September 13, 2017

A True Superhero – An Update on Young Noah’s Story

In September 2016, we shared the heartwarming story of young Noah Woods of Marion, and his inspiring journey as he courageously battles acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). A year later, we check in with Noah and his family. Noah’s mother, Michele Woods, catches us up on his progress. Read her update below. Noah continues with his chemotherapy treatments: taking […]

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September 8, 2017

Jennifer McAlister, MD, FACS, Answers Some Common Breast Surgery Questions

One of the most difficult things a woman will undertake after being diagnosed with breast cancer is making sure they identify and ask the right questions about surgery. Should you consider a double mastectomy? What about post-surgery? Do you need chemotherapy? Jennifer McAlister, MD, FACS, with Regional Surgical Specialists, an affiliate of Mission Health, answers […]

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July 27, 2017

Early Stage Breast Cancer Presents a Choice in Surgery – Mastectomy or Lumpectomy?

By Jennifer McAlister, MD, FACS One of the most difficult decisions a woman will make regarding a diagnosis of breast cancer is deciding which type of surgery to pursue. In early stage breast cancer, meaning a relatively small tumor and minimal or no lymph node involvement, women are often given a choice regarding two procedures, […]

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July 21, 2017

Why Bone and Joint Pain Should Be Taken Seriously for Anyone with Cancer History

By Donald Gajewski, MD Lots of people have achy bones and joint pain, but for people who either have cancer or have been previously treated for cancer, it could be a sign of a very serious condition known as metastatic bone disease. In fact, if you have been treated for cancer in the past and […]

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June 30, 2017

Colorectal Cancer: By the Numbers

According to the American Cancer Society, excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. Below are more eye-opening numbers about colorectal cancer: There are 95,520 new cases of colon cancer and 39,910 new cases of rectal cancer each year. The lifetime risk […]

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June 22, 2017

From Cancer Patient to Cancer Center Volunteer – Mark’s Story

By Calvin Mabry Time is often taken for granted. Getting a cancer diagnosis can change that. As Mark Van Houten can attest, time then becomes the most gracious thing any one person can give. Mark, a retired self-described telephone man (BellSouth) from Alabama, is an Air Force veteran with an affinity for Auburn football, old […]

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May 30, 2017

Cancer Care – The Importance of the Right Care Team

By Cheri Hinshelwood “You have cancer,” are words we never want to hear. And yet, 4 in 10 of us will get that news in our lifetime. Knowing who’s on your team is more important than ever. The oncology nurses at Angel Cancer & Infusion Center are part of the team for thousands of patients […]

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May 19, 2017

Lowering Your Breast Cancer Risk – Small and Simple Lifestyle Changes

By Jennifer McAlister, MD A recent article in the New York Times jumped out at me because the writer did a great job of discussing how women can lower their risk of breast cancer through healthy living. What I really like is that it outlines small and simple lifestyle changes that not only reduce risk […]

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April 27, 2017

You Survived Cancer, So Now What? The Importance of a Dedicated Survivorship Program

By Denise Steuber, OCN, CBCN Because of advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment, there are more cancer survivors than ever before. That’s why survivorship care is now recognized as a unique phase in overall cancer care, addressing the long-term needs of cancer survivors and their families. Survivorship embraces four components: The prevention and detection of […]

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April 7, 2017

Radiation for Breast Cancer Treatment – Why Less Is More

By W. Mark McCollough, MD Mission Radiation Oncology Due to a revolution in knowledge of DNA and molecular signatures of tumors, the selective use of cancer treatment such as radiation therapy is evolving toward a trend where less is more. In turn, the “Choosing Wisely” approach used by experts at Mission Health can limit treatment, […]

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