After a breast cancer diagnosis: a faster treatment option

Posted on October 20, 2017

This year in the United States, an estimated 255,180 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed. That includes more than 5,500 cases in Tennessee alone. But along with being common, breast cancer is also very treatable. When someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, there are multiple treatment options available, including chemotherapy, hormone therapy, surgery, … »


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6 important things to know about colorectal cancer

Posted on March 18, 2017

This year, more than 3,000 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed in the state of Tennessee, according to the American Cancer Society. Are you in the know about the disease? While colorectal cancer is among the most common types of cancer, it is also among the most preventable. Here are six other things … »


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Is it a mole or skin cancer?

Posted on October 12, 2016

As we age, our skin continually reminds us of how much time we spend in the sun. Laugh lines deepen and mysterious spots begin to appear from nowhere. How do you know if a spot is safe or a possible sign of skin cancer?      Even though skin cancer is the most common type of … »


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Be your own breast friend

Posted on October 8, 2016

While October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, be sure you’re taking steps every month to protect your breasts.  A year ago, you probably thought you had a good understanding of the screenings you needed for your breast health. At age 40, you’d start having annual mammograms, and that was that. But then suddenly, the recommendations … »


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Exercise & cancer: What’s the impact

Posted on August 25, 2016

The state of Tennessee has the 14th highest obesity rate in the nation. Up to a third of cancer-related deaths are due to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. Add those two facts up, and you have a lethal combination. Fortunately, you can take positive steps to reduce your risk of cancer. In fact, you can … »


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Revolutionizing kidney cancer surgery

Posted on April 14, 2016

Imagine a kidney cancer procedure that removes cancerous tissue while leaving the rest of the kidney intact. At Erlanger Health System, that procedure is a reality. In the past, if a cancerous spot were found on a kidney, the entire kidney was removed. In the last few decades, however, researchers have found that organ-sparing surgeries … »


Colorectal cancer: the best treatment = prevention

Posted on March 28, 2016

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women in the United States. The good news, though, is that the cancer is also one of the most preventable. This type of cancer is largely preventable because it is slow developing. It can take as many as 10 to 15 years for a … »


A creative collaboration to fight cancer

Posted on December 17, 2015

Oncologists at Erlanger Health System are working to solve a riddle, and the answer is a matter of life and death. It’s estimated that only 5% of cancer cases in the U.S. are diagnosed in people between the ages of 15–39. So why does cancer remain the number one cause of death in adolescents and … »


Surviving Pancreatic Cancer

Posted on November 17, 2015

Though it may not be as common as other forms of cancer, pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. But at Erlanger, it is no longer thought of as the “death sentence” it used to be. Your pancreas is a small but complex gland that resembles the shape … »


How Lynda Hood beat the odds

Posted on October 29, 2015

After giving birth to her daughter, Lynda Hood was focused on the future of motherhood. But shortly after a normal checkup for her 14-month-old little girl, Lynda recognized that she wasn’t feeling quite right herself. Upon a regular breast self-exam, she found a lump. Her breast cancer had progressed to stage four, spreading beyond just … »


Is breast cancer in your genes?

Posted on October 12, 2015

In 2003, Carol Schoner’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. You can imagine Carol’s surprise in the wake of her mother’s treatment when, just four years later, she received her own breast cancer diagnosis. Women with a close (first-degree) relative, such as a mother, sister, or daughter that has been diagnosed with breast cancer have … »


Erlanger helps you navigate your breast cancer journey

Posted on October 6, 2015

Approximately 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. That statistic alone can make having a mammogram uncomfortable and scary — but it doesn’t have to be. At the Erlanger Center for Breast Health, our breast cancer navigators are here to help. At the first sign of an abnormal mammogram — through … »


Get screened for colon cancer

Posted on August 28, 2015

Colon cancer results in over 55,000 deaths each year and is the second leading source of cancer deaths in the United States. In the early stages of the disease, a large number of people don’t show any signs or symptoms, so physicians are convinced that screening is vital for the early detection and treatment of … »


New breakthrough treats breast cancer in 5 days instead of 6 weeks

Posted on August 26, 2015

Breast cancer survivors know the difficulty of a long march through up to 6 weeks of radiation therapy following breast surgery. Now, thanks to innovative new treatments at Erlanger, the journey to health is as short as 5 days, with less discomfort and fewer side effects. How is that possible? Dr. Norleena Gullett, Radiation Oncologist … »


Ask an Expert: When should I have my first mammogram?

Posted on July 1, 2015

Q: When should I have my first mammogram? I’m 36 years old without a family history of breast cancer. A: All women, regardless of family history, should have a baseline mammogram between age 35 and 40 and annual mammograms after 40. Over 85 percent of women with breast cancer do not have a family history … »


A decade of survival: a father’s story of battling cancer and winning

Posted on June 21, 2015

50-year-old father Dewayne was of average health, working through the daily stresses of life, and not considering that anything may be wrong with him. Which is why when he started to experience some of the classic colon cancer symptoms — narrowing stool, changes in bowel habits — he didn’t think that much of it. “Had … »


4 Erlanger patients share their stories of cancer survival

Posted on June 7, 2015

Cancer treatments and technology have come a long way in recent years. Today, millions of people — more than 14 million in the U.S. alone — are surviving this once shattering diagnosis. That’s something to celebrate! Since 1987, the first Sunday of June has been celebrated as National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD). It’s a time … »


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