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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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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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