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Hockey great keeps Hodgkin’s lymphoma in check

Written by Community Health Network on 2/21/2014 10:30:00 AM

For his performance during the 1992-1993 season with the Pittsburg Penguins, back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships and gold medal win in the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake, Mario Lemieux earned the name “Super Mario”. But what is truly super about this hockey legend is that he is a cancer survivor.

In 1993 Mario was having the season of his career and was close to establishing a new National Hockey League (NHL) scoring record. Then, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, now known as Hodgkin’s lymphomacontinue reading ...

Former Olympian gives birth after cancer

Written by Community Health Network on 2/17/2014 7:15:00 PM

Shannon Miller, former Olympic gymnast, is an ovarian cancer survivorThis month we’re recalling former U.S. Olympians who were challenged by cancer. One such Olympian is Shannon Miller, who competed as a gymnast in two Summer Games: Barcelona in 1992 and Atlanta in 1996. She was one of the “Magnificent Seven” and is the most decorated American gymnast in history.

Miller was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in February of 2011 after physicians discovered a cyst on her ovary during a routine gynecological exam. Miller underwent surgery to remove her left ovary and had nine weeks of chemotherapy treatment.

Last June, Miller and her husband welcomed a healthy baby girl, named Sterling. This achievement rivals her Olympic performance, especially because Miller is a cancer survivor. continue reading ...

Testicular cancer can’t slow Kessel down

Written by Community Health Network on 2/16/2014 6:45:00 AM

Phil Kessel, testicular cancer survivor and star hockey player You may know Phil Kessel as the leading scorer for the Toronto Maple Leafs, or remember him skating his way to a silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 with the U.S. Men’s Hockey Team.

What you may not know is that this hat trick-scoring hockey player is also a cancer survivor.

In 2006, as a rookie with the Boston Bruins, Phil detected a small lump in his testicle. He was concerned and approached a physician. After an exam and ultrasound, he was diagnosed with embryonal testicular cancer. continue reading ...

Olympic figure skating great Dorothy Hamill recalls chemotherapy side effects

Written by Community Health Network on 2/15/2014 10:15:00 AM

In 1976, Dorothy Hamill trademarked the "Hamill-Camel", a figure skating spin, and won gold at the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck. Instead of retiring from the sport when she was at the top of the podium, she went on to compete in the next year’s World Figure Skating Championship—and won. Dorothy applied those same guts when she was diagnosed with cancer.

In 2007, the figure skating champion was diagnosed with breast cancer. After extensive chemotherapy and treatment she was declared cancer-free in 2009. But even a few years after her last chemotherapy session, Hamill still felt drained from all of the treatment.

“I don’t have a lot of energy,” said Hamill in a 2010 interview with People magazine. “I get really tired. Even when I’m not skating I get tired.”

Dr. Christina Kim, a certified MD Anderson Cancer Network® physician at Community Health Network, specializes in breast surgery. She says there are common long-term side effects from chemotherapy. continue reading ...

Radiation therapy: Zeroing in on cancer part II

Written by Community Health Network on 2/14/2014 11:00:00 AM

This is the second blog (view part one here) in a three-part interview series with Dr. Chandrika Patel, radiation oncologist. She is board certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology and a certified MD Anderson Cancer Network® physician.

Is radiation therapy given alone or in combination with chemotherapy or immunotherapy?

At Community Cancer Centers you have a cancer team that includes a medical oncologist, surgeon, radiation oncologist and nursing support team. We identify your cancer type and stage and develop a personalized treatment plan for you. Combination therapy is not unusual. In addition to radiation therapy, chemotherapy attacks the cancer cells directly. Immunotherapy, also called biologic therapy, targets the body’s immune system to fight the disease.

How are patients supported throughout and post- treatment?

Survivorship is a very important part of the patient experience at Community Cancer Center.  For example, we have breast health navigators who are matched with every breast cancer patient and help guide and support that patient through their journey. The health navigator is there to help that patient from the time of a positive biopsy through the course of treatment which may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy or a combination of such. Our health navigator holds their hand along the way and makes sure all of their questions and concerns are addressed. continue reading ...

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