Wednesday, February 28, 2007


Surgery is done to remove cancer cells and surrounding tissue. It is often combined with radiation therapy and chemotherapy. After surgery, the body needs extra calories and protein for wound healing and recovery. At this time, many people have some pain and fatigue. In addition, they may be unable to eat a normal diet because of surgery related side effects. The body's ability to use nutrients may also be changed by removal of any part of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, or rectum.

Nutrition suggestions for people recovering from cancer surgery: If you have had surgery, remember that many side effects will go away within a few days of the operation. Certain drugs, self-care practices, and changes in diet can help lessen any side effects you may have. If they persist, be sure to tell your doctor, nurse, dietitian, or other member of your health care team.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Lighthouse of Alexandria

Of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, only one had a practical use in addition to its architectural elegance: The Lighthouse of Alexandria. For sailors, it ensured a safe return to the Great Harbor. For architects, it meant even more: it was the tallest building on Earth. And for scientists, it was the mysterious mirror that fascinated those most. The mirror which reflection could be seen more than 50 km (35 miles) off-shore.

On the ancient island of Pharos, now a promontory within the city of Alexandria in Egypt. Shortly after the death of Alexander the Great, his commander Ptolemy Soter assumed power in Egypt. He had witnessed the founding of Alexandria, and established his capital there. Off of the city's coast lies a small island: Pharos. Its name, legend says, is a variation of Pharaoh's Island. The island was connected to the mainland by means of a dike - the Heptastadion - which gave the city a double harbor. And because of dangerous sailing conditions and flat coastline in the region, the construction of a lighthouse was necessary.