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BY Karen Vollmering

Many cancer patients lose weight unexpectedly during radiation therapy because they struggle with side effects caused from treatment. Maintaining proper nutrition during radiation therapy can increase your chances of successful treatment and improve your quality of life during and after treatment. 

We spoke with senior clinical dietician Haley Deas to answer common nutrition questions asked by patients facing radiation therapy...

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BY Cynthia DeMarco

Becky Van Curen’s family had no history of cancer. So, when she was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2015, she was shocked and scared....

BY Karen Vollmering

Radiation therapy is one of the most common forms of cancer treatment. It uses high-energy X-rays to pinpoint and destroy cancer cells. Radiation...

BY Gina Van Thomme

Ethan Ludmir, M.D., grew up watching Star Wars. But unlike other fans, his favorite character wasn’t Luke Skywalker or Han Solo. Instead, Ludmir favored a character who got much less screen time: the man tasked with controlling the Death Star’s laser beams.

Today, Ludmir’s work as a radiation oncologist in Gastrointestinal Radiation Oncology has certain similarities to the movies he grew up watching. But instead of using lasers...

Ethan Ludmir, M.D.

BY Cynthia DeMarco

One of the most difficult aspects of treating lung cancer with radiation therapy is determining the best way to deliver it. Ideally, doctors...

BY Ronda Wendler

When Fran Sargent’s doctor in Michigan said he’d need to remove her entire left lung to confirm she had cancer, her response was swift.

BY Deborah Schroeder

I started using cigarettes in the early 1970s, when I was just 16. I smoked a pack a day for more than 35 years. I didn’t quit until my granddaughter...

BY Devon Carter

A decade ago, pancreatic cancer was treated with five to six weeks of radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Patients often experienced side...

BY Jessica Garcia

In the last five years, I’ve competed in 10 professional outrigger canoeing competitions across North and South America. I’ve also had stereotactic...