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Targeting and treating prostate cancer by Dr. Jianan Graybill

Written by Dr. Jianan Graybill on 9/26/2014 6:00:00 AM

Dr. Jianan Graybill, is a radiation oncologist and certified MD Anderson Cancer Network® physician.

Jianan GraybillIn the past 20 years, cancer treatments have changed dramatically, including treatment for prostate cancer. Advances in treatment therapies have reduced the severity and frequency of side effects, and nearly 100 percent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are alive after five years.

Men with prostate cancer have several options for treatment. Radiation therapy is one. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays, either beamed from a machine or emitted by radioactive seeds implanted in the prostate, to kill cancer cells.

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) 
This targeted treatment is often used for men with localized prostate cancer. Studies have demonstrated strong outcomes for patients after receiving targeted therapies like IMRT and IGRT (Image Guided Radiation Therapy). Sometimes, these types of therapies are also combined with hormonal therapies. 

Here at Community Health Network, we use CT cone beam as our advanced IGRT. continue reading ...


Cancer Center South, three months later

Written by Community Health Network on 7/25/2014 6:00:00 AM


Since the opening of Community Cancer Center South in April, the radiation oncology staff has been providing treatment to patients using state-of-the-art equipment. 

The TrueBeam™, a radiation therapy machine, brings something different to cancer treatment plans for Community cancer patients. Using TrueBeam's advanced imaging features, doctors can "see" the tumor and personalize treatments to a particular cancer - and treatments take minutes, not hours.

"The TrueBeam delivers an advanced form of radiation with pin point accuracy to a patient's tumor either in or on the surface of their body," explained Dr. Darrel Ross, radiation oncologist at Community Physician Network. continue reading ...


Dr. Darrel Ross, staff and patients celebrate 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 Dr. Darrel Ross' 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. continue reading ...


Cervical cancer breakthrough

Written by Community Health Network on 6/13/2014 11:30:00 AM

Two women with cervical cancer who went through immunotherapy are now in remission.

For Arrica Wallace, age 37, of Manhattan, Kansas, her diagnosis with stage III cervical cancer in 2011 was a shock. She had gone for regular Pap smears and all her tests had been normal. Cervical cancer is typically caused by the HPV virus and transforms normal cells into fast growing tumor cells - often caught in a Pap smear.

The mother of two shared her story with NBC News, “In all, I had 32 rounds of chemo, I had 25 days of radiation and I also had brachytherapy, internal radiation treatment before the trial treatment,” Wallace said. “My doctors … were pretty aggressive because I was young and healthy enough to handle the treatment side-effects.” continue reading ...


Yoga improves quality of life for breast cancer patients

Written by Community Health Network on 3/10/2014 10:00:00 AM

New research from the MD Anderson Cancer Center finds that yoga can improve quality of life for women undergoing radiation treatment for breast cancer.

Already known to help with fatigue, the research shows that the benefits of yoga may extend far beyond that.

The researchers split more than 191 participants into three groups: a yoga group who focused on all aspects of the exercise, a group that just used stretching techniques from yoga, and a control group. continue reading ...


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