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Prevention is the most effective way to reduce colon cancer deaths and screening is our most important tool in the fight. Excluding skin cancer, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. Colon cancer screening has proven its value in reducing the risk of death, however, there is still work to be done for approximately …

HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Related Cancers

HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Related Cancers When asked what causes cancer most people will respond with an answer of chemicals, smoking, or too much sun but rarely do people mention viruses. Scientists know that viruses can cause several different types of cancer. A virus is an infective agent too small to be seen by the human eye that reproduces inside a living …

Do All the Good You Can

Do All the Good You Can

November 7, 2019

“By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” John Wesley   My son is starting high school. It brings me back to the day I made that same big step. My dad …

Why join a support group?

Why join a support group?

October 25, 2019

A cancer diagnosis can be isolating and overwhelming. Whether you are a patient or a caregiver, you may find yourself struggling to adjust to various aspects of the experience. The responsibility to find, manage and pay for care can be hugely overwhelming. It can be tough to feel hopeful or have any sense of confidence in your ability to cope …

What Kind of Bird Would You Be?

Sometimes a little humor does wonders to move beyond fear. This was one of those situations. Ms. X was disappointed with what was found in her breast when she had her surgery. There was more cancer there than what her tests had shown. So, unfortunately, despite the best of efforts, her breast could not be saved. She needed more surgery. …

A Breast Cancer Risk Factor You Can Change


Volunteer Spirit

Volunteer Spirit

September 20, 2019

PRIDE, REMEMBERANCE AND THE ART OF GIVING BACK One of the first people you meet at the Community Cancer Center will likely be a volunteer. Our volunteers fill so many vital roles at the Community Cancer Center and our events, but the most important thing they provide is the friendly welcome, the helping hand or even a patiently listening ear …

Mission: Melanoma

Mission: Melanoma

June 25, 2019

IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS, THE RISK OF A DEADLY SKIN CANCER IS RISING. HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT. Here in Central Illinois, we’re on a mission to guard against a dangerous form of skin cancer. Recently, both Advocate BroMenn Medical Center and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center diagnosed more patients between the ages of 20 and 39 with melanoma …

Victories for Life

Victories for Life

June 18, 2019

HOW NEW STRATEGIES IN CANCER TREATMENT, DIAGNOSIS, PREVENTION AND MORE ARE HELPING MORE PEOPLE SURVIVE While we have not yet found a cure for cancer, we have to celebrate the fact that we’re doing better for our survivors. Nationally, the number of cancer survivors is increasing. Advances in areas such as treatment, prevention, screening, genetic testing and more are bringing …

Honoring Our Survivors

Honoring Our Survivors

June 13, 2019

IN THE SPIRIT OF THANKFULNESS Most people think of Community Cancer Center as a place for treating cancer. It’s, in fact, more than that. It’s a place where people survive. That’s why, on May 29, we opened our doors to welcome in our patients, their caregivers and our community to join us in celebrating Cancer Survivors Day. Today, we consider …

My Mother's Spirit of Philanthropy: Time, Talent, and Treasure

To read the article as originally publisehd in Healthy Cells magazine, click here.  As a child, my mother would remind me and my siblings that it was better to give than receive. That seemed to be the precursor to a Christmas or birthday with fewer presents — but that was not always the case. Only now, as an adult and …

10 Steps to Help Prevent Cancer

Read the full article in Healthy Cells Magazine here.  Nearly 4 out of 10 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, and it remains the second-leading cause of death for Americans, but nearly half of all cancer cases can be prevented. Research from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) shows that diet, exercise, and weight play a …

Time to Take Time: Spiritual Self-care During the Holiday Season

Read the full article in Healthy Cells Magazine here.  This is the time of year when stress, anxiety, and emotions often kick into high gear, despite the best intentions. This holiday time of love and giving can get lost in the business of shopping, events, and connection with loved ones. It’s even more important to take care of your mind, …

Caregiving for the Cancer Patient

Read the full article in Healthy Cells Magazine here.    Submitted by the Community Cancer Center The role of the “cancer patient caregiver” is extensive and includes spouses, family members, friends, and professional healthcare workers who care for the patient on a daily basis. Many caregivers experience stressful times, as they seek to minister to the physical, emotional, and even …

Cancer Support Groups

Cancer Support Groups

October 2, 2018

Check out this article on Healthy Cells Magazine here. Cancer support groups are meetings for people with cancer and those touched by the disease. They can have many benefits. Even though a lot of people receive support from friends and family, the number-one reason they join a support group is to be with others with similar cancer experiences. Some research shows …

Prostate Cancer: What You Need to Know When Making Decisions About Treatment

Read the full article on Healthy Cells Magazine here.  As a radiation oncologist for the Community Cancer Center, I often get questions from patients about how to make the right decision regarding treatment after a prostate cancer diagnosis. The advice I often give is that it’s important to consider all your options before you make your final decision.  Prostate cancer …

What is Lymphedema?

What is Lymphedema?

March 14, 2018

http://www.healthycellsmagazine.com/articles/what-is-lymphedema   The National Lymphedema Network defines lymphedema as an abnormal collection of high-protein fluid just beneath the skin. This swelling, or edema, occurs most commonly in the arm or leg, but it also may occur in other parts of the body, including the breast or trunk, head and neck, or genitals. It results from a blockage in the lymphatic …

Lend a Hand & Reap the Benefits

Volunteering is a great way to help others as you help yourself. In addition to being a great way to serve others, there are many personal benefits to lending a helping hand that you might not have considered. Feel like you have more – According to a study published in the Harvard Business Review, despite giving up  your time to volunteer, you might actually …

National Cancer Survivors Day is June 4th

Each year, we celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day on the first Sunday in June. June 4th, 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of this tradition. National Cancer Survivors Day has grown to include not only hundreds of communities in the United States, but countries across the globe.   A Celebration of Life The official theme of National Cancer Survivors Day is “Celebration …

Late Side Effects of Cancer Treatment: Have a Survivorship Care Plan in Place

You’re driving down the interstate, following a pre-printed map leading you turn by turn to your destination. Each stop sign and roundabout is listed on your directions. But wait. There is a late breaking traffic update on the radio. A major road on your path has been closed. What now? Do you have a plan for the next part of …

April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, close to 49,750  Americans will be diagnosed with oral oropharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 9,750 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. While smoking and tobacco use are still major risk factors, the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients is young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals due to …

Fighting The Flu From Your Kitchen

Cold and flu season is in full swing here in the Midwest. In addition to preventive measures such as getting enough rest and drinking plenty of water, proper handwashing and other hygiene habits, your kitchen could offer one of the best ways to boost your immune system. Iron-rich foods – Iron plays a crucial role in boosting your immunity. A lack …

Staying Active After Your Cancer Diagnosis

Cancer diagnosis and treatment can bring on a variety of feelings including pain, decreased mobility, stress, and anxiety. For many patients, exercise may be a positive way to alleviate some of these problems. The American Cancer Society credits countless benefits to regular exercise during cancer treatment: Maintains or improve your physical abilities (how well you can use your body to …

Celebrating the Holidays while Dealing with a Diagnosis of Cancer

A cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event. Many people experience feelings that things will never be the same again, or see their lives split into two periods: “before diagnosis” and “after diagnosis.” While the holidays may not feel the same after receiving a diagnosis of cancer, they are still worth celebrating. The holidays can still be filled with joy and …

National Lung Cancer Awareness Month

As of 2016, 27% of all cancer deaths are a result of lung cancer. November is lung cancer awareness month. By increasing the awareness of lung cancer, its diagnosis, and risk factors we can all reduce that 27%. Approximately 1 in 15 people will get lung cancer at some point in their lives. That’s one every 2.5 minutes. Here are some ways you …

Get the Facts Before Treatment for Breast Cancer

Hearing the words, “You have breast cancer,” is an unexpected, life-altering change to anyone’s life that could leave you feeling unprepared to face your new challenge. Emotions range from shock and anger to feeling numb and being speechless. All of these emotions are normal. One thing to remember is that breast cancer is usually a very treatable disease. Learning about and …

September is Prostate & Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Being aware of the symptoms and effects of specific types of cancer is the first step in treating the disease and potentially finding cures. At the Community Cancer Center in Normal, Illinois, our goal is to provide patients, their families and members of the community with the information they need to make appropriate decisions about their health care. We also …

Join Community Cancer Center for the Susan G. Komen® Race for the Cure

The Community Cancer Center is proud to partner with Susan G. Komen® for the Race for the Cure on September 9th and 10th at State Farm Corporate South Campus in Bloomington, Illinois. Did you know that 75 percent of the money raised from Race for the Cure stays in local communities? This helps to fund local breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs, while …

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