'Cancer Institute' posts
Cancer is the uncontrollable growth and spread of cells. The cancerous cells originate in one area and have the potential to invade surrounding tissue and can metastasize/spread to other sites through the blood and lymph system. There are different types of cancers such as carcinoma, sarcoma, leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and the central nervous system. Avoiding common risk factors such as smoking can help reduce the risk of developing cancer. Based on the time of diagnosis, cancer may be treated using surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.
World Cancer Day occurs the 4th of every February. The primary goal is to significantly reduce the illness and death caused by cancer. In order to prevent the loss of millions of lives, this initiative aims to raise awareness and education about cancer as well as motivating government entities and individuals to take a stance against the disease.
– Mary Stevens-Zarich, art therapy participant & patient at the Swedish Cancer Institute
The Swedish Cancer Institute offers a variety of Supportive Care Services for patients, families, and caregivers to enhance and individualize your care. We want to meet your needs at every step along the way. One of the many services we offer is art therapy.
Our art therapist, Nicole Stiver, has been with us for 10 years in August. She has been described as sensitive, professional, present, and tactful by her patients and patients use a variety of art methods in her sessions.
Mary says, “For the past two years, a weekly session with Nicole Stiver has been central to my healing emotionally, and by extension, physically, from a difficult treatment and (statistically) grim prognosis. That experience was shattering, but it gave me the opportunity to become stronger and more alive by exploring the places that had limited my life up until then.”
The classes we offer are meant to be interactive, educational, and offer you tools to assist and prepare throughout you or your loved one’s journey. These programs may also help you, your family, friends and caregivers in making treatment decisions, managing your symptoms, and accessing complementary programs to help your mind, body and spirit to heal.
The Swedish Cancer Institute offers several groups for patients and their caregivers, one of which being ABC-After Breast Cancer: What’s Next? The breast cancer survivorship class has positively impacted the lives of many individuals and has shown to be extremely beneficial and of great interest to breast cancer patients.
ABC is a free eight-week supportive educational series for women to learn practical life skills to help rebuild after active breast cancer treatment is completed. During the eight-week program participants have the opportunity to make peace with the impacts of cancer treatment, reduce the stress cancer places on relationships, overcome the fear of recurrence, and renew hope and increase resilience. Individuals who are preparing to complete or have completed breast cancer treatment are invited to sign up for the class. The program provides a sense of community amongst breast cancer survivors.
Providers at the Swedish Cancer Institute have been using this technology since it became available about 4 years ago. The test is done on the tissue after surgery to see if it might be safe to not add radiation therapy to lumpectomy / partial mastectomy for carefully selected DCIS patients.
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