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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Is Prostate Cancer Slow Growing? Often, Yes — But That’s Not the Whole Story

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Prostate cancer, unlike other forms of cancer, often grows slowly. That fact can make screening, treatment and potential outcomes seem a little less intimidating. However, prostate cancer’s slow-growing tendency can obscure other, more complicated aspects of detection and treatment. First, decisions on when to get screened and how to respond to the results are complex,…

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Study Finds New Therapy Effective for Common, Advanced Bladder Cancer

Following standard chemotherapy, Avelumab was found to increase the overall survival of patients with advanced urothelial bladder cancer. According to the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, more than 80,000 Americans will be diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2022 with an anticipated loss of 17,000 patients to the disease. Most of these cases are…

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Tips to Healthy Eating During Cancer Treatment

Angie Lord, RD, is a registered dietitian at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute and Life With Cancer. She is also a registered yoga teacher. Angie enjoys helping patients meet their nutritional needs while receiving cancer treatment and loves learning about patients’ stories and backgrounds during her time with them. Each March, the Academy of Nutrition…

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Inova Schar Cancer Institute Accepting Participants in Early Detection Study for 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.  If you are interested in participating in this study on pancreatic cancer, visit the Inova Saville Cancer Screening and Prevention Center to learn more. The pancreas is…

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Eat to Thrive: Putting Oncology Evidence into Practice

Lauren Fay, RD, CSO, CNSC, is a registered dietitian at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute and Life With Cancer. She is board-certified in oncology nutrition and nutrition support. One of the largest challenges cancer survivors face is understanding correctly interpreted nutrition science, and then putting this information into practice. Inova Schar Cancer Institute and Life with…

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How the Life with Cancer® Program Serves and Supports Inova Patients and Families

Kelly Jablonski, MSW, LCSW, is an Oncology Clinical Therapist at Inova Life with Cancer. She provides supportive counseling, education and resources to individuals diagnosed with breast cancer at the Adult Infusion Clinic at Inova Schar Cancer Institute. Going through cancer treatment can be overwhelming and emotional, whether you’re a patient or family member. Having a…

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Inova Announces Gift to Endow Sheridan Director, Molecular Tumor Board at Inova Schar Cancer Institute

Falls Church, VA —Inova today announced that it has received a $1 million gift from Win Sheridan, co-founder of APEX Systems, to endow the role of the Director of the Molecular Tumor Board at Inova Schar Cancer Institute. In recognition of Sheridan’s generous gift, this position will be renamed to be the Sheridan Director, Molecular…

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How to Tell Your Child About Your Cancer Diagnosis

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Practical Strategies for Tough Conversations By Amanda L. Thompson, PhD, and Shari Langer, PsyD Amanda Thompson, PhD, is the Chief of Pediatric Psychology and Director of Pediatric Programs for Life with Cancer, a program of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute. Shari Langer, PsyD, is a pediatric psychologist with Life with Cancer at the Inova L.J.…

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