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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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Bone Marrow Donors: Why Race Counts

08/25/2013 | Cancer

When it comes to blood donations, finding a match can be as simple as A, B, O. But finding a bone marrow donor for a patient with a life-threatening blood cancer like leukemia or myeloma is far more complex. This is especially true for African-Americans and other patients from under-represented populations. Out of the 10.5 million members on the Be The Match nationwide bone marrow donor registry, only about 7 percent are African American. This makes it much more difficult for an African-American…

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2013 Cancer Survivor’s Symposium: Health, Education And Butterflies

06/10/2013 | Cancer

No one should have to fight cancer alone. Connecting peers with similar experiences is one of the goals of the 9th Annual Cancer Survivor’s Symposium on Saturday, June 15th. The free event, sponsored by Indiana University Health and hosted by the Cancer Support Community of Central Indiana, aims to connect cancer survivors, caregivers and healthcare professionals with peers, while encouraging education and exercise. A panel of IU Health cancer experts from the IU Health Simon Cancer Center…

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Sun Safety and Skin Cancer

05/24/2013 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

The month of May not only signals Memorial Day and the Indianapolis 500 race, but the sunny weather also means it’s Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Awareness Month. More than 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year and one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. To prepare you for your upcoming summer days in the sun, Dr. Lawrence Mark, a dermatologist with the IU Health Simon Cancer Center, discusses what you need to know…

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Becoming a Previvor

05/16/2013 | Cancer

Prior to Angelina Jolie’s op-ed in the New York Times, announcing her decision to opt for a prophylactic (preventative) double mastectomy, few had probably even considered this topic as a means of preventing breast cancer. Within hours, the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes—identifiers for increased risk of breast cancer—became common topics of conversation. What Jolie has done by penning a 954-word opinion piece on her decision—the mastectomy reduced her risk for breast cancer from 87…

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Breast Cancer Prevention

04/19/2013 | CancerVolunteer

Assess Your Risk Fear is a common feeling for women with a family history of breast cancer. At IU Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, counselors and physicians are on hand to listen to your concerns, help you learn about more about breast cancer prevention and alleviate your fear. You may already know that several risk factors may increase your likelihood of developing breast cancer, including: • A family history of breast cancer • Previously having breast cancer yourself •…

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Breast Cancer Prevention

04/18/2013 | Cancer

For women who have a complete or partial mastectomy (lumpectomy) due to breast cancer,  reconstructive surgery may improve both physical appearance and psychological well-being. Today, there are many options available for reconstruction. A new breast can be recreated at the time of mastectomy or delayed until later. IU Health offers the most advanced reconstruction techniques, including one-step implant placement and deep  inferior epigastric perforator flaps (DIEP), which uses tissue flaps…

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Think Pink: Get Screened

04/16/2013 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

Nearly 40,000 women will die of breast cancer this year. That’s a humbling thought, but in fact breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. That’s why it’s never been more important to schedule your breast cancer screening. At IU Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, prevention and early detection of breast cancer is our focus.  We offer a variety of advanced technologies and screening services for detecting…

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