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5 Foods in the Fight Against Cancer

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 4, 2017 9:42:17 AM

Remember when Mom insisted you eat your fruits and vegetables?

She wanted you grow up big and strong. Today, she’s helping you fight cancer.

While research continues to focus on treatments for better outcomes, more evidence is indicating that eating healthy foods is important in the fight against (and prevention of) cancer.

The American Institute for Cancer Research says that no single food or food component protects people against having cancer. However, strong evidence “does show that a diet filled with a variety of plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans helps lower risk for many cancers.”

Here are some foods that show evidence of effectiveness in the fight against cancer:

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Answers to Questions About Breast Cancer Surgery

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 25, 2017 11:51:02 AM

When diagnosed with breast cancer, you have many decisions to make about your treatment and care.

One of the most important will be surgery – specifically what kind to help you achieve the best outcome. Your oncologist and/or surgeon will recommend a comprehensive approach to your care.

You also might get a second opinion to make certain you have all the information you need to decide what’s best for you.

Here are some answers to common questions about breast cancer surgery:

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A Few Facts About Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 20, 2017 9:14:10 AM

Lung, breast, colon and prostate cancers often get much of the public’s attention – mainly due to their high rates of incidents and news coverage of research.

However, lymphoma – specifically non-Hodgkin lymphoma -  is the seventh most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. And, like many other cancers, early detection can make a significant difference in treatment outcome.

The risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma increases with age and it is more common in males than in females and in Caucasians. North America has one of the highest incidence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, according to the American Cancer Society.

Here are some facts about the disease:

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Topics: Cancer

What Exactly Is Cancer?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 6, 2017 8:50:25 AM

Maybe it’s because we know so many people who have it. Maybe it’s because you were recently diagnosed with it. Maybe it’s because we turn on the news and hear the latest fight against it.

Cancer permeates our conversations often these days. But do you know exactly what the word “cancer” means?

The oldest description of cancer dates back to about 3000 BC in Egypt – in an ancient Egyptian textbook on trauma surgery. Hippocrates in 400 BC called masses of cancerous cells karkinos — Greek for crab.

Today, the term “cancer” is the name given to a collection of diseases with a common factor: a normal cell goes berserk and grows and divides at a rapid, uncontrolled rate.

Here are answers to some common questions about the characteristics of cancer, provided by the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute and the American Society of Hematology:

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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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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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Topics: Cancer