They say you don't really know cancer until the disease affects you personally, and for Jeffrey Weber, M.D., it's been a personal journey getting to know and fighting the disease. In 2005, the Cancer Treatment Centers of American doctor lost his own daughter, Annie, to sarcoma when she was just 24 years old.
"The feeling of helplessness is profound and can only be, to a small degree, countered by dedication of your mind, talents and emotion to doing everything you can to help others who find themselves in a similar situation."
In 2014, Holly Barrett, a 39-year-old Kenosha, Wisconsin native, found a lump in her breast. After going in for a mammogram, she learned nothing had been detected. Yet as time went on, the lump began to grow and she continued to worry. In September 2014, Barrett was sent by her employer, Hewlett-Packard, to fix some office equipment at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern). During this routine visit, she began asking some questions and scheduled an appointment. Shortly thereafter, Barrett was diagnosed with breast cancer and had both breasts removed and 33 doses of radiation. Now, she focuses on educating others to listen to their bodies.
Those of us with darker complexions think skin cancer isn’t something we have to worry about. Not so, says Dr. Patricia Thompson, cancer specialist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
Timothy W. Holder, MD, FAAFP, Medical Director of Supportive Care and Survivorship with Cancer Treatment Centers of America, was selected for inclusion in the forthcoming Top Doctors of North America 2015-16 edition of The Heritage Registry of Who’s Who.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America Global (CTCA) announced that four of its five hospitals, including the Tulsa hospital (CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center), were awarded Five-Star quality scores - the highest possible rating – by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS). Richard Haldeman, president and CEO of the Tulsa hospital, and Dr. Daniel Nader, chief of staff of the Tulsa hospital, were quoted.
When Dwight Dinkel lost hearing in his left ear five years ago, he had no idea it would lead to a journey through cancer treatment. In December 2009, he was diagnosed with a rare cancer, nasopharynx carcinoma, and sought treatment at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern). In June, Dinkel joined 115 other cancer survivors at the hospital’s Celebrate Life® event and commemorated five-years of survivorship.
In 2009, Jesse Thomas from Wichita Falls, Texas was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma. After undergoing treatment, the cancer recurred four years later. By that point, Jesse was told that he would need to undergo experimental treatment or live with the diagnosis. That’s when Jesse chose to seek a second opinion at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern).
Several studies have been performed to determine the benefits of laughter. Some reported benefits include a reduction of stress and pain. This article takes you on a journey through the history of laughter therapy. In addition, Dr. Katherine Puckett, National Director of Mind Body Medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), shares how laughter therapy can help patients undergoing cancer treatment.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) has honored Catherine Pippin, RN, with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in recognition for her commitment and patient-centered approach to care. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.
NBA legend and Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer, Spencer Haywood, shares details of his personal battle with prostate cancer.