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The NFL and Breast Cancer Awareness

If you are a fan of American Football, you may have noticed that the NFL is all decked out in pink during the month of October. In fact, the NFL and the American Cancer Society team-up every year to raise money and awareness for breast cancer, a disease that affects approximately one in eight women in the United States.

The NFL and American Cancer Society Team-up for “A Crucial Catch.”

The campaign named “A Crucial Catch,” features players, coaches and referees wearing NFL pink to raise awareness for breast cancer and breast cancer prevention. Most of the gear worn by players and coaches is auctioned off at the end of October with 100 percent of proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. Fans are also encouraged to wear pink when they attend games and purchase breast cancer awareness pink merchandise from NFL.

The campaign began in 2009 and has since raised the American Cancer Society nearly $15 million through NFL pink merchandise sales and auction store.

This year, the NFL and American Cancer Society are focusing on promoting the importance of breast cancer prevention, including regular breast cancer screenings and mammograms. The money raised from the Crucial Catch campaign will go toward education and outreach to help women lower their breast cancer risk through maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, Crucial Catch will help women in underprivileged neighborhoods get access to breast cancer screenings.

According to Dr. Josette Spotts, breast surgeon at Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, breast cancer screenings are very important. “As a practicing breast surgeon treating breast cancer patients in all age groups, my recommendation remains the same:  In patients who have no family history of breast cancer, screening mammograms should start at the age of 40 and continue annually with no recommended age at which to stop. Women who have a first degree female relative with breast cancer, I recommend starting annual screening mammograms at an age that is 10 years younger than the age at which the relative was diagnosed. I also encourage breast self examinations. Over the past three months, I personally have seen 20 patients under the age of 50 diagnosed with breast cancer.  In four of those patients the cancer was found only on mammogram.”

Get Involved in Breast Cancer Awareness

You too can join the campaign and make a difference for women who are at risk or those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Consider the following options to raise awareness for “A Crucial Catch” this October:

  • Use the hashtag #NFLPink.
  • Purchase retail or auction pink items from the NFL.
  • Wear pink throughout the month of October.
  • If you are part of a local football team, consider hosting your own pink games to raise awareness in your local community.

These are just a few of the ways you can contribute to the NFL’s breast cancer awareness campaign. However, there are many other ways to raise awareness for breast cancer throughout the year—even if you are not a football fan.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, encourages and supports various organizations contributing to cancer awareness, education and research. For more information about the practice, visit our website at If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer or any other cancer, please call 702-952-3350 to schedule an appointment.

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Breast Surgery Division at Comprehensive Cancer Centers

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada is a multidisciplinary practice that offers medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, breast surgery, clinical research and pulmonology. Each division works together to provide the best care possible to patients in Nevada and from out-of-state.

Our breast surgery division is made up of some of the field’s leading surgeons offering treatment for cancer and non-cancer related diseases of the breast.

Breast Cancer Treatment

Breast cancer affects so many lives. One in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. And while not as common, men can develop breast cancer as well. That is why our breast surgery division makes it a priority to provide excellence in breast surgical care using the highest standards, newest technologies available and access to the latest clinical research.

Not only are we able to provide the best breast cancer treatment options for patients in Nevada and from out-of-state, but we also work tirelessly to prevent breast cancer before it strikes. Through breast health advocacy and encouragement of regular prevention breast screenings, we are here to help women and their families prevent breast cancer diagnosis.

Monthly Meetings to Improve Breast Cancer Treatment

To provide the most progressive and preventative cancer treatment options, our breast surgery division participates in breast cancer-related tumor board meetings. Each month, the best medical professionals in the cancer field come together to collaborate and discuss how to treat some of the more complicated and challenging breast cancer cases. These meetings include surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and other healthcare professionals specializing in cancer prevention and cancer treatment. Through this collaborative environment, we can continue to improve our breast cancer treatments, procedures and outcomes to ultimately save more lives.

Breast Care Services Offered by Leading Breast Surgeons

Our breast surgeons offering patients the following services to help treat breast cancer and non-cancer related diseases of the breast:

  • Accelerate Partial Breast Irradiation
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures
  • Breast Exam and Breast Care Education
  • Breast Ultrasound
  • Clinical Research Studies
  • Genetic Risk Screening and Analysis
  • Lumpectomy
  • Mammogram Review
  • Management of Benign Breast Disease
  • Mastectomy
  • Oncoplastic Breast Surgery
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Stereotactic  Biopsy

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, is a multidisciplinary practice providing breast cancer treatment in Nevada. We offer a variety of services and treatment options to our patients. We are here to be your biggest ally in the fight against breast cancer. Visit our website at to learn more about our services, specialists and patient resources.

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Exercise During Cancer Treatment

Research shows that exercise is not only safe during cancer treatment, but it can help maintain your quality of life and physical strength throughout the course of the disease. However, exercise is only recommended for cancer patients where movement does not cause pain or shortness breath. It’s also important to remember to limit exercise programs based on what’s safe and manageable during the course of cancer treatment.

How Exercise Can Help a Cancer Patient

  • Keep muscles strong
  • Promotes balance
  • Increase blood flow to extremities
  • Helps you to be less dependent on others for physical assistance
  • Boosts self-esteem
  • Lowers risk of anxiety and depression
  • Helps to control weight gain
  • Increases or stabilizes quality of life

The type of exercise you can partake in depends on the type and stage of cancer diagnosis, cancer treatment and your overall endurance levels. If you exercised before cancer treatment, it is a great idea to continue exercising during cancer treatment, although you should not push yourself as hard as you normally would. The key to exercising during chemotherapy is to participate in low-intensity workout routines. Start slow, and don’t push your body too hard, but it’s important to start and keep active for as long as possible to improve physical functioning after cancer and quality of life.

Exercise Routines to Try During Cancer Treatment

  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Swimming
  • Stretching
  • Resistance training
  • Biking
  • Dancing
  • Physical therapy

Talk to your doctor before beginning an exercise routine or increasing your exercise routines from low-intensity during cancer treatment. If you are in remission or post cancer treatment, taking part in exercise can reduce your risk of recurrence and help you live a longer life. According to the National Cancer Institute, there is convincing evidence that physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of cancers of the colon and breast. Several studies also have reported links between physical activity and a reduced risk of cancers of the prostate, lung, and lining of the uterus.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, is a multidisciplinary practice dedicated to caring for cancer patients during and after cancer treatment. Our physicians and cancer care team can provide you with more information on the right type of exercise to engage in during and post cancer treatment. Visit our website at to learn more about our cancer treatment services and patient resources.


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Cancer-Fighting Healthy Recipes to Try: Baked Eggs with Mushroom and Spinach

Eating a healthy, cancer-fighting diet begins with breakfast. Everyday should be a new day to give your body the nutrients it needs to stay energized.

At Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, we believe that fighting cancer begins with preventing cancer. Preventing cancer begins with a healthy daily breakfast. This month, we would like to highlight the following cancer-fighting breakfast: Baked Eggs with Mushrooms and Spinach.

Baked Eggs with Mushrooms and Spinach: Cancer-Fighting Recipe


Baked eggs with mushrooms and spinach is a healthy, hot breakfast filled with cancer-preventive ingredients. The combination of cancer-fighting vegetables, whole grains, fiber and protein makes this dish delicious, hearty and healthy. This breakfast gives you all the energy you need to start the day and fight cancer.  


6 slices of whole grain bread

Canola oil or cooking spray

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion

6 green onions

2 cups of sliced mushroom

Salt and black pepper

6 cups of baby spinach leaves

6 large eggs

½ cup sweetened almond milk or low-fat milk

½ cup reduced fat cheddar

1 tablespoon chopped parsley or chives


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Toast bread in toaster

Coat 9×13-in baking pan with cooking spray or canola oil

Place toast in a flat layer in the bottom of the pan

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.

Add chopped onion and saute for 5 minutes

Add chopped green onion and saute for 3 minutes

Add mushroom and cook for about 2-3 minutes, or until mushrooms begin to brown.

Season with salt and black pepper and let cook for another 4 minutes

Stir in spinach and let wilt for about 2-3 minutes

Spread the mushroom, onion and spinach mixture over the toast evenly

Crack an egg over each piece of toast.

Pour milk over the eggs and sprinkle with cheese

Bake until the egg whites are set, about 30 minutes.

Garnish with parsley

Cut into 6 pieces and serve hot


This delicious breakfast takes time to bake, but it provides six servings of healthy and hearty foods that will give you energy throughout the day and help your body fight back against cancer. To learn more about diet and nutrition during cancer treatment, visit our website. Don’t forget to check out our blog for tips to eat healthy and help prevent or fight cancer.


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Creating Hope through Clinical Trials and Cancer Research

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, is a multidisciplinary practice with the largest Phase I clinical research program in Nevada. We’ve participated in the development of more than 60 FDA-approved cancer treatment therapies, and participate in more than 170 active Phase I, Phase II and Phase III cancer research studies referred to as clinical trials each year. We do this so we can bring groundbreaking new cancer treatment therapies to Nevada residents and patients traveling from nearby states.

Creating Hope with Clinical Research

Comprehensive Cancer Center’s involvement in more than 170 clinical cancer research trials annually gives our patients the opportunity to have greater access to the most advanced treatment options available. Cancer patients with some of the rarest and most complicated types of cancer come to Comprehensive Cancer Centers for access to treatment options that are not available at some of the other cancer treatment centers across the country. Research is the only way to advance the field of cancer treatment. We are proud to be part of that progress and will continue to contribute to the advancement of cancer treatment through research. See our active clinical research studies here.

Participating in Clinical Trials Will Save Future Lives

Creating hope through clinical trials is hope that can last for generations to come. Using the cancer treatment that you helped bring to the marketplace through participating in the clinical trial can help someone else diagnosed with cancer later on. The benefits of participating in a clinical trial not only provide you with more treatment options, but also opens up more treatment options for the future.  

Learn more about Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada and the importance of clinical trials here or call 702-952-3350.

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How to Talk to Your Child about Cancer

When a parent is diagnosed with cancer, one of the many difficult questions they need to answer is: “How do I tell my child/children?”

Some parents may be hesitant to tell their children anything about their cancer diagnosis. Even at a young age, though, children may sense something amiss. Telling your kids about cancer certainly isn’t easy, but the timing is up to you. At some point during treatment, a discussion will be is necessary. When preparing to discuss cancer with your kid(s), keep the following tips in mind.

Prepare what you need to say in advance

This includes preparing for questions your child might ask during the conversation. Come in prepared with the right words to say to emphasize the seriousness but not hopelessness of the disease. provides some valuable information for how to prepare for and respond to any question they might ask.

Tell them the most important details

Young children (younger than eight years old) won’t need a lot of detail, but older children (8-12 years) and teenagers will need to know much more information. When preparing to discuss cancer with your child, keep his/her age in mind and remember that teenagers will have very different concerns than 6-year-olds. The following is basic cancer information you should tell your child, no matter their age:

  • What kind of cancer
  • Where on the body the cancer is located
  • What kind of treatment
  • What changes they should expect

Allow emotions to flow naturally

Every child will respond to learning about cancer differently. Some children will become very upset while others will act as if nothing happened. How a child responds to learning about cancer depends on a number of things, including how the information was given to them and any prior experience with family illness.

No matter how your child responds to learning about cancer, what’s most important is to be there for them. Whether they need a shoulder to cry on or they need some time to digest this new information or they react in fear and anger, just know that it is okay for them to respond this way.

when-mama-wore-a-hatUse tools to help

There are many resources available for parents to use while talking to their kids about cancer. For younger children, a storybook might be the easiest way to explain the side-effects of cancer treatment, such as hair loss. Consider the book “When Mama Wore a Hat” by Eleanor Schick when looking for a storybook to help explain the process and what you might go through.

Ask for help

Not only are there tools and resources available to help you explain cancer to children, but people are available too. If you don’t know how to start this difficult conversation with your child, ask professionals in the field for help. This can include your doctor, your cancer care team, a local or online support group and other local organizations designed to help with these types of situations.

Make sure to revisit the topic

Just because this is the first conversation you will have with your child about cancer doesn’t mean it should be the last. In fact, it should be the first of many conversations to have about your cancer. As children digest and understand what cancer means, they will naturally have more questions. Keep the lines of communication open by answering all their questions and talk to them about new information as it arises.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, provides cancer resources and treatment options for cancer patients in Nevada and from out of state. .  Visit our website to see all the resources and services we provide and call all 702-952-3350 to schedule an appointment.

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Cancer Patients and Quality of Life

Cancer treatment is no longer just about treating the disease. It is also about treating the person and maintaining their quality of life during cancer treatment and after.

Quality of life refers to the level of health, happiness and comfort you experience in life. Maximizing quality of life during cancer treatment involves responding to the physical, emotional and mental well-being of cancer patients. Maximizing quality of life for cancer patients means that cancer treatment is focused on treating both the disease and the person. This form of treatment is also called palliative care. According to National Cancer Institute, the goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat, as early as possible, the symptoms and side effects of the disease and its treatment, in addition to the related psychological, social, and spiritual problems.

Questions to Consider When Evaluating Your Quality of Life as a Cancer Patient

  • Do you experience chronic pain everyday?
  • Do you have trouble staying mentally focused on or remembering your daily routines?
  • Is your level of fatigue so overwhelming that you cannot do normal tasks without extreme effort?
  • Do you get stressed out or worried all the time?
  • Do you experience depression or anxiety related to your cancer diagnosis?

These are all example questions of what to ask yourself when evaluating your level of quality of life. If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider talking with your doctor about ways to control these problems and maintain a healthy quality of life.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, offers a form of cancer treatment that includes palliative care: treating both the disease and person’s quality of life. At Comprehensive Cancer Centers, we are focused on helping heal our cancer patients and ensure they experience the least amount of discomfort and pain possible. The following are a few tips to keep in mind when working to improve your quality of life during cancer treatment:

  • Tell your doctor about chronic pain, extreme fatigue, and other side-effects of cancer treatment. He/she may be able to prescribe a medication to improve these side-effects
  • Stay active. Although it is challenging to do all the same activities prior to your cancer, it is important to stay as active as your body will allow. The more active you are, the stronger your body will be to fight cancer.
  • Reach out for support. Maintain social support networks and find new support groups to help you throughout a cancer diagnosis, so you don’t have to do everything yourself.
  • Get educated. Knowing what is going on with your body and what to expect from cancer treatment can significantly lower your level of stress over the future of your cancer diagnosis. No one can predict the future, but staying educated on the subject and your body will help you maintain a sense of control.

Follow these tips and more from the American Cancer Society to maintain and maximize your level of quality of life during cancer treatment. And don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, is an award-winning oncology group located in Southern Nevada. We have helped develop more than 65 FDA-approved cancer treatments and participate in 170 clinical trials each year. We are dedicated to helping our cancer patients fight cancer and maintain quality of life. Visit our website at to learn more about how we are your biggest ally in the fight against cancer.   

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Fight Fatigue While Fighting Cancer

Everyone experiences fatigue on occasion. When you don’t get enough sleep, participate in extremely active sports or just spend the whole day mentally challenging yourself, fatigue is natural and expected. This kind of normal fatigue can be relieved with rest. But cancer-related fatigue is a different kind of fatigue, which often occurs as a side-effect of chemotherapy.  If you are experiencing cancer-related fatigue due to the side-effects of chemotherapy, consider the following tips to help fight fatigue while you fight cancer.

Tips to Fight Cancer-Related Fatigue

Make a plan

When you fight cancer, some days may be harder than others, so it is a great idea to plan out your activities. Plan your day accordingly and plan the most important activities first. Take time off from work, or work fewer hours during treatment days or surrounding treatment days to combat extreme fatigue.

Ask others for help

Don’t be afraid to ask for help with basic chores, such as going to the grocery store or cleaning the dishes. Do less, and it will help you feel less tired, plus give your body the energy it needs to fight cancer.

Eat and drink healthy

Prepare healthy foods when you have the energy and freeze them to eat later when the fatigue kicks in. Eating healthy and drinking at least eight large glasses of water a day will also help you keep your strength and energy levels up.

Track your energy level

Many people will find it helpful to track when they experience the most fatigue. This will help you plan your day and manage your energy levels. You can also keep track of how you are feeling each day and share it with your doctor so you can both manage the cancer-related fatigue and other side effects.

Exercise can help

When you have the energy, try to exercise as often as possible. Even 15 minutes a day will help keep your strength up. This exercise doesn’t have to be physically intense, simply taking a walk or a short bike ride around the block can help. Other exercises can include stretching, yoga and Tai Chi.

Take the time you need to rest

Even though it is a great idea to exercise every day, also remember to give your body the time it needs to rest. Listen to your body and remember to slow down. The more rested you are, the more strength your body will have to fight and beat cancer. Make a bedtime routine that works for you and always sleep at least eight hours a night during cancer treatment.

Talk to your doctor

It’s important to keep your doctor updated on all the physical and emotional symptoms that come with a cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment. Keep your doctor and cancer care team informed on your progress. They will help you manage the side effects. If you are so exhausted that you struggle to perform normal activities such as using the restroom, tell your doctor. Also, ask your cancer care team for advice about the side effects you experience and how to manage them accordingly.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, is an award-winning multidisciplinary practice providing advanced oncology, hematology, breast surgery and pulmonology services to patients in Southern Nevada. Our clinical research program is one of the largest in Nevada. Visit our website to learn more about Comprehensive or call 702.952.3350 to make an appointment.

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Cancer-Fighting Healthy Recipes to Try: Eggplant Pizza

Pizza is often considered a guilty pleasure and its ingredients are far from healthy. In order to maintain a health lifestyle, pizza is not something you should eat on a regular basis. However, this recipe has several cancer fighting ingredients that make it a perfect example of how you can have healthy eating habits and still satisfy your taste buds.

Eggplant Pizza: Recipe with Cancer-Fighting Ingredients


This is the perfect dish to try if you are a pizza lover but need to start eating healthy, cancer-fighting foods. The dish can be cut into small pieces to serve as an appetizer, or it can be eaten whole for a nutritious entree. The eggplant, artichokes and tomatoes give this food its cancer-fighting power and counts as part of your required five daily servings of fruits and vegetables.


1/2 package frozen bread dough, thawed

1/4 teaspoon olive oil

1 medium eggplant, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch slices and grilled until browned

8 Roma tomatoes, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch slices

1/2 cup artichoke hearts

1 tablespoon black olives, chopped

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped

1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese

1/3 cup mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Press bread dough onto a pizza pan or cookie sheet, forming a crust. Rub dough lightly with olive oil. Top crust with eggplant, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and olives.
  3. Sprinkle with garlic salt, basil, Parmesan, and mozzarella cheese.
  4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes on middle rack of oven until cheese is bubbling and crust is lightly browned.

Note: To avoid the sometimes bitter taste of eggplant, take some extra time to prep the eggplant before using in the recipe. During this prep time, salt both sides of the eggplant and let stand for 30 minutes before rinsing with cool water and patting dry.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, always puts the health of our patients first. We will continue to provide  healthy eating recipes to help our patients eat right and fight cancer. These recipes can also be used for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and preventing cancer. Learn more about our healthy eating education, including grocery store strategies and a list of cancer-fighting foods to try. Learn more about Comprehensive Cancer Centers, an award-winning multidisciplinary practice, from our website at  

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