Treating Oligometastatic Prostate Cancer with Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy

 

When it comes to treating oligometastatic prostate cancer, evidence shows that stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), which is a form of high-precision cancer therapy that delivers substantially higher doses of radiation to the tumor site in just one or a few treatment sessions, is an excellent treatment option for men battling the disease. An active […]

 

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Managing Cancer as a Chronic Illness

 

June is National Cancer Survivor Month.  It is a month dedicated to celebrating and recognizing those who have survived cancer, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading national public health institute […]

 

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Brain Tumors

 

May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month.  According to the National Brain Tumor Society, who is committed to improving the lives of all those affected by brain tumors, more than 69,000 Americans will be diagnosed with a primary brain tumor this year.  A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in the brain or […]

 

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Our Physicians Discuss the Treatment Process for Metastatic Brain Cancer

 

 

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Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day: When Breast Cancer Spreads to the Lungs

 

In 2009, the House and Senate voted to designate October 13 as National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, a national observance aimed at raising awareness for this advanced form of breast cancer that will affect an estimated 232,670 women in 2014 alone. Rush Radiosurgery urges women to take early detection seriously, as many may be […]

 

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Treating Metastatic Lung Cancer

 

Metastatic lung cancer occurs when cancer cells break away from a primary tumor in the lung and travel to other parts of the body through the blood or lymph system. Although it’s possible for lung cancer to metastasize to many different parts of the body, it most commonly spreads to the other lung, adrenal gland, […]

 

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Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

 

Each October, the breast cancer community gathers to raise awareness and garner support for the fight against breast cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates 232,340 cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2013 and one in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October 13 is dedicated […]

 

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What is Metastatic Cancer?

 

Metastatic cancer occurs when cancerous cells spread from a primary cancer site to other parts of the body. Despite spreading to another location within the body, the cancer is considered an extension of the original tumor. For example, lung cancer that spreads to the liver is considered metastatic lung cancer. Metastatic cancers are difficult to […]

 

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Brain Tumor Awareness Month: Facts and Treatment Information

 

May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month, a time to educate others, fund raise and offer support to brain tumor patients. Here’s what you should know about brain tumors: More than 170,000 Americans will face a brain tumor diagnosis this year. Brain tumors can be treated with surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a mixture of these […]

 

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Rush Radiosurgery focuses on education during Brain Tumor Awareness Month

 

May marks the recognition of National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Since its establishment in 2008, community organizations and support groups celebrate this month with increased efforts to raise awareness of brain tumors, increase funding for research and educate the public on symptoms and treatment options.

The Central Brain Tumor Registry estimates 66,290 new cases of primary non–malignant and malignant brain and central nervous system tumors will be diagnosed in the United States in 2012. What patients may not know is that a large percentage of those diagnoses will be from metastatic tumors, tumors that develop from cancer cells that have spread from another part of the body.

There are more than 120 different types of brain tumors, and while not all are necessarily fatal, any brain tumor should be considered a serious health condition. Brain tumors often create increased pressure in the skull, known as intracranial hypertension. This can lead to, among other conditions, headaches, vomiting, vision problems and altered states of consciousness.

 

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