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Activities to Keep You Motivated during Cancer Treatment

Going through cancer treatment can be a difficult journey. However, many patients reduce their stress by welcoming support from loved ones and their cancer care team. One of the many ways you can relieve stress during your cancer journey is with fun activities. Try out some of these activities for cancer patients.

Why Activities for Cancer Patients Can Be Beneficial

During chemotherapy, you’re often in the clinic for a while depending on your treatment plan. Before you start, learn what to bring to the first chemo treatment. Then, start planning how you can keep your mind occupied and pass the time. Relaxing activities can be helpful for cancer patients during treatment and at home.

Read on to learn more about our favorite things to do for cancer patients.

How to Pass Time during Chemo and at Home

Reading a good book

The first of our cancer patient activities is one that’s tried and true. Reading a good book is a healthy and productive way to reduce stress. During your next appointment, bring a fiction book or e-book for fun, a nonfiction book or e-book to learn a skill or an inspirational book or e-book written by cancer survivors to provide you some support.

Creating some art

Creating art can be relaxing and meditative. When you draw or doodle in a coloring book, you can express your emotions through art. Draw the settings around you, the things you dream about, your loved ones, or something more abstract—the possibilities are endless! There are also adult coloring books that are widely popular and can be used as a welcome distraction.

Knitting or other crafts

The next of our activities for cancer patients is a popular one. Many cancer patients enjoy knitting or crocheting during chemotherapy to pass the time. Origami is also a fun hobby to learn. These crafts keep the hands busy, and you’ll be creating a fun product that can be a gift. These activities offer brain health benefits as they maintain or improve memory and cognitive function.

Journaling

You don’t have to be a professional writer to enjoy journaling. Writing down your thoughts and feelings in a private journal can be great to help with stress relief and reflection. You could also find writing prompts online and grow your writing skills by responding to creative short story prompts each week.

Completing a puzzle

Completing puzzles like crosswords, jigsaws or Sudoku are great to keep your mind busy as well. Like knitting, puzzles can also help maintain brain health. Puzzles don’t require too much energy, and you can do them pretty much anywhere. Get your loved ones to participate and help you complete one!

Gardening at home

Gardening is another great activity for cancer patients, as it gets you to take a trip outside and enjoy some sunshine! This can include family members as well. Building and maintaining a home garden can be fun and relieve stress. Watch your plants grow and thrive, and enjoy the beautiful colors outside your window or as you approach your front door. Check with your cancer care team to make sure gardening is not too extensive of exercise.

Tablets at Comprehensive

At Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, we offer our patients with individual tablets during chemotherapy to help pass the time. The tablets offer the latest movies, inspirational stories or more information about the practice.

More Support for Cancer Patients

Need more support for cancer patients? Contact your cancer care team at Comprehensive by calling (702) 952-3350. We’ll answer any questions you have and provide you with the most helpful resources during your cancer journey.

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Top 20 Terms to Know before Your First Round of Cancer Treatment

Were you recently diagnosed with cancer? Many new patients come into their initial appointment with loads of questions and concerns. To make your journey a little easier, check out this list of the top cancer terms to know before you start the first round of cancer treatment.

I Was Diagnosed with Cancer, Now What?

Your cancer care team will work to help you through your first round of cancer treatment and beyond, but it’s also helpful to do your own research about your cancer. Even loved ones of a new cancer patient can benefit from reading up on the disease. However, it’s important to utilize reliable sources when doing your research such as the National Cancer Institute, Cancer.net or American Cancer Society. Here’s a great resource to help determine if your resource is reliable: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/managing-care/using-trusted-resources

To help you get a better understanding of cancer in general, we’ve defined  20 of the most common cancer terms you can expect throughout treatment.

Terms to know as a new cancer patient

Acute refers to symptoms that start and develop quickly. Although these symptoms can often be severe, they often do not last a long time.

Benign means a tumor is not cancerous. It does not spread into surrounding tissue or other organs in the body.

Biopsy is a procedure that helps your doctor determine whether cancer cells are present. He or she will surgically remove a small piece of tissue to examine it closely under a microscope.

Cancer cells are ones that divide and reproduce abnormally. They have the potential to spread to other areas of the body, often crowding normal tissue and cells.

Carcinogens are substances that can cause cancer. For cancer prevention and to reduce the risk of cancer spreading, your cancer care team will advise you to avoid things like cigarettes and other dangerous chemicals.

Chemotherapy is a common cancer treatment. It uses drugs to remove cancer from the body and prevent cancer cells from growing.

Combination therapy is the use of multiple treatment types during cancer treatments. These could include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hematology, and others depending on your type and stage of cancer.

Diagnosis is your doctor’s identification of a disease. He or she will notate its signs and symptoms by using imaging procedures and/or lab results.

Drug resistance occurs when cancer cells are able to resist the effects of a specific drug. Your cancer care team may suggest a different treatment plan if they notice resistance.

Grading helps classify cancer cells. This provides information about a probable tumor growth rate and the possibility of it spreading. Grading plays a major role in determining a treatment plan.

Hematologists specialize in blood diseases and diseases of the bone marrow. They may work together with oncologists to treat certain cancers.

Immunotherapy uses substances that artificially stimulate the body’s immune system to better treat the disease.

Localized refers to cancer that is confined to the site where it started to develop. Localized tumors have not spread to other areas of the body.

Malignant means cancerous. This growth may have a tendency to spread to other areas of the body and destroy nearby tissue.

Medical oncologists are specially trained to diagnose and treat cancer. They use chemotherapy and other forms of treatment or therapy.

Oncology is the study and treatment of cancer. There are many types of oncologists, including medical, surgical, radiation, gynecologic and pediatric.

Primary tumor is the place where cancer starts to grow. If cancer grows and spreads, they are referred to as secondary tumors.

Prognosis states the likely outcome of a disease in a new cancer patient. Doctors will note the chance of recovery and a prediction of the disease’s outcome.

Radiation oncologist is specially trained to use radiation to treat cancer. He or she may work alongside other doctors in a cancer care team to treat cancer.

Staging determines how far cancer has spread. A cancer stage also notes where the cancer is located, whether or not it has spread, and whether it is affecting the function of nearby organs.

Consult Your Cancer Care Team for More Information

New cancer patients should bring any and all questions they have about cancer and its treatment to the first appointment. Your cancer care team will go in detail about what to expect from treatment and introduce the members of staff who will be working with you. To schedule an appointment, contact us today by calling (702) 952-3350.

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Treating Your Sleep Disorders

Many things can interfere with a good night’s sleep, including your breathing. Lung Center of Nevada, a division of Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, offers various methods for treating sleep disorders at the Desert Sleep Disorders Center (DSDC). Learn about some types of sleep disorders and how we can treat them.

What Are Sleep Disorders?

Sleep disorders are changes in sleeping patterns or behaviors. When they are consistent many nights throughout the week or continue for long periods of time, they can affect a person’s quality of life. If a person goes without sleep disorders treatment, these conditions can cause more severe issues and health problems later on.

Explore the list of sleep disorders we treat at the Desert Sleep Disorders Center:

Insomnia

Insomnia is the most common type of sleep disorder affecting about 30 to 35 percent of adults. It can occur when people have trouble falling or staying asleep. The symptoms and causes of insomnia vary by patient, but they often include sleep disturbance and symptoms that last through the day. Insomnia can have a major impact the overall quality of life, affecting work performance, relationships and decision-making ability.

Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is another common sleep disorder. This condition occurs when the soft tissue in the throat falls and blocks the airway. When a person suffers from sleep apnea, their body will force them awake at night to open the airway and allow for breathing again. This can happen as little as one or two times per night, but in some patients, it can occur multiple times throughout the night.

Sleep apnea patients often wake up in the morning feeling tired, even if they had a full night’s sleep. This lack of oxygen can also cause severe issues in the long run, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, depression and diabetes.

Periodic limb movements of sleep

Periodic limb movements are episodes of small, repetitive and uncontrollable muscle movements. This sleep disorder is less about the ability to fall asleep, but it can wake a person in the middle of the night and affect the quality of sleep.With periodic limb movements, patients experience the tightening or flexing of a muscle. This sleep disorder can become a bigger issue when the movements disrupt your sleep and daily life.

REM sleep behavior disorders

REM sleep behavior disorders (RBD) are a parasomnia, which are undesired events that occur during sleep. People who suffer from RBD may act out a vivid dream while they’re asleep. This can include mild activity, but it can become more severe or violent. It’s often easy to wake someone up if they’re suffering from RBD, and they may be able to recall details about the dream.

Night terrors

Night terrors are another type of parasomnia. They cause patients to wake up in the middle of the night, often screaming or shouting in fear that included danger or fright. This sleep disorder can also be paired with violent kicking or thrashing movements. Night terrors can cause heavy breathing, a racing heart and wide fearful eyes. It can sometimes be hard to wake someone suffering from a night terror, and they may be confused upon waking. They may also not remember full details about the dream.

Restless leg syndrome

Restless leg syndrome is a neurological sleep disorder that causes an urge to move the legs, which worsens at night. This sleep disorder can make it difficult to get comfortable enough to fall asleep. It can also affect a person’s daily life and their ability to sit still for long periods of time during work and long airplane or car rides. Restless leg syndrome causes some people to get fewer hours of sleep and make them feel fatigued during the day.

Sleep Medicine at Desert Sleep Disorders Center

The Desert Sleep Disorders Center (DSDC) is a full service sleep medicine center which is operated by the physicians of  the Lung Center of Nevada. We have four Board Certified Sleep Medicine doctors on staff as well as a highly trained staff of technicians that specialize in patient care focusing on the needs and concerns of the patient to provide the highest quality of service.

Through various sleep disorder treatments, there are options to help with breathing and help relieve the symptoms of troubled sleep. Treatment options depend on the type and severity of the sleep disorder.

To schedule an appointment with the Desert Sleep Disorders Center, call 702-737-1409 today.

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Comprehensive Patient Success Stories: Celebrating with Victory Bells

Anne is a cancer survivor. Upon hearing the significance of cancer victory bells, she decided to donate five to our cancer treatment centers across Las Vegas. Learn her story and the value of these ‘end of treatment’ bells.

Meet Anna Marie Budd-Baldwin

Comprehensive Patient Success Stories: Celebrating with Victory Bells

Anne is a Comprehensive patient who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. Before her diagnosis, she spent many years supporting other family members who suffered from breast cancer, including her sister Connie, who passed away from it almost twenty years ago.

Anna’s diagnosis and treatment

After her diagnosis in July 2016, her treatment center in New Jersey started her on an oral chemotherapy regimen for six months to shrink the tumor and advised her to wait before seeking surgery due to other pulmonary health issues.

In December 2016, Baldwin traveled to Las Vegas to visit her son. During her trip, she began having breathing issues and went to a local hospital. The doctor at the hospital urged her to get a second opinion regarding her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment and referred her to Comprehensive. .

Anne visited Comprehensive

 Cancer Centers of Nevada to see Dr. Heather Allen in February 2017. She had a mammogram indicating that there was no change in tumor size which meant her treatment was not working. Dr. Allen had a difference of opinion in terms of the treatment she was receiving and instead recommended surgery and radiation. Dr. Allen then referred her to Dr. Margaret Terhar, a breast surgeon at Comprehensive, who felt Baldwin was strong enough for surgery, despite her pulmonary issues. On April 17, Baldwin had a successful surgery to remove her tumors. The last mile of Baldwin’s treatment included six and a half weeks of radiation which was completed in July. Together, Anne and her cancer care team developed a successful treatment plan to get rid of her cancer.

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Comprehensive Patient Success Stories: Celebrating with Victory Bells

While Anne was undergoing treatment, she wanted to find a way 
to honor her sister’s memory and also provide a bit of inspiration and support to other cancer patients. She learned about the end of treatment bells tradition from her nephew who had been undergoing treatment for pediatric cancer. He described to her the great feeling that came along with ringing victory bells after treatment.

Then, Anne talked to her radiation oncologist, Dr. Matthew Schwartz, about installing victory bells at Comprehensive. She donated five bells that are now hung at each of the Comprehensive radiation centers across the Las Vegas valley.

Patients can now ring the end of treatment bell if they choose to. These victory bells serve as a small celebration at the successful completion of treatment that the patient, their loved ones, and our cancer care team can enjoy. They can offer a sense of accomplishment after getting over a hurdle and completing treatment!

The victory bells mean something different for each patient, but it will hopefully serve as a sign of courage and hope for all who step into our treatment centers.

Comprehensive Cares

Your Nevada cancer specialists are here with your every step of the way. If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with cancer, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Call us at (702) 952-3350.

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Cancer-fighting Recipes: Healthy Thanksgiving Feast

What’s on the menu for Thanksgiving? The team at Comprehensive wants you to enjoy your holiday—without feeling bad about enjoying those classic comfort foods! Try these healthy Thanksgiving recipes. They’re cleaner alternatives to some of your favorite holiday foods.

Cancer-fighting Foods: Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner

Are you trying to do some clean eating on Thanksgiving? That can sometimes be difficult during the holiday season. However, these healthy Thanksgiving recipes are not only better for you than some traditional dishes, but they’re also delicious! Check out these cancer-fighting recipes and enjoy your Thanksgiving feast!

Classic, gluten-free green bean casserole

Cancer-fighting Recipes: Healthy Thanksgiving Feast

This first recipe is a healthier alternative to classic holiday dish. It features homemade crispy onions and a version of mushroom soup that’s better than what you get in the can! This dish is a great healthy side; the green beans are high in fiber and full of many vitamins, like A, C, K, B6, and folic acid. Green beans can also help prevent the growth of precancerous polyps that can lead to colon cancer.

Ingredients:

To make this delicious classic side dish, start by gathering your ingredients:

  • Canola oil spray
  • 1 large yellow onion, (slice one half and chop the other half into fine pieces)
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • ¼ cup of gluten-free flour
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds of green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound of chopped mushrooms
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¾ teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1 ½ cups of low-fat milk
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch

Directions:

First, preheat your oven to 400℉. Then, coat both a cookie sheet and a 9×13-inch baking dish with the cooking spray.

Cut your large yellow onion in half. Slice one half, and dice the other. Set the diced onions to the side. Combine the sliced onions in a bowl with the buttermilk. Let it stand for about 10 minutes.

Drain the sliced onions, discarding the buttermilk. Add in your gluten-free flour and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. Toss the mixture together to coat the onions. Then, spread out the onions on the cookie sheet, and spray again with cooking spray. Bake your sliced onions for ten minutes, then stir the onions and continue baking until they turn golden brown.

Next, bring one inch of water to a boil in a large pot, with a steamer basket attached. Add your green beans, and then cover them. Steam your green beans for about three to four minutes, or until they are tender, yet crisp. Then, remove the steamer basket with the green beans from the pot.

Dry the pot with a clean kitchen towel. Then, add oil and turn the heat to medium. Add in the diced onions and cook them for about four minutes, stirring often until they become softened. Then, stir in the mushrooms, garlic, salt, thyme, and the rest of the pepper. Cook your ingredients for three to five minutes, stirring occasionally until the mushrooms are tender.

Pour your milk into the mixture and bring it to a simmer. Then, in a small bowl, combine the water and cornstarch. When the milk starts to simmer, stir in the cornstarch mix. Cook your ingredients for about one to two minutes, stirring until the liquid is thick. Finally, stir in the steamed green beans.

Pour the mixture carefully in the prepared baking dish and sprinkle the crispy onions on top. Bake your casserole for about 20-30, or until it starts bubbling.

Herb-crusted turkey breast

This light Thanksgiving recipe is easy to make, and it’s packed with lean protein. This herb-crusted turkey breast is great for you because it’s cooked with fresh herbs and roasted without the dark meat. It’s a simple and tasty recipe that’s great if you don’t have a large party that requires the whole bird.

Ingredients:

To make this delicious turkey breast, gather your ingredients:

  • 1 whole bone-in turkey breast
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons of dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh sage, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of kosher salt (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup of dry white wine

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 325℉. In a small bowl, mix your garlic, dry mustard, herbs, salt, pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice. Stir to create a paste.

Next, place the turkey breast skin side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Loosen the skin from the meat gently. Then, rub half the paste directly on the meat, under the skin. Be careful not to rip the skin.

Spread the remaining half of the paste on top of the turkey skin. Pour the wine into the bottom of your pan.

Roast your turkey breast for about two hours, or until the skin turns golden brown. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the breast; when it reads 165℉, your turkey is done!

Allow your turkey to rest for about 15 minutes at room temperature. Then, slice and serve!

Cancer Prevention and Education

At Comprehensive, we strive to provide our patients with the knowledge they need to feel confident during their cancer journey. If you have questions about treatment, prevention, and more, visit our cancer patient FAQs page.

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What Is Pancreatic Cancer?

Every November, we observe Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. While this cancer is rare, only affecting  50,000 people this year, it’s still important to be mindful of its risk factors.

What Is the Pancreas and What Does It Do?

The pancreas is a vital organ in the digestive system. It’s located deep in the abdomen and is and hidden behind some of the digestive system’s main organs like the liver and stomach However, the pancreas is responsible for many important parts of regulating the body’s digestion and fueling the body. The pancreas has two main functions:

  • Exocrine function: Produces enzymes to help with digestion. This accounts for almost 95 percent of the pancreas’s function.
  • Endocrine function: Produces hormones that help control the body’s blood sugar levels.

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

While pancreatic cancer is rare, doctors and researchers are still working hard to discover more about advancing the detection, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer. Since the pancreas is hidden so deep inside the body, it’s often difficult to feel pancreatic tumors by pressing on the abdomen. This results in many cases of pancreatic cancer to be diagnosed late.

Pancreatic cancer symptoms often do not appear until the tumor grows large enough to interfere with the functions of the pancreas. The main symptoms of pancreatic cancer include severe pain and jaundice in some cases. There are two main types of pancreatic cancers, which are determined by where the tumor is found.

Exocrine pancreatic tumors

This type of pancreatic cancer is the most common. They affect the exocrine cells, which produce enzymes that help your body digest foods.

Endocrine pancreatic tumors

Endocrine pancreatic tumors are less common, accounting to less 5 percent of pancreatic cancer cases. These tumors affect the endocrine cells, which create hormones like insulin and glucagon, which help manage blood sugar levels and release them into the blood.

Pancreatic Cancer Risk Factors

Researchers are still discovering more information about pancreatic cancer. However, certain factors have been discovered to increase a person’s risk factor for developing this cancer. Learn more about what you can do to reduce your risk.

1. Excessive tobacco use

The risk for pancreatic cancer is twice as high for tobacco users as it is for people who have never smoked. Doctors have determined that around 20 percent of pancreatic cancers resulted from smoking cigarettes. To reduce your risk, doctors recommend you quit smoking.

2. Personal risk factors

People who are obese have an increased risk for developing pancreatic cancer. Also, the risk for pancreatic cancer increase for people over the age of 45. About two-thirds of pancreatic cancer cases occur in people over 65. Men also have a slightly higher risk than women.

3. Family history

Studies show that pancreatic cancer can be passed down in families. This higher risk is due to an inherited syndrome, but they only account for about 10 percent of pancreatic cancer cases.

Learn More at Comprehensive

At Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, we are passionate about increasing our knowledge and understanding of various cancers. That’s why we participate in clinical research to provide our patients with the most effective and advanced care. Learn more about pancreatic cancer by visiting our website  today. To schedule an appointment at one of our cancer treatment centers, call 702-952-3350.

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Who Will You Quit Smoking for?

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada and University of Nevada, Las Vegas are helping residents of Southern Nevada quit smoking. Comprehensive has placed eight tobacco drop-off bins on three UNLV campuses:

  • One at the Paradise Campus (851 E. Tropicana Ave., 89119)
  • One at the Shadow Lane Campus (1001 Shadow Lane, 89106),
  • Two at the Student Union on the Maryland Campus (4505 S. Maryland Parkway, 89154)
  • The remaining four will be stationed at Thomas & Mack Center or Sam Boyd Stadium during events

I Quit For

At the heart of this campaign is an effort to keep Southern Nevadans from ever having to visit one of our clinics. Our friends at UNLV have taken an admirable step to positively impact the thousands of students and visitors that visit their beautiful campus each day or attend major events. Together, we’re hoping many in our community choose longevity and their livelihood over an addiction.

Are you ready to make the pledge and quit smoking? Here’s what to do:

  1. Look for our “I Quit For” bins located at UNLV and Thomas & Mack Center or Sam Boyd Stadium
  2. Dispose of your unused cigarette packs or e-cigarettes in the bins
  3. Make the promise to quit smoking for a loved one! Write their name on a pledge form which can be found at the bin or you can download the form below.
  4. Take a photo of yourself holding up the pledge form, and share it with your loved ones by posting to social media using #IQuitFor.

Who Will You Quit Smoking for?

More than 1,600 Nevadans will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year. At Comprehensive, we’re dedicated to raising lung cancer awareness and encouraging our community to take the steps to reduce their risk. Smoking cigarettes is one of the main risk factors for developing lung cancer; it can even increase the risk for nonsmokers if they’re around someone who does smoke. Discover some reasons to quit smoking, and learn how to get involved in the I Quit For campaign.

Why You Should Quit Smoking

Who Will You Quit Smoking for?

Did you know that smoking is one of the main causes of lung cancer? It contributes to about 80 percent of all lung cancer deaths. Men who smoke tobacco are 23 times more likely to develop lung cancer, while women smokers are 13 times more likely compared to nonsmokers.

Even if you do not smoke, exposure to secondhand smoke can increase your risk of developing lung cancer by about 20 percent. By being near someone who smokes causes approximately 7,330 lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers every year. That’s one of the reasons we encourage our community to quit smoking—if not for yourself and your own health, do it for your loved ones.

Here are some more reasons to quit smoking:

Benefits of quitting smoking

When you quit smoking, your body will go through many changes that improve your health immensely. Here are some examples:

  • After two hours without a cigarette, your heart rate and blood pressure will approach normal levels again.
  • After 24 hours, your risk for coronary artery disease and heart attack will begin to reduce.
  • After 48 hours, your nerve endings will start to regrow. Also, your senses of smell and taste will begin to improve.
  • After just three days, your body will be completely free of nicotine.
  • After one year without smoking, your risk for heart disease lowers to half that of a smoker’s.
  • After five years, your risk of having a stroke drops to the same as that of a nonsmoker.
  • After 10 years, your risk of dying from lung cancer will drop to half that of a smoker’s.

Quit Smoking Methods

Ready to quit smoking? Although the process may be difficult, there are many resources out there to help you. Check out some of the most successful quitting smoking tips.

Prepare and plan ahead

Going “Cold Turkey” can often be difficult. Before you quit, develop a Quit Plan to make the process easier. Talk to your doctor about methods that will help you quit. He or she can provide more information on:

  • Classes you can attend to teach you methods to quit
  • Helpful mobile apps you can use to track your progress
  • Nicotine replacement therapy or certain medications that can help curb cravings

Also, build a support system of family and friends who can be there for you to help you stay on track.

Stay active

When you stay busy, it can help distract you from thinking about smoking. If you get the urge to smoke, try other activities to keep your mind off it:

  • Regular exercise or taking a daily walk
  • Chewing gum or hard candy
  • Keeping your hands busy with toys like a Fidget Spinner or a mobile game
  • Relaxation techniques like deep breathing and meditation

Avoid your triggers

Triggers are people, places, and things that may remind you of smoking or that make it harder for you to quit. Avoid these triggers by hanging out with nonsmokers. Go to restaurants and other places that don’t allow smoking. Clean your house and car to remove the smell of smoke from your furniture, clothes, and more. Throw out your cigarette pack, lighters, and any other smoking paraphernalia that may remind you to light up again.

Lung Cancer Awareness at Comprehensive

To learn more about lung cancer awareness and lung cancer treatment, contact the team at Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada for more information. Call 702-952-3350 today.

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Understanding the Types of Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the second-most common cancer among men and women. Smoking is often the biggest risk factor for developing lung cancer. However, even people who do not smoke could be at risk. For Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November, learn more about the three main types of lung cancer, their risk factors, and lung cancer treatment options at Comprehensive.

Most cases of lung cancer develop in the cells lining the bronchi (the airways) and the smaller branches called bronchioles that stem from the bronchi. The main risk factors for developing lung cancer include:

  • Inhaling tobacco smoke (first and second hand)
  • Radon or asbestos exposure
  • Exposure to arsenic in the drinking water
  • Previous radiation to the lungs
  • Air pollution
  • Family history of lung cancer

3 Main Types of Lung Cancer

Non-small cell lung cancer

Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common type of lung cancer. Around 80 percent of all lung cancer cases are non-small cell. There are three main types of non-small cell lung cancer:

Adenocarcinoma lung cancer develops in the outer parts of the lung, and it often grows slower than the other lung cancer types. This cancer often occurs in people who smoke or used to smoke, but nonsmokers can also develop this cancer.

Squamous cell carcinoma is located in the squamous cells, or the flat cells lining the inside of the main airway, or bronchus.

Large cell carcinoma can develop in any part of the lung, and it often spreads relatively quickly, compared to the other types of lung cancer.

Small cell lung cancer

About 10 percent of lung cancer cases are small cell lung cancer. This cancer type starts in the center of the chest, in the bronchi. Small cell lung cancer is a rapidly growing cancer, often spreading in its early stages. It is most often found in people who smoke and rarely develops in people who do not smoke.

Lung carcinoid tumor

Lung carcinoid tumors are rare; they account for less than five percent of lung tumors. Most of them grow slower than other types of lung cancer. These tumors are made of special cells called neuroendocrine cells. They develop from cells in the diffuse neuroendocrine system, which are similar to nerve cells.

Neuroendocrine cells are scattered throughout the body in various organs, and they produce hormones that help control the air and blood flow. Tumors can form when certain changes in the cells cause them to grow quickly and out of control.

Lung Cancer Screening

Early detection is a proven, successful strategy for fighting many forms of cancer. Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada offers screenings with low-dose computed tomography (CT) for people at high risk for lung cancer, the only recommended screening test for the disease.

Qualifications for the screening include:

  • Age 55-77 years
  • Asymptomatic
  • Tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years
  • Packs per day X # years smoking = # pack-years
  • Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years

LDCT is used to find nodules in the lungs and takes many pictures of the inside of your body from different angles using x-rays. The amount of radiation used is much lower than standard doses of a CT scan and contrast dye should not be used.

Lung Cancer Treatment at Comprehensive

If you have recently been diagnosed with lung cancer, contact the cancer care team at Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada to make an appointment to determine an individualized treatment plan. For more information about lung cancer treatment, visit our website or call us at 702-952-3350 to schedule an appointment.

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Cancer-fighting Exercises: Cardio to Stay Active

How active are you? Regular exercise can provide many health benefits—cancer-fighting and more. Learn about cardio for cancer patients, and discover which exercises are right for you.

Cancer-fighting Exercises: Cardio

During cancer treatment, you may feel like taking it slow and spending a lot of time resting. However, recent studies show that too much rest can have a negative effect. A sedentary lifestyle can cause a loss of body function, weak muscles, and a limited range of motion. Many healthcare providers encourage their cancer patients to be more physically active during treatment.

Regular exercise may benefit cancer patients by:

  • Maintaining or improving physical ability
  • Improving balance
  • Reducing your risk of heart disease and osteoporosis
  • Improving blood flow
  • Reducing anxiety, stress, and depression
  • Reducing symptoms of tiredness or fatigue
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

What to expect from a regular cardio routine

Cardio exercise raises the heart rate. It can increase muscle mass and metabolism, in addition to decreasing body fat. That’s why cardio for cancer patients is so beneficial. When you maintain a healthy weight, you can prevent cancer from developing or recurring.

If you’re undergoing cancer treatment, talk to your doctor about cancer and exercise guidelines. He or she can help you choose a program that’s right for you.

Easy cardio exercises for cancer patients

Walking, running, and hiking: Walking, running, and hiking are simple exercises and a great place to start when developing your cardio exercise routine. They don’t require any special equipment besides a comfortable pair of sneakers. You can walk, jog, or run around your neighborhood. Bring a friend or family member with you for support and to spend some quality time together.

Also, there are plenty of places to hike locally. Hiking around the beautiful Las Vegas valley can add meditative and calming elements to your exercise.

Cancer-fighting Exercises: Cardio to Stay Active

Biking: Try biking if you want to add a little more movement and intensity to your workout. Take yourself on a bike ride around the city. This can add variety to your workout, since you’re concentrating on a different set of muscles. Be advised, however, that you should not introduce high-intensity cardio to your routine until your body is ready for it.

Cancer-fighting Exercises: Cardio to Stay Active

Sports: Incorporate some fun activities with your family and friends. It’s a great way to stay active and social! There are many sports to participate in, so you’ll never get bored. Join a local league, or just do it for fun. Take the whole family to the park to throw around a baseball, kick some soccer goals, or shoot some baskets.

Cancer-fighting Exercises: Cardio to Stay Active

How often should I do cardio?

When developing an exercise program for cancer patients, choose your activity and intensity carefully. Ask your doctor about what level of activity he or she recommends for your ability level to avoid overexerting yourself. The amount of exercise you participate in each week will depend on the type and stage of cancer, what type of treatment you’re receiving, and your fitness level.

If you were active before cancer treatment, you might want to start with a lower-intensity workout than you’re used to. Listen to your body, and only increase the intensity when you feel ready and you have permission from your doctor. If you were not active before treatment, try low-intensity cardio like walking, and then ease into a more intense routine little by little.

A professional trainer or physical therapist should monitor cardio for cancer patients. Let your coach or personal trainer know about your condition and any limitations you have. Ask them to create a plan that fits your needs and ability level.

Stay Healthy with Comprehensive

At Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, we strive to provide our patients with all the tools and resources they need during their cancer journey. If you’re unable to start a cardio workout program, learn how yoga for cancer patients may provide the same health benefits with more relaxed, less intense moves. To schedule an appointment, call 702-952-3350 or visit our website at cccnevada.com to learn more.

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We Are Comprehensive: Services We Offer besides Cancer Treatment

At Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, we strive to offer expert care and treatment plans specific to our patient’s needs. Our services go beyond just cancer care, but include screenings, diagnostic tests, and clinical research. We also offer hematology, breast surgery, pulmonology and treatment for sleep disorders. Learn more about our comprehensive cancer treatment and all specialties and services we offer.

What Is Comprehensive Cancer Treatment?

The term “comprehensive” refers to a complete treatment method involving all aspects of expert care for a patient and their needs. Our multi-specialty practice includes many healthcare professionals and specialists working together to offer a wide-range of treatment options.

At Comprehensive, we offer various methods for cancer treatment including:

  • Medical oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Chemotherapy
  • Breast Surgery
  • Cyberknife Radiosurgery
  • Immunotherapy
  • Clinical Research

In addition to cancer treatment, we also provide services for non-cancerous conditions like breast health conditions, lung diseases and sleep disorders. Learn about some more of the services we offer beyond cancer care.

Comprehensive Treatments and Services

Breast health conditions

Our breast surgeons treat patients with cancer and noncancerous-related diseases of the breast. Here, our goal is to stop cancer before it strikes through breast health advocacy, early detection and regular screenings. Our multidisciplinary approach puts patients’ personal needs first by creating individualized treatment plans.

At our breast surgery centers, we offer the following services and more:

  • Genetic risk screening and analysis
  • Breast biopsy and ultrasound
  • Breast diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
  • Breast exam and breast care education
  • Lumpectomy and mastectomy
  • Management of benign breast disease
  • Mammogram review

Lung and sleep disorders

At Lung Center of Nevada, a division of Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, we offer services for pulmonary and sleep medicine. Our board-certified pulmonologists and talented respiratory therapists support patients with lung cancer and bronchus cancer, as well as non-cancerous lung diseases and sleep disorders.

We provide treatment for the following lung and sleep conditions:

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

We also perform a diagnosis of lung diseases and provide referrals for Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening.

Diagnostic imaging

Diagnostic imaging and medical scans are crucial to the diagnosis of cancer as well as determining its stage and assessing the progress of treatment. Because we do diagnostic imaging within the practice, it’s convenient for the patient. Our doctors have access to more timely results, as opposed to waiting for imaging results from another provider. We perform CT scans, PET scans and low-dose lung cancer screenings, depending on insurance.

Lab services

Laboratory services and testing are more factors to help in cancer detection, diagnosis, and treatment. At Comprehensive, we have on-site labs that offer quick results for routine tests. This helps our physicians adjust a treatment plan without delay.

Hematology

Hematology is the treatment of serious blood disorders that are cancerous and noncancerous. Our experienced and knowledgeable hematologists work with other members of your care team to diagnose and treat blood disorders. Hematology is separate from oncology, but works together to provide accurate, comprehensive care.

Clinical research

At Comprehensive, we also participate in clinical research, which leads to the advancement of cancer care. Clinical trials allow us to treat patients with the most advanced and effective cancer treatments. Each year, the practice participates in more than 170 clinical research studies. We’ve helped develop more than 60 FDA approved cancer therapies available to patients today.

Support and patient resources

Our comprehensive cancer treatment also includes education and support for patients and their loved ones. Explore our patient resources to learn about available support groups, answers to frequently asked questions, chemotherapy classes, information for new cancer patients and inspirational patient stories.

Visit Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada Today

If you’re interested in learning more about your Nevada cancer specialists, contact us today. Call (702) 952-3350 to schedule an appointment.

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