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Should Cancer Patients Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
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Should Cancer Patients Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Microsoft Word – Document1 Reviewed by UPMC Hillman Cancer Center January 4, 2021 In December 2020, health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities began receiving newly authorized COVID-19 vaccines. This made them some of the first in line for life-saving vaccinations developed at unprecedented speed. People with underlying health issues are next in...

COVID-19 Vaccine and Lung Cancer: Top 10 Questions Answered
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COVID-19 Vaccine and Lung Cancer: Top 10 Questions Answered

Posted on January 19, 2021 – 12:58pm LUNGevity Foundation This information has been reviewed and endorsed by members of LUNGevity Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board. Who should receive the COVID-19 vaccine?  We recommend the COVID-19 vaccine for virtually all lung cancer patients, with the exception of those with a known severe reaction to polyethylene glycol or polysorbate. Medical and...

Similarities in Risk for COVID-19 and Cancer Disparities
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Similarities in Risk for COVID-19 and Cancer Disparities

Lisa A. Newman, Robert A. Winn and John M. Carethers DOI: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-20-3421 Published January 2021 Abstract Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a novel infectious disease that has spread worldwide. In the United States, COVID-19 disproportionately affects racial and ethnic minorities, particularly African Americans, with an observed 2-fold higher rate for hospitalization and greater than 2-fold higher rate for death as compared with White Americans....

COVID-19 Resources
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COVID-19 Resources

The Gettysburg Cancer Center wants to continue keeping our patients informed with all the latest updates surrounding the Coronavirus Pandemic. Most people who are infected with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate respiratory problems and recover without requiring special treatment. However, people who have an underlying medical condition like cancer, could develop more advanced health...

Trends in Cancer Incidence in US Adolescents and Young Adults, 1973-2015
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Trends in Cancer Incidence in US Adolescents and Young Adults, 1973-2015

Key Points Question  What are the epidemiological characteristics and trends of cancers in US adolescents and young adults (AYAs) from 1973 to 2015? Findings  In this serial cross-sectional, US population-based study using cancer registry data from 497 452 AYAs, the rate of cancer increased by 29.6% from 1973 to 2015, with kidney carcinoma increasing at the greatest rate....

Soft and Bland Foods
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Soft and Bland Foods

The following foods are soft and taste bland. They’re good to eat if you have mouth sores or pain. Dairy Whole milk Plain or well-blended yogurt without fruit pieces Pasteurized eggnog Soft cheese (cottage cheese, ricotta cheese) Mild or processed cheese melted into a sauce Starches Cooked cereals, cream of wheat, farina, cream of rice,...

High Potassium Diet
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High Potassium Diet

Some people with certain medical conditions need to eat foods high in potassium. Potassium helps maintain the normal function of the heart and nervous system. The kidneys regulate the level of potassium in the body. Potassium deficiency is not common but may result from excessive losses due to severe diarrhea, poor diabetic control, low-calorie diets...

Taste Changes or Lack of Taste
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Taste Changes or Lack of Taste

If you have taste changes or lack of taste: Try adding marinades, herbs, or spices to your food. Don’t add these to your food if you also have mouth sores or painful swallowing. If you have a metallic taste in your mouth, use plastic utensils and avoid drinking out of cans. It’s best to limit...

Homemade Nutritional Shakes
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Homemade Nutritional Shakes

Making shakes or smoothies is a great way to increase the number of calories and protein you get each day. Toward the end of your treatment, you may be only drinking shakes, depending on how you’re feeling. The following chart has examples of different bases and mix-ins you can use to make shakes. You should...

Increasing Your Calorie and Protein Intake
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Increasing Your Calorie and Protein Intake

It’s important to eat enough calories and protein during your cancer treatment so you can maintain your weight. Remember that these are general tips. Everyone is different so it’s important to try the tips that work best for you. Poultry, meat, eggs, beans, nuts and nut butters, and dairy products are all good sources of...

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