Written by 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 ...
Written by 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.
July 2, 2014 was no different. Red, white & blue bunting, balloons and the smell of barbecue filled the radiation oncology department. continue reading ...
Written by 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 ...
Written by 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 ...
Written by 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 ...