For the past couple of years, Mercy Health Foundation has been working to bring quality cancer care and support services close to home through its mercyStrong campaign. During the campaign’s quiet phase, generous donors helped Mercy Medical Center complete a much-needed technology update that includes a new TrueBeam linear accelerator for radiation treatment and a wide bore CT scanner simulator in the Michael D. Wachtel Cancer Center.
The Mercy Health Foundation is now kicking off its “to be continued” public fundraising campaign and is inviting the community to help raise the remaining $271,000 needed to reach its charitable goal of $1.7 million. Continue Reading »
As a nurse navigator for breast cancer patients, I connect with individuals just minutes after they are diagnosed. This is an emotional time and often I get asked, “What do I do now?”
Below are suggestions I make to patients after they have been told they have breast cancer:
Utilize your Care Team
A lot of the time women turn to the Internet for answers to their cancer questions, but not everything online is reliable. Instead, I encourage families to make a list of their concerns and questions to take to their Care Team. Having questions ready to ask will help your team provide you with the information you need to feel secure in your treatment options.
Try not to compare breast cancer treatments with other breast cancer survivors. There are more than 15 different types of breast cancer, and each case may be treated differently. Hearing other peoples’ stories of cancer can just create more fear and confusion. Continue Reading »
Are you or someone you know currently in cancer treatment, recently finished treatment or a long-term survivor and need a place to find friendship, encouragement and help for mind, body and spirit? Mercy Medical Center’s PEACE exercise and relaxation program serves people in all stages of their journey with cancer.
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There is a lot of information out there about breast cancer, but not all of it is accurate. Here are some common myths and facts surrounding breast cancer.
Myth #1: Breast cancer is the number one enemy of women.
Fact: The number one enemy is NOT breast cancer but the late detection of breast cancer. Breast cancer detected early can usually be successfully treated.
Myth #2: Finding a lump is the only way to detect breast cancer.
Fact: Some cancers do not form a lump. A visual exam of the breast can often show symptoms that need to be reported to a health care provider.
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Looking for plans this week? Dine out at the Oshkosh Country Club, located at 11 N. Ripple Rd. this Wednesday, June 5 through Sunday, June 9, and 10 percent of your purchase will be donated to Mercy Health Foundation for cancer care at Mercy Medical Center.
To participate, print this pass and call the Country Club at 920-213-1076 to make your reservation. Once you arrive, present your pass to your server. This is a great way to spend an evening with family or friends – by giving back.
All proceeds will be used for the purchase of a new linear accelerator in the Michael D. Wachtel Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center and the expansion of support services for cancer patients. For Oshkosh Country Club menus and hours of service, go to www.oshkoshcc.com. Make your reservation today!