October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a great time to reprioritize your breast health. Check out these articles to learn more about breast screening, breast cancer and stories from survivors.
After almost putting off a routine mammogram that would end up revealing a breast cancer diagnosis, Tracy Gerardi has a message for other women: Do not delay your annual screening.
Mammograms are the best tool for catching breast cancer in its early stages when it is most treatable. Finding breast cancer early can lead to more successful treatments and better outcomes.
While it’s probably not something we think about often, our lungs are a vital part of keeping your body alive – working overtime to take about 20,000 breaths a day! While your body has natural defense systems in place designed to protect your lungs, it is still important to take steps to keep your lungs healthy.
As a woman, you know that taking care of yourself is important, but often your health gets lost in the business of every day life. We are here to remind you that regular breast exams are the best way to prevent and detect future problems – like breast cancer.
Many women with breast cancer have no symptoms, which is why regular breast screening is so important. The best way to catch breast cancer in the early stages – when it’s most treatable – is through routine mammograms. Early detection of breast cancer can lead to more effective treatment and better outcomes.
As with many cancers, esophageal cancer has a greater chance of being treated if the cancer is caught early. The key to surviving esophageal cancer is early detection.
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States – but the good news is that’s it’s also one of the most preventable. The best way to catch colorectal cancer in the early stages – when it’s most treatable – is through routine colonoscopies.
Most esophageal cancer is not found until it begins to cause symptoms, which can lead to more difficulty with treatment due the advanced stage of the cancer. Getting to know the warning signs of esophageal cancer is an important part of early detection.
When FMC nurse Deb Klinger made an appointment for her first colonoscopy, she wasn’t prepared for was the life-changing news of a colon cancer diagnosis.
The best way to catch colorectal cancer in the early stages – when it’s most treatable – is through routine colonoscopies, which monitors for the polyps that may eventually change into cancer.
No matter your age, routine screenings are an important part of monitoring and managing your health.
While thousands of women are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer each year, the disease can be prevented through appropriate vaccination and regular screening.
Each November, we look forward to honoring and remembering those impacted by lung cancer. This video offers the opportunity for a virtual celebration of lung cancer survivors, advocates and loved ones.
Dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment is a difficult challenge, and the COVID-19 pandemic makes the situation even harder. We’ve provided some information to help you navigate this trying time.
Loving wife Joyce Murphy lost her husband, Earl “Butch” Murphy, Jr., to cancer in March. Butch fought a five-year battle with multiple myeloma, a form of cancer that affects plasma cells found in bone marrow, and received his care at Fairfield Medical Center’s Cancer Care and Infusion Center.
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Carla Yantes’, 57, breast cancer journey was characterized by her deep connection with the people who cared for her.
It was a blessing for me to be able to receive my radiation treatments here at FMC, and be able to continue working without taking much time off. A shorter treatment time each visit, which is offered by the Linear Accelerator, would have made that even easier.
When I heard about the possible purchase of the Linear Accelerator, I thought back to my own experience and how different it might have been. Only 15 radiation treatments, dramatically less fatigue and nausea and possibly no burning.
I am so very excited to hear that our Fairfield Medical Center Foundation is helping our Radiation Oncology Department to purchase a much needed Linear Accelerator. I am a Breast Cancer Survivor and recently completed 26 Radiation Treatments at Fairfield Medical Center.
Seven years ago, Tracy started a yoga program at FMC for cancer patients, survivors and their support persons.
As someone who has experienced a lot of cancer in her family, Tracy Simons has always been ultra-vigilant about her health.
Carla Munsey may be battling cancer for the fifth time, but that has never stopped her from living life to the fullest.
Christine Arni has devoted her life to helping others. When a diagnosis of breast cancer threatened to stand in her way, the cancer care team at FMC helped to ensure that Christine’s upcoming mission trip wouldn’t have to be put on hold.
The day that Mary Grace Gundelfinger rang the bell to symbolically end her cancer treatments, she was joined by a lot of people who – like her – had been anxiously waiting for this moment.
Students at Fairfield Union have been wearing a lot more pink than red and black this year, and no one is more surprised than the person who inspired it all – middle school librarian Traci Mahler. When Traci was diagnosed with breast cancer right before the start of the school year, she decided to be upfront with her students about the battle she was about to face.
Patti Hayes beat cancer twice with the help of a team of doctors and nurses who provided a comprehensive approach to her care.
Fran Miller isn’t about to let cancer define who she is as a person – and neither will the staff at Fairfield Medical Center.
Renee Reindle’s family and the staff at Fairfield Medical Center have kept her strong in the biggest fight of her life.
Lancaster High School student Emi Reindle recently presented the FMC Foundation with a check for $600 for the Cancer Care Fund. Emi hosted a fundraiser in cooperation with TWIG One during the Cancer Care Run in October to honor her mother, Renee Reindle, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.