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How to Face Your Anxiety About Having Cancer

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 29, 2017 4:22:50 PM

When Dr. Stephen Eberwine confirms a positive test result for cancer, he hears a common question from his patients.

They usually first want to know the probabilities of outcome.

“I explain that every case is different. What happens next depends on many factors. Naturally, that creates anxiety about the future,” said Dr. Eberwine, oncologist at the Johnson Memorial Cancer Care Center.

Anxiety can be a challenging hurdle in the cancer journey. Studies continue to show that mental health plays a critical role in a cancer patient’s response to treatment, according to Cancer.net.

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Guidelines Allow Cancer Care Closer to Home

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

One of the most significant advances in cancer care is location for treatments. Patients diagnosed with most common cancers don’t necessarily have to travel to metropolitan healthcare centers to receive treatment these days.

“Whether you are getting chemotherapy or radiation in Chicago, Indianapolis or Franklin, Indiana, the procedures and drugs are the same,” says Dr. Stephen F. Eberwine, Board Certified Medical Hematologist/Oncologist at Johnson Memorial Health.

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Johnson County Cancer by the Numbers

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 14, 2017 1:07:44 PM

Although the rates are falling, Johnson County ranks 14th among Indiana counties in new cancer cases.

According to the National Cancer Institute, our community’s five-year cancer rate saw a 2.1 percent decline. That is slightly lower than the 1.7 percent decline throughout Indiana.

Johnson County averaged 630 new cases of cancer per year from 2009 to 2013, which was the latest year of statistical information compiled by NCI.

Here are the most prevalent types of cancer in Johnson County (based on new cases per year during the five-year reporting period), according to Healthy Communities Institute:

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Spring Break is Fun, Melanoma is Not

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 8, 2017 2:39:21 PM

Spring Break is so close, you are ready for some down time.

If you plan to escape the Midwest’s wintery weather, you are undoubtedly looking forward to the sun’s warmth.

Be careful, though. While frolicking on the beach or enjoying a Florida theme park is good for the mind, exposure to the sun can harmful to your skin.

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The Facts About Pleural Mesothelioma

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 1, 2017 11:40:04 AM

Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer caused almost exclusively by exposure to toxic asbestos fibers. An estimated 3,000 patients are diagnosed annually in the United States.

Pleural mesothelioma, the most common form of the cancer, accounts for almost 75 percent of cases. It begins in the pleura, a thin membrane that surrounds the lungs. When tumors form, it typically leads to serious respiratory distress.

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7 Cancer Screenings Every Woman Should Consider

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 22, 2017 1:15:03 PM

Research confirms this fact about cancer: Early detection provides the best chances for a favorable outcome.

More than 7.6 million women are cancer survivors today – mainly because they discovered their diseases in their initial stages.

A recent review by the American Cancer Society found a 38 percent decline in breast cancer mortality among women who were screened with mammography. Meanwhile, cervical cancer incidence and mortality rates have decreased by more than 50 percent over the past three decades, with most of the reduction attributed to screening with the Papanicolaou (Pap) test.

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What Colored Support Ribbons Mean in Cancer Fight

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 16, 2017 7:36:21 PM

Cancer will afflict 41 percent of Americans in our lifetime. More than 15 million are survivors right now.

Because cancer affects our lives in so many ways, we generously give more than $5 billion per year to support research for treatments and cures.

While donating to a cancer nonprofit is one way to help the cause, another is to create awareness within your community and among your friends, families and co-workers.

One of the more fascinating developments in fundraising and awareness campaigns is the proliferation of lapel ribbons.

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5 Online Resources for Cancer Patients, Families

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 9, 2017 8:55:46 AM

Information is power when you are taking on cancer.

Knowing the details of the disease and treatment options, and getting support beyond family and friends help you deal with your decisions and emotions.

The Internet is full of information about cancer – from research to fundraising. Many can be extremely helpful answering questions and providing comfort during the journey. Some legitimately raise money for research and assist patients during treatment and recovery.

A few, unfortunately, take advantage of patients and their families. They either provide scientifically unproven information or try to solicit contributions that do little to fund research or help people.

Here are 5 of the many legitimate online resources that cancer patients and their families and friends can find helpful or supportive.

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How Caregivers For Cancer Patients Can Cope

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 31, 2017 9:55:13 AM

Cancer patients require physical care and emotional support. So do their caregivers.

Family members, friends or companions have lots of responsibilities when helping cancer patients go through treatment and recovery. They provide personal hygiene care, drive to doctor appointments, handle insurance claims and clean the house.

Because patients sometimes return home shortly after chemotherapy, surgery or radiation treatments, caregivers have to deal with the challenges of side effects. They cook meals and administer medication. They often hold hands and listen.

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Exercise Boosts Your Body During Cancer Treatment

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 24, 2017 2:46:12 PM

While undergoing treatment for cancer, you need every advantage for the best outcome.

That includes exercising.

Chemotherapy and radiation often zap your energy, but you can boost your immune system and feel better by working out your cardio system and muscles.

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Topics: Cancer