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Oral cancer is most often found in the tongue, the lips and the floor of the mouth. The most frequent treatment is surgery, which can be used to remove a tumor, all or part of the jaw, the bone in the roof of the mouth or... Read more
Doctors at Saint Francis Medical Center utilize a minimally invasive method known as an endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) for diagnosing and staging lung cancer. Endobronchial ultrasound uses sound waves to gain a clear picture of the area around the bronchial tubes and biopsy the abnormal area with... Read more
Prostate cancer affects one in seven American men, making it the most common cancer in the country behind skin cancer. Most of the risk factors are ones that men have little control:
Age – More than 65 percent of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over... Read more
Saint Francis Healthcare System is at the forefront of treating advanced bladder cancer. The Medical Center’s Cancer Institute has been involved in treatments that offer new hope for people who have bladder cancer that has spread to other parts of their body.
Most types of bladder cancer... Read more
Every year, about 13,000 new cases of throat cancer are diagnosed. While researchers cannot determine the exact cause of throat cancer, they have identified several ways in which you can reduce your risk:
Do not smoke. “When you inhale some of the chemicals in tobacco, they... Read more
According to the American Cancer Society, death rates due to colon cancer have declined steadily over the past two decades. The main reason for this is because colonoscopies and colon polypectomies have become much more common.
A colonoscopy is a colorectal cancer screening test during which a... Read more
A breast cancer diagnosis can be frightening, but the right support makes a big difference in a woman’s mental, emotional and physical health.
Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Power of Pink Breast Cancer Support Group begins its next session Tuesday, January 3, from 6-8 pm in Womancare. The... Read more
Saint Francis Foundation’s annual Pink Up™ campaign brings together the business and educational communities in support of breast cancer awareness at a spectacular level. An initiative this grand in scope comes with its share of manpower challenges, and the Pink Pals are helping meet those needs.
“Pink... Read more
Radiation therapy is one of the most common treatments for cancer. It can be used in conjunction with surgery and chemotherapy, and in some cases, it can be the sole treatment for certain types of cancer.
“Depending on the type of cancer, we may use radiation therapy... Read more
Many different subtypes of breast cancer are categorized according to what is causing the tumor to grow, whether it be estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2).
Triple negative breast cancer is an especially aggressive type of cancer that is not fueled... Read more
Breast Cancer Index (BCI) is a test to help doctors determine the likelihood that certain types of breast cancer will return after five years and whether extended hormonal therapy will benefit the patient.
Carlos Robles, MD
“When a woman is first diagnosed with estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer, cancer... Read more
Cancer patients have another weapon in their fight against the deadly disease: immunotherapy. It is changing cancer care, and making treatment more powerful with fewer side effects.
Immunotherapy uses the body’s natural defense system to fight against cancer. Unlike chemotherapy, which destroys both cancer cells and healthy... Read more
This year, nearly 250,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women. October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, should serve as a reminder to undergo an annual screening mammogram at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Womancare.
Not only does Womancare offer mammograms for women, but its... Read more
People who fall victim of cancer have many more options for treatment, thanks to advances in immunotherapy and targeted therapies.
Immunotherapy consists of treatments that stimulate the immune response to fight cancer. “Previously, there were no good treatments for melanoma,” says Carlos Robles, MD, medical oncologist/hematologist, Saint... Read more
While lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, researchers are developing new treatments every day to help prolong lives of lung cancer patients.
Typically, the first line of treatment is surgery. A surgeon may remove a small section of lung, an... Read more
The Cancer Institute at Saint Francis offers cutting-edge cancer technology that can kill the disease with minimal side effects. The most recent such treatment is stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), a type of radiation therapy that requires just a few, targeted, high-level doses.
“Patients who undergo conventional... Read more
The thyroid gland regulates the body’s metabolic rate. While thyroid cancer can be difficult to detect, the most apparent signs are a firm mass on the side of the lower neck or a change in voice.
A first line of treatment for thyroid cancer is surgery. The... Read more
Until the late 1930s, stomach cancer was the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Now, it is much less common in our country – although it is still the deadliest cancer worldwide.
Studies have shown that stomach cancer is linked to a bacteria, which... Read more
Farming has always been an important part of life for Benjamin D. Goodman, DO, radiation oncologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. So he jumped at the opportunity to work at Saint Francis Healthcare System, which is less than an hour away from his family farm.
“I always thought... Read more
When you donate blood, you could be saving a cancer patient’s life. Many people undergoing cancer treatment require blood transfusions – sometimes daily.
“In some cases, a cancer patient needs a transfusion because of the cancer itself,” says Mark A. Meadors, DO, medical oncologist, Saint Francis Medical... Read more