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Survive and Thrive

05/22/2014 | CommunityCancer

Who are Cancer Survivors? The term cancer survivor refers to a person who has been diagnosed with cancer, from the time of diagnosis throughout his or her life.   How many Cancer Survivors are in the U.S.? Currently there are 13.7 million cancer survivors in the United States, and that number is estimated to rise to 18 million by 2022.  This increase in survival rate is largely due to improved identification of cancers that can sometimes be found early by screening, improvement and development…

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The Truth About Mammograms

05/20/2014 | IU Health PhysiciansCancer

While regular mammograms are a recommended part of preventive healthcare, some women delay scheduling them for a variety of reasons. Understanding the facts – and dispelling the myths – of mammography can help relieve anxiety and shed light on why undergoing regular screening mammograms is so important. Family history – Most women diagnosed with breast cancer – nearly 85 percent – have no family history of the disease. If breast cancer does run in your family, you’re…

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Skin Cancer

05/08/2014 | CancerEvents

What is skin cancer and how do I get it?  Skin cancer is like any other cancer, a cell that becomes damaged and begins to rapidly reproduce abnormally.  We develop non-melanoma skin cancers because we have damaged our skin with excessive sun exposure.  Melanoma cannot only be caused by UV light exposure such as natural sunlight and tanning bed use but can be hereditary.  The majority of skin cancers that are treated are caused by sun damage. How did I damage my skin with sun when…

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Tracy Jaisle & her family on the field when she was the

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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