This article features CTCA male breast cancer patient Steve Blethens and his wife, Marilyn, who is also a breast cancer survivor.
“Many people think of cancer risk as a game of chance,” says Dr. Deepu Madduri, the medical director of stem cell and cellular therapies with Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southwestern Regional Medical Center…“In some instances, a cancer diagnosis is the result of random factors or causes, but we are increasingly aware of so-called lifestyle choices, such as smoking, drinking, sedentary lifestyle and having multiple sexual partners, which can be linked to certain forms of cancer,” explains Madduri.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) is proud to sponsor the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Light the Night Walk. Light The Night is a two mile, non-competitive event where participants carry illuminated lanterns while they walk - white for survivors, red for supporters and gold to remember those lost to a blood cancer. Five walks will take place throughout Illinois between October 24 and 25.
At the walks, CTCA at Midwestern will introduce an interactive experience where participants can share messages of hope and honor their loved ones in their fight against cancer.
“When I was eight years old, I learned what cancer can do to a person. My mother battled breast cancer for 10 years and it left her physically disfigured and socially ravaged. I saw her become a shadow of her former self,’ says Dr. Rola Eid, medical director of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® in Tulsa.” (Page 21)
“Traci Owen, RN, BSN has the title of survivorship manager at Tulsa’s Cancer Treatment Centers of America. She’s also the sexual awareness nurse or just the sex nurse for short. But whatever she’s called, hundreds of couples have found out she’s been the savior of their relationships during a cancer diagnosis.”
In August, several cancer survivors from Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) and their loved ones celebrated a day of health, confidence, and rejuvenation. To celebrate survivorship everywhere, CTCA at Midwestern, Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) and Chico’s treated the women to a day of pampering. As part of the festivities, designer Sheila Johnson also launched an exclusive scarf to benefit SU2C.
In addition to a video recapping the day’s events, Chris Johnson, a seven-year survivor, shares her breast cancer journey and how the event allowed her to celebrate with her sister Sarah Lopez, also a breast cancer survivor.
Each week, nearly 5,000 women are newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite this astounding number, early stage breast cancer is a highly treatable disease from which many patients can confidently expect to be cured. Join Dr. Dennis Citrin, medical oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, as he discusses the advancements in cancer treatment from the past three decades, and how it has become much more precise and effective.
This article in Becker's Hospital Review discusses key findings from a national survey of patients and caregivers commissioned by Cancer Treatment Centers of America®:
“Hundreds of people at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa had a reason to celebrate. It has been five years since these cancer survivors first received treatment from the center.” One of the honorees, Stacy Goforth, shares her story of surviving stage IV breast cancer.
Four years ago, Tim Thiel was diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer. After receiving a grim prognosis, Tim sought out Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern). Since then, he has made 36 trips to CTCA at Midwestern for treatment, which has helped him manage the cancer and maintain a good quality of life. On August 28th, he completed a local 5K Glow Run in 27 minutes, a goal on his bucket list. He has also watched his children graduate and met his grandchildren.