energizing Breakfast Drink

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise, you will help lower your risk of developing cancer or other chronic diseases. One way you can help prevent cancer is by eating healthy cancer-fighting foods.. Our newest cancer-fighting recipe is perfect for mornings on the go or any time of day. This recipe also will give you an extra boost of energy.

Energizing Breakfast Drink: Cancer-Fighting Recipe

Cancer-Fighting Healthy Recipes to Try: Energizing Breakfast Drink

Cancer-fighting breakfast smoothie

This energizing drink combines many cancer-fighting foods into one healthy and delicious cancer-fighting smoothie. Some of the best cancer preventative ingredients include kale and spinach, fruits, nuts, seeds and even pumpkin (a food rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene—a compound known for preventing abnormal cell growth). See a list of other cancer-fighting foods that you can stock up on for a healthy, cancer preventing diet.  


  • 2 kale leaves without stems
  • I cup for spinach leaves
  • ½ cup of frozen fruit or fresh fruit
  • ⅓ cup of canned pumpkin
  • 3 tablespoons of seeds or nuts
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 and ¼ cups of soy milk or dairy milk
  • ½ cup of water
  • 6-8 ice cubes


The directions for this energizing and cancer-fighting drink are pretty simple. Mix all ingredients together in a blender or food processor and blend. Once the blended drink is smooth and thick, it is ready to serve and enjoy. Take this cancer-fighting smoothie with you while on the go or drink throughout the day for an extra energy boost, and fight cancer naturally at the same time.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, is a multidisciplinary practice in southern Nevada. We provide medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, breast surgery, pulmonology and clinical research services for patients locally and from out-of-state. Visit our website at to learn more about the services we offer or call 702-952-3350 to schedule an appointment.  

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Fighting Colon Cancer under 50

For adults over the age of 50, the rates of colon and rectal cancer have been steadily falling. Screenings have become more accurate at determining when treatment is necessary and people in this age group tend to partake in screenings on a routine basis. However, research reports those under the age of 50 are seeing a rise in colon and rectal cancer. Learn how you can lower your risk for colon cancer at a young age.

Rates of Colon Cancer on the Rise

According to Science Daily, a study found that the number of young-onset colon cancer cases rose by 11.4 percent over the course of a decade. That means, approximately 136 additional new cases of colon cancer were diagnosed each year. These numbers may seem alarming at first glance, but the reasons behind this may be quite simple.

Cancer Experts on Cancer Screenings

The significant difference between those being diagnosed with colon cancer over 50 and those under 50 may be the result of colon cancer screenings. Regular cancer screenings are recommended by cancer experts for people over the age of 50 because it is far more likely that the disease can be found and treated in time. Conversely, for younger adults, regular cancer screenings aren’t nearly as common and often times aren’t recommended due to the potential risk involved.

Cancer Specialist’s Advice for Lowering Risk Under 50

  1. Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle is one of the best ways to lower the risk of rectal and colon cancer. Eating better and staying active will not only lower your risk for colon cancer but also a variety of other diseases as well.
  2. It’s important to learn more about your family history. Colon cancer experts agree that a history of colon problems could mean an increased risk of colon cancer. In these situations, it’s best to speak with your doctor about when to begin cancer screenings.
  3. Additionally, take any symptom seriously and seek out medical attention. Any type of rectal bleeding, pain, irregularities in your stool, or even a change in bowel habits could be a sign of colon problems.

Learn more about Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, and the services we offer for those diagnosed with colon cancer. For a complete list of treatment options and services available at CCCN, visit and call 702-952-3350 to schedule an appointment.

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Join us for Battle for the Breasts

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every October, organizations across the country and all over the world amplify their efforts in raising awareness for Breast Cancer treatment, prevention and research. Every year, Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada (CCCN) joins in on these efforts to spread awareness and help women become more familiar with the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. We encourage women to use screening guidelines for self-checks and mammograms because when breast cancer is detected early, the better a person’s chance for a full recovery. We also encourage women to become aware of their bodies, know what’s normal for your body, and see your doctor immediately if you notice anything abnormal.

Battle for the Breasts

In addition to our own efforts of supporting breast cancer awareness month, we like to shed light on other organizations that make it their mission to support the cause as well.  

Ambry Genetics has partnered with the Mauli Ola Foundation to host the Third Annual Battle for the Breasts, an online surf video competition to raise awareness about breast cancer. The Mauli Ola Foundation is a non-profit organization, working to provide hope and confidence to people living with genetic diseases.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, sixteen professional women surfers will be paired with sixteen cancer clinics/foundations. Each surfer will upload their video to and viewers will tune in and vote for their favorite surfer.

The prize is a big one. Ambry Genetics has donated $125,000 worth of hereditary breast cancer testing vouchers to be awarded to the winning cancer clinic/foundation. Hereditary breast cancer testing helps women determine if they have a gene that puts them at higher risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. If a gene is detected, it will allow women the opportunity to seek preventative measures or detect cancer early, if it should ever develop.

To get involved, tune in for the Battle for the Breasts this month on and cast your vote for your favorite surfer!

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer, Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, offers access to medical oncology, radiation oncology, breast surgery services and clinical research. We are here to be you biggest ally in the fight against cancer. To schedule an appointment, call 702-952-3350.

If you are worried about your risk of developing cancer, feel free to take our Hereditary Cancer Quiz here.

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Breast Cancer Patient Profile – Lynda Posgay

Breast Cancer Patient Profile - Lynda Posgay

Lynda Posgay, a patient of Comprehensive Cancer Centers, was diagnosed with two different types of breast cancer less than five years apart. This is her story…

Lynda’s cancer journey began when she decided to get a breast augmentation after her two children were born. Before surgery, she felt a lump in her breast and got it checked out just to be safe. When the results came back inconclusive, she proceeded with the surgery, but had a biopsy done at the same time.  During her follow up appointment, she was diagnosed with Stage I, HER2-postive breast cancer.

Lynda met a breast surgeon with Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada. Together, she and her doctor chose to proceed with a double mastectomy to ensure the cancer wouldn’t spread to her other breast. Thinking of her children, Lynda knew she needed to take care of her body.

After working with her breast surgeon from Comprehensive, Lynda met and began working with her oncologist, Dr. Heather Allen. She underwent chemotherapy and was cancer free for the next four and a half years.

When another lump appeared in Lynda’s breast just six months short of her five-year remission milestone, she quickly made an appointment with her oncologist at Comprehensive Cancer Centers. Another mammogram and biopsy later, it was determined that she had cancer again, but this time a completely different form of breast cancer: Stage II, HER2 negative. This is not common to have two completely different types of breast cancer, but unfortunately can happen.

Although the second diagnosis made Lynda’s worst fears a reality, the caring and optimism provided by the doctors at Comprehensive Cancer Centers kept her spirits up. She underwent a second surgery and started a treatment course of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Lynda continues to fight for her health and happiness today. With the support of her family and her doctors at Comprehensive Cancer Centers, she will not let cancer define her life. We will be there fighting with her every step of the way. To read more stories like Lynda’s, visit the Patients Stories section on our website.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, is a  multidisciplinary practice in Southern Nevada consisting of medical oncologists, hematologists, radiation oncologists, breast surgeons and pulmonologists who offer patients with world-class care and treatment options. We participate in over 170 Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical trials annually, and have helped to develop more than 60 FDA approved cancer treatments that are saving lives every day. Visit our website to learn more and make an appointment by calling 702-952-3350 today.

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