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From zero to breast cancer diagnosis in ten days

04/03/2014 | Cancer

Tracy Jaisle went from a healthy 38 year-old who ran three times a week to a woman with stage-2 breast cancer… all within a week and a half. A stickler for doing regular self-exams, Tracy noticed a lump while in the shower on a Monday night. The busy mother of two had an appointment by Wednesday, a mammogram by Monday, a biopsy Thursday and a diagnosis on Friday, August 9, 2013. “A cancer diagnosis turns your world upside down,” says Tracy. “You go from running three days…

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Music Therapist Tony Medeiros works with a patient at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center.

The Healing Power of Music

03/20/2014 | Cancer

A patient wanted to hear a song her mother sang to her as a child. One family requested “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to play as they said goodbye to their grandfather at his bedside. Music therapy at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center offers a comforting soundtrack to the lives of patients and families. “I lend support where it’s needed- whether it’s a patient of deep faith wanting to hear ‘Amazing Grace’ or a younger man who wants to hear outlaw country music…

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What Do Cancer and NASA Have in Common?

02/25/2014 | Cancer

The answer: proton therapy. A facility born out of physics research at Indiana University in Bloomington, the IU Health Proton Therapy Center now treats patients from all over the country with a powerful tool to treat adult and pediatric cancers. The IU Health Proton Center grew out of the Indiana University Cyclotron Facility. If that sounds like a space-age endeavor, it was. In 1941, one of the world’s first cyclotrons was built at IU for use in physics research. A cyclotron uses large magnets…

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50 Years After the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking

01/16/2014 | Cancer

Back in 1963, the year prior to the groundbreaking Surgeon General’s 1964 Report on Smoking and Health, Americans could smoke in movie theaters, airplanes and schools. Physicians advertised which cigarettes they’d recommend. Patients in hospitals could even light up in their rooms. Things are quite different now. January 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of this landmark 1964 report, often considered the most important health report ever written and estimated to have prevented 8 million…

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Lily’s Lemonade for Cancer Caregivers

12/24/2013 | CancerEvents

On the day before Christmas Eve, the infusion (chemotherapy) area of the IU Health Simon Cancer Center is very busy as patients receive their last treatment before the holidays. A seven-year-old girl name Lily Snyder pulls a red wagon around the infusion unit. “Hi. My name is Lily. I raised money through a lemonade stand to buy care packages for caregivers.” A first-grader at Kitley Elementary School in Franklin Township, Lily is spending the first day of her Christmas vacation handing…

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A Pacers Fan’s Stem Cell Donation

12/08/2013 | Cancer

During this season of giving, Colin Lott has a lot to be thankful for. His favorite team, the Indiana Pacers, is having a record-setting year and his personal hero, Pacers center Roy Hibbert, recently dedicated a game in honor of Lott. “I’m speechless- that means a lot to me,” said Lott. The 22-year old from Cicero, Ind. found himself in IU Health University Hospital recently- and not because he was ill. He was donating stem cells, thanks to inspiration from his hero, Roy Hibbert.…

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Prostate Cancer: Know Your Treatment Options

09/16/2013 | Cancer

If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you want access to the most advanced treatments available. But when it comes to radiation therapy, do you know the difference between traditional x-ray treatment and proton therapy? At IU Health, we offer a wide range of radiation treatment options at IU Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated patient care center.  Traditional Radiation External beam radiation has long been used…

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Tumors:  Pleistocene Period to Present

09/08/2013 | Cancer

At a recent Cancer Survivors Symposium at IU Health, a survivor asked the panel of IU Health cancer experts how long cancer has existed. Like many people, he perceived there to be more cases of cancer now than 30 years ago. Dr. Gordon Watson, an IU Health radiation oncologist specializing in lung, head and neck cancers, answered the question by first reflecting on a recent news story. Earlier this year, researchers discovered what appears to be the world’s oldest tumor, found in the rib of…

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Prostate Cancer: Real Men Know Their Screening Options

09/08/2013 | Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. That means it’s not something happening to other people--it’s happening to real men that you know. It can might even happen to you. In most men prostate cancer grows very slowly, which is why it’s not only important, but often life saving to know your screening options. Through screenings and early diagnosis, you can increase your chance of surviving prostate cancer. At IU Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, early…

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Do You Need a PSA Test for Prostate Cancer?

09/03/2013 | Cancer

To PSA or not to PSA--That is the question. With last year’s release from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommending for the first time that healthy men avoid getting regular PSA (prostate-specific antigen) tests, it’s no wonder many men are asking. Whether or not PSA testing to find early prostate cancer is necessary is still up for debate. On one side, there is the argument that the test can indicate cancer in early stages, enabling a man to seek treatment sooner and therefore…

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