Cancer Prevention Through Nutrition

Marion Irvin, RD, LD, CNSC, is a registered dietitian at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute and Life With Cancer. She is board-certified in nutrition support. Approximately 40 percent of all cancer cases can be attributed to modifiable risk factors. These are risk factors based on habits that are within our control. One large decision we…

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Don’t Delay Your Colonoscopy

Raymond Wadlow, MD, is an oncologist at Inova Schar Cancer Institute. He is board-certified in Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine and has a special interest in gastrointestinal oncology.  You may have seen last week’s headlines questioning the importance of colonoscopies as a cancer screening test that saves lives. Yes, a recent study of nearly 85,000…

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Cervical Cancer: Preventative Measures Are the Key

Tara Berman, MD is a medical oncologist at Inova Schar Cancer Institute and she is part of the team at Inova Saville Cancer Screening and Prevention Center. Approximately 0.7 percent of women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer at some point during their lifetime, based on 2017–2019 SEER data. Hispanic women have the highest rates…

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Endurance Sports and Colorectal Cancer: Is There a Connection?

Timothy L. Cannon, MD, is board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine. He serves as the Sheridan Director, Molecular Tumor Board and Co-Director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Program. After treating three ultramarathoners who had developed colorectal cancer in recent years, I had a suspicion: This could be more than a coincidence. I found…

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Inova Saville Cancer Screening and Prevention Center Joins an International Effort to Fight Pancreatic Cancer

Raymond Wadlow, MD, is an oncologist at Inova Schar Cancer Institute. He is board-certified in Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine and has a special interest in gastrointestinal oncology.  We know the realities of pancreatic cancer. It is a disease that caused 48,220 deaths in the United States in 2021, and 466,003 worldwide in 2020. It…

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Not A FLASH in the Pan: New Treatment Effective for Rare Skin Cancer

Jennifer DeSimone, MD, is board-certified in dermatology practicing at Inova Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center. Dr. DeSimone specializes in skin lymphomas and high-risk skin cancers. Her goal is to help educate her patients about skin cancer etiology, management and importantly, prevention. A new treatment for mycosis fungoides combines an extract from a common weed with…

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Fighting a Cancer Epidemic With a Vaccine

John Deeken, MD, is president of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute. He is board-certified in medical oncology and specializes in head and neck cancers. Quitting smoking. Eating better. Wearing sunscreen. These are all well-known behaviors that can lower cancer risk. But there’s another, less-heralded way to reduce cancer odds: get vaccinated. Specifically, vaccination against the…

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Lung Cancer Screening at Saville Center: Less Time, Less Worry for Patients

Amit Mahajan, MD is board certified in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine. He serves as the medical director of interventional pulmonology and the complex airways disease program at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus. Lung cancer screening takes time. And that time often turns into stress for patients and their loved ones. That’s one reason that…

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