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Early detection saved her life

Written by Community Health Network on 8/12/2014 6:00:00 AM


Chances for survival vary by stage of breast cancer. Non-invasive (stage 0) and early stage invasive breast cancers (stages I and II) have a better prognosis than later stage cancers (stage III and IV). And, cancer that has not spread beyond the breast has a better prognosis than cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes.

Catching cancer at its earliest stage only increases a patient's chances for survival. Courtney Larson, a Community Cancer Care patient, knows a thing or two about the importance of early detection of breast cancer: It saved her life.

Larson was performing a breast self-exam when she discovered a suspicious lump. Concerned, she followed up with her physician. A diagnostic mammogram was performed and revealed Larson had breast cancer.

After surgery to remove her cancerous tumor, six rounds of chemotherapy and thirty rounds of radiation treatment, Larson was declared cancer-free. But her passion to keep fighting cancer did not end there. continue reading ...


Tackling bone cancer

Written by Community Health Network on 7/29/2014 6:15:00 AM

Mark Herzlich, NY Giants linebacker and cancer survivorNot only is Mark Herzlich number 58 and linebacker for the New York Giants, but a cancer survivor too.

As a college football player at Boston College, Herzlich was used to getting hit hard. But when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, that hit came harder than the rest.

In January 2009, Herzlich was coming off of a great football season, but was bothered by a lot of leg pain while sleeping. Soreness and pain was nothing new for the athlete, but this pain nagged him and did not go away. So, during a holiday break his mother made an appointment with his doctor.

An MRI revealed that he had a bone tumor on his femur and a biopsy that followed confirmed it was Ewing's Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer. But like he tackled players on the field, Herzlich felt it was only right that he tackle his cancer too. continue reading ...

Tags: chemotherapy , radiation therapy | Posted in: Bone , Sarcoma

Paralympic athlete thrives after sarcoma

Written by Community Health Network on 7/8/2014 6:00:00 AM

J Dee Marinko, cancer survivorBrazil may be hosting the World Cup now, but it will also host the Paralympic Games in 2016. And sarcoma survivor, J. Dee Marinko, a member of the U.S. Sitting Volleyball team plans to be there.

Marinko lost his foot to sarcoma, a rare cancer, in 2009. 

At 28 years old, Marinko was working as an Air Force supply tech in Oklahoma when went to the doctor complaining of foot pain. An MRI image revealed a cystic growth in his foot. continue reading ...


How testicular cancer is treated with Dr. Anuj Agarwala

Written by Dr. Anuj Agarwala on 4/24/2014 7:00:00 AM

Dr. Agarwala is a medical oncologist and certified MD Anderson Cancer Network® physician.

Dr. Anuj Agarwala

 Testicular cancer is very treatable and in the majority of cases, curable. It has been viewed as a model cancer for how cancers can be cured, even when it has spread to other parts of the body (metastasized). It has a five-year survival rate of 95 percent.

In almost all cases, the affected testicle will be surgically removed. If the cancer was isolated to only the testicle, it's likely your doctor will continue to evaluate you with blood tests and imaging to be sure the cancer does not affect the other testicle. In advanced testicular cancers, chemotherapy, further surgery to remove lymph nodes (retroperitoneal lymph node dissection), and/or radiation may be utilized.

For more information about how testicular cancer is treated at Community, check out our cancer care page.


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.


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