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The Spiritual Side of Cancer Treatment
Sep 24, 2018 By Caroline Peacock, LCSW, MDiv

A cancer diagnosis is nothing short of overwhelming. In addition to concerns about coordinating treatment for the physical condition, emotions brew in the patient and family members. Fear, anger, and a feeling of being alone are common reactions. When facing cancer, one mustn’t neglect the spiritual side of treatment. Caroline Peacock, LCSW, MDiv, Manager of Spiritual Health at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, shares the importance of having someone to talk to about the spiritual side of the cancer diagnosis. “We believe in supporting the whole person in their care. Having a spiritual health clinician attend to the patient and family members helps them to know we care about all of them—all of their personhood—and that we want to support them in comprehensive care.”

Spiritual Doubts & Faith Crises

Many cancer patients experience an urge to be strong [...]

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Navigating a Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
Sep 21, 2018 By Winship Cancer Institute

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men and can often be treated successfully. In fact, more than 2 million men in the U.S. are prostate cancer survivors. But a daunting set of questions faces the more than 200,000 men who are newly diagnosed with prostate cancer each year: Is prompt or aggressive treatment necessary, or is “watchful waiting” an option? And if choosing treatment, then what kind? Hugh Smith was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 51. Knowing that members of his family had died from prostate cancer prompted Smith to get checked. When tests showed the presence of cancer, he looked for an experienced prostate specialist who could provide the most advanced treatment available. Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University's Dr. Martin Sanda performed a prostatectomy on Smith via robotic surgery at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital in 2013. Since [...]

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Prostate Cancer: Statistics That May Surprise You
Sep 19, 2018 By Martin Sanda, MD

prostate cancer factsAccording to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the cancers that most frequently affect men are prostate, colon, lung and skin cancers. The most common men’s-specific cancer in America, affecting 1 in 7 men, is prostate cancer. One new case occurs every 2.3 minutes and a man dies from prostate cancer every 18 minutes. You probably didn’t know this shocking statistic, from the Prostate Cancer Foundation: a man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Yet, despite these realities we don’t talk as openly about this as women do about a serious health condition. There are disputes about screenings for prostate cancer specifically, but I am an advocate of screening– including not only the PSA but also the digital rectal exam. From the screenings, you and your doctor will determine if biopsies are needed to [...]

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Spiritual Health and Your Cancer Journey
Sep 18, 2018 By Caroline Peacock, LCSW, MDiv

When a person is experiencing a serious illness, it’s not just their body that’s affected. The entire being — from the spiritual to emotional — can be impacted. This can be particularly true for individuals navigating a cancer diagnosis and treatment. It is not uncommon for people to experience a crisis of faith, to feel disconnected from their religious community or loved ones, or to feel that it is hard to talk about the way their outlook on life may be changing. Some people may feel isolated, angry or overwhelmed. Others may have a renewed sense of meaning or faith. No matter the experience, it can be helpful for people living with cancer to connect with their own spiritual life as a way of coping with their illness.

What is Spiritual Health?

Simply put, spiritual health is the quality of whole-person wellness – including spiritual and emotional wellness. People [...]

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CT Lung Cancer Screening: Frequently Asked Questions - Part 2
Jan 19, 2018 By Emory Healthcare

Smoking cigarettes and the use of tobacco products creates the biggest risk for developing lung cancer.  The best way to reduce the risk of lung cancer is to never smoke, or to quit if currently smoking.  Low-Dose CT Lung Screening can provide early lung cancer detection, prompt earlier treatment and improve outcomes in high risk patients.

Q: Are there any risks associated with CT Lung Screening?

A: There are several things to consider when having any medical testing.  We recommend that you discuss the risks and benefits of screening with your health care provider to determine if LD CT Lung Screening is right for you. Risks and limitations of this screening exam are listed and explained below: Radiation Exposure: Low-Dose CT Lung Screening uses x-rays to produce images of your lungs.  The radiation exposure is reduced for this exam using special protocols and [...]

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CT Lung Cancer Screening: Frequently Asked Questions - Part 1
Jan 5, 2018 By Emory Healthcare

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of men & women in every ethnic group.  Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening can provide early lung cancer detection, prompt earlier treatment and improve outcomes in high risk patients. Q: What is “Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening”? A: Lung cancer screening exams are used to find disease before patients experience symptoms.  The goal of screening is to detect diseases (like cancer) at their earliest and most treatable stage. Computed Tomography (CT or “CAT Scan”) is a specialized x-ray exam that uses computer technology to produce multiple images of the body. These images are more detailed than routine chest x-rays and can detect small changes in the lungs that can be early signs of cancer.  These changes can be seen using a lower radiation dose than a CT scan done of the chest done for a diagnosed medical problem.  [...]

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7 Tips to Peacefully Celebrate the Holidays When You are Not Feeling Jolly
Dec 12, 2017 By Wendy Baer, MD

It is the time of the year to feel happy…time to be generous…time to spend time with loved ones… and sing festively? Are you not in the mood this season? Don’t worry; you are not alone. Many people find the holidays very stressful and sometimes even sad. Social engagements and family gatherings add another time commitment to already busy days. Gift giving puts pressure on already strapped budgets. Expectations of how you should be enjoying this time of year only make you feel worse. All of these feelings are magnified and complicated by cancer treatment during the holidays. There are things you can do to help yourself get through the holidays and maybe even enjoy them a bit. Self care is important throughout the year, but during a stressful period it must be a priority.

1) Get Adequate Rest

Making sure you get adequate sleep nightly is key!
  • Adults need 7-9 hours

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9/26/17 – Breast Cancer Live Chat Transcript
Sep 22, 2017 By Winship Cancer Institute

2017 Breast Cancer Live Chat Image Thank you to those of you who joined the Breast Cancer live chat hosted by Dr. Lea Gilliland and Dr. Preeti Subhedar with Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University’s Glenn Family Breast Center. The chat had a good turnout and the transcript is now available below.

Breast Cancer Live Chat Transcript

Overview: Dr. Lea Gilliland and Dr. Preeti Subhedar answer your questions about breast cancer risk factors, screenings, symptoms, and therapy. [Sep 26, 11:59 AM] EmoryHealthcare: Welcome everyone! Thanks for joining us today for our web chat about Breast Cancer: Risk Factors, Screenings, Symptoms & Therapy with Dr. Lea Gilliland and Dr. Preeti Subhedar with Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University’s Glenn Family Breast Center. [Sep 26, 12:00 PM] EmoryHealthcare: We'll get started in just a minute. Dr. Lea Gilliland and Dr. Preeti Subhedar are here to answer all [...]

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Colorectal Cancer Awareness
Mar 30, 2017 By Winship Cancer Institute

Dr. Seth Rosen Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 95,520 new cases of colon cancer and 39,910 new cases of rectal cancer in 2017.

What is Colorectal Cancer?

Most colorectal cancers start as a growth, called a polyp, in the inner lining of the colon or rectum and slowly progresses through the other layers. Removing a noncancerous polyp early can keep it from becoming a cancerous tumor, which is why screening is such an important tool for preventing this disease.

Colorectal Cancer Symptoms

Colorectal cancer doesn’t always cause symptoms. It’s important to get screened regularly. If you do have symptoms, they may include:
  • Stomach pain, aches, or cramps that don’t go away
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Blood in stool
  • Unintended weight loss
If you [...]

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Kick Butts Day's Effort to End Smoking
Mar 15, 2017 By Winship Cancer Institute

Did you know that over 3,000 kids under 18 try smoking for the first time every day? According to Kick Butts Day, 700 of these 3,000 kids will become regular smokers. Kick Butts Day takes place every March 15th to encourage American youth to speak out against this tobacco use in hopes of eliminating and preventing nicotine addiction in teens. It is extremely important for teens to learn about the side effects and consequences of using tobacco primarily because it is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.

Facts about Smoking Cigarettes from the CDC

  • Causes 480,000 deaths each year in the U.S.
  • Increases the risk for coronary heart disease and stroke, which leads to death
  • Causes about 90% of all lung cancer deaths in men and women
  • Makes it harder for women to become pregnant and can affect the baby’s health
  • Reduces the fertility of men’s

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