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Season of Hope 2015

04/09/2015 | CommunityCancerHospice

Season of Hope is an annual event that allows community members to make a donation in memory of, in celebration of or in honor of a loved one.  The funds help provide assistance to individuals enrolled in the Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospice program. What is hospice? Hospice provides medical and supportive services to individuals who have been diagnosed with a life limiting illness and their families.  Hospice services are typically provided in the patient’s home with…

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Cervical Cancer Screening – Update on New Guidelines

04/02/2015 | CancerWomen's HealthEvents

What is the biggest risk factor for cervical cancer? The most important risk factor for cervical cancer is infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV).  There are over 100 different types of HPV; however, most types of HPV do not cause cancer.  Typically our body’s immune system gets rid of the virus before it does harm.  It is estimated, 80 percent of women are exposed to the HPV virus during their lifetime. How could I be exposed to HPV (human papillomavirus)? It is important…

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Colonoscopy Prep Now & Then [Infographic]

Colonoscopy Prep Now & Then [Infographic]

03/23/2015 | Cancer

With regular screening, colorectal cancer is nearly entirely preventable. However, it remains the second-leading cancer killer in the U.S.  Fear surrounding the bowel preparation for a colonoscopy keeps many people from obtaining the lifesaving screening. People simply avoid the test despite being at the appropriate age for screening and regardless of a family history of colon or rectal cancer. The colonoscopy screening and bowel preparation are nothing to fear. This infographic shines light…

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March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

03/05/2015 | CommunityCancer

Since 2000, March has been recognized as the National Colon Cancer Awareness month. Colon Cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable cancers, if detected early. During the month of March, patients, survivors, healthcare workers and caregivers show their support of Colon Cancer Awareness month by wearing blue ribbons and participating in many community events and outreach programs to help increase awareness and promote screening options. Approximately 1 in 3 adults between the ages of 50-75…

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Ask the Expert: Cervical Cancer Awareness

01/30/2015 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

Dr. Daniela Matei, medical oncologist at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Globally, it’s a common disease, ranking 7th among all cancers with over 500,000 women diagnosed ever year. In the United States, incidents are fewer—approximately 12,000 new cases diagnosed each year—but African American women are succumbing to the disease more often than any other minority. Dr. Daniela Matei, medical oncologist at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center, answers questions about the disease. What is cervical cancer? Cervical…

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Mother saves daughter’s life with lung scan

11/26/2014 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

Debbie Kern (left) and her mother, Carol Roudebush Swaynie.

Deborah Kern has been a smoker for 44 years. The 61 year-old from Noblesville, Ind., had begun to develop a nagging cough that concerned her family – particularly her 82 year-old mother, Carol Roudebush Swaynie. “Debbie’s smoking has been a concern of mine for some time and although we’d talked about it, it was never resolved,” said Carol. “One day I picked up the newspaper and it changed our lives.” An avid reader, Carol saw an advertisement in the newspaper…

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Lung Cancer Screenings

11/20/2014 | WellnessCancer

Why is it important to increase awareness for lung cancer? November is lung cancer awareness month, which is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States.  It is responsible for more deaths than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined.  In 2013, Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital treated nearly 160 cases of lung cancer.  The majority of these cases were advanced stage disease. Why lung cancer screening? The National Cancer Institute found the number of deaths…

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John’s Breast Cancer Journey

10/20/2014 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

John & Cathy Danyluk

When John Danyluk noticed a lump on the left side of his chest while showering, he didn’t think much of it. Like many people, he wrote it off as a harmless mole or cyst, which usually turned out to be benign. He ignored the lump for two years. After encouragement from his wife Cathy, he asked his physician about it. The doctor immediately ordered a mammography and biopsy, which determined that John had invasive ductal carcinoma, the most common type of breast cancer. And in the two years he…

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Breast Cancer Awareness

10/02/2014 | CancerWomen's Health

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American women.  This is a special concern as research continues to find new ways to prevent, detect and treat breast cancer.  It is important to stay informed so decisions about health can be made. How do women keep up-to-date on all the new research and advances in breast health? Working with your healthcare professional is the first step.  Another strategy to stay updated is to look deeper into the information rumored…

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness, Time to Start the Conversation

09/25/2014 | CancerUrology

How many men does prostate cancer affect each year? In 2014, there will be roughly 233,000 cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in the US.  Prostate cancer is more common in older men – most often diagnosed in men over 65.  Prostate cancer can be very a serious illness; however, most men do not die from prostate cancer.  In fact, it is estimated there are more than 2.5 million men diagnosed with prostate cancer still alive today. What does a prostate screening entail? National…

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