As a black man, what are my risks of developing prostate cancer?

This year, the American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 1.5 million Americans will be diagnosed with some form of cancer. Scientific evidence shows that about one-third of those deaths could have been prevented by making lifestyle changes. Smoking, being overweight, lack of exercise, and eating a poor diet — all modifiable risk factors — have been linked to cancer.

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What's in my pathology report?

Because every person's cancer is different, it's important to understand your unique diagnosis and tumor biology to help guide your personalized treatment.  To provide specific information about your cancer, your physicians will perform several tests on your tumor tissue.  

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What should I expect with chemotherapy?

Drugs used for chemotherapy come in many different forms.  Some chemotherapy drugs are taken by mouth as pills while others are given into a vein (intravenously) in a doctor's office or clinic.  Patients may receive one chemotherapy drug or a combination of chemotherapy drugs.  

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I've heard that some alternative medicine treatments may actually cure cancer. Is this true?

It can be difficult sometimes to conduct evidence-based medicine clinical trials on these methods of treatment because there may not be clear-cut measurements that can tell us how effective they are in an isolated manner.  For example, someone may be doing some form of complementary medicine while also getting other standard treatment.  How do you determine which did what?  More and more scientifically based research is being done now and some therapies have been proven to be beneficial for cancer patients. 

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Should I use marijuana as part of my cancer treatment?

Marijuana has been used in herbal remedies for centuries. There are two main biologically active components in marijuana: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). A number of studies of marijuana found that the active components can be helpful in treating a number of cancer-related symptoms, including nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy, neuropathic pain (pain caused by damaged nerves), poor appetite, pain relief, anxiety and insomnia.

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What should I eat if I have cancer?

A common question patients have is what they can do from a dietary standpoint upon being diagnosed with cancer. Are there "good" foods to eat when I have cancer?

While most of the cancer-treated is focused on doctor-prescribed regimens (chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, radiation, surgery), there are many studies that have focused on cancer and nutrition. 

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Why should I get a prostate cancer screening?

It's time for men to break the stigma. Dr. Kelvin Moses, Urologist at Vanderbilt University, shares why it's important to talk about prostate cancer screening. 

"That’s very important because men in general and certainly black men... are maybe afraid," said Dr. Moses.

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What Is Integrative Medicine?

There’s been somewhat of a paradigm shift toward functional and complementary medicine. In the healthcare system, some traditional dietary recommendations have become a bit antiquated.

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