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5 Facts About Lung Cancer in America

11/10/2015 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

According to the Center for Disease Control, more people die in the United States each year from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. To help stop the spread of this deadly disease, here are 5 facts you need to know about lung cancer. Per the American Cancer Society, use of tobacco accounts for 87% of lung cancer deaths in men and 70% of lung cancer deaths in women. If you smoke, you are at a much greater risk of developing lung cancer. In Indiana, 25.6% of adults smoke, according to the Center…

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What’s New in Breast Health: Breast Cancer Advancements

10/30/2015 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

More and more women (and men) are overcoming breast cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, the percentage of people affected by breast cancer who survive five years after diagnosis has climbed to 89.4%. What’s behind the improved survival rates? Breast cancer research and treatment have seen dramatic advances in recent years. Here are a few of the trends in breast health. Minimally invasive treatment. A cancer diagnosis does not necessarily mean you will face invasive surgery anymore.…

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6 Facts On Ovarian Cancer

10/19/2015 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

  According to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, ovarian cancer is the 11th most common cancer amongst women and the 5th leading cause of cancer-related death for women. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2015, 21,290 new cases will be reported, and 14,180 women will die from the disease. To increase awareness, here 6 facts that you should know: 1. The cause of ovarian cancer is unknown. While there are theories about the exact cause of ovarian cancer, including genetic errors…

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New Y90 Procedure

06/25/2015 | CancerRadiology & Imaging

A new procedure referred to as “Y90” provides liver cancer patients an alternative treatment option. This selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) transports a high dose of radiation while avoiding many side effects. What is the Y90 procedure? Yttrium-90 Microsphere Radioembolization, commonly referred to as Y90 or SIRT, involves both radiation therapy and a procedure called embolization to treat liver cancer. Radiation therapy uses a particular kind of energy, called ionizing radiation,…

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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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