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Swedish Cancer Institute proudly co-sponsors Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference

September 05, 2017
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Dr. Erin Ellis offers her firsthand reason behind proudly participating in this year’s Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference.

Diagnosis and treatment - how can the American Cancer Society support you?

August 30, 2017
Once faced with a cancer diagnosis, a little help goes a long way. You may feel overwhelmed and have many questions, or you may not even know where to begin or what questions to ask. The American Cancer Society (ACS) offers a variety of information and programs to support patients, caregivers and family members throughout diagnosis and treatment.

SCI patient spotlight: Tina Vitolo-Kester, "Relationships matter"

August 30, 2017

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When Tina Vitolo-Kester received a breast cancer diagnosis in 2016, she wanted her treatment to move fast and so it did. During the time in which she had a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation, other health problems emerged that were unforeseen. She had a heart attack during a procedure. Shocked to find herself in the Intensive Care Unit, she was concerned that this turn of events would set her treatment plan back. Things got back on track as soon as possible. As treatment and healing took top priority, Tina’s employer was unable to wait for her return and dismissed her from her job.

A head and neck cancers support group closer to home

August 30, 2017

Being diagnosed and treated for head and neck cancers can be difficult. Treatment may raise many unique issues.

Susan G. Komen Puget Sound Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference

August 30, 2017
Komen Puget Sound has been working with the metastatic breast cancer community to identify opportunities for support, engagement and education. Last year, it helped to organize the first annual conference for individuals living with metastatic disease in the Northwest. In 2017, it will build on the success of the initial conference and expand its reach, based on the feedback that was received via conference evaluation and input from the community.

Parenting with cancer

August 30, 2017
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Having a cancer diagnosis is difficult for anyone at any age or stage of life. If you have children at home, things can be a bit more complicated. Parenting is not something that can be put on hold (not unlike cancer) so it is important to understand strategies for handling cancer and children at the same time.

Have you been to Harmony Hill?

August 29, 2017
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Union, Washington, may not be on your regular route but there is something there that should be investigated by anyone touched by cancer. Now led by Executive Director Eric Blegen and founded in 1987 by Gretchen Schodde, MN, ARPN, FNP-BC, Harmony Hill is a place designed “to transform the lives of those affected by cancer and to inspire healthy living for all.” Through retreats and other courses, you can partake in the healing spirit that is present in the wooded landscape overlooking the Olympic Mountains and the Hood Canal. Difficult to believe but true — retreats are provided at no cost to the attendees. Harmony Hill has generous donors who believe in the mission and want to support those with cancer


Acupuncture treatment offers therapeutic benefit for breast cancer patients

August 21, 2017
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Patients suffering from metastatic breast cancer are profoundly affected by physical and emotional effects of the disease and the treatment process. Acupuncture treatment is one modality that can provide therapeutic benefit for a wide range of symptoms, including pain, nausea, mood and sleep disturbance, and weakened immune system.

The Dennis Lisk Story

August 10, 2017

When brain cancer claimed Dennis Lisk’s life, his daughter Megan channeled her love for art into fundraising for the disease.

Is it sarcoma or just a lump?

July 20, 2017
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July is sarcoma awareness month, and while it is less common than other cancers like breast, prostate, and colon cancer, the American Cancer Society estimates that 12,000+ sarcomas will be diagnosed in 2017. Many of us may have heard the word “sarcoma” at some point, and may even know that it’s related to cancer. But what is it, and should we be worried about it?

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