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Having difficulty swallowing after cancer treatment?

Normal speech and swallow function is a delicate balance of strength and agility in the lips, tongue and throat muscles. Any weakness, loss of flexibility or change in anatomy can cause speech and/or swallowing disruption and discomfort. While changes to your voice/speech may cause frustration, worsening of your swallowing safety can affect your nutrition and [...]

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Early detection is key in colorectal cancer

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. Dr. Richard [...]

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The Importance of Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer in males and females in the U.S.  One out of every 20 individuals living in the United States will develop colon cancer in their lifetime, that’s a high number. There are approximately 130,000 new cases of colon cancer in the United States.  Ninety percent of the [...]

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Did you know that March is Women’s History Month?

I didn’t either! It is a month-long celebration of women making history. I learned that the idea of recognizing women’s place in history began with President Jimmy Carter in 1980, when a week was all we got. It took seven years for the celebration to be extended to a full month. I found it interesting [...]

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NEWS FLASH: Smoking is no longer cool

Written by: Filip Troicki, MD Radiation Oncologist with Agnesian HealthCare Cancer Care It’s official. If you smoke, you are no longer cool. Smoking is out. Cities all across the nation have implemented rules to prevent people from hanging onto the bad habit of smoking. If you want to eat out, go to see a movie, even go bowling, you [...]

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Audio Blog: An Interview with Dr. Filip Troicki

Dr. Filip Troicki, a radiation oncologist with Agnesian HealthCare at the Agnesian Cancer Center, discusses the importance of colon cancer screenings, as March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month across the country. Dr. Troicki also talks about fit kits and the Living Smart event taking place the first week of April.

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Lung Cancer Screening for High Risk Individuals

Lung cancer is the third highest diagnosed cancer in Fond du Lac County, and is the leading cause of cancer death in Fond du Lac County and the state of Wisconsin. Often times, lung cancer has very few symptoms or the symptoms are the same as what smokers already have. Until recently, there hasn’t been [...]

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Cognitive therapy after cancer treatment

Many people receiving cancer treatments notice changes in their thinking and memory abilities. This may be caused by increased stress and anxiety, fatigue, poor sleep, changes in your blood chemistry, medication side effects or hormonal changes. People often report a sense of feeling more disorganized, more easily distracted, more forgetful. They also describe difficulty paying [...]

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Oral care during chemo and radiation therapy

Written by: Ann Sorgent, Clinical Supervisor at Agnesian Cancer Center, Medical Oncology One of the side effects which patients find uncomfortable during chemotherapy or radiation therapy is the development of mouth sores. Although there are several prescription options available to patients with this condition – called oral mucositis – the best medicine for mild cases are the [...]

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Nurses receive award as most ethical profession

Written by: Ann Sorgent, Clinical Supervisor at Agnesian Cancer Center, Medical oncology I received a very nice e-mail from Dr. Joel Lundberg the other week. It was the announcement that once again nurses had received the top spot as the most trustworthy profession, having received the number one ranking in a survey of more than 1,000 [...]

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