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Spirituality and Cancer

Results from a survey recently conducted at VCU Massey Cancer Center indicated that spirituality was the number one integrative health topic in which patients are interested. Exactly what is meant by spirituality? Different things for different people, it turns out. Even though spirituality and religion are sometimes used interchangeably, they can have very different meanings for different people. 

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Integrative health team member highlight: Jim Bonomo

Jim Bonomo has been providing chaplaincy services to patients, families and staff at VCU Massey Cancer Center and Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) for more than 17 years. Though he has transitioned to part-time, his brightly colored socks and ties and comforting presence are still a fixture in Massey’s Dalton Oncology Clinic and the Pastoral Care Department at VCU Health. 

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Integrative health recipe corner: cherry berry smoothie & avocado strawberry caprese

The American Institute for Cancer Research’s (AICR) and American Cancer Society’s (ACS) recommendations for cancer prevention and survivorship include a diet full of vegetables and fruits. Vegetables and fruits provided fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other plant compounds that have been found to have reduce cancer risk. Not only are vegetables and fruits helpful for cancer prevention, they are also important components for the prevention of other chronic diseases.

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Integrative health myths and facts: turmeric and cancer

The buzz on the internet is that turmeric can help prevent and/or cure cancer. As we begin exploring more integrative health options, many of these herbal supplements and “folk” medicines are reported as cures or alternative to mainstream medicine in the media and on the internet. But is there evidence-based research to back up the claims?

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Massey researcher finds better risk management of opioid abuse needed among cancer patients

Opioid addiction is an epidemic in the U.S. and other developed nations, and cancer patients are at even greater risk. Opioids are commonly prescribed to control cancer pain, and VCU Massey Cancer Center Palliative Care Director Egidio Del Fabbro, M.D., says more should be done to identify the potential for abuse and addiction among cancer patients.

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