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Survive and Thrive is a blog authored by staff of Greenville Health System’s Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship. The blog is intended to provide cancer patients and their caregivers information on how to survive and thrive during and after cancer treatment.

Spiritual Distress: Unheard Words Of Hope

The terms ‘spiritual’ and ‘spirituality’ are part of the common social vocabulary in the 21st century. As GHS’ Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship (CIOS) begins to integrate spiritual care into its cancer survivorship programs, it behooves us to pause and think about a working definition of what this care might mean. My own definition, fitting for a...
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6 Tips to Eating Healthy During Restaurant Week

Greenville’s Restaurant Week, which takes place Jan. 12-22, is a fun time to try out new and popular restaurants in our well-known culinary landscape. But it also can be a time when resolutions to eat healthy get put to the test. There are some things you can do, though, to make healthy choices even when...
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GHS shoots for the moon on cancer care

At Greenville Health System, we share Vice President Joe Biden’s urgency for speeding the efforts to translate breakthrough research into meaningful clinical therapies and to usher a unique collaboration of scientists, clinical researchers, clinicians and healthcare providers, patients and the academic and public/private sectors to accelerate this research translation to find new approaches to preventing...
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Nutrition Label Changes: A Step in the Right Direction

In May 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect new scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. The goal of the new label is to make it easier for consumers to make better informed food choices. While the...
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Protect Yourself from Skin Cancer

Oh no! Another blog about skin cancer and sunscreen! Why bother reading this, you might be thinking. Well, it may surprise you to know that skin cancer is still a major problem in the United States. In fact, the American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer. This year alone,...
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The Science Behind Exercise and Cancer Recurrence

At the Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship (CIOS), we have emphasized for cancer survivors the benefits of exercise and a healthy diet in lowering the risk of the cancer coming back. Observational studies indicate that exercise does indeed lower the risk of the cancer coming back. Recently, an article in Cell Metabolism described research...
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Vaginal Dryness in Breast Cancer Survivors

Low estrogen in breast cancer survivors can lead to irritation of the lining of the vagina, discomfort, leakage of urine and pain with sexual intercourse (called dyspareunia). For women without a prior history of breast cancer, doctors often prescribe creams or preparations with estrogen that allow the estrogen to benefit the lining of the vagina...
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Sugar: How Much is Too Much?

You may be aware that too much sugar isn’t good for your health, but do you know how much is too much? If you were asked to estimate the amount of sugar included in a seasonal, large-size McDonald’s McCafé Shamrock shake, what would you predict? It may seem hard to believe, but by downing a whole...
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Strategies for Insomnia

Sleep disturbance is more than just a lack of sleep. It also includes poor sleep efficiency, a prolonged time to fall asleep, low quality of sleep, and waking up in the middle of the night unable to return to sleep. Research has shown that sleep deprivation is tied to overall health including fatigue, distress, decision-making,...
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The Power of Philanthropy: In the Patient’s Corner

When cancer strikes, it attacks everything about that person and their family. Patients often express a sense of vulnerability and defenselessness when placed into battle with a “foreign invader.” We have the most up-to-date therapies to fight the foe, but I can tell you from personal experience that it’s frequently the support programs the GHS Cancer...
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