Cancer

September 25, 2018

Beyond the Numbers: Cancer Survivor Charlie Johnston is Beating the Statistics

By Ronnie Musselwhite The number is as mind-boggling as it is heartbreaking: 15,700. That’s the number of children who are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States alone. Globally, the figure stands at more than 200,000. Charlie Johnston joined the ranks of these unenviable statistical groups on August 3, 2015, when oncologists at […]

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September 24, 2018

Q+A about Ovarian Cancer – A Silent Killer

by Lindsey Grossman In 2018, an estimated 22,240 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and about 14,070 will die from ovarian cancer. One in 78 women will get ovarian cancer in her lifetime, while 1 in 108 women will die. Ashley Case, MD, a gynecologic oncologist answers our questions about this silent killer that ranks fifth in […]

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September 20, 2018

Surviving Childhood Cancer: The Life-Long Journey of Health and Healing

By Julia Killen, Nurse Practitioner Every day, more and more children battle cancer – and beat it. They are survivors, but their journey of health and healing after cancer continues as they are at higher risk of additional health problems later in life. Currently the overall survival rate for pediatric cancer is 80 percent. The […]

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September 20, 2018

Sickle Cell Disease – What it is and the Importance of Treating it Early

By Ben Barbour, Nurse Practitioner Millions of people throughout the world are affected by sickle cell disease (SCD) – a blood cell disease characterized by a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 out of 500 African American births and 1 out of […]

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July 21, 2018

A Small Bump in the Road: Early Detection was Key in Debbie Ellis’ Fight Against Breast Cancer

By Ronnie Musselwhite They’re four words no woman ever wants to hear: You have breast cancer. Unfortunately, doctors utter that phrase more than 330,000 times each year in the United States alone. Debbie Ellis was on the receiving end of that all too-common refrain in June 2012. While reviewing results from her annual mammogram, a […]

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June 1, 2018

Women’s Cancer Q&A – Physical Therapy Benefits

Rebeca Bermudez, physical therapist with HOPE Women’s Cancer Center, answers questions about physical therapy. Q: What issues do physical therapy address? A: There are three primary areas I focus on when assisting women who are being treated for cancer: Pain, fatigue and weakness. Patients who have undergone treatment often have weakness in their arms and […]

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April 10, 2018

Ask the Doc – Pelvic Pain, Cancer Screenings for Women

Ellen Hearty, MD, of Mission Women’s Care, answers questions about cancer screenings for women and pelvic pain. Q: How important are cancer screenings for women? A: Cancer screening is an essential component of preventative health. Starting at age 21, women should see their primary care provider or OB/GYN to start getting Pap smears. The interval […]

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April 10, 2018

A Thank You Note to the Team at Mission Breast Center

When Sharon Boyd sent a hand-written message of appreciation to the team at Mission Breast Center, it warmed their hearts. We are humbled and honored to share Sharon’s note here: I am writing to express my thanks and gratitude to the wonderful staff at Mission Breast Center. Over the past couple months, I had several […]

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