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Putt-ing cancer in its place

Written by Community Health Network on 4/22/2014 8:00:00 PM

The best in golf just teed up for the Master's and the PGA tour is underway. But one pro golfer is more than just a five-time PGA Tour winner, he's also a cancer survivor. 

Billy Mayfair has a resume that includes PGA tour trophy's and a win against Tiger Woods in a sudden-death duel at the 1998 Nissan Open. It also includes a battle with testicular cancer

In 2006 Mayfair discovered a lump in his groin.

"I was getting out of the shower and I felt a large bump just below my groin," Mayfair told Coping with Cancer Magazine in 2010. "I looked in the mirror and could tell that my right testicle was the size of a baseball. I didn't think very much about it, but it just didn't feel right." 

After a trip to the doctor to have the unusual lump inspected, Mayfair was diagnosed with cancer. Just four days later he had surgery to remove his right testicle and rid him of cancer. Surgery was successful and Mayfair underwent radiation treatment to kill any remaining cancer cells. 

Soon Mayfair was back out on the course playing in the PGA Tournament and remains cancer-free today. 

Read our Q&A with Dr. Agarwala to learn more about how testicular cancer is treated.

Source: Coping with Cancer
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New cancer center a beacon of hope

Written by Community Health Network on 4/18/2014 11:55:00 AM

The doors to our new state-of-the-art cancer facility on Indiana's south side are now open. The new cancer center will bring more than world-class cancer treatment to cancer patients, it will bring hope.

Over 100 people gathered at 1440 East County Line Road yesterday as a celebratory ribbon was cut and the facility welcomed its first patients.

Leaders from Community Health Network and Greenwood Chamber of Commerce joined Indiana State Senator Brent Waltz (R), Indiana State Representative Dave Frizzell (R), Community cancer patients and employees at this momentous event. 

“Like so many families, my family has also been touched by cancer,” said Frizzell. “That’s why I’m so glad to see that families in our community will have access to world-class cancer care at Community Cancer Center South.”

Attendees heard from Community South Region President Tony Lennen, VP of Oncology Services Myra Fouts and Dr. Darrel Ross, a radiation oncologist who will be practicing at the new cancer center.

An enthusiastic speech by a former Community cancer patient and Stage IV Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma survivor was met with applause. 

"The opening of the South Cancer Center is a monumental step forward in cancer care for the south side community," said Dr. Shekar Narayanan. "Having our trained specialists and MD Anderson Cancer Network™ certified physicians working together on a daily basis, under one roof, will bring improved patient outcomes, care and experience to our cancer patients."

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony attendees enjoyed light refreshments and toured the facility. 

The new cancer center will open in phases. The Phase One opening highlights the first two floors of the 65,000 square-foot facility. A third floor dedicated to breast cancer treatment will open in late summer.

For more information about the new cancer center, visit our website or call 800.777.7775.

Infertility and testicular cancer

Written by Community Health Network on 4/17/2014 7:00:00 AM

Testosterone levels and infertility can be affected by cancer treatment, but it differs from person-to-person.

Testicular cancer normally only develops in one testicle. If that testicle is removed the other testicle can usually make enough testosterone to keep hormone levels up. The age of the person and the pretreatment gonadal function also play a large role in the testosterone level after treatment.

However, if the both testicles have been removed or if a new cancer develops, supplemental testosterone can be given. Most often this is in the form of a gel or patch that is put on the skin or a monthly shot.

Men who develop testicular cancer can also experience issues with fertility, with chemotherapy and radiation patients being at the highest risk for infertility. Patients who undergo a non-nerve-sparing retroperitoneal lymph node dissection are likely to have fertility issues due to problems with ejaculation. However, sperm banking is offered to patients prior to starting cancer treatment if fatherhood is something the patient wants to consider. Additional options, like in vitro fertilization also exist to help men father children post-treatment. 

Concerned about infertility or low hormone levels?
Call our cancer care experts at 800.777.7775 to have your questions answered.

Taking cancer care in a whole new direction

Written by Community Health Network on 4/16/2014 3:30:00 PM

Community Cancer Center South will open to the public tomorrow! Located on the Community Hospital South campus this facility is approaching cancer care in new ways.

At our new cancer center we have combined a multidisciplinary team of medical experts with state-of-the-art technology in a healing environment – all under one roof. Our coordinated approach to care enables patients to see all their care providers at one place, saving time and reducing the need for multiple appointments. Patients are supported by a team that includes an oncology social worker, oncology dietitian, financial counselors and dedicated patient navigators.

Executive Director at Community Cancer Center South, Regina Ward, and Community Health Network CEO, Bryan Mills, talk about the unique approach our facility takes to cancer care.

Visit our website for more information about Community Cancer Center South.

Cancer answers: How is testicular cancer detected?

Written by Community Health Network on 4/15/2014 7:00:00 AM

By Anuj Agarwala, MD, a Community Health Network board certified hematologist, medical oncologists and internal medicine specialists, and a MD Anderson Cancer Network™ certified physician.

Your doctor will obtain a detailed medical history from you and perform a physical examination, including an examination of the testicles. The next step is typically an ultrasound. This is a painless test in which a probe is placed over the testicle(s) and the images are evaluated by the doctor. This test alone can often determine whether or not their is cancer. However, blood work, X-rays and/or CT scans may be performed depending on your individual situation.

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To make an appointment with an MD Anderson Cancer Network™ certified physician at Community, call 800-777-7775 today!

Now open! Community Cancer Center South

Welcome to world-class cancer treatment on the southside of Indianapolis. Inside the 65,000 square-foot facility, you'll find state-of-the-art technology, expert oncologists, and a host of on-site amenities and features to help patients through the healing process.

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know testicular cancer affects men as young as 15? Visit our website to learn more about testicular cancer and how to protect yourself with a self-exam.

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