Earlier today, Dr. Johanna Bendell, Director of GI Cancer Research Program at Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA, appeared on CNN with MichaeLA to discuss a recent study showing that the number of cases of colorectal cancer is rising for younger generations. Dr. Bendell sheds light on risk factors being researched that may be influencing the rising incidence rates for younger generations – while rates for older generations are decreasing. Learn more about the ongoing discussions regarding screening, potential risk factors and symptoms for younger generations from Dr. Bendell. HCA internal audience can view national segment here.
Today is World Cancer Day – a day to celebrate and honor the strength and courage that survivors around the world show every day in their fight against cancer, and to highlight the progress being made to advance treatments for patients. World Cancer Day brings together caregivers, doctors, researchers, family, friends and communities to show the power of working together – as shown in the theme “We Can. I Can.” Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA, put together a video montage of their care teams and colleagues across their global network to encourage patients fighting in their journey and… Read more.
You may know Erin Andrews as an NFL sideline reporter, co-host on the television show “Dancing with the Stars” or as the victim of a stalking incident and subsequent defendant in a highly publicized trial. And now, the sportscaster/television personality has gone public with a private battle against cervical cancer. Through her announcement, Andrews, who underwent a successful surgery for the condition, has helped raise awareness of cervical cancer and the importance of routine screenings. Drs. Cecelia Boardman and Tyler Ford of HCA Virginia Physicians share more details about how women can protect themselves from human papillomavirus (HPV), a condition… Read more.
Being diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming – as you learn new terminology, create a treatment plan with your care team and adjust your daily life to new appointments and physical challenges. Talking to your kids about your diagnosis is an added layer to this journey. Sarah Cannon, the cancer institute of HCA, provides resources and support, including an oncology trained nurse navigator, to walk with you through your journey. Elissa Redding, gastrointestinal nurse navigator at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center in Denver, shares her insights on how to approach talking to children (both young and old)… Read more.
Did you know that more people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined? When it comes to skin cancer, the more you know the better protected you can be. Summer, with all of its outdoor activities, is a great time to learn more about this all-too-common and often preventable form of cancer. Skin cancer can be caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which is especially prevalent in the summer months when the sun’s rays are strongest. Overexposure to the sun’s UV radiation can not only cause skin cancer but also… Read more.
Last week, Sarah Cannon, our global cancer institute, and HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s largest healthcare network, announced that they expanded their cancer collaboration through clinical research. By joining a global research network, HCA Midwest Health is now offering greater access to clinical trials for those facing cancer in the Kansas City region. “Clinical trials are an integral part of advancing the standard of cancer care, as today’s trials are tomorrow’s cutting-edge treatments,” said Dr. Howard A. “Skip” Burris, III, president of clinical operations and chief medical officer at Sarah Cannon. “By expanding our collaboration, we can provide patients in… Read more.
Did you know every three minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer? And that it takes a team approach to more effectively treat blood cancer? That is why Sarah Cannon, HCA’s global cancer enterprise, formed the Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network that brings together leading providers of blood cancer care for patients seeking treatment. HCA’s Tulane Medical Center, a member of the Blood Cancer Network, recently announced that it is now internationally recognized by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), the threshold for excellence in blood and marrow transplants. Founded in 1994, Tulane Medical Center’s Bone Marrow… Read more.
Dr. Johanna Bendell, Director of the GI Cancer Research Program and Associate Director of the Drug Development Program at Sarah Cannon Research Institute – the research arm of HCA’s global cancer enterprise Sarah Cannon – was featured on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC Thursday morning to provide insight on former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s recent cancer announcement. Dr. Bendell discusses the brief statement released by the former president and the positive impact the president’s active lifestyle may have on his treatment options. Sarah Cannon provides state-of-the-art cancer care and access to clinical trials close to home for hundreds of thousands… Read more.
Breakthroughs in cancer research have been gaining momentum over the last few years, and particularly in 2014 when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved 19 new cancer drugs. Sarah Cannon, HCA’s global cancer enterprise, was instrumental in advancing 13 of these new therapies through clinical trials prior to their original FDA approval. Over its 20-year history of bringing clinical trials closer to patients in a community setting, Sarah Cannon has been able to see thousands of patients benefit from such new treatment options.
“You have two months to live,” are words a person never forgets. But for Martha those words were the beginning of her amazing journey, not the end. She has been through a lot and is happy to share stories of surgeries and challenges. But she is more apt to talk about the gifts her cancer gave her: the love of family, the care of nurses and doctors at LewisGale that became part of her family, the trips to the Grand Canyon and endless hours of crocheting to make hats and quilts for cancer patients.