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Why You Should Consider CyberKnife Radiosurgery

At Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, we pride ourselves in offering patients with the latest and most advanced technology available. That’s why we’re proud to be one of the only CyberKnife® locations in the state and the only location in Las Vegas. Learn about one of the most advanced types of cancer treatment: CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System. This system works to remove both malignant and benign tumors from virtually any area of the body.

What Is CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery?

CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System is a fully-robotic radiation delivery system. It’s one of the most innovative and advanced alternatives to surgery for cancer treatment. The procedure is painless and noninvasive—no cutting and no anesthesia are involved. The CyberKnife System also allows for shorter recovery times compared to traditional surgery.

This noninvasive outpatient procedure can treat both cancerous and noncancerous tumors. CyberKnife® allows for accurate delivery of radiation to various areas of the body. It also rids your body of tumors without the complicated risks that could come with conventional surgery.

CyberKnife System for cancerous tumors and benign tumors

During the CyberKnife  System procedure, our team uses computer-operated robotics and image guidance to reach hard-to-reach tumors, all while accounting for the patient’s breathing, which may cause tumors to move during traditional procedures. The CyberKnife System eradicates tumors with precision and can prevent damage to nearby healthy tissue. The procedure is also a great alternative to surgery for patients who have been diagnosed with an inoperable or surgically complex tumor.

The CyberKnife System can be used to treat malignant and benign tumors in many other areas of the body, including the:

  • Abdomen
  • Brain
  • Head & Neck
  • Liver
  • Lungs & Chest
  • Pancreas
  • Pelvis
  • Spine

Alternative to traditional stereotactic radiosurgery

The CyberKnife System is the first and most advanced radiosurgery system. This technology also allows for a more personalized treatment plan to meet a patient’s needs. The CyberKnife System also aims to shrink or control tumor growth. The goal of The CyberKnife System is to destroy the harmful cells all while making sure no healthy cells are damaged in the process.

Comprehensive Cancer Treatment

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada’s radiation oncologists are the only doctors in Southern Nevada who offer the service to carry out modern non-invasive surgeries with the revolutionary CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System . To learn more about your options for The CyberKnife System treatment, visit us online or call us at (702) 952- 3350.

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Is It Benign Or Dangerous? Deciphering the Marks on Your Skin

August is Summer Sun Safety Month. Although the summer is coming to a close and people are returning to work or school, the need to protect your skin is still a priority. Learn the skin cancer warning signs and how to conduct a self-exam for skin cancer.

How to Conduct a Skin Cancer Self-exam

Skin cancer prevention starts with you. Just like with a self-breast exam, it’s important to also conduct a monthly skin self-exam. During this process, you can detect unusual symptoms or spots on your skin and possibly help your doctor with early detection of skin cancer. All you need is a full-length mirror and a hand mirror.

To perform a skin cancer self-exam, start by examining your face in the mirror for any unusual spots or bumps. Then, use the small mirror and a blow dryer to examine your scalp. Next, stand in front of the full-length mirror and look closely at each part of your body for abnormalities on your skin. Last, use both mirrors and a stool to examine your legs and your back.

Skin Cancer Warning Signs

The purpose of a skin cancer self-exam is to notice any changes in the skin month after month. Changes like these are the main warning signs of skin cancer. Depending on the type of skin cancer, you may see different symptoms and marks on your skin. Here are some common ones to look out for:

  • Pink, white, or translucent bump
  • Growth that resembles a wart
  • Sore that remains open, bleeds, oozes, or crusts for many weeks
  • Raised bump or irritated area that may scab up or itch

Contact a doctor if you notice anything that is not normal for your skin, or remains on your skin without healing for several weeks. If you are unsure about when to call your doctor or what counts as skin cancer warning signs, remember ABCDE, which can help you notice the physical symptoms of skin cancer:

  • Asymmetry: One-half of the spot doesn’t match the other.
  • Border: The edges of the mole are uneven or ragged.
  • Color: You notice abnormal shades of tan, brown or black and sometimes patches of red, white or blue.
  • Diameter: The mark is wider that about ¼ inch.
  • Evolution: Study the mark over time. Contact a doctor if it changes in appearance over time.

When you talk to a doctor, let them know how long you’ve noticed this mark, whether it hurts or itches, and any other symptoms you’ve been experiencing.

Protect Your Skin All Year Long

It’s important to protect your skin throughout the year. Visit our blog to learn  more skin protection tips. And, if you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with cancer, contact Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada to learn more about our cancer treatment services. Call 702-952-3350 to schedule an appointment today.

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Breathe Easy with These Lung Cancer Prevention Tips

On August 1, we observe World Lung Cancer Day. More than 222,500 new lung cancer cases will be diagnosed in the United States this year and lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer in Nevada. Discover how lung cancer develops and learn how you can be proactive with lung cancer prevention tips.

How Does Lung Cancer Develop?

Lung cancer develops when cells in the lung begin to grow out of control. If not treated, these abnormal cells can grow and spread to other areas of the body. There are two main types of lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer (which is the most common) and small cell lung cancer.

Non-small cell: Almost 85 percent of all lung cancer is non-small cell. It can spread quickly and can be found near the bronchus, lung and outer lung.

Small cell: Nearly 15 percent of all lung cancer is small cell. The cancer cells are found in the bronchi, center of the chest, multiply quickly and form large tumors that spread throughout the body. This type of cancer is almost always caused by smoking.

Treat Your Lungs Better with These Lung Cancer Prevention Tips

Below are some ways you can reduce your risk for lung cancer.

Don’t smoke—or quit smoking

Smoke from tobacco products can severely damage your lungs. People who have smoked for a long time have a higher lung cancer risk than nonsmokers and people who have only smoked for a short amount of time.

Secondhand smoke can also increase a person’s risk of cancer. So, if you are constantly around someone who smokes cigarettes, make sure to avoid the areas they smoke in, or ask them to step outside to do so.

Avoid harmful chemicals like radon

Carcinogens are harmful substances that could increase a person’s cancer risk if they are heavily exposed to it. For example, exposure to radon, an odorless, colorless gas, is harmful to your lungs. Radon can be found when uranium decays and breaks down. It’s often found in soil, rock, and some well water.

To reduce your lung cancer risk, avoid exposure to radon and other carcinogens. If you work on a construction site that might expose you to these harmful chemicals, wear a protective mask and take frequent breaks to get some fresh air.

Protect yourself from asbestos

Fire-resistant insulation in older homes often have asbestos. When inhaled, it can irritate the lungs. People who work in shipbuilding, insulation, or automobile brake repair could develop non-small cell lung cancer if they are heavily exposed to asbestos. If you work in environments that may expose you to asbestos, make sure to wear protective breathing equipment.

Talk to your doctor about your genetic risk factor

Some people carry a hereditary gene that could increase their risk for lung cancer. If you have any close relatives (parents and siblings) who have been diagnosed and treated for lung cancer, you may have a higher risk of developing this disease. Speak with your doctor about possible genetic testing to determine your true risk.

Lung Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada is a multispecialty practice comprised of medical oncologists, hematologist, radiation oncologists, breast surgeons and pulmonologists. Our practice participates in lung cancer research and treats patient with lung cancer in Nevada. To see a complete list of lung cancer trials we have available at our practice, click here.

Exclusive to Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, Las Vegas CyberKnife® at Summerlin was established in 2010 to bring the most innovative and advanced technology to Southern Nevada. The robotic technology of CyberKnife® offers patients with tumors a painless, non-invasive treatment alternative that uses computer-operated robotics and image guidance technology to treat hard-to-reach tumors like those found in lung cancer.

There are many other treatment options for lung cancer patients, including chemotherapy, traditional radiation therapy and surgery. Each method may be used alone, or in combination.

For a complete list of treatment options and services, visit our website. To schedule an appointment, call us at (702) 952-3350.

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Do’s and Don’ts When Supporting a Friend with Cancer

There are many ways you can provide support to a friend of loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer. Here are some tips from Cancer.net to offer support for cancer patients.

Prepare yourself with knowledge and strength.

Before you visit your friend and attempt to offer support for cancer patients, you’ll need to prepare yourself first. Process your own feelings beforehand so that you can focus on your friend during your interaction.

Learn about their diagnosis. Some patients may not want to talk about their treatment details, so find them out on your own. Read medical information online or talk to your loved one’s spouse, close family member or caregiver to learn what you need to know.

How to Support Someone with Cancer

When providing cancer support for family members or close friends, it’s best to ask permission and make plans. Do not visit, give your personal advice, or ask detailed questions unless your friend has given you permission to do so first. When you make assumptions or if you act too aggressive, you may make your friend or loved one uncomfortable.

Also, make future plans to visit based around their schedule and comfort level. Be respectful of their time and privacy. Follow up that day before you visit to make sure it is still a good day.

Next, laugh with your friend, but also allow other emotions to have their time. Sometimes cancer patients need a break from the serious things and would prefer to laugh. You know your loved one best. Make the proper judgement about when it is appropriate to joke around and relax.

Also, allow for sadness if need be. Allow your friend to express their true, genuine emotions with you. They need your support at this time. Your loved one shouldn’t feel like they need to hide anything and hold back what they truly feel.

Support for cancer patients also requires you to offer help and keep your promises. Cancer patients may not always feel comfortable asking for help because they don’t want to be a burden. However, if you offer help, they may be more willing to take you up on your offer. If you do commit, follow through on your promise.

Here are some suggestions for how you can support your friend with cancer:

  • Pick up their groceries or prescriptions
  • Drive them to a doctor’s appointment
  • Babysit their kids or schedule playdates with your own kids
  • Cook them dinner
  • Organize a family/ friend support group

Last, go on about your normal friendship during your loved one’s cancer journey. Try not to treat them any different because of their diagnosis, as this can make them sad or even embarrassed. Don’t mention any changes in their appearance, but instead, just mention how happy you are to see them.

What to say to a friend with cancer

Offering support for cancer patients often revolves around deep conversation and communication. However, amongst your talk about their diagnosis, also leave room for topics of conversation other than their disease. Sometimes, cancer patients get tired of talking about their diagnosis and treatment. Some would rather get back to normal life as much as possible. Depending on your relationship and their comfort level, there are optimal things to say.

Make the best judgement and help them feel comfortable. Here are some good examples of supportive things to say to your friend with cancer:

  • If you want to talk, I’m here to listen.
  • I care about you.
  • How can I help?
  • I’m thinking about your or praying for you.

Avoid making assumptions about their feelings or treatment plan. Never negate or invalidate their emotions. Here are some things not to say:

  • I know how you feel.
  • I know just what you should do.
  • Don’t worry. I’m sure you’ll be fine.

Thoughtful gifts for someone with cancer

If you weren’t born with the gift of gab, gifts are always a thoughtful gesture that can make a cancer patient feel loved and supported as well.

Here are some ideas for thoughtful gifts for cancer patients:

  • Books or poetry to read
  • Gift cards to download movies or music
  • Bath sets for a relaxing night in
  • Sudoku or crossword puzzles
  • Spa day or restaurant gift card
  • Pictures of friends or family
  • Comfy clothing or a robe
  • Flowers or balloons

Cancer Treatment and Support Groups at CCCN

At Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, we treat our patients with the highest quality of care and the latest in cancer treatment technology. We are passionate about helping our patients feel supported. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, visit our website to learn more from our resources for cancer patients or to find a support group near you. You can also call us at (702) 952-3350 to schedule an appointment.

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Pulmonology Division to Treat Lung Disease and Sleep Disorders

Lung cancer and bronchus cancer are the leading causes of cancer deaths in Nevada. It’s important to know your cancer risk and avoid triggers that could affect your lung health. Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada has an entire division dedicated to lung disease and sleep disorders. The division offers a variety of pulmonology services and treatments for sleep disorders to help our patients breathe better and improve their quality of sleep. They also monitor high risk lung diseases that could potentially lead to lung cancer. The Lung Center of Nevada delivers and implements individualized treatment plans and monitoring to provide the highest level of coordinated care to patients.

Lung Diseases and Sleep Disorders

The Lung Center of Nevada, a division of Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, is home to talented board-certified pulmonologists, nurse practitioners and respiratory therapists who provide services in pulmonary and sleep medicine. These specialists work to treat patients who suffer from lung disorders, including:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic cough
  • Nicotine dependence
  • And others

Our pulmonologists also treat patients with sleep apnea. This condition occurs when the soft tissue in a patient’s throat blocks the airway, causing them to wake up in the middle of the night in order to breathe easily again. If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can cause bigger health issues later.

Pulmonary and sleep medicine can also help patients who suffer from other various sleep disorders:

  • Snoring
  • Insomnia
  • Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep (PLMS)
  • REM Behavior Disorder (RBD)
  • Nocturnal seizures
  • Night terrors
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
  • And others

Pulmonology Treatment and Services at CCCN

At the Lung Center of Nevada, our specialists provide evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment for various lung diseases and sleep disorders as well as referrals for lung cancer. We also offer access to lung cancer screenings for patients who are at high risk. Some of the treatment options and services the lung division provides are listed below:

  • Arterial Blood Gas
  • Diagnostic Pulmonary Function Test
  • Diffusion Lung Capacity
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Flow Volume Loop
  • Multiple Oximetry
  • Overnight Pulse Oximetry
  • TB Test
  • And others

Maintain Your Health and Wellness

At Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, we provide services beyond cancer treatment. We are a multi-specialty practice offering services and treatments in pulmonary and sleep medicine, breast health conditions and blood disorders. To learn more about pulmonary medicine or other services, or to schedule an appointment, call us at (702) 952-3350 or visit us online.

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Preserve Your Fertility before Cancer Treatment

Starting a family and raising your own children is a rewarding milestone. However, for some cancer patients, conceiving, carrying, and delivering a healthy baby could be more of a concern. Learn about fertility preservation that can help cancer patients safeguard their ability to conceive before they start cancer treatment.

Cancer Treatment and Fertility

Certain treatments can affect a person’s future fertility, so it’s important to talk to your doctor about these concerns before you start your treatment plan.

If you have cancer and are at childbearing age, or if you’re a parent of a child with cancer, talk to your cancer care team about the impact cancer treatment may have on you or your child’s fertility. Discuss the options you have for fertility preservation. Ask to be referred to a reproductive endocrinologist for more information.

Of course, not every patient will experience infertility after cancer treatment. Various treatments will affect people in different ways. Side effects all depend on:

  • The types of drugs used and the amount prescribed
  • The dose of radiation you receive and the location that’s being targeted
  • The type and stage of cancer
  • Your age and sex
  • Any previous fertility issues

Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients

Reproductive specialists offer many options for fertility preservation. Not all cancer treatments cause infertility, but it is best to be proactive when it comes to family planning. Even if you aren’t sure that you want children, it’s best to understand your infertility risk and your options for preserving fertility, just in case you decide later that you want kids.

Preserving fertility for women

Women have many options for fertility preservation:

Embryo cryopreservation: In this fertility procedure, a reproductive specialist will collect a woman’s eggs. Then, he or she will perform in vitro fertilization (IVF) to fertilize the eggs with either the sperm from a male partner or a sperm donor. Next, the fertilized eggs are frozen and stored until the patient is ready to conceive.

Oocyte cryopreservation or egg freezing: Freezing eggs before chemotherapy can allow a woman to conceive a child in the future, even if she doesn’t yet have a partner. In this procedure, a fertility doctor will collect a woman’s eggs and freeze them without fertilization.

Oophoropexy or ovarian transposition: This procedure is for patients undergoing radiation therapy. Ovarian transposition is a surgery to move the ovaries to another place in the body, out of range of the radiation.

Preserving fertility for men

To preserve their fertility, men can undergo sperm cryopreservation, also known as sperm banking. Men will collect their sperm, and then a fertility clinic will freeze and store a man’s sperm to use at a later date. Sperm freezing will get the best results when the sperm is collected and stored before cancer treatment starts.

There are more methods for fertility preservation for men, but most are still in their experimental stages of being studied. One includes freezing and reimplanting testicular tissue after cancer treatment.

If you don’t have the chance to preserve your fertility before starting cancer treatment, there are many options for infertile individuals and couples to start a family, including:

  • Adoption
  • Donor eggs or embryo
  • Donor sperm
  • Surrogacy

Your Cancer Specialists

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada is a multispecialty practice consisting of medical oncologist, radiation oncologists, hematologists, breast surgeons and pulmonologists.  Our team is trained to treat various cancers, breast health conditions, blood disorders, lung diseases, and sleep disorders. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, learn more about our cancer treatment services  and patient resources. We’re here to support you through your whole journey. To schedule an appointment, call 702-952-3350.

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Cancer-fighting Recipes: Apple and Walnut Salad

Summers in Las Vegas are full of relaxing afternoons by the pool and family barbecues. But during those fun get-togethers, are you including cancer-fighting foods in your recipes? Healthy eating for cancer patients is crucial to making the most out of your treatment plan. It’s also beneficial for cancer prevention. Try this apple and walnut salad that’s easy to make, delicious, and good for you!

Cancer-fighting Foods: Refreshing Apple and Walnut Salad

While you’re enjoying the heat, or trying to stay cool, get refreshed with this recipe full of cancer-fighting foods. The leafy greens, full of potassium and antioxidants, are great for cancer prevention. They also offer many other health benefits like managing blood pressure and preventing cataracts.

Change up the ingredients for the season flair, and this salad will be great year-round. The homemade salad dressing is both sweet and tangy—it’s sure to please the whole family. Serve it as an afternoon snack or take it to work with you this week!

Ingredients

To make this fresh summer salad, start by gathering the following ingredients.

For the dressing, you’ll need:

  • 4 Tbsp of fresh orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp of honey
  • 1 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp of minced ginger
  • 1.5 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

For the salad, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of chopped baby spring greens
  • 2 cups of chopped romaine
  • 1 cup of red cabbage slaw
  • ¾ cup of julienned carrots
  • 1 large thinly-sliced granny smith apples
  • 1 cup of mandarin oranges, drained
  • ½ cup of dried cranberries
  • ½ cup of pecans
  • ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup of crumbled gorgonzola cheese

Directions

First, prepare your salad by chopping, slicing, and julienning all of your vegetables according to the ingredient list.

To make your apple and walnut salad, combine all your salad ingredients in a large bowl. Toss the ingredients together to mix well. Sit this bowl to the side while you make the homemade salad dressing.

In a smaller bowl, prepare your salad dressing. Add in the orange juice, honey, apple cider vinegar, ginger, and olive oil. Whisk the ingredients together until well-incorporated.

Serve your salad in a small bowl. Drizzle your sweet and tangy dressing over your salad, and enjoy!

Learn More about Cancer Prevention

Educating our cancer patients on cancer prevention and treatment options is important to us at the Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada. To learn more about a healthy lifestyle and healthy diet, check out our patient resources. There, you’ll find all the tools and support you need during your cancer journey. To schedule an appointment, call 702-952-3350.

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Benefits of Drinking Water: Cancer Fighting and More

With the summer heat in full effect,  you may be working up a thirst! While it’s easy to reach for a tasty tea or a sugary fruit drink, water is your best option year-round. The benefits of drinking water are endless—cancer-fighting and more. Discover why you should be drinking more water throughout the day.

Benefits of Drinking Water

Cancer-fighting qualities

Water is one of the most important nutrients in detoxifying your body and preventing cancer. This liquid is a foundational component of your body’s cells, providing nourishment to your whole body. Most of your bodily functions are supported by water, like maintaining a healthy body temperature, eliminating toxins, and joint health.

Also, water keeps things moving in your digestive tract. It helps push food through and promotes healthy digestion. Water flushes toxins out of the body, prevents buildup, and therefore prevents many diseases of the colon or rectum, like colorectal cancer.

Drinking water and eating more water-heavy foods can also help promote the healthy growth, survival, and reproduction of your body’s cells. This can protect your body’s organs like the colon, bladder, and breast tissue from developing cancer.

The importance of drinking water during chemotherapy

Drinking a lot of water during your chemotherapy treatment is also important. Your treatment and some medications have side effects that could cause severe dehydration. Make chemotherapy hydration a priority. When you drink plenty of water during treatment, it can help make your recovery a smoother process.

Overall health benefits

The benefits of drinking water don’t just stop at cancer prevention. Water can benefit the health and wellness of your whole body. Water balances fluids in your body. It helps with kidney function to excrete fluids and move fluids throughout.

It can also help you control calories. When you replace higher-calorie drinks with water, it can help you lose weight. Water-rich foods are also great, as they are healthier and make you feel full more quickly.

Water helps energize your muscles. Muscles can become dehydrated too and feel fatigued if you don’t drink enough water. Drinking water helps you perform a better workout and avoid feeling tired.

Lastly, water keeps your skin looking healthy. Being dehydrated can make your skin look dry or wrinkled. Drinking more water can help prevent that.

How Much Water Should I Drink Each Day?

Experts recommend you drink around eight 8-oz glasses of water a day. Your water intake should be greater than or equal to your output, or the amount of water you lose on a daily basis. When the weather is warmer during summer or if you exercise frequently, it’s even more important to avoid dehydration.

To reap the benefits of drinking water, eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, keep a bottle of water with you at your desk at work or in your bag.

Cancer-Fighting Tips and More

One of the most important steps in cancer prevention is eating a healthy, balanced diet. Check our blog for some great cancer-fighting recipes. To schedule an appointment with Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, call us at (702) 952-3350.

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How to Conduct an at-Home Self-Breast Exam

One in eight women will face breast cancer in her lifetime. Approximately 40% of those breast cancer cases were discovered by women who felt a lump in their breast through a self-exam. It’s important for women of all ages to understand their bodies and recognize what’s normal and what’s not. When you take charge of your health, you help doctors detect cancer more quickly, and therefore, allow for a more successful treatment plan. Learn how you can start performing a monthly self-breast exam at home for breast cancer prevention and detection.

Performing a Monthly Self-Breast Exam

It’s recommended that women of all ages examine their breasts every month. When you perform a monthly self-breast exam, you become more knowledgeable of what is normal for your body. You can also detect any changes more quickly if you’re constantly watching out for any warning signs. Here are three methods for at-home breast exams.

How to Conduct an at-Home Self-Breast Exam

In the shower

While standing in the shower, use the pads of your fingers to move around the entire breast in a circular motion. Move your fingers from the outside of the breast to the center. Check the whole breast, as well as the armpit area. Examine the breasts for any lumps, thickening, or hardened knots. If you notice any of these changes in your breast tissue, contact your healthcare provider to perform a full medical evaluation.

How to Conduct an at-Home Self-Breast Exam

In front of a mirror

Next, stand in front of a mirror with your arms at your side. Visually inspect your breasts to look for any abnormal lumps or changes. Then, lift your arms high over your head. Again, look for any changes in the way the breasts look, their contour, swelling or dimpling in the skin, or changes in the nipples. Last, rest your hands on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Examine the breasts again for any dimpling or changes, especially changes that only are noticeable on one side.

How to Conduct an at-Home Self-Breast Exam

Lying down

Lie down; place a pillow under your right shoulder, and place your right arm behind your head. With your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your breasts in a gentle circular motion. Feel the entire breast and armpit area. Use different amounts of pressure to look for any lumps. Then, squeeze the nipple to check for any abnormal discharge or lumps. Repeat on the other side.

To download our breast self-check card to use a guide and reminder for your monthly exams, click here.

The Importance of Self-Breast Exams and Mammograms

Self-breast exams are important for you to understand your body and be the first to detect any abnormal changes. However, mammograms are just as crucial for breast cancer prevention. These screening tests can detect tumors before human hands. Cancer screening through mammograms is important for early detection, so ask your doctor when is the best time to start getting your mammogram procedure.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada is dedicated to educating and treating cancer patients and their loved ones. If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with cancer, visit us at cccnevada.com or call us at (702) 952-3350 to schedule an appointment. To learn more about cancer prevention and cancer treatment, check out our patient resources page.

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Getting Where You Need to Go: American Cancer Society Partners with Lyft

As a cancer patient often times regular visits to the doctor or cancer care team are required on a regular basis for treatment, check-ups, and follow-ups. However, some patients have difficulty attending their doctor visits due to lack of transportation. Fortunately, Lyft is partnering with the American Cancer Society to offer patients free transportation to and from appointments.

Lyft Ridesharing and the American Cancer Center

To honor cancer survivors this summer, Lyft has become the official rideshare partner for the American Cancer Society. These two organizations have come together to provide free rides to and from cancer treatment appointments. This summer will act as a pilot program. If there is enough exposure and usage of this program, it could be expanded to a larger initiative.

How to schedule your ride

If you are a cancer patient in the Las Vegas area, you can sign up for this Lyft Ridesharing program by calling the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345. Once a ride is scheduled, cancer patients will receive an alert about ride arrivals within the app if it is downloaded on their smartphone. If you do not have the app, an agent can contact you when your driver is on the way. Also, patients will receive text message alerts to let them know the driver is ready.

Rides cannot be used to pick up medications.

If you are not a cancer patient, but still want to get involved in this program, Lyft members can use the code “ACSVEGAS” in the Lyft app to receive up to $20 in ride credits. When this promo code is used, the company will contribute $10 to the American Cancer Society.

Help the American Cancer Society

Want more ways to get involved with the American Cancer Society? Volunteer for their Road to Recovery Program. With this program, people volunteer their time to give rides to cancer patients who need transportation to and from the doctor’s office. You can become a volunteer driver or find other volunteer opportunities by visiting the ACS website.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada is a proud supporter of the American Cancer Society and this program. We’ve worked with the Southern Nevada affiliate of the American Cancer Society for more than seven years and help more than 230 patients each year through the development of programs such as Look Good, Feel Better, Road to Recovery® and Reach to Recovery®.

For more information about our practice visit our website at www.cccnevada.com. To schedule an appointment, call 702-952-3350.

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