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Coping with Cancer During the Holidays

Holidays can be a stressful time of year for any family, but dealing with a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. The holiday season is about traditions and celebrations. Sharri Butcher, MSN, RN-C, Nurse Manager for St. Elizabeth Healthcare Cancer Care/Medical Oncology, offered some insights on how to help during the holidays. By providing comfort and  

Cancer Patient gets Valuable Second Opinion at No Extra Cost

David Rankin thought he was pretty healthy for a 71-year-old. Almost every day, he enjoyed taking walks throughout his Erlanger neighborhood, where he lives with his wife Bonnie. One day, after routine bloodwork, David was stunned when his primary care doctor told him that his red blood cell count was too low. “I didn’t even  

Good news about strokes?

Yes! The American Heart Association  (AHA) reports that 80 percent of strokes can be prevented by taking these steps: Control your blood pressure Stop smoking Exercise Manage atrial fibrillation With uncontrolled high blood pressure to blame for more than half of all strokes, it leads the list of risk factors that can be controlled. Knowledge  

Offer a Helping Hand to a Loved One with Cancer

If you know someone who has recently received a cancer diagnosis, you may be wondering how you can help them this holiday season. Often just a small gesture and a helping hand can mean a lot to someone dealing with cancer. Shayna Hamilton, RN, MSM, CMSRN, Nurse Manager at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Cancer Care Center,  

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and St. Elizabeth Healthcare is using that opportunity to focus on the importance of early detection and screening for the successful treatment of lung cancer. If you are a current or former smoker, the statistics are sobering. • 85 percent of lung cancer is caused by smoking. • Kentucky  

Power Lunch – Empowering Women to Take Control

Everyone has at least one friend that has fallen behind on getting her annual mammogram. The friend that has made every excuse in the book, “I’m too busy”, “I will make the appointment next month”, “They didn’t find anything last year”. At St. Elizabeth Healthcare, we have taken the stress out of getting an annual  

Advancements in Treating Breast Cancer Start in Clinical Trials

Every treatment available today in the fight against cancer is based on past clinical trials. It is no different in our fight against breast cancer. One in eight women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. When that one is you, you want to make sure that you have access to every  

7 Truths About Mammograms

October is a special month designated by the American Cancer Society to help raise awareness for breast cancer. We feel October is a good time to remind women 40 and over to schedule their mammogram. Mammograms play a key role in early breast cancer detection and help decrease breast cancer deaths. The goal is to  

New radiation treatment provides fewer side effects

Cancer patients at St. Elizabeth have a better option for more targeted, more efficient radiation treatment through the Edge radiosurgery system. The Edge advanced linear accelerator doesn’t require surgery at all. Instead, it delivers a targeted, intense beam of radiation directly into cancerous tumors in a non-invasive procedure. The treatment is able to kill cancer  

Prostate Cancer: Signs and Treatment Options

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers found in men in the U.S. Each year, more than 161,000 new cases are diagnosed, and nearly 27,000 men die from the disease. However, treatment options are plentiful, and survival rates ““ especially with early detection ““ are high. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. If