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New Options Treat Cancer 


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, ...
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NICU Saves Babies’ Lives


Some parents know before birth that their baby will need extra help in its first few weeks of life. But other times, complications can arise unexpectedly. Birth depression occurs when a baby does not receive enough oxygen and blood during delivery, and it can happen ...
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Plans to Treat Excess Thyroid Hormones


Thyrotoxicosis occurs when there is an excess of thyroid hormone.  This is either due to the body actively producing too much thyroid hormone or because an excess  of thyroid hormone has been released temporarily in an uncontrolled manner.  Symptoms of excess thyroid hormone include anxiety, ...
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Lung Cancer Treatments Vary


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, ...
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Finding Relief for Osteoarthritis


Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that affects millions of Americans. At Saint Francis Healthcare System, there are many options to relieve the pain, from conservative to surgical. “On the conservative end, primary care physicians can provide anti-inflammatory medication,” says Brian C. Schafer, MD, orthopedic surgeon who ...
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Nurse Practitioners Equal Another Primary Care Option


Nurse practitioners are nurses who have undergone advanced training and are able to diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries, order lab work and imaging tests, and write prescriptions.  They can manage many health conditions, teach health promotion and help patients with disease prevention. “Saint Francis Healthcare ...
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High Cholesterol Brings Issues


High cholesterol is a common condition that can have deadly consequences. One in six Americans suffers from high levels of cholesterol. A high cholesterol problem leads to heart disease and raises your risk of heart attack and stroke. “A certain amount of cholesterol is good for ...
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Treating Brain Tumors Varies


Treatment for brain tumors is based on the tumor size, location and likelihood of spreading or recurring. There are four grades of tumors – I, II, III and IV. Tumors that are classified as grades I or II grow slowly and are generally benign. While these ...
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Midwives Deliver Babies


Saint Francis Medical Center offers two certified nurse midwives, Tracy Carr, RN, BSN, MSN, CNM, and Megan Keeney, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNM, who serve as primary caregivers for moms-to-be and are present during their labor and delivery. “Certified nurse midwives have a great deal of formal ...
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