Fighting Cancer

Providing helpful information and healthy tips for cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers. Select from the many informative articles below.


Staying Healthy

When cancer strikes, patients and families often feel helpless and out of control. But there are steps you can take to nourish your body and spirit during this physically and emotionally stressful time.

Marrow Donors Can Be Lifesavers

Each year, thousands of people develop diseases, such as leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, breast cancer and multiple myeloma that are treatable with bone marrow or blood stem cell transplants.

Time to Think About Breast Cancer

By age 75, the average woman has a nine percent chance of developing breast cancer. During October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, take the time to learn what you can do to increase your chances of survival.

Do You Know the Warning Signs of Gynecologic Cancer?

September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month—time to become aware of the warning signs of cancer of the cervix, uterus and ovaries.

Alternative and Complementary Treatments for Cancer

Some cancer patients find that alternative medicines help in reducing symptoms and promoting a longer survival rate. It is important to consult your physician before beginning any alternate form of therapy, as it may interfere with other forms of treatment.

Environmental Causes of Cancer

Between 65 and 85 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States can be linked to non-inherited or environmental causes. Of these deaths, up to 60 percent can be blamed on voluntary lifestyle choices, such as smoking, poor nutrition or inactivity.

Screening for Prostate Cancer

Give the gift of a healthy family this Father’s Day and learn your risk factors and screening options for prostate cancer.

Sun Damage and Skin Cancer

The damage done by sun exposure remains long after a suntan has faded. Cancerous skin conditions can develop years or even decades after excessive exposure.

Cancer Among African Americans

In the United States, cancer represents almost one fourth of the total deaths among African Americans.

Take the First Step Towards Preventing Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the United States, but it is quite often preventable through regular check-ups, early screenings and knowledge of the risk factors for developing this cancer.

Cancer Recurrence

Fear that cancer may return is always on the minds of survivors. If cancer returns, it is not considered new cancer, even if it appears in another place of your body.

January: Cervical Cancer Month

Cervical cancer used to be a common cause of cancer death several decades ago, but the number of deaths has declined by about 75% since the 1950s. The main reason for this decline is the use of the Pap test, or Pap smear, for early diagnosis.

Taking Care of Care Givers

Those who care for cancer patients face many challenges throughout the course of the illness. The Health Alliance offers a holistic approach to cancer care for our patients and their families.

Join the Great American Smokeout

Even though more Americans are aware that smoking causes a number of illnesses, approximately 3 out of 10 still smoke cigarettes. Make your commitment to stop–join the Great American Smokeout.

Breast Cancer Prevention with Tamoxifen

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One in eight women will develop breast cancer. Beginning at age 20, women should perform a breast self-examination once a month and receive a clinical breast exam once a year. Women should begin receiving annual mammograms at age 40, unless instructed otherwise by a doctor.

Prostate Cancer in African-Americans

African-American men have the world’s highest incidence of prostate cancer–a third higher than white Americans. Because of this high risk, consider being examined before page 50.

Managing Eating Problems

Try to maintain adequate nutrition by eating healthy foods before, during and after treatment. If you have been eating a healthy diet before treatments, you will have the reserves to help maintain your strength.

Protect Yourself Against Cervical Cancer

Pap smears can detect pre-cancerous cells early, often before any symptoms. And, the screening is not painful. Protect yourself and year your pap smear.

Ovarian Cancer

Early detection of ovarian results in a good chance for cure. Unfortunately, there are usually no early symptoms, so it is often diagnosed at a more advanced and less treatable stage.

Colorectal Cancer

More than 132,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed each year; it is the second most common cancer killer in the United States, claiming over 55,000 lives each year.


Malignant melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, killing one person nearly every hour in the U.S. The best way to beat melanoma is to detect it early.

Coping After Cancer

For many cancer survivors, new coping skills are sometimes needed to effectively leave worries behind and embrace the future.

Fighting Cancer: Genetics and Cancer

Family history is one of the most important risk factors for most common cancers; but only a small proportion of cancer is hereditary.

Managing Cancer Pain

Pain is one of the greatest fears of cancer patients. The good news is that caner pain can be effectively controlled in 70 – 90 % of patients.

Cancer Facts for Men

Knowing about these cancers and how they can be prevented or detected early can save your life!

Stem Cell Transplant

Bone marrow /stem cell transplant offers high cure rates for many cancer patients.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The “one in eight” statistic does NOT mean that one woman out of every eight has breast cancer right now, or even that one in eight women will die of breast cancer.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men–one out of every 10 men will develop it in his lifetime.

Colorectal Cancer:  Q & A, Early Detection and Treatment

A clinical trial is one of the final stages of a long and careful cancer fighting process. Studies are done with cancer patients to find out whether promising treatments are safe and effective.

Participating in Clinical Trials: What Every Cancer Patient Need to Know

A clinical trial is one of the final stages of a long and careful cancer fighting process. Studies are done with cancer patients to find out whether promising treatments are safe and effective.

Sunbathe Now, Pay Later: Melanoma

Skin cancer is the most prevalent of all cancers, affecting an estimated 700,000 Americans every year.

Colon Cancer Treatment in 1999

Colon cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States; however, when detected early, it is often curable with today’s array of therapies.

Fibrocystic Disease–What Cancer is NOT

But for 70 – 80% of these women, the condition characterized by “lumpy breasts” is commonplace, and fibrocystic breast disease can be termed more of a “condition” than a “disease.”

Fighting Cancer and Fatigue

A national survey of cancer patients receiving chemotherapy has drawn attention to a side effect that is often disregarded–fatigue.

Stress Management. . . for Cancer Survivors and Their Loved Ones

Coping is less stressful when people understand stress and have helpful information and support services.

Resources For Cancer Information

Often when someone is diagnosed with cancer, we want to learn everything we can about it, and everyone should be well informed.

Wear Your Pink Ribbon In Support Of Breast Health Awareness Month

This is a time when you may see many individuals wearing a pink ribbon–a reminder that prevention, early detection and research saves lives.

Cancer: A Special Concern for Older Adults

Cancer risk is a special concern for older adults, as age is the most consistent and strongest predictor of risk.

Bright Ideas In Sun Safety

But while the sun’s rays may keep you warm and lift your spirits, exposure to them also can lead to skin cancer.

Living with and Surviving Cancer

Catching cancer early and beginning treatment before cancer cells begin to spread is essential for improving your odds for survival.

Making Good Choices For Good Health

The American Cancer Society confirms that scientific evidence proves that diet and exercise can help prevent cancer and cancer death.

Cancer Among African Americans

Most Americans realize that cancer is blind when it chooses its victims, and like any other disease, it can strike anyone at any time.

Health Alliance Cancer Services

The Health Alliance provides numerous cancer screenings and educational programs for the Cincinnati community.

Cancer And Family History

The Health Alliance provides numerous cancer screenings and educational programs for the Cincinnati community.

Taking Care Of Your Feelings

Cancer patients and those who love them face difficult times, and the stress can be overwhelming.

Making A Difference October is Breast Health Awareness Month

This novel fundraising idea could possibly generate $300 million annually for breast cancer research.

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Striking one in eleven males in their lifetime, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men and the second leading cause of cancer death.

Relief of Cancer Pain

Cancer may be due to the effects of the cancer itself, or it could result from treatment methods.


It is true that skin tone and pigmentation play a part in skin cancer. People who are light-haired, fair-skinned, and blue-eyed are more likely to burn and they have a greater risk for skin cancer. However, even dark skin can burn and develop skin cancer.