Cancer

Cancer is one of the most feared conditions, yet improvements in diagnosis and treatment are being made every day.  Learn more about the importance of early detection through screenings, as well as the most current treatment options available.  Cancer is often treated by surgeons, oncology/hematology specialists, and/or radiation oncologists.

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  • Cervical Cancer Screening and the HPV Vaccine

    We’ve come a long way with cervical cancer.  Cervical cancer used to be the number one cancer killer of American women.  That number has gone down in recent years due to improved screening methods, but there are still improvements to be made.

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  • Are You at Risk for Lung Cancer?

    According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.  An annual test for lung cancer intended for long-term smokers (Low dose CT) is now offered by Deaconess Hospital and can help detect lung cancer at its earliest, most-treatable stages.

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  • What You Need to Know About Colon Cancer

    More than 143,000 new colorectal (colon and rectum) cancer cases are diagnosed in the US each year, and 52,000 Americans die each year from the disease. Colon cancer is responsible for 9% of all cancer deaths, and it is the most commonly occurring cancer in both men and women after lung cancer according to the National Cancer Institute.

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  • Men's Cancers & the Importance of Early Detection

    There are two cancers that are exclusive to men—prostate and testicular cancers.  Like all cancers, catching them early means the best chance of a good prognosis.

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  • A Breast Cancer Story: From a Patient and Patient Navigator Perspective

    In August 2012, I found a lump. I was only 42, so breast cancer wasn’t something I’d really thought about. I had no family history so I didn’t really worry about breast cancer, to be quite honest.

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  • Lumpectomy

    Dr. Amhed explains a lumpectomy procedure.

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  • What Everyone Should Know About Skin Cancer

    According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. People of all races can develop skin cancer. However, certain people are more likely to develop skin cancer. Some skin cancer risk factors include:

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  • What is Palliative Care

    As defined by the Center to Advance Palliative Care: Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis.  The goal of palliative care is to relieve suffering and provide the best possible quality of life for people facing pain, symptoms and stresses caused by illness. This service improves quality of life for both the patient and the family. 

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