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Cancer Basics: What is Cancer?

Welcome to the Bedside Manners series on Cancer Basics. Our mission is to empower cancer patients and survivors through education.  What is cancer? In Latin, cancer means crab. It makes sense if you look closely at cancer cells under a microscope with what looks like “arms” and “claws”. Cancer is the malignant (bad) growth of the cell. These cells were once normal healthy cells that have gone rogue. These normal cells start to grow uncontrollably, non-stop, and unchecked by the body’s immune system. Cancer cells are like a child that gets away with a lot of bad behavior. Soon enough, these bad cells surround and affect the function of healthy tissue. Primary cancer is the original site where the cancer tumor originated. As these cancerous cells continue to...

How Cancer Patients Can Get Better Healthcare in 4 Easy Steps

What Does Good Healthcare Look Like? Healthcare that’s personal, specific to your needs, and has your health goals in mind is what we call patient-centered healthcare.  It improves your chances of survival. Basically, you want to get the doctor to treat you as if they would treat their own family. Sometimes you have to force them to do it and you'll see how below. 4 Easy Steps to Getting Better Healthcare A recent study from Brigham Women’s Hospital looked at ways to improve the healthcare experience of cancer and ICU patients. They used an online tool to improve doctor-patient communication. Here's what they discovered: 1)Patients Need a Dedicated Person the Doctor Can Call.  A "healthcare proxy" is a fancy term for an emergency contact or caregiver.  Patients may be in...

Breast cancer survivors, how many fruits and vegetables do you need to eat to prevent a recurrence?

Hey Breast Cancer Survivors!  You can reduce your risk of breast cancer by 40% if you eat at least 3 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. And here's another tip, eating cruciferous vegetables every day reduces your risk of breast cancer recurrence by 35%. You can find out what cruciferous vegetables are and how they stop cancer growth here. Now if you want to prevent breast cancer in the first place, you can reduce your risk of a NEW breast cancer DIAGNOSIS by 30% if you eat 3+ servings of cruciferous vegetables every day. Want to learn how to eat more fruits and vegetables every day? Download this FREE worksheet (page 4 and 5) on how to eat more fruits and veggies a day. References: Thomson CA, et al. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2011; 125:519 Christine B....

How to Turn Your Body into a Cancer Fighting Machine at Your Next Barbecue

Let’s face it, Americans love to grill and barbecue their meats. So when the World Health Organization came out with a report that summarized the findings from a group of scientists that processed meats (cold cuts, cured meat) and grilled meats are known cancer-causing agents (right up there with tobacco smoke and asbestos) well there was a huge “hooray” from the medical community but not more than a whimper from most Americans. I get it we’re all bombarded by tons of information these days, but this one you want to pay special attention to. I get it, grilled anything tastes too good for most to avoid during the summer months, but this one you should pay particular attention to, because the data is pretty compelling. So if...

What is Bedside Manners All About?

At the end of the day, Bedside Manners is about empowering the health of cancer patients and disease-proofing our communities against disease. Hello There! I'm Deanine Grace, PhD, Scientist and Cancer Patient Advocate at Bedside Manners. Quite simply Bedside Manners is a health advocacy company that empowers cancer patients to find their voice during their cancer journey. We also uplift communities to be more healthy with our Disease Proof Me! program. My career as a Scientist began doing lots of research on bacteria and infections. I then moved out of the lab and into the doctor's office developing medical research into cutting-edge cancer treatments. During this transition I was learning to guide my own family members through their health challenges with cancer, liver, diabetes, eye and heart diseases. I realized many people...