Cancer

March 27, 2019

Don’t Assume: The ABCs of Colonoscopies

By Robert Roddenberry, MD Don’t Assume is the Colorectal Cancer Alliance’s 2019 campaign, and their goal is to challenge assumptions and misconceptions about colorectal cancer by dispelling myths and raising awareness. Inspired by the campaign, we asked Robert Roddenberry, MD, to discuss common assumptions about colonoscopies and answer what exactly happens before, during and after a […]

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March 21, 2019

What Women (Don’t) Want: Abnormal Pap Smears

By Ellen Hearty, MD The most common screening for cervical cancer is the Pap smear. The Pap smear uses a brush to lift cells from the outside of the cervix to identify early, precancerous cells in the cervix. Early intervention is the key to preventing cervical cancer from developing. The incidence and death rates of […]

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March 1, 2019

How Child Life Makes the Hospital Experience Better for Pediatric Cancer Patients

For some children, their home away from home is Mission Health’s SECU Cancer Center. They receive world-class, evidence-based cancer treatments while there. But to them, they’re still in a hospital — a place where they get poked and prodded, and where they sometimes have to spend extended periods of time away from their friends, social […]

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December 19, 2018

What Goes In Must Come Out – How a Toxic Bladder Can Lead to Cancer over Time

By John Burns, MD As you head to the bathroom during your commercial break of “Christmas Vacation” this holiday, a little indulgence is okay, but try to avoid the smoke from Uncle Eddie’s cigar or the toxic lime Jell-O mold that Aunt Bethany brought. The point is that many of the things that we put […]

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November 20, 2018

The HPV Vaccine Helps Prevent Cancer: When Should Your Child Get It?

By Ashley McClary, MD Have you heard? There’s a vaccine that may help prevent cancer for your child! The HPV vaccine has been part of the routine vaccine schedule for the past 12 years and is designed to protect your child from becoming infected with a virus that causes cancer. The HPV, or human papillomavirus, […]

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November 14, 2018

PSA: How to Prevent Prostate Cancer and the Importance of Catching it Early

By John Burns, MD November, also known as MOvember, is the month we recognize men’s health. Does that explain the more than usual amount of “Mos,” or mustaches? Movember started in 2003 as a challenge for a few men to grow out their mustaches in an attempt to bring back a style pioneered by the […]

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November 8, 2018

Knowing Your Genetics Can Help You Understand Your Health

By Suzanna Schott, Genetic Counselor Genetic information can have a powerful influence on your healthcare decisions. There are many new genetic health tools being offered to the public, but not all genetic tests are created equal – and every test has its own limitations. It can be an overwhelming task for patients and their families […]

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October 31, 2018

I Am the Eight Women – Am I at Risk or High Risk for Breast Cancer?

By Ferriss Roberts One in eight woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. This year, about 320,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. More than 40,000 women will die from breast cancer this year. There are an estimated 3.1 million breast cancer survivors currently living in the US. At 27, I […]

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October 23, 2018

Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Get a Colonoscopy

By Martin Palmeri, MD “I wish I had my colonoscopy.” It’s not something you hear every day. Considering only 30 percent of Americans who should have a colonoscopy get one, many people probably regret pushing their colon screening to the side when they find themselves with an ostomy bag or colon cancer later. A colonoscopy […]

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October 18, 2018

Camp Bluebird — Celebrating 25 Years of Support for Cancer Survivors

For many, the words “summer camp” conjure great memories, and Mission Health’s Camp Bluebird is no exception. What makes Camp Bluebird unique is the campers – and the life-changing experience they share: a diagnosis of cancer. Sure, there’s tons of laughter, bonfires and even s’mores, but there are also reiki (healing touch therapy) sessions, Q&As […]

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