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Agnesian HealthCare introduces new cancer treatment to battle liver cancer

Battling liver cancer? Running out of options for treatment? Agnesian Cancer Care Services now offers a new option to help liver cancer patients when other options have run out. While this innovative treatment is not curative, it can extend a person’s life or serve as a bridge until a liver transplant is possible. Agnesian HealthCare [...]

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January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. The cervix is a female organ that connects the vagina to the uterus. While cervical cancer often times does not have any symptoms, the good news is that cervical cancer can be easily diagnosed with a Pap test. Regular Pap tests help to detect the cervical cancer at an [...]

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Garlic – the super food for fighting cancer

Written by: Ann P Sorgent RN, BSN, Clinical Supervisor – Agnesian Cancer Center A study in China has determined that eating raw garlic two times per week may decrease the incidence of lung cancer by 44%!  Even among smokers (who comprise the vast majority of lung cancer cases), there is a reduction in incidence of lung cancer by [...]

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The end of chemo?

Written by: Ann P Sorgent RN, BSN, Clinical Supervisor – Agnesian Cancer Center This was the title of an article in the July 29, 2013 issue of TIME magazine, and it provides some interesting thoughts.  Traditionally, cancer patients have been treated with strong medications that were selected for their ability to kill fast-growing cells.  Unfortunately, these medications did [...]

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Got Prostate?

Written by: Filip Troicki, M.D., Agnesian Cancer Care Center With prostate, you either have it or you don’t. Believe it or not, most people don’t know what a prostate is, where it’s found and what it’s good for. If you’re a man, you were born with a prostate and chances are good that you’re sitting [...]

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Where did the pink ribbon come from?

Ever wonder how the pink ribbon became the icon for breast cancer awareness? It all started when a woman by the name of Charlotte Hayley started to make peach-colored loops inspired by friends and family with breast cancer. Each set of five came with a card saying, “The National Cancer Institute annual budget is $1.8 [...]

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Breast cancer awareness: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s statement regarding the guidelines for screening mammography and breast self-exams

You may have heard in the news over the last couple of years, recommendations made by the United States Preventive Services Task Force for screening mammography only for women over age 50 and then only every other year. The USPSTF considers mammography not necessary for women age 40-49 because only one woman’s life is saved [...]

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Breast cancer awareness: What is inflammatory breast cancer?

According to the National Cancer Institute, inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare and very aggressive disease in which cancer cells block lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. This type of breast cancer is called “inflammatory” because the breast often looks swollen and red, or “inflamed.” Inflammatory breast cancer accounts for one to [...]

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Breast cancer awareness: What are BRCA 1 and BRCA 2?

The BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes are human caretaker genes that produce proteins, called breast cancer type 1 and breast cancer type 2 susceptibility proteins. They are responsible for repairing DNA. The BRCA 1 gene repairs breaks in strands of DNA, whose helix formation is continuously being broken from damage. Sometimes one or both [...]

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Breast cancer awareness: The five steps of a breast self-exam

Step One: Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips. Look for: Breasts that are their usual size, shape and color Breasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion or swelling Inform your provider if you see: Dimpling, puckering or bulging of the skin [...]

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