Cancer, Hematology

Natural killer cells are part of the immune system’s front line of defense

The body has cells that naturally attack cancer cells and other diseased and infected cells. These natural killer (NK) cells are part of the immune system’s front line of defense. NK cells are a type of white blood cell that travels in your bloodstream, patrolling the body, scanning cells to see if they are healthy…

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Cancer, Flu, News, Norton Now

The flu shot for cancer patients: Is it safe?

Both the flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine are safe if you are a cancer patient, a cancer survivor or in the midst of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy or other course of treatment. The injectable vaccines do not contain live virus. The vaccines trigger an immune response using dead viruses. The American Cancer Society emphasizes…

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Brain Cancer, Brand Feature, Cancer, Employee stories - Norton Healthcare, Norton Brownsboro

Hospital welcomes church service to grant wish of patient with brain cancer

In November 2022, Jonathan Parrish’s life took an unexpected turn when he began experiencing concerning health symptoms. Jonathan, a neurodiagnostic technologist at Norton Brownsboro Hospital, found himself grappling with nausea and vertigo. Because of his background in medical care, he wasted no time in seeking help. Medical imaging and blood tests soon uncovered the grim…

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Breast Cancer, Breast Health, Cancer, Womens Health

A breast self-exam is no substitute for a screening mammogram, but has benefits

Knowing how to check for breast cancer with a self-exam can be an effective way to be aware of any changes in your breasts, but isn’t a replacement for an annual screening mammogram or a clinical breast exam. Breast self-awareness is a way to improve overall breast health and make it more likely you will…

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Cancer, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

Hope that experimental new vaccine for glioblastoma will prevent return of aggressive brain tumor

These days, Bob Krueger spends a lot of time on the road. Every few weeks, he drives roughly 200 miles from his home in Franklin, Tennessee, to Louisville, Kentucky. The time in the car is long, but it gives Bob, his wife Anita, and his daughters some much-needed time to talk, bond and play some…

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Cancer, Employee stories - Norton Healthcare

Coming full circle after cancer diagnosis

Cancer can come in like a wrecking ball, turning lives upside down. When the dust settles, it’s up to you to figure out how to move on. For Shavonda Offutt, that was especially true. On April 16, 2021, Shavonda was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She learned from Blakely D. Kute, M.D., medical oncologist…

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Cancer, Head and Neck Tumors

What to do if you have a painless lump on the side of your neck

A painless lump on the side of your neck can have many causes. Most commonly, lymph nodes in your neck are apt to swell due to injury or infection. Less commonly, it can be cancer. Lymph nodes, part of the immune system, can swell as white blood cells in the lymphatic fluid attack invasive cells….

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Bike to Beat Cancer, Cancer

Bike to Beat Cancer is an emotional time for the Schembari family and the rest of Team Bryant

Cassie Schembari was a 19-year-old Bellarmine University student when she was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. “Cassie took it in stride,” said her mother, Jackie Schembari. “She was a fighter for two years. She went through a lot of treatments. It was a battle she fought like a hero. Her inner spirit was just hard…

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Cancer, Gastroenterology, News

Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers are common and treatable — here’s what you need to know

Gastrointestinal (GI) cancer can develop anywhere along the digestive tract, which runs about 25 feet through the body from the mouth to the anus. Many GI cancers are easily treated if found early, which is why regular testing is important. Types of gastrointestinal cancer The types of GI cancer are different, based on where the…

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Cancer, Ovarian Cancer

Transvaginal ultrasound: A tool for early diagnosis of ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is the second most common gynecologic cancer in the U.S, behind uterine cancer, and the fifth most common cause of cancer death. New screening methods could help catch ovarian cancer earlier and save lives in the process. Here, Justin W. Gorski, M.D., Ph.D., a gynecologic oncologist practicing at Norton Cancer Institute – St….

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Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy, Prevention and Wellness

Colonoscopy alternatives: What you need to know

If you’ve been avoiding getting a colon cancer screening, there are colonoscopy alternatives such as Cologuard or a fecal immunochemical test (FIT) that can catch colon cancer early while it’s still very treatable. A colonoscopy is the best way to detect colon cancer and allows the surgeon to remove any polyps or tumors during the…

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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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