Breast Cancer, Breast Health

Louisville woman recounts her breast cancer surgery from small lump to fast and compassionate care

Finding a lump in her breast was something Heather Kleisner didn’t have time for in her busy life. But when she did, the meetings, conference calls and event planning on her calendar quickly changed to doctor appointments, surgery and a treatment plan. Heather had experienced this once before. A small lump discovered in 2015 during…

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Cancer, Head and Neck Tumors

Head and neck cancer symptoms

Head and neck cancer symptoms, including persistent sore throats, hoarseness or changing of the voice, dull ear aches, and lumps on the neck, can vary depending on where the cancer forms. Some head and neck cancers even can form without symptoms. Mia Jusufbegovic, M.D., head and neck surgical oncologist with Norton Cancer Institute Head &…

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Cancer, Gastroenterology, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurosciences, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

Louisville man finds sophisticated and successful cancer care close to home

On the morning of March 12, 2019, I was still in a surgical gown and groggy after a colonoscopy when gastroenterologist William B. Evans, III, M.D., walked into the recovery room to deliver news I didn’t quite know what to do with. I still remember his words: “The good news is that I didn’t see…

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Cancer, Colon Cancer, Prevention and Wellness

If you’re trying to prevent colon cancer, start with lifestyle, diet changes

The old saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but the effects of a healthy diet and lifestyle go way beyond a yearly trip to the doctor’s office and can help prevent colon cancer. Diet, exercise and lifestyle have been shown to help reduce the risk for several diseases, including colon cancer…

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Breast Cancer, Cancer, Employee stories - Norton Healthcare, Equity inclusion belonging

Cancer care medical assistant celebrates the past, looks forward to the future during Black History Month

Helping patients with cancer live more comfortably often can weigh heavy on Rikka S. Foster’s heart and mind. As a medical assistant at Norton Cancer Institute Women’s Cancer Center, Rikka helps care for patients who have breast cancer and some who are in palliative care. According to Rikka, she wants to be there for every…

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Cancer, Head and Neck Tumors, Prevention and Wellness

Does HPV cause throat cancer?

You’ve likely heard of human papillomavirus (HPV) and may know that it can cause warts on the skin, genitals and mouth. Some variations of HPV cause cancers of the cervix, genitals and anus. Those are not the only places HPV can potentially cause cancer. Research suggests that HPV can cause head, neck and throat cancer….

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Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Gynecology, Womens Health

How to prevent cervical cancer

Cervical cancer often can be prevented through regular screenings and vaccinations for children and young adults. According to the American Cancer Society, about 14,100 new cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed in 2022. Ways to help prevent cervical cancer The best steps that can be taken to prevent cervical cancer include the following: Vaccinations (the…

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Cancer, Lung Cancer, Prevention and Wellness

Smoking causes cancer, no matter how many years you’ve been doing it

How many years of smoking causes cancer? Smoking causes cancer, no matter how many years you’ve been smoking, and your risk for developing cancer can increase each time you light up a cigarette. “Many smokers try to figure out how many years of smoking cause cancer, but the truth is, there is no such thing…

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Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy, Health Equity, Norton Community Medical Associates

Recommended colon cancer screening for African American men

Colon cancer is a treatable cancer, especially if it is caught in the early stages. Screening saves lives every year. Steven Patton, D.O., family medicine physician, Norton Medical Group, wants African Americans to know that they can benefit from colon cancer screening beginning at age 45. Why should African Americans make this cancer screening a…

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Breast Cancer, Cancer

First mother, then daughter developed breast cancer — now they support each other every step of the way

Parents always want to pass on good things to their children: wisdom, advice, family recipes. Wanda Anderson has modeled strength and resilience for her daughter as they both receive treatment for breast cancer. First diagnosis In 2008, when she was 46, Wanda felt lumps in her breasts. Having just lost her job, she had no…

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Is massage therapy good for cancer patients?

Oncology massage has gained popularity as a complement to typical treatments (chemotherapy, surgery, etc.) for many types of cancer. A recent “HopeCast” podcast episode discussed its use at Norton Cancer Institute, which has five massage therapists who work with  people receiving both outpatient and inpatient care. Is massage good for cancer patients? “Oncology massage may help…

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Cancer, Gastroenterology, Prevention and Wellness

Colon cancer: Should you be screened?

Colorectal cancer is the fourth-leading cancer killer of adults in the U.S. It also is one of the most preventable cancers and very treatable when caught early. By understanding when to get your screening, along with your personal risk factors, you can learn how to reduce your risk. Prevention is key Routine screenings are the…

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