Cancer edition: 2017

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Cancer edition: 2017

Jerry Mitchell caregiver

The 2017 Cancer Edition highlights stories of survival, loss and hope. Cancer changes many people — not just the patients but also caregivers. For Diane Mitchell, whose husband, Jerry, died from pancreatic cancer in 2014, handling that responsibility — and loss — taught her things about herself she never thought possible. For Phyllis Smith, who has been the smiling face at Wayne Radiation Oncology for 13 years, a breast cancer diagnosis taught her to see those patients in a new light and with more empathy. The 2017 Cancer Edition also includes information about medical advances in diagnosis and treatment as well as advice from area doctors.

Phyllis Smith

 

Cancer edition 2017: A look at the numbers

Lung cancer continues to be the leading cause of cancer-related death in Wayne County, with rates that nearly double the statewide average. From 2009 to 2013, 398 people died from lung cancer in Wayne County. During the same five-year period,...

Cancer edition 2017: Tobacco and cancer

Tobacco-related cancers remain a problem as tobacco consumption holds its grip on about 20 to 30 percent of the population. Dr. Jim Atkins at the Southeastern Medical Oncology Center said the center sees about 70 to 80 new lung cancer...

Cancer edition 2017: Rallying around the need

Southeastern Cancer Care's Cures for the Colors and the Bill Outlaw Foundation are nonprofit organizations that can help cancer victims weather financial difficulties.. "Cures for the colors was started when it became apparent that our patients needed assistance with basic...

Cancer edition 2017: Coping with the loss

When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, the lives of those charged with caring for them take on a laser-focused quality. Caregivers serve as nurses, cooks, chauffeurs, therapists, confidants and more, their day-to-day existence warping around the disease nearly...

Cancer edition 2017: From the Doctor ---- An ounce of prevention

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, we heard our grandmothers say that many times.It is true in cancer as well. The good thing is that there are steps you can take to help prevent cancer.  ...

Cancer edition 2017: Finding the strength

At 46, Eli Hudson seemed to be the definition of a healthy man, yet he began feeling like he had no energy. After doing blood work, his doctor said he was anemic. That was December 2016. "I was so mildly...

Cancer edition 2017: A long battle

Amy Woodard knew something wasn't right. She just needed a doctor to listen. She had endometriosis, so the symptoms weren't totally out of line. But the heavy bleeding in-between periods and the sharp abdominal pains concerned her. Her physician at...

Cancer edition 2017: The value of imaging

Two imaging tests are now offering doctors and patients some of the latest technology in identifying the early stages of cancer. Wayne UNC Health Care and Wayne Radiologists added 3-D digital mammography testing equipment a year ago, and the hospital...

Cancer edition 2017: Becoming the patient

For 13 years, Phyllis Smith has been one of the warm, smiling faces greeting patients at Wayne Radiation Oncology. Despite witnessing all the cancers and conditions that brought people through those doors, nothing prepared her to be on the receiving...