DeQuita Clark, a Jacksonville, FL resident, was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 2014. After seeking a second opinion at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern), she has undergone chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. Today, she continues her fight against breast cancer. DeQuita also utilizes several integrative services at CTCA at Midwestern to help her manage the side effects of treatment including naturopathic medicine, nutrition, pain management and spiritual support. Within this article, DeQuita shares her experience with breast cancer and suggestions for others recently diagnosed with the disease.
When Jules “Wild Bill” McNiss Sr. from Deepwater, New Jersey, went to the doctor this past May to be treated for a bad cough and chest congestion, he never dreamed he would receive a stage IV lung cancer diagnosis. After being told his prognosis was poor, Jules chose to seek a second opinion at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern). From the moment his daughter made the first phone call to CTCA®, Jules and his family felt a new sense of hope. Today, Jules is undergoing radiation treatment at CTCA at Midwestern.
Lisa Cannon, 31-year-old from Central Illinois, was diagnosed with stage III Invasive Ductal Carcinoma in November 2011 when she was only 27-years-old. After undergoing a bilateral radical mastectomy and multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, the mother of two and founder of her own photography and stationary design business learned in July of 2014 that she had stage IV metastatic breast cancer that had spread to her liver and spine. As she now fights the disease at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, she also takes vitamins and supplements to better manage treatment side effects. In this article,Lisa shares her emotional journey and words of wisdom to others battling a breast cancer diagnosis.
October is breast cancer awareness month. One Anthem woman is glad that she has made it through her year-long battle with the disease.
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.