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Top Hoosier cancers

Written by Community Health Network on 2/18/2014 6:00:00 AM

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NBC news correspondent diagnosed with cancer

Written by Community Health Network on 2/12/2014 7:30:00 AM

In the wake of 2014 Olympic coverage, Tom Brokaw announced that he has multiple myeloma.

The NBC News Special Correspondent released a personal statement stating that he has been diagnosed with cancer of the blood, but that his physicians are very encouraged with the progress he is making.

Multiple myeloma is a cancer that affects plasma cells in bone marrow. When plasma cells become cancerous and grow, they can produce a tumor called a plasmacytoma. These tumors usually develop in the bone. When there is more than one plasma cell tumor, it is called multiple myeloma.

There are different stages to multiple myeloma, and once it is staged treatment can occur. Treatments can include chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, bisphosphonates and/or plasmapheresis. 

Throughout his treatment (that started last August), Brokaw has continued to work on NBC News projects, including contributing to NBC Sports coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

“With the exceptional support of my family, medical team and friends, I am very optimistic about the future and look forward to continuing my life, my work and adventures still to come," said Brokaw.

Blood cancer basics

Sumeet Bhatia, M.D., a board certified medical oncologist, hematologist and internal medicine specialist at Community Regional Cancer Center, explains the basics of blood cancer.

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Olympic skier and sunscreen wearer

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

Julia Mancuso took home her fourth Olympic medal Monday in the women's super combined, a two-part race: one run of slalom and one of downhill.

Mancuso won the bronze and is now the third American to collect medals at three consecutive Winter Olympics. Her first, gold, came in giant slalom at Torino in 2006, followed by two silver medals at the Vancouver Games in 2010.

The spotlight will stay on Mancuso when she goes for her fifth medal tomorrow in the downhill competition. While the spotlight may be shining on her, Mancuso is taking the opportunity to put the spotlight on skin cancer.

The granddaughter of a dermatologist, Mancuso has been a life-long advocate of skin protection for skiers, snowboarders and winter sport fanatics.

“I’m passionate about raising awareness of skin cancer because my grandfather and aunt are dermatologists,” said Julia. “Ever since I was a little girl, my mom instilled in me the importance of protecting my skin from the sun. I follow that advice to this day – on the mountain or off.”

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