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Pink Pals Support Pink Up


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 ...
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Treating Cancer With Radiation Therapy


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 ...
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Special Treatments for Triple Negative Breast Cancer


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 ...
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Breast Cancer Index Tests Recurrence Risk


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. “When a woman is first diagnosed with estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer, cancer that ...
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Immunotherapy Offers New Hope for Cancer Patients


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 ...
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Community Support for Pink Up Illuminates in October


Pink Up™ shines bright during the month of October, with a variety of events scheduled to help spread the word about breast cancer awareness and early detection. “We are extremely grateful to have such wonderful business sponsorships and community events that donate to Pink Up,” says ...
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Combat Chemo Side Effects


Over the years, researchers have improved chemotherapy drugs so the side effects are minimal. For drugs that cause unpleasant side effects, doctors have ways to help you while undergoing treatment. “Each person reacts differently to medications,” says Carlos Robles, MD, medical oncologist/hematologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. ...
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Womancare Supports Women Through Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment


  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 ...
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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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