Archive for the ‘Cancer’ Category

2014 Cancer Star Survivor Nominations

Have you been inspired by someone who has been diagnosed with cancer? We want to hear about them!

In 300 words or less, tell us how a family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker has amazed you by their journey or inspired you by making a difference to others.

Click here to submit your nominations by September 18, 2014.

Last year’s winner was Chuck Wright, of Valier


Wright was diagnosed with a deadly testicular cancer in November 1981, when his physician told him to go home and enjoy his last Christmas with his family. That didn’t happen.
Chuck was nominated as a star survivor by his wife, Jeanne who was inspired by his will to keep fighting and keep positive. He overcame this cancer and lived the next 31 years of his life.
Back then, his then 4-year-old son offered the source of his inspiration. “I wanted to watch him grow up,” said Wright.

Upon accepting his award, Wright said that he praises God every day. And when he recollected Christmas 1981, he said, “The hardest thing was when my 4-year-old son opened the last Christmas present. It was pretty tough.”

Wright has had his struggles along the way, also surviving two strokes. “Never give up,” said Wright.
Wright worked as a custodian for the Sesser-Valier school district for 27 years before retiring in 2011.

Click here to submit your nominations by September 18, 2014.
Call 618.457.5200 ext 67128 for more information.

Salukis Black Out Cancer

A father, a mother, a sister, a brother, a childhood friend. For the third consecutive year, SIH and Saluki Athletics have teamed up to honor family and friends in their battle against cancer at the Salukis Black Out Cancer football game on Saturday, September 27 at 6:00 pm.

What started with former Saluki football stand-out Mike McElroy’s vision to engage his team mates “in something bigger than themselves,” has since grown in size and significance, as members of the football Salukis don black Under Armour® jerseys bearing the name of someone impacted by cancer on game day. Over the years, businesses, schools and communities have rallied together to bid on a jersey for a particular namesake.

From bidding on a Black Out Cancer jersey to purchasing commemorative t-shirts and attending the Salukis Black Out Cancer football game, southern Illinoisans and Southern Illinois University alums have sent a clear message that while cancer affects all of us at some point in our lives, we will do our part to battle the disease on our own turf. Proceeds from the Black Out Cancer jersey bids and a percentage of ticket and t-shirt sales directly benefit the SIH Foundation’s Hope is Home campaign for a new cancer center now under construction in Carterville; a center designed to provide comprehensive treatment under one roof and spare southern Illinoisans cumbersome and costly travel to and from other treatment facilities.

To get a real sense and feel for the impact this game has on the young men who wear these jerseys and the friends, family and community that unite around them, visit www.salukisblackoutcancer.com.

Jersey bidding is open on this official website until 8:00 pm on Monday, September 15.

Visit salukisblackoutcancer.com to bid

Things you might not realize about Breast Cancer

85 percent of new breast cancer diagnoses do not have positive family history.

If you were relying on the fact that none of your family members had breast cancer as a reason not to have a mammogram, think again.

According to breast surgeon, Nova Foster, while immediate family history (mother or sister) raises the risk, the actual cases of an inherited breast cancer due to abnormal genes passed from parent to child is only about 5-10%.

“Family history is always a red flag for us,” she said, “but I’m afraid only thinking about family history may give women a false sense of security.”

This is precisely why the Breast Center encourages women to get screened yearly at age 40 regardless of history.

Technology today allows breast cancer to be detected that is no larger than the head of a pin.

Certainly the monthly self exam is important. In fact about 20% of cases are detected because the patient or her doctor discovered a lump.

However, with new technology like 3D mammography, tumors can be detected that are mere millimeters–so much earlier than what can be felt by the hand.

Every case of breast cancer is different.

It’s a beautiful thing to see the camaraderie surrounding those with breast cancer. Women often find comfort sharing their stories with those in similar situations. It’s definitely an important support system. However, that is where the similarities end.

“Every case is different, every woman is different and every cancer is different,” Foster said. She recommends that each case be taken step by step. The answer may not be a double-mastectomy like Angelina Jolie. “My hope is that women don’t have a preconceived notion about their treatment.” Foster encourages women to understand going in that their treatment will be unique to them.

You Might Be Hearing Two Different Stories. Screenings Starting at Age 40 or Age 50?

Lately, some preventative teams have been reevaluating whether 40 is too soon to begin screening. However, ask Dr. Foster or any of the staff members at the Breast Center. Their answer is a definite “No, 40 is not too early to get a screening mammogram.”

According to Foster, “So many of my patients have received a cancer diagnosis before age 50 and it was because we caught it during their screening mammogram. When you see it that much, I can’t help but believe that 40 is the age to start.”

And, as with all cancers, the earlier you catch it, the better the opportunity to cure it.

The Breast Center Welcomes New Breast Surgical Director.

Dr. Nova Foster is the latest physician to join the SIH Medical Group. A board certified breast surgeon, she practices at the Breast Center in University Mall.

“It is such an amazing breast cancer program that has been put into place at SIH,” she said. “I was so impressed with the quality of care and physician caliber, especially for a rural area.”

Get Free From Smoking

Imagine…
  • Your blood pressure decreasing
  • Your pulse rate dropping
  • The body temperature in the feet and hands increasing
  • Smell and taste improving
  • Lung function increasing
  • Heart attack risk decreasing
  • Improved circulation
  • Less coughing
  • Less shortness of breath
  • Less sinus pain and congestion
  • Your risk of lung, mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder and kidneys decreasing
  • Your risk for ulcers decreasing

All of this, when you quit smoking.

Register now for Freedom From Smoking. This new American Lung Association, 7-week program is now offered at Herrin Hospital beginning May 29.
Call 618.942.2171 ext. 35394.

This program addresses the physical, mental and social aspects of nicotine addiction. Sixty percent of participants quit smoking by completing Freedom From Smoking in conjunction with smoking cessation medications. You’ll be six times more likely to be smoke-free after one year and be reaping the benefits above. The January class had 100% success rate in smoking cessation!

Most insurance plans cover this outpatient service. However, if you do not have insurance, please inquire about payment options. Call 618.942.2171 ext. 35394.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and colorectal surgeon and expert, Satyadeep Bhattacharya, MD, is speaking out with advice for consumers on this potentially life-threatening disease.

“Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, with over 56,000 people expected to die from this disease each year,” Dr. Bhattacharya explains. “However, it is a preventable and very curable disease if caught early.”

Because there are often no symptoms when it is first developing, colorectal cancer can only be caught early through regular screening. “The benefits of early detection and treatment are dramatic,” Dr. Bhattacharya says. “The possibility of curing patients after symptoms develop is only 50%, but if colorectal cancer is found and treated at an early stage before symptoms develop, the opportunity to cure it is 80% or better.”

“Most colon cancers start as non-cancerous growths called polyps. If we are able to find these polyps while they are still non-cancerous, we remove them and the cancer may be prevented. Major surgery can usually be avoided, as well,” Dr. Bhattacharya adds.

Colorectal surgeons are experts in the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of colon and rectal problems and play an instrumental role in the effective screening, prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer. Studies have shown that patients treated by colorectal surgeons are more likely to survive colorectal cancer because of their advanced training and the large number of colon and rectal disease surgeries they perform.

For the first time ever, this area has a Fellowship trained colon and rectal surgeon. Satyadeep Bhattacharya, MD, was a colorectal surgical Fellow at Brown University in Rhode Island. Many of the procedures that Dr. Bhattacharya performs were once unavailable locally. Patients now have the option to stay here.

Some of Dr. Bhattacharya’s specializations include:
  • Colorectal cancer and polyps
  • Anorectal abscesses and fistulas
  • Hemorrhoid and anal fissures
  • Diverticular disease
  • Chrone’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis
  • Constipation, incontinence, rectal prolapse
  • Minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic colorectal surgery
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy
Dr. Bhattacharya is located at Memorial Professional Office Building, Suite 300. To make an appointment, please call 618.457.3006.

Whipple Procedure Success

Pancreatic cancer is a deadly disease that has one of the poorest prognoses. The survival rate of pancreatic cancer is low since symptoms develop late. However, for some pancreatic cancer patients, a complex surgery known as the Whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy) offers an option for surgical removal of the tumor. This may extend life and could be a potential cure.

Surgical Oncologist, Suven Shankar, MD, has completed two successful Whipple procedures since his start with SIH Medical Group in July 2013.

The Whipple procedure can take several hours to perform and requires great surgical skill and experience. Dr. Shankar attributes his successful Whipple procedures to pre-operative multidisciplinary care, meticulous surgical technique and excellent post operative nursing care that involves a team of doctors and ancillary staff.

Dr. Shankar is located at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Professional Office Building in Suite 302.For an appointment, call 618.457.3006

Inspiring Hope Through Art

Art Contest
Calling all artists and photographers. Your commissioned work could inspire hope and healing by being displayed at the new comprehensive cancer center in Carterville.

Our goal is to design the cancer center in a way that promotes health and healing for our cancer patients. Your art could be a part of that vision

Join us for a special preview of the cancer center.

Tuesday, January 28
5:30pm to 6:30 pm
SIH System Office
University Mall, Carbondale

  • Find out how to submit a proposal.
  • Join us for a virtual tour of the center.
  • Get a feel for how you can blend your artistry with our vision.
  • Learn more about this unique opportunity.

RSVP Requested: 866.744.2468
Please share with other artists & photographers

You can still submit art even if you cannot make the event. Download the Artist Packet with all necessary information.

Make 2014 Your Year to Get Free From Smoking

Imagine…
  • Your blood pressure decreasing
  • Your pulse rate dropping
  • The body temperature in the feet and hands increasing
  • Smell and taste improving
  • Lung function increasing
  • Heart attack risk decreasing
  • Improved circulation
  • Less coughing
  • Less shortness of breath
  • Less sinus pain and congestion
  • Your risk of lung, mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder and kidneys decreasing
  • Your risk for ulcers decreasing

All of this, when you quit smoking.

Register now for Freedom From Smoking. This new American Lung Association, 7-week program is now offered at Herrin Hospital beginning January 9.
Call 618.942.2171 ext. 35394.

This program addresses the physical, mental and social aspects of nicotine addiction. Sixty percent of participants quit smoking by completing Freedom From Smoking in conjunction with smoking cessation medications. You’ll be six times more likely to be smoke-free after one year and be reaping the benefits above.

Most insurance plans cover this outpatient service. However, if you do not have insurance, please inquire about payment options. Call 618.942.2171 ext. 35394.