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.
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.
When Angelina Jolie opted to undergo a double mastectomy and then publicize it in 2013 after genetic testing revealed she carried the BRCA1 gene, it sparked a lot of conversations about genetic testing and ultimately led to an increase in breast removal surgeries. With 1 in 8 women developing breast cancer, many women and their families ask questions such as… What causes breast cancer? How much do genetics impact the risk for developing breast cancer? The cancer experts at Sarah Cannon, our cancer institute, are here to answer questions for you or a loved one. Learn about the role of genetics in… 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.
Dr. Erika Hamilton, Associate Director, Breast Cancer and Gynecologic Cancer Research Program at Sarah Cannon Research Institute – the research arm of our global cancer enterprise, Sarah Cannon – was featured on CNN today regarding the American Cancer Society’s new screening guidelines just released. New screening guidelines state that women should begin getting mammograms at age 45 instead of 40 and all women can forego routine manual breast checks by physicians. One of the reasons surrounding these changes are that mammograms have a fairly high false-positive rate and the chance of false-positives increase under age 45 as women in this… Read more.
Dr. Erika Hamilton, Associate Director of the Breast Cancer and Gynecologic Cancer Research Program at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute – the research arm of our global cancer enterprise, Sarah Cannon – was featured on Fox News in August to discuss a study released on DCIS, early stage breast cancer. DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ), commonly referred to as “stage zero breast cancer”, is an abnormal collection of cancer cells inside the milk ducts of the breasts. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 60,000 women are diagnosed with DCIS each year. That’s one out of five new breast cancer… Read more.
Cancer does not discriminate. Young or old, rich or poor, healthy or inactive, more than one million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year. For women, breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer (behind skin cancer) in the nation. In fact, one out of eight American women will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. That’s why the conversation on breast cancer is front and center every October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Understanding breast cancer is important. The annual campaign to increase awareness, raise funds and educate people on detection, diagnosis and… 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.