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Evidence Mixed on Benefits of Using E-Cigarettes to Quit Smoking

Myths vs. Facts of E-Cigarettes

With increasing scientific studies on the risks of e-cigarettes, Comprehensive Cancer Centers closely monitors news and information in order to share facts beneficial to people’s health. The practice is always looking for new ways to help patients quit smoking, as well as raise awareness about the habit which causes significant health issues including lung cancer, many of which could be prevented by not smoking or quitting the habit.

A recent report shows the use of e-cigarettes to help quit smoking may work for some people, but e-cigarettes also may not be the best solution for many smokers. The study compares the use of e-cigarettes with other common nicotine replacement approaches to help smokers quit. Researchers recruited nearly 900 people who wanted to quit smoking and randomly assigned half to use e-cigarettes and the other half to use other nicotine replacement products, such as nicotine patches and gum. All the study participants received weekly individual counseling for four weeks. After one year, smoking cessation was confirmed by measures of exhaled carbon monoxide, which should be low if you’ve quit but high if you’re still smoking. This is done to make sure data regarding those who have quit, or are still smoking, is accurate and not self-reported.

The findings concluded that e-cigarettes may help some smokers quit, but more than 80 percent of smokers entering the study continued to smoke a year later. Among those assigned to e-cigarettes, 18 percent had stopped smoking, while about 10 percent of those using nicotine replacement therapy had quit. Among successful quitters, 80 percent of those in the e-cigarette group were still using the tobacco products; only 9 percent in the nicotine-replacement group were still using those products.

An important caveat is that e-cigarettes used in the study contained much lower levels of nicotine than found in some common brands used in the United States. The importance of this difference is unclear, but a higher nicotine level could contribute a higher rate of addiction to the e-cigarettes, potentially transitioning cigarette smokers to e-cigarette smokers.

Regular users of other tobacco products, such as cigarettes, most commonly use e-cigarettes in addition to tobacco cigarettes. This pattern is commonly referred to as dual use or poly tobacco use. Among adults who use e-cigarettes, this is a troubling pattern because it suggests that e-cigarettes may be supplementing smoking instead of replacing it. Because there is no safe level of smoking, there are concerns that this behavior represses efforts to completely quit smoking. This issue is complicated because some individuals who use e-cigarettes to quit may experience a period of dual use as they change products.

An additional report from 2018 conducted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine adds another question to the value of using e-cigarettes for quitting smoking, noting there is “substantial evidence that e-cigarette use increases risk of using combustible tobacco cigarettes among youth and young adults,” suggesting that e-cigarette use itself is a risk factor, not just a correlation with smoking.

Don’t Start Smoking and Quit Now if You Smoke

While certain aspects of the data in the report are cautiously promising with regard to using e-cigarettes to stop smoking, there isn’t enough evidence to suggest that anyone who starts smoking can simply start using e-cigarettes as an easy way to quit. Quitting smoking is an enormous challenge and the best way to stop smoking is by not ever starting.

According to Dr. James Hsu of Lung Center of Nevada, a division of Comprehensive Cancer Centers, when in doubt, he tells his patients to never ever inhale anything into your lungs.

More Reasons to Not Smoke Cigarettes

Lung cancer is the leading cause of all cancer deaths in the United States and it is estimated that an average of more than 225,000 new cases will be diagnosed each year. More people die from lung cancer than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined, and most people get lung cancer by smoking. Tobacco smoking is by far the leading cause of lung cancer. About 80 percent of lung cancer deaths are caused by smoking, and many others are caused by exposure to secondhand smoke.

  • Non-small cell lung cancer: 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 lung cancer: 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.

I QUIT FOR

Each year, Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada and University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) encourage residents of Southern Nevada and visitors from out-of-state to quit smoking. Each November, Comprehensive places tobacco drop-off bins on the UNLV campuses: the Paradise Campus (851 E. Tropicana Ave., 89119), the Shadow Lane Campus (1001 Shadow Lane, 89106), the Student Union on the Maryland Campus (4505 S. Maryland Parkway, 89154) and at Thomas & Mack Center or Sam Boyd Stadium during events.

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. Together, we’re hoping many in our community choose longevity and their livelihood over an addiction.

Comprehensive Can Help with Lung Cancer Treatment

For those are battling lung cancer, Comprehensive Cancer Centers offers many treatment options for patients including chemotherapy, traditional radiation therapy, Las Vegas CyberKnife® and clinical research. Each method may be used alone or in combination.

Physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers provide a variety of cancer treatment as well as cancer genetic counseling for those interested in learning about cancer risk possibilities. To schedule an appointment with the team at Comprehensive, please call 702-952-3350.

 

The content is this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

 

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Follow-Up Appointments Keys to Success After Cancer Treatments

Next Steps After Cancer Treatment

The team at Comprehensive Cancer Centers encourages regular follow-up appointments for patients  who have successful completed treatment.

Follow-up appointments include regular visits to a patient’s general physician as well as continued follow up visits with your medical oncologist. The purpose of these visits is to make sure each patient is in good health after treatment, including making sure there are no reoccurrences of cancer, while monitoring that no other health issues are present.

At Comprehensive Cancer Centers, the practice makes the first follow-up visit a smooth and comfortable experience. The following are a few simple tips to make follow-up visits efficient and easy:

  • Referring Physician Information: It is critical for your Comprehensive Cancer Centers oncologist to collaborate with your primary care and/or referring physician(s), so information can be shared to ensure your post-recovery success. Bring any authorizations and referrals with you, and provide contact information for your other doctors, especially if you’ve changed providers.
  • Medications: It’s important for your medical oncologist to know about any new or existing medications. Make sure to bring a complete, up-to-date list of all medications being used. Many patients find it easier to bring the bottles and packages with them to appointments. This includes any additional medications you may have started for other health issues.
  • Insurance and I.D. Cards: Bring insurance cards and picture IDs to each visit. Also, when scheduling your follow up appointments, you will need to provide your insurance information, including the company, the plan number, your policy number and the contact information for claims. We file insurance claims on your behalf and help you with questions or concerns regarding payments.
  • Medical Records: Please arrange to have any new test results and reports provided. Some physicians and clinics will send them directly on your behalf. Others will give these records to you, so you can bring them to your follow-up visit.
  • Questions and Concerns: You may find it helpful to bring a written list of questions on your first visit to review with your physician as you begin or continue your post-treatment life. We will give whatever time is necessary to answer questions and consult on your condition and treatment plan.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Help

You may schedule your appointments by calling the Comprehensive Cancer Centers treatment center where you were previously treated. The receptionist will assist you in scheduling your appointments.

If you cannot keep a scheduled appointment, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance. Failure to appropriately cancel your appointment may result in an office visit charge. To schedule your follow up appointment with the team at Comprehensive, please call 702-952-3350.

 

The content is this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Early Detection Key to Bladder Cancer Treatment Success

Bladder Cancer

This year, an estimated 80,470 adults (61,700 men and 18,770 women) will be diagnosed with bladder cancer. However, if the cancer is found early, chances of survival are very high. This is a reason why physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers urge patients to get regular checkups and report any signs and symptoms to their doctors immediately.

For patients with bladder cancer, the team at Comprehensive Cancer Centers takes a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. This includes working with medical and radiation oncologists supported by a team of advanced practice providers and nurses. The team creates individualized treatment plans using the highest standards of care, the latest technologies and, when necessary, clinical research options.

Bladder cancer occurs when a cancer cell begins to grow out-of-control in the lining of the bladder. Left undiagnosed and untreated, the abnormal cells may grow and spread to other areas of the body. The type of cell where cancer starts determines the type of bladder cancer that presents, along with the type of treatment will be most effective for individual patients. Three major types of bladder cancer include:

  • Transitional cell carcinoma – This bladder cancer occurs in the cells that line the inside of the bladder and is the most common type of bladder cancer diagnosed in the United States.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma – This bladder cancer appears in response to an infection or irritation that may become cancerous over time. This form of bladder cancer is rare in the United States, but is more prevalent where parasitic infection is common, which is among the reasons patients are asked about foreign travel when being diagnosed by their physicians.
  • Adenocarcinoma – This bladder cancer develops in mucus-secreting glands in the bladder and is also rarely seen in patients in the United States.

Bladder cancer signs and symptoms can vary. Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Blood in urine (hematuria) where urine may appear dark yellow, bright red or cola colored
  • Frequent urination
  • Painful urination
  • Back pain and/or pelvic pain.

Should your physician find indicators that bladder cancer diagnosis may be possible, they can refer you to the oncology team at Comprehensive Cancer Centers.

Bladder Cancer Screening

Patients referred to Comprehensive Cancer Centers will have additional screenings to determine the presence of abnormal or cancerous cells. There are various ways to screen for bladder cancer, and each method may be used alone or in combination with others. Screening include the following options

  • Cystoscopy – This test allows a physician to view the inside of the bladder through a small tube with a lens and light. The physician may also perform a biopsy at the time of this procedure.
  • Urine cytology – This is a procedure where a sample of your urine is analyzed under a microscope to check for cancer cells.
  • Urine culture – This test is conducted to find and identify any bacteria that may be causing an infection.
  • Image tests – These tests allow a physician to examine the structures of your bladder using a dye, which is injected into a vein before the procedure.

Once there is a confirmation of bladder cancer, medical oncologists may order additional tests to determine the extent, or stage of the cancer. Staging tests may include CT scans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), bone scans and chest X-rays.

Bladder Cancer Treatment at Comprehensive Cancer

There are several treatment options available for patients with bladder cancer including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and clinical research. For a complete list of clinical research studies currently being conducted at Comprehensive for bladder cancer, please click here.  To schedule an appointment with the team at Comprehensive, please call 702-952-3350.

 

The content is this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Help Others by Building a Career with Comprehensive Cancer Centers

A Career in Healthcare

Comprehensive Cancer Centers, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, offers job opportunities for those looking for a rewarding career in healthcare.

Comprehensive is an award-winning multispecialty practice offering medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, breast surgery and pulmonary medicine, as well as non-medical technical careers in accounting, business management and others.

The practice currently employs more than 500 professionals at treatment centers and offices throughout Southern Nevada and is made up of clinical and administration teams serving patients with cancer, blood disorders, breast health conditions, lung diseases and sleep disorders. To keep employees motivated, Comprehensive Cancer Centers has built a positive culture that boosts morale, encourages open communication, job growth and a healthy and stimulating lifestyle both inside and outside Comprehensive Cancer Centers’ offices.

For those interested in working as part of the Comprehensive team, the practice operates from shared values called Cancer Care, which should align with the personal goals of applicants. The letters in Cancer Care come together, through words representing each letter:

C-Customer Service

A-Accountability

N-New Ideas

C-Communication

E-Energy

R-Results

C-Collaboration

A-Analytical Thinking

R-Respect for Others

E-Ethical Standards

These values are fundamental to the practice’s day-to-day operations with employees and managers being evaluated on their performance in these areas in annual reviews. If that way of working fits with your values, a complete listing of current openings can be found here:

Employees are the company’s most treasured assets and they are treated and recognized accordingly. Our executive team recognizes employees in several ways throughout the year, including annual parties and years-of-service awards.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers has developed a passion for helping the residents of Southern Nevada through sponsorships, volunteer efforts and community partnerships that provide ways for its employees to get more involved in helping others in Southern Nevada. For its commitment to employee satisfaction, Comprehensive Cancer Centers earned Best Places to Work honors from Southern Nevada Human Resources Association, Nevada Business Magazine and Vegas Inc.

Apply Now to Work at Comprehensive Cancer Centers

The practice currently has jobs open for nurses, dosemetrists, medical assistants, lab technicians and many other opportunities (subject to change without notice). For more opportunities, click here.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Help

Comprehensive Cancer Centers provides treatment options for patients with cancer, sleep disorders, breast health conditions, pulmonary disease and blood disorders.  To search for job opportunities with Comprehensive, visit our website.

The content is this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

 

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Anti-inflammatory Foods Key to Good Health

Combating Inflammation with the Right Foods

Inflammation is a term that most people associate with an injury, and the swelling that may occur after. The issue, unless serious, is usually self-treated with an ice pack and a self-affirmation to be more cautious next time. What many people might not know is that inflammation also occurs in many parts of the body that cannot be seen and often goes untreated, or ignored, and can lead to serious health problems. Inflammation (swelling), which is part of the body’s natural healing system, helps fight injury and infection, but it doesn’t just happen in response to injury and illness.

While the team at Comprehensive Cancer Centers trusts its patients to take care of inflammation from minor injuries, they understand that most people would benefit from some simple tips to learn more about internal inflammation, and how to reduce health problems and illnesses caused by inflammation. Reducing inflammation offers improved heath and can help reduce risk of chronic disease, with the benefits enjoyed mostly through changes in the diet. The following are ways to reduce inflammation:

Change Up Your Diet

A great way to combat inflammation comes from eating more fruits and vegetables and foods containing omega-3 fatty acids. Some of the best sources of omega-3s is found in fish, such as salmon, cod and tuna as well as tofu, walnuts, flax seeds and soybeans, grapes, celery, blueberries, garlic, olive oil, tea and some spices such as ginger, rosemary and turmeric.

The Mediterranean diet offers excellent anti-inflammatory benefits with its focus on fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains, and limits on unhealthy fats such as red meat and butter, as well as refined sugars and processed carbohydrates.

Build meals around lean proteins and whole foods high in fiber, such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains such as brown rice and whole wheat bread. Check the labels and ingredients of prepared foods and make sure that “whole wheat” or another whole grain is the first ingredient. Recipes and tips for smart foods can be found on the Comprehensive Cancer Centers Blog.

Foods to Avoid to Lower Risk of Inflammation

As one integrates healthy foods that lower risk of inflammation, cutting down or completely avoiding foods may also decrease the risk of chronic inflammation.  Avoid white foods, such as white bread, rice and pasta, as well as foods made with white sugar, flour and high fructose corn syrup.

  • Sugary beverages: Sugar-sweetened soft drinks and sport drinks
  • Refined carbohydrates: White bread, white pasta, etc.
  • Desserts: Cookies, candy, cake, and ice cream
  • Processed meat: Hot dogs, bologna, sausages, etc.
  • Processed snack foods: Crackers, chips, and pretzels
  • Certain oils: Processed seed and vegetable oils like soybean and corn oil
  • Trans fats: Foods with partially hydrogenated ingredients

Get Active to Lower Inflammation Risks

Make time for at least a half hour or 45 minutes of aerobic exercise and weight or resistance training at least four to five times per week. Ancillary benefits from being active include weight loss, as those who are overweight tend to have more inflammation. Exercise also reduces stress, which contributes to inflammation.  Good low impact exercises for stress reduction include yoga, walks and focused mediation.

Additional Benefits of Anti-Inflammation Lifestyles

Making simple dietary changes and adding exercise routines to your lifestyle not only reduces inflammation, it also provides a number of additional benefits including better sleep, improvement of symptoms of arthritis, inflammatory bowel syndrome, lupus and other autoimmune disorders. An active, healthy lifestyle also decreases risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and depression. Reduction in inflammatory markers in your blood are also found in improved blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, as well as a general improvement in energy and mood.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Help

Physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers provide a variety of treatment options for patients with cancer, breast health conditions, pulmonary disease and sleep disorders. To schedule an appointment with the team at Comprehensive, please call 702-952-3350.

The content is this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Managing COPD During Summer Vacations

Traveling with COPD

The team at Comprehensive Cancer Centers celebrates the arrival of summer, which means being outdoors, taking time off and spending time with family and friends. This time of year also means traveling, which can present challenges to those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). As traveling with the disease can be difficult, those with COPD are often hesitant to travel. While patients should always consult with their doctor before traveling with COPD, there are ways to safely and smartly manage the disease as you travel to your preferred destination and enjoy time away from home.

Many steps in travel precautions for those with COPD include avoiding allergens and being ready for air quality and elevation changes. Certain needs, including using portable oxygen tanks, require more preparation. An important first step in managing your COPD is to work with your health care provider, such as your pulmonologist at the Lung Center of Nevada, to set up a custom COPD Action Plan. The following guidelines have been adapted from the information shared by the American Lung Association.

An action plan for travel can include most, if not all the following preparations:

Plan Your Trip and Pack Properly

Start by thinking about where you’re going and how that place, or those places, may offer different climates than the one found here in Las Vegas.

  • Air Quality: Changes in air quality can make it harder for people with COPD to breathe. Check the air quality of the places you are traveling to and through.
  • Medications: Keep all of your medications with you in your carry-on bag and keep copies of prescriptions for your medications in case your checked luggage is lost by your airline, train or cruise ship.
  • Oxygen: Bring an adequate oxygen supply and prepare for the unexpected by bringing spare supplies if you can. Plan ahead and learn about oxygen suppliers along your route and destination and add their phone numbers and address to your notes.
  • Doctors: Have a list of names and locations of a doctor and hospital at your destination in the event you need help. Your own doctor or healthcare provider may be able to offer a referral to a trusted source. If not, check online reviews and call the practice to get a familiarity with them, including insurance acceptance.

Planes, Trains and Airports with COPD

Before you get going on your trip, figure out what airports or train stations you may be visiting, which can include layovers and aircraft, train changes. While your travel plans may only include a few minutes of planned time in an airport, delays can often mean spending unplanned hours or overnight in an airport or train station.

  • Oxygen Policies: Call in advance to learn policies and procedures regarding personal oxygen equipment. This may include necessary documents from your physician or a current prescription for oxygen. Personal medical oxygen and other respiratory-related equipment and devices are permitted through the security-screening checkpoint once they have undergone screening.
  • Secure Your Oxygen: Many airlines require that you use oxygen from their special needs department during the flight, instead of your own. Plan ahead so that a supply of oxygen is waiting for you at your destination.  Your oxygen supplier can usually help with this.
  • Arrive Early: Passengers with oxygen may be required to check-in in advance of their flight or train ride. Give yourself plenty of time to pass through security.

On the Open Ocean with COPD

When getting on a cruise ship or boat, those with COPD must understand that they might not be able to get off quickly, should the need arise, making advanced preparation critical.

  • Advance Notice: Contact your cruise line well in advance and advise them of any special needs, such as oxygen or wheelchair/scooter. Most cruise lines are well equipped to deal with these requests when notified in advance.
  • Medical Documents: Ask your doctor to provide you with a letter that includes brief medical history and a copy of prescriptions for oxygen or any medication you may need replaced.
  • Oxygen Arrangements: Arrange to have oxygen tanks delivered to the ship prior to departure.

Hitting the Open Road in a Car with COPD

Most summer travel happens in a car, which can be comforting knowing that you have nearly complete control over your environment. Just make sure that that familiarity doesn’t create complacency, and make sure all your details are set up before you leave your driveway.

  • Easy Oxygen Access: Position oxygen upright in the seat next to you. Secure with a seatbelt, if possible. If traveling with extra units, keep them accessible, nearby, not in the trunk.
  • Avoid Fumes and Allergens: Avoid traffic fumes and allergens in the air by keeping windows closed and air conditioning on. And make sure that no one smokes while in the car.
  • Take Breaks: Pace yourself. Leave time to rest whenever you feel fatigued.

Finding the Right Accommodations when Traveling with COPD

Whether you are staying in a hotel or a tent in the woods, remember that you may be exposed to new triggers that make your COPD symptoms worse. Plan accordingly, with a sufficient supply of all your medications and oxygen.

  • Request a Smoke-free Environment: Choose a hotel that is non-smoking or ask for a non-smoking room. If you are staying with family or friends, ask to stay with those who don’t smoke. If residents do smoke, ask them to smoke outside.
  • Reduce Allergens: Some hotels now offer rooms that minimize allergens. They may be furnished with hardwood floors instead of carpet, have roller shades instead of fabric drapes, etc.
  • Go Fragrance Free: If strong odors aggravate your COPD, ask for a hotel room without scented soaps, lotions or cleaning products. If you are a houseguest, ask your host to not burn candles or incense, or use air fresheners.

Lung Center of Nevada Can Help

When it comes to care for your chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), count on Lung Center of Nevada, a division of Comprehensive Cancer Centers and its team of board-certified pulmonologists, respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners, and administrative support staff. We are dedicated to providing high-quality care to patients with lung disease and sleep disorders. To schedule an appointment with the Lung Center of Nevada, please call 702-737-5864.

The content is this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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UV Safety Month Highlights Importance of Sunscreen and Limiting Sun Exposure

Staying Sun Smart

Southern Nevada offers 295 days of sunshine on average per year.  That means, living in Southern Nevada requires year-around attention to protecting your skin. Comprehensive Cancer Centers reminds everyone to be sun-smart and take necessary precautions to mitigate the risks of UV rays from the sun. Efforts such as UV Safety Month in July provide the opportunity to reinforce the simple precautions residents need to take to reduce their risks for skin cancer and other health issues.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 850 Nevadans will be diagnosed with melanoma of the skin this year—higher than 2018 and work needs to be done to encourage people to be more cautious with time spent in the sun.

There are three major types of skin cancer treated by the oncologists at Comprehensive Cancer Centers: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma. Malignant melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer and more likely to spread to other parts of the body. Both basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma are highly treatable. Reducing risks for skin cancer starts with understanding UV rays and working towards minimizing exposure by being sun smart all year long.

What Are UV Rays and What Do They Do?

The sun emits radiation known as UV-A and UV-B rays. Both types can damage your eyes and skin. UV-B rays have short wavelengths that reach the outer layer of your skin. UV-A rays have longer wavelengths that can penetrate the middle layer of your skin. Unprotected sun exposure, and UV rays, can cause the following harm to residents of Southern Nevada:

  • Skin cancer
  • Damage to your eyes
  • Immune system suppression
  • Premature aging

By learning the risks associated with too much sun exposure and taking the right precautions to protect you and your family from UV rays, everyone can enjoy the sun and outdoors safely. The following are simple things that can minimize the risk that comes with sun exposure.

Cover Up: Wearing a Hat (preferably wide brimmed) or other shade-protective clothing can partly shield your skin from the harmful effects of UV ray exposure. Proper clothing may include long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats, and Sunglasses – for eye protection.

Stay in the Shade: The sun’s glare is most intense at midday. Staying in the shade between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. will further protect your skin. The sun can still damage your skin on cloudy days or in the winter. For this reason, it is important to stay protected throughout the year.

Choose the Right Sunscreen: This is extremely important. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new regulations for sunscreen labeling recommend that your sunscreen have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 and should protect against both Ultraviolet A (UV-A) and Ultraviolet B (UV-B) rays. When out in the sun, apply at least one ounce of sunscreen every two hours. Apply sunscreen more often when sweating or swimming, even if the sunscreen is waterproof. Recent reports have come out that may have some wondering about the benefits of sunscreen usage, with experts reaffirming the benefits of sunscreen as critical in reducing cancer risks.

Comprehensive Sunscreen Partnerships

Comprehensive Cancer Centers works hard to help preserve the health and well-being of the Las Vegas community. Our goal is to use a proactive approach in preventing unnecessary skin conditions.

We have established sunscreen partnerships with the following partners: Wet‘n’Wild Las VegasLas Vegas AviatorsUNLV Rebel FootballLas Vegas Lights FC, Nevada Cancer CoalitionLas Vegas Springs PreserveDowntown Summerlin®Cowabunga Bayand the Cadence master-planned community.

We also established a partnership with Clark County Parks and Recreation to offer free sunscreen kiosks at 42 facilities including rec centers, senior centers, pools and camp sites. Click here for a complete list of locations. Additionally, we work with the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) on its annual Summer Heat campaign, donating free sunscreen to protect riders from the effects of the sun’s powerful UV rays and attending outreach events throughout the summer to discuss safety with transit riders.

We also have a long-standing partnership with The PENTA Building Group, providing free sunscreen and skin safety tips for construction workers on sites throughout Las Vegas and California.

Our partnerships are incredibly powerful, as we are bringing skin safety awareness directly to the locations where so many Southern Nevadans work and play. These free sunscreen partnerships are example of that commitment to our residents. There are more than 200 types of cancers and this is one type we can actually prevent. We want people to protect themselves now by using sunscreen, staying active, eating well and quitting smoking so that they stay healthy and don’t become our patients later. Additionally, we are huge advocates for screenings because early detection can save lives.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Help

Physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers provide a variety of treatment options for patients with skin cancer and melanoma through world-class care and groundbreaking clinical research. To schedule an appointment with the team at Comprehensive, please call 702-952-3350.

The content is this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Lentil Salad

Summer salads offer a light, fresh option for those who want to eat healthy and maintain a low-calorie diet. This lentil salad is not only a great option for someone who wants to eat healthy, but a delicious option for someone who also wants help prevent cancer as well.

Lentils are a good alternative to meat and are often used in veggie burgers, soups and salads. Lentils are rich in fiber, protein, iron and folate. Several studies have demonstrated that the consumption of lentils is immensely connected to the reduction in the incidence of diseases such as diabetes, obesity, cancers and cardiovascular diseases due to its bioactive compounds.

This recipe is healthy, cancer-fighting, requires little prep and can be made in less than 30 minutes!

Serves 12

Ingredients:
2 cups dried green or brown lentils
1 medium red onion, diced
1/4 cup capers (diced if large)
2 cups fresh arugula
1 medium cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup feta cheese

Vinaigrette:
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
1 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions

  • Rinse lentils and drain. Place in a pot and cover with about 3-4 inches of water, bring to a boil and reduce to simmer. Cook for 15-20 minutes (lentils should still be slightly al dente).
  • While the lentils are cooking, make the vinaigrette by whisking all ingredients together (or shaking in a jar with a tight-fitting lid).
  • When the lentils are cooked, remove from heat, drain and rinse under cold running water to stop the cooking process.
  • Add lentils to a large bowl and toss with the vinaigrette. Mix in the onion and capers.
  • Add arugula, cucumber, walnuts and feta just before serving.

Credit: American Institute for Cancer Research

 

 

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Resources for Patients Traveling for Treatment by Comprehensive

Travel for Cancer Treatment

Las Vegas is quickly emerging as a leading destination for advanced medical treatments. Comprehensive Cancer Centers is an integral part of these exciting efforts, with its clinical research and access to revolutionary drugs demonstrating remarkable results for cancer patients. Successful patient outcomes have the practice treating hundreds of patients from across the United States, and all over the world, each year.

In addition to Comprehensive Cancer, Las Vegas has nearly 20 hospitals and more than 3,500 patient beds open for care. The city is home to medical colleagues including the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, St. Rose Neurosurgery Clinic affiliated with Stanford Hospital & Clinics, the Sher Fertility Institute of Las Vegas, Cenegenics, and the first Veterans Affairs Medical Center to be built in the country since the end of the Gulf War. UNLV recently opened a medical school, helping to drive innovation, while providing new practitioners to the region and Touro University Nevada offers courses in osteopathic medicine, medical health sciences, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, geriatric medicine and research.

Comprehensive leads the way in Southern Nevada’s cancer treatment efforts through participation in more than 170 clinical trials each year. This research has played a role in developing more than 70 FDA-approved cancer therapies, of which include OPDIVO®, KEYTRUDA®, TECENTRIQ®, PROVENGE®, Xofigo®, Hercepin® and others. These advancements have come through a talented local staff of physicians and research scientists as well as relationships with The US Oncology Network, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Centers and other elite cancer fighting organizations.

The practice has also been among the very first practices in the world to offer patients access to life-saving therapies. These efforts have been covered extensively in the media.

Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance’s (LVGEA) recently recognized Comprehensive for its “groundbreaking achievements in product and service development, technology and infrastructure, research and development, or public policy have significantly impacted the economy of the greater Las Vegas area.” The practice was also featured in their new Here, You Can. Live. campaign and video:

Resources for Comprehensive Cancer’s Out-Of-State Patients

Comprehensive Cancer Centers offers world-class cancer care for patients traveling to Las Vegas for treatment. For patients traveling to Comprehensive for appointments, the team at Comprehensive works in conjunction with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and hotel partners to help patients and their families find accommodations close to clinics where they’ll be treated.

With the city being the world’s top visitation destination, hotels offers amenities such as a spa, where patients can relax, and easy transportation to and from treatments. Those traveling to Comprehensive should contact the practice at 702-952-3350 for details and support.  The team at Comprehensive can help patients and their families easily navigation the city and its suburbs where clinics are located, such as Summerlin, Henderson, Boulder City, Southwest and Northwest Las Vegas. Additionally, American Cancer Society offers the Road to Recovery program which provides transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.

Additional information can be found through the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, a partner of Comprehensive Cancers. Their website offers details about everything the city has to offer including dining, shopping and entertainment.

Tips for Making Medical Travel Simple and Safe

Traveling anytime can be difficult, and traveling with cancer can bring new challenges and obstacles. Before securing your travel plans to Las Vegas, talk to your local doctor and Comprehensive Cancer Centers oncologist about the best way to travel. For some cancer patients currently undergoing certain types of cancer treatment, your oncologist may advise against flying. They will have other recommendations for you and may suggest ways to avoid feeling sick or fatigued during travel.

Before traveling to Las Vegas for cancer care, ensure that all your vaccinations are current. Talk to your doctor first to make sure there will be no complications with getting a certain vaccination during cancer treatment. It is important to plan out how much of any medication you currently take will be needed ahead of time for your cancer treatment. Talk to your doctor about prescribing the appropriate amount of medication to take during travel time.

If you are taking morphine-based drugs and are planning on flying, you may need to make special arrangements with the airline, including a letter from your doctor. Take a copy of your prescriptions just in case your medication goes missing or is stolen, so you can get them replaced. Additionally, if you need to use an oxygen supply, talk to the airline about what special arrangements will need to be taken beforehand. Many airlines allow in-flight oxygen but will require a letter from your doctor and at least 48-hour notice.

A few other helpful travel tips include bringing hand sanitizer and tissue to prevent catching germs, and bringing water and starch crackers or energy bars to help boost energy and prevent nausea. Also make sure to bring documentation, including necessary medical records and prescriptions, as well as sunscreen for Las Vegas’ climate where sunburns can occur all year long. Finally, it is also recommended to take out travel insurance for any flights planned. If any illnesses or challenges with treatment may arise, the flexibility found in travel insurance can be a very helpful and necessary resource.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Help

Physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers provide a variety of treatment options for patients with cancer, breast health conditions, lung disease and sleep disorders. To schedule an appointment with the team at Comprehensive, please call 702-952-3350.

 

The content in this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Healthy Living Resources Available on Comprehensive Cancer Centers’ Blog

Our Blog: Comprehensive Cancer Centers

Making good choices with diet, exercise and daily living is important for everyone, from those in treatment for cancer to those in remission and extending to those who are looking to take every precaution to reduce their cancer risks. The team at Comprehensive Cancer Centers understands that finding good resources can be challenging, but we are dedicated to providing these resources through the practice’s official blog.

The Comprehensive Cancer blog offers information related to healthy living, recipes, news about the practice, treatments, patient stories and other resources. The blog is constantly updated, ensuring that relevant content is available, while addressing new trends and advances in healthcare knowledge.

Information on the Comprehensive Cancer Blog can vary, but normally falls into the following topic types:

Recipes

A good diets is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle, with what we eat shaping how we feel. Comprehensive researches health trends and recipes to find ones that makes cooking easier with good results. In addition to recipes, the blog also features stories about specific ingredients and food types to help serve as building blocks for better nutrition.

Sun Safety

With nearly 300 sunny days per year in Las Vegas, the sun is an all-year constant and one that can present cancer risks for those who do not take necessary precautions. The Comprehensive Cancer blog shares insights into topics such as appropriate sun exposure and sunscreen usage, as well as tips on how to treat sunburns, should they occur. The blog also shares news about partnerships where Comprehensive offers free sunscreen. Those partners include Wet‘n’Wild Las Vegas, Las Vegas Aviators, UNLV Rebel Football, Las Vegas Lights FC, Nevada Cancer Coalition, Las Vegas Springs Preserve, Downtown Summerlin®, Cowabunga Bay and the Cadence master-planned community.

Healthcare Knowledge

The world of healthcare and treatment is constantly evolving and Comprehensive keeps readers informed about new trends in treatment and technology that the practice considers and applies towards patient treatment.

Healthy Living

Comprehensive keeps readers of the blog up-to-date about how to maintain a life dedicated to healthful living. This includes how to make your home healthy, tips on exercising programs to stay active, and ways to keep the mind sharp and positive in the face of the challenges of diagnosis and treatment.

Community Support

: Comprehensive Cancer Centers is active in the community by sponsoring programs such as Coaches vs. Cancer. On the Comprehensive Cancer blog, you can find information about these events, how they impact the community and patients who are featured in videos related to the events.

How to Find Comprehensive Blog Stories

Readers interested in stories posted by Comprehensive can find them on the blog. For those on social media, Comprehensive posts these stories regularly on those channels. You can connect with Comprehensive on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. The oncology practice also shares videos on its YouTube channel.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Help

Physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers provide a variety of treatment options for patients with cancer, sleep disorders, as well as world-class clinical research that’s advancing healthcare here in Nevada and all over the world.  To schedule an appointment with the team at Comprehensive, please call 702-952-3350.

 

The content in this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

 

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