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Healthier Future – Now

Dr. Bruce Gershenhorn, an oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), is on the front lines of this fight. Gershenhorn, who treats mostly lung cancer patients, has seen up-close how recent breakthroughs are making a difference.

At CTCA, doctors are taking a new approach to cancer treatment. Instead of the old one-size-fits-all model, doctors are trying to understand the unique engines or drivers of the cancer. Based on the cancer mutation, a specific drug is being chosen to hopefully attack the cancer’s root.

Local cancer survivors celebrate life

Karl Voelkel and Nicloe Carson returned to CTCA in Zion on June 5-6 for their annual “Celebrate Life” event, designed for all five year cancer survivors treated at the center. The event marked the 26th year that a tree has been planted in honor of each survivor. More than 300 trees were planted this year in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation and each survivor was also honored with an engraved gold leaf, displayed on the ever growing “tree of life” located at the center.

Clinical Conundrums

Clinical Conundrums
Hematology and bone marrow transplant highlights from ASCO—Part I - Prepared by Syed A. Abutalib, MD, Assistant Director Hematology & Stem Cell Transplantation Program, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Zion, Illinois.

Needle Biopsy Found to be Underused for Breast Cancer

Needle biopsy, the standard of care for diagnosing breast cancer, is underused in the United States, and patients are often influenced by surgeons to undergo unnecessary excisional biopsy, which may have a negative impact on diagnosis and treatment. That is the conclusion of a study now online ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (DOI.10.1200/JCO.2013.52.8257).

Do You Need That Mammo?

Mammography is the best tool for detecting breast cancer early. But whether it's a lifesaver for women in their 40s has been debated. This is where the experts stand now.

Studies look at huge populations to determine whether waiting an extra year is safe for the majority, adds Dennis Citrin, MD, a medical oncologist specializing in breast cancer at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, Ill. "But I don't treat populations. I treat individual women," he says. "And I don't want any of my patients to be the ones who are diagnosed late."

New Tech Changes the Game
One limitation of the Canadian study (the one that found that screening didn't save lives, contrary to previous research that said it reduces the risk of dying from the disease by 15 percent or more) is that it looked at women who had had mammos in the 1980s, when machines were far less sophisticated. "Think about how phones, computers and TVs have changed in the last 30 years," Dr. Citrin says. "It's the same with mammography."

CTCA Chefs for the Cure

A photo of participating chefs is included in the “Out and About” section. CTCA hosted the 10th annual Chefs for the Cure event, raising $28,372 for the Susan G. Komen Tulsa affiliate.  

CTCA Receives Fourth Consecutive Award

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has named Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Tulsa as one of its 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award recipients. 

Free Healthy Cooking Classes

On page 23: Kalli Castille, director of nutritional support and culinary at CTCA in Tulsa, is quoted in this article about the hospital’s upcoming cooking classes. In addition, a recipe for wild berry shortcake is included.

Niemeyer celebrates five years cancer-free

Ansel Niemeyer, a leukemia survivor from Bowling Green, joined more than 100 five-year cancer survivors on Friday, June 6, at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, Zion, IL, for an emotional and momentous walk down a red carpet lined with hundreds of cheering family, friends, caregivers and hospital care team members, to celebrate five years of cancer survivorship.

Five-Year Cancer Survivor from Elburn Celebrates Life with more than 100 Fellow Survivors

Geraldine Caron, an ovarian cancer survivor from Elburn, Illinois, joined more than 100 five-year cancer survivors earlier this month, for an emotional and momentous walk down a red carpet lined with hundreds of cheering family, friends, caregivers and hospital care team members, to celebrate five years of cancer survivorship. Caron also took part in a tree planting ceremony, symbolizing the wonder of life and growth. The activities were all part of the annual Celebrate Life® event held at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA®) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern), a time for cancer survivors to come together to rejoice in their personal milestones and to support one another as they continue their cancer survivorship journey.

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