Cancer Care

At-Home Genetic Testing Kits

At-home genetic testing kits are at the height of popularity right now. But is the information valuable – or just for entertainment? From 23andMe to AncestryDNA, there is an abundance of at-home genetic testing kits that are available right now. You simply buy a kit, mail in a saliva sample and six weeks later, the  

7 UV Safety Tips

July is Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Month – but how much do we really know about UV light and the effects it has on our bodies? Exposure to UV Rays Ultraviolet rays are difficult to avoid – they reach us even when we’re walking down the street or driving in our cars. In the short term,  

3 Tips to Help Prepare You for Your First Cancer Treatment

When you learn you have cancer, there are so many questions swirling through your mind. Oftentimes, things happen so quickly that you don’t even have time to stop and do a lot of research yourself. Stephanie Bonfilio, RN, MSN, OCN, Nurse Navigator with St. Elizabeth Healthcare Cancer Care/Medical Oncology, has three tips to help you  

Conquering Cancer with Information

Knowledge is empowering, sometimes even lifesaving. Amanda Laws, a St. Elizabeth Physicians Practice Manager, will tell you it likely was for her. In 2010, doctors diagnosed Laws’ mother with stage 4 ovarian cancer. Conversations about the family’s health history raised concern. Laws’ grandmother died of breast cancer in her 40s, and her great-grandmother died of  

Breast Cancer Survivor Celebrates 8 Years Cancer Free

Tammy Godman was only 36 when she felt a lump in her breast. Although she was too young for a recommended mammogram, she regularly did self-checks. Tammy said, “I have always worked in the medical field. In fact, I even worked in a mammography office once so I would regularly check for anything different.” It  

A Cool Cap for Chemotherapy

Scalp cooling technology helps to reduce chemotherapy hair loss For many cancer patients, hair loss during chemotherapy is one of the hardest parts of their treatment plan. While it can be an inevitable treatment side effect, it is often an emotional hurdle for patients to overcome. At St. Elizabeth Healthcare, we want to help. Our  

Relay for Life: Get Involved

In communities all across the United States and the world, people join together to be a part of Relay for Life. This incredible event celebrates cancer survivors and honors those warriors who have lost their battle to the disease. What is Relay for Life? Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event. Participants  

Melanoma Know More at St. Elizabeth Healthcare

What do you know about melanoma? St. Elizabeth Healthcare wants you to be a part of the Melanoma Know More movement. Warning signs and symptoms of melanoma Melanoma can be one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer. However, there is a bright side: when it’s detected early, it is highly treatable. The American Academy  

E-Cigarettes: A Good or Bad Smoking Alternative?

E-cigarettes are perceived as “safer” and marketed as a method to quit smoking – but is there any truth to that story? What are e-cigarettes? E-cigarettes are a battery-operated nicotine delivery system designed to deliver nicotine through inhalation. Also known as “vaping,” e-cigarettes have been in the United States since 2006 and appeal to both  

Precision Medicine: What Does it Mean for You?

St. Elizabeth Healthcare is committed to providing our patients with cutting-edge medical care. Recently, St. Elizabeth has brought even more focus to the area of precision medicine, embracing the “this is right for you, personally” approach instead of a “one-size-fits-all” approach. What is precision medicine? Precision medicine is an approach to healthcare, disease treatment and