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Cancer Center South, two months later

Written by Community Health Network on 7/24/2014 6:00:00 AM

Since the Community Cancer Center South opened, two months ago, the radiation oncology staff has experienced new and different opportunities for their patients; namely the TrueBeam®. 

The TrueBeam®, a state-of-the-art radiation therapy machine, brings something different to the cancer treatment plan for patients. Overall, patients notice the quickness of the treatment cycle. The images are much clearer, the machine itself is more comfortable for patients and adapts of people of all sizes.

In fact recently, the Truebeam® accommodated a bariatric patient from Boone County. He drove the distance to the South Cancer Center because the cancer treatments he needed could be effectively done on the Truebeam given his size.

Breast care patients having treatments via the Truebeam are experiencing less skin reaction, meaning they are not as pink. It's not unusual for a woman to come in fearful that these treatments will "burn" them. The improvements in our radiation treatments and expertise delivering these treatments means there are fewer side effects. The versatility of Truebeam machine is really a game changer for cancer patients.

The Radiation Oncology Department at the South Cancer Center has new treatment options (SRS, SBRT and breathe holds with respiratory gating for lung cancer treatments, and rapid arc IMRT treatments) that are more targeted in delivery, zeroing in on the cancer cells. To see a vitual tour click here. [insert the CHN video of the TrueBeam]

Stopping sarcoma in its tracks

Written by Community Health Network on 7/15/2014 7:00:00 AM

According to the American Cancer Society, this year approximately 12,000 new soft tissue sarcoma cases will be diagnosed in the United States.

These cancers are considered rare, but found most often in adults. More than half are found in the arms and legs. Others soft tissue sarcomas are discovered in the abdomen, head and/or neck.

The most common symptom an adult will notice is a lump that continues to grow over the course of a few weeks or months. Most often these lumps do not hurt. continue reading ...

Posted in: Sarcoma

Treating rare bone cancer

Written by Community Health Network on 7/12/2014 6:00:00 AM

This month is National Sarcoma Awareness Month. There are two common types of sarcoma: bone and soft tissue. Both are treated based upon the size, location and stage of the tumor.

Soft tissue sarcomas are often treated using surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Depending on the characteristics of the tumor and its grade (growth rate), a combination of all or some of these treatments may be used.

The treatment of bone cancer depends on the size, location, type and stage of the cancer. Chemotherapy with surgery is often the primary treatment. While amputation of a limb is sometimes necessary, using chemotherapy either before or after surgery has allowed physicians to save the limb and improve survival in many cases.

Radiation may be used in Ewing’s sarcoma if surgery is not feasible, or in certain select cases of metastatic disease.

Although very rare, in the two months that the new Community Cancer Center South has been open, the radiation oncology department has treated four patients with sarcoma.

Dr. Darrel Ross"After a tumor is removed surgically, the radiation oncology team works with the patient to treat the margin of tissue left after resection, targeting microscopic cancer cells," said Dr. Darrel Ross, radiation oncologist at Community Physician Network. "The goal with this treatment is to avoid damaging healthy tissue and to promote wound healing after the grafting." continue reading ...

Posted in: Bone , Sarcoma

Paralympic athlete thrives after sarcoma

Written by Community Health Network on 7/8/2014 6:00:00 AM

J Dee Marinko, cancer survivorBrazil may be hosting the World Cup now, but it will also host the Paralympic Games in 2016. And sarcoma survivor, J. Dee Marinko, a member of the U.S. Sitting Volleyball team plans to be there.

Marinko lost his foot to sarcoma, a rare cancer, in 2009. 

At 28 years old, Marinko was working as an Air Force supply tech in Oklahoma when went to the doctor complaining of foot pain. An MRI image revealed a cystic growth in his foot. continue reading ...

Sparklers, pie and the Fourth of July!

Written by Community Health Network on 7/4/2014 6:00:00 AM

"We want to impart an attitude of happiness and joy here," says Donna Raker, oncology nurse, about Community Cancer Center South. "Cancer gives the impression of gloom and doom, but we find that our patients want to celebrate life every day."

Celebrate they do. The patients and staff in the radiation oncology department at Community Cancer Center South are notorious for hosting parties and themed events to make cancer treatment fun.

The office of Dr.Ross, decorated for July 4thJuly 2, 2014 was no different. Red, white & blue bunting, balloons and the smell of barbecue filled the radiation oncology department. 

"This patriotic party is our way of kicking off the Fourth of July holiday," said Raker. "It's the biggest one we have hosted in the two months that we have been at the new cancer center. We are making it home so why not celebrate with our patients." continue reading ...

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