One Native American gives back

Patient Shoshana Phillips started a non-profit organization to help other Native American cancer patients and their children cope with the diagnosis

Patient Shoshana Phillips started a non-profit organization to help other Native American cancer patients and their children cope with the diagnosis

Shoshana Phillips has spent most of her 51 years engrained in Omaha Nation culture with the goal to educate and help her Native American tribe flourish. It was only when she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma six years ago she realized the disparities among Native Americans with cancer, including children whose parents have cancer.

Together with her daughter Alethea, Phillips worked to form a non-profit organization intended to help children in need now and to educate young people to make healthy lifestyle choices to avoid obesity, diabetes and cancer in the future.

Adult infusion nurse Colleen Dauw, R.N., says it’s not uncommon to see patients with cancer trying to give back.

“Shoshana has been helping people in her tribe her whole life,” says Dauw. “It puts a very positive light on healing and working to become well. It doesn’t surprise me that her daughter is following in her footsteps to want to make a difference in the Native American community.”

Cancer incidences among American Indians vary by tribe, region and gender, but are often much higher than non-Hispanic whites. Many factors contribute, including a high burden of risk factors like tobacco and alcohol abuse, poor diets due to commodity items like white flour and white sugar, Continue reading

Now scan this: QR codes at the Cancer Center

QR graphicWhat are those squiggly black squares you keep seeing in magazines, on advertisements and posters? A QR code is like a website address except that instead of typing a URL into a web browser, you scan it with your smart phone or tablet to be directed to information on the web. And now, we have QR codes at the Cancer Center.

All you’ll need to read the code is an application like QR Reader for iPhone, Android or whatever kind of smart phone or tablet you use. Search QR code reader in your app store and you’ll find free options to download.

Just point and scan one of the five QR codes we’ve created to help answer your questions and give you access to more resources and support throughout the Cancer Center.

Try scanning one of our codes below:

PERC_QRPATIENT EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER

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Staying cool despite hot flashes

ThriveHotflashBoth men and women may experience hot flashes and sweating from their cancer or cancer treatment. In people with cancer, hot flashes are most commonly associated with lower hormone levels from breast cancer or prostate cancer treatment. Other types of cancer that might also lead to hot flashes include carcinoid tumors, medullary thyroid cancer, pancreatic cancer and renal cell cancer. Here are some tips for staying cool despite hot flashes.

Some medications may be useful in controlling hot flashes. These include certain antidepressants, anticonvulsants, Continue reading

Simple lifestyle changes that help prevent cancer

Woman walking cross country and trailIn today’s age of fad diets and infomercials promoting the latest exercise craze, it’s easy to see that weight is a health concern. Besides making you feel more confident and look better, achieving a healthy weight can help reduce your cancer risk. Simple changes to your lifestyle can help you reach a healthy weight, make a huge impact on your health and help prevent cancer.

What is a healthy weight?

A healthy weight is defined as a body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 25. If you’re not sure of your BMI, use this easy-to-use calculator.

Exercise guidelines have been set at 150 minutes of moderate activity a week. This boils down to only 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week, which can be done in blocks of as little as 10 minutes.

Can’t I just take a pill?

A general multivitamin and mineral supplement does still have its place, as some research suggests it has benefit in certain Continue reading