CaSfA - Cancer Support for All
News from CaSfA's Director

May 2013

16th Annual Prostate Cancer Symposium

I attended the Annual Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Symposium on Friday, May 17.  I listened to some great lectures.  Especially interesting were the talks about PSA (prostate-specific antigen) testing.  This blood test started being used in the mid 1990's.  Since it's use began, we have seen a doubling in the rate of prostate cancer, but not much change in the number of men dying from the disease.

Many have taken a closer look at the PSA screening test and prostate cancer as a whole.

New Cookbook for Cancer Patients

Doctors at the Lahey Clinic have published a new cookbook,Cooking Through Cancer:  100+Recipes for Treatment and Recovery, for patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or dealing with cancer-related symptoms.  The group of Lahey oncologists got together and noted the common symptoms patients experience through their treatments. Along with nutritionists, they developed recipes that would be pleasing to friends and family, yet still address the major complaints of cancer patients.  Recipes include fruit smoothies for patients with mouth sores, banana-flaxseed wraps for patients with constipation, cinnamon coffee cake for patients with diarrhea, African peanut stew for patients experiencing weight loss, soba noodle salad for those with weight gain issues, vegetable lasagna for patients with neutropenia (low white blood cell count) and lemon dill orzo with chicken for patients with nausea.
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