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Cancer survivor believes in miracles

Donald Decker, of Beloit, credits his faith and Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) for helping him win the fight of his life. Decker, the husband of Mary, father of son Kenneth Decker, Crystal Rutkowski and Sarah Greenwood and grandfather of six, was 48 years old when he heard his grim diagnosis in 2009 after having severe back pain.

A Chicago Nurse Proves It’s Never Too Late To Go Back To School

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Registered Nursing is one of the top occupations in terms of the largest job growth from 2008 to 2018. With growth in the field, more and more employers are valuing those with advanced degrees in nursing. Adrienne Schultz is the assistant vice president for Patient Care Services for Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, Illinois and is a prime example of how continuing education can help advance a career.

Reasons to Eat Peaches

In addition to being sweet and tasty, peaches have a lot of health benefits, according to Kenny Wagoner, the executive chef of Cancer Treatment Centers of America. 

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."

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