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When the time came to choose her high school community service project, senior Devon Grant had one thought — mom. Devon’s mother had just been diagnosed with breast cancer in June and was preparing for her surgery at the Marjorie E. Radin Breast Care Center at Clovis Community Medical Center.
Prior to creating our Lung Nodule Program, the average patient with lung cancer in the Central Valley waited almost three months for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Part of this delay was the complexity of decisions and the need for multiple specialists to be involved in the decisions.
When faced with a possible malignancy or tumor, one of the most overwhelming aspects of the process is navigating through the multitude of doctor appointments and procedures. Not only can it be a challenge to coordinate, but it can waste valuable time.
Lung cancer is one of the top three cancers that affects Valley residents and often starts as a small nodule, lesion or mass of tissue on the lung. While many nodules are benign, cancerous nodules can grow quickly and require immediate attention and follow up. If caught in early stages, you have more options and positive outcomes.
If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, you may benefit from Low Dose Radiation (LDR) brachytherapy – a minimally invasive procedure in which low dose radioactive implants or “seeds” are placed in your prostate gland to target and eliminate cancer from inside the gland. With brachytherapy there is minimal exposure to the tissue surrounding the prostate. The main advantage of brachytherapy is that it delivers radiation in a localized area, minimizing the radiation dose to surrounding tissues.
For questions or information about the CyberKnife Center located in the Charles and Ann Matoian Oncology Unit at Community Regional Medical Center, call (559) 447-3591 or click the "Contact Us" button.
Marjorie E. Radin Breast Care Center has earned Center of Excellence designations from two organizations because of its comprehensive treatment and expertise in diagnosing breast cancer.
When her cough wouldn’t go away last February, Anetta “Jane” Edwards’ primary care physician ordered an X-ray, which confirmed her worst fear – lung cancer. Next came a CAT scan and a lung biopsy that left her in the ICU in a south Valley hospital for days.
Jennifer Costello has “kicked cancer butt” as she vowed to do March 3 before she underwent a double mastectomy and the initial stage of breast reconstruction surgery at Clovis Community Medical Center. She’s completely cancer free with no need for any follow-up radiation or chemotherapy.
There can be a few anxious moments as a woman waits for that first follow-up mammogram after having breast cancer surgery. That was true for Theresa Polzien who shared her story with Healthcare Heroes television viewers.