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Navigating Food and Medication Interactions

Posted on May 12, 2021

This content was written by Chelsea Johnson, MS, RD, LDN, one of  Thompson Cancer Survival Center’s Clinical Dietitians. In the oncology setting, it is common for patients to begin new medications. Chemotherapy drugs treat cancer, and your provider may prescribe medications to prevent or manage side effects of treatment. I hear many patients say they […]


Nutrition Tips for Chemotherapy Patients

Posted on April 8, 2021

This content was written by Amanda Mondini, RD, LD, one of Thompson Cancer Survival Center’s Clinical Dietitians.  Overview of Chemotherapy Side Effects If your doctor has recommended chemotherapy as a treatment for cancer, you are likely processing a whole host of emotions: uncertainty, fear, and stress may be among them. While all of these feelings […]


Do Not Delay Annual Screening Mammograms

Posted on March 25, 2021

Simply put, routine cancer screenings check your body for signs of cancer before you may have any physical symptoms. Routine screening mammograms are extremely effective at diagnosing breast cancer sooner. National trends indicate an alarming decrease in annual screening mammograms lately. Experts believe it is because many women are reluctant to visit the doctor due […]


Nutrition Tips for Radiation Therapy Patients

Posted on March 23, 2021

This content was written by Chelsea Johnson, MS, RD, LDN, one of Thompson Cancer Survival Center’s Clinical Dietitians.  Managing Nutrition During Cancer Treatment Before, during, and after treatment, nutrition can be challenging for patients and caregivers. Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams to destroy cancer cells. While treating cancer cells, surrounding healthy cells can be damaged. […]


Oncology Rehabilitation Services

Posted on March 5, 2021

Research shows that physical therapy during and after cancer treatment can speed up functional recovery, reduce pain and fatigue, and decrease the risk for other complications. And, it also helps patients and caregivers regain a sense of hope and independence. At Thompson Cancer Survival Center, we partner with Covenant Health Therapy Centers to provide convenient […]


Cancer and COVID-19

Posted on February 9, 2021

Board-certified Medical Oncologist David Chism, MD helps us understand what impact COVID-19 has on cancer patients.  Does COVID-19 impact cancer patients differently? We have discovered that cancer patients with metastatic disease (stage IV) and active cancer do worse with COVID-19.  Kuderer, N.M. et.al published on behalf of the COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium (CCC-19) in June […]


Gynecologic Oncology

Posted on January 28, 2021

What is a Gynecologic Oncologist? A Gynecologic Oncologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic cancers. Gynecologic cancers include: cervical cancer ovarian cancer uterine cancer vaginal cancer and vulva cancer. Each of these has different symptoms, risk factors, and treatments. A gynecologic oncologist focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of […]


Farrukh Ashraf, MD

Posted on January 22, 2021

Farrukh Ashraf, MD “I love what I do. Treating cancer is a combination of science and humanity, and it gives me a great deal of satisfaction to build relationships with my patients and work with them every day.”  Meet Dr. Ashraf – Watch Video Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology Fellowship:  Medical […]