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When facing cancer, it may seem that there is a constant stream of decisions to be made, questions to be answered and arrangements to put in place. Many people are uncomfortable asking for the help and support they need, while others may not know where to turn.

Getting you the answers you deserve for all of your important questions matters to us because we want you to feel good about the decisions you make. We've got you covered when it comes to understanding genetic counseling, learning about lung screenings, understanding treatment plans and so much more. We are also informed on resources available at Finley Hospital and in the community.  We hope our team, and the variety of educational articles and resources we can provide you with put your mind at ease. 

Read more information from our experts.

Immunotherapy: Revolutionizing Cancer Treatment

Learn from oncologist and expert Mark Hermann, MD with Grand River Medical Group and Finley's Medical Staff about immunotherapy. Read more

HPV-Related Cancers on the Rise

Did you know that HPV-related cancers are becoming more common, in both men and women? Experts at the Wendt Regional Cancer Center are seeing this trend. Read more. 

Finley Introduces Oncology Rehabilitation 

UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital announces a new Oncology Rehabilitation service to its Wendt Regional Cancer Center and Outpatient Therapy Services. Oncology Rehabilitation provides individualized care with the goal of improving daily function and quality of life for every patient facing a cancer diagnosis. Read more.

Effects of Promoting Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles in Cancer Patients

Earlier this year, Finley's Wendt Regional Cancer Center hosted an educational opportunity for providers and cancer-focused clinicians to learn about the effects of promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyles in cancer patients. Read more. 

American Cancer Society Announces Drop in Cancer Death Rate

In January 2019 the American Cancer Society announced the cancer death rate has dropped 27 percent in 25 years, which translates to more than 2.6 million deaths avoided between 1991 (the peak year) and 2016. They credit the drop as mostly due to steady reductions in smoking and advances in early detection and treatment. Read more. 

New Guidelines Mean More Accelerated Radiation Treatment

According to ASTRO, The American Society for Radiation Oncology and the world's largest radiation oncology society, accelerated treatment, also known as hypofractionation, is now recommended for significantly more cancer patients. The society issued a new clinical guideline expanding the population of breast cancer patients that are recommended to receive this specialized treatment. Read more. 

This Plus That Equals What? What a Gleason Score Tells You About Prostate Cancer

Until you've had a prostate cancer diagnosis, the term Gleason Score may not mean a lot to you. However, since prostate cancer is the leading cancer among men, the term is an important one to understand. The experts at UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital's Wendt Regional Cancer Center help explain Gleason Score. Read more. 

Don't Ignore These Cervical Cancer Warning Signs

The American Cancer Society estimates almost 13,000 new cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed in 2017, and just over 4,200 women died from cervical cancer. These numbers are staggering, especially when cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers in women. Fortunately, the death rate from cervical cancer has decreased by more than 50 percent over the last 40 years, due to increased use of the Pap test and HPV (Human papillomavirus) vaccination. Oncologist Aruna Turaka, MD, UnityPoint Health, lists the signs of cervical cancer and why knowing them can save your life. Read more. 

Your Family History and Its Ability to Save Your Life 

At UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital, we understand just how important it is for an individual to educate themselves on their heredity and family medical history.  Having knowledge of genetic alterations in a family allows individuals to make informed decisions about preventative health care, including cancer prevention. Read more. 

Second Hand Smoke Effects on the Body

Most of us know secondhand smoke is bad. But, do you ever wonder how much exposure it takes before your health is negatively impacted? Mary Jo Henry, ARNP, UnityPoint Health, explains secondhand smoke effects, how it impacts pregnancy and children and when you should consider changing your routine to avoid secondhand smoke. Read more. 

Is My Skin Mole Normal? How to Know When to be Seen

Skin moles are common, almost everyone has them. With so many shapes, sizes and colors, it's hard to know whether moles are normal. Gina Mandernach, oncology outreach coordinator at UnityPoint Health, explains different types of skin moles, why you need to regularly check them and removal options. Read more. 

Is the HPV Vaccine for Boys too? 

Some refer to the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine as the cervical cancer vaccine. As a parent or caregiver, you might think, 'why would I need to give that vaccine to my son?' But, Nathan Boonstra, MD, UnityPoint Health says the HPV vaccine is also for boys and will help safeguard their futures. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 11,000 men get cancers caused by HPV each year, and that number is on the rise. Read more. 

Lung Cancer Causes You're Exposed to Everyday

If you don't smoke, you probably don't spend a lot of time worrying about lung cancer risks. While smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, it's not the only one. Radiation oncologist Andrew Nish, MD, UnityPoint Health, explains the lung cancer causes you could be exposed to every day, plus the steps you can take to reduce your risk. Read more. 

What You Might Not Know About a Double Mastectomy 

Fighting and preventing breast cancer is a personal decision, especially when considering bilateral (double) mastectomy, the complete removal of both breast tissues. Mattie Testroet, ARNP, UnityPoint Health, answers questions surrounding double mastectomy, including what you might not know about the procedure. Read more. 

How to Detect Early Symptoms of Breast Cancer by Being Breast Self-Aware

We all want to be equipped with the knowledge to detect early symptoms of breast cancer. For decades, women were urged to do monthly self-breast exams. However, health care facilities and organizations are no longer teaching self-exams, but instead are getting behind the concept of urging women to be breast self-aware in the hopes of identify and stopping breast cancer in its tracks. Oncology Nurse Navigator Edra Fouts, RN, ONC, CBCN, UnityPoint Health, helps explain the differences. Read more. 

How to Guard Against Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is more common than you might expect, and the average age of a patient with testicular cancer is 33 years old. According to the American Cancer Society, roughly one in 263 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer during their life. Read more.

Cancer and Nutrition
What cancer patients put in their bodies is important before, during and after cancer treatments. Eating the right kinds of food can help cancer patients stay stronger and feel better. However, eating doesn't come easy to many people who are battling the disease. Both the illness and the treatment can actually change the way cancer patients eat. Oncologist Vera Nigrin, M.D., UnityPoint Health, tells us about side effects and how to keep nutrition in check. Read more. 

Cancer and Exercise: How a Little Physical Activity Can go a Long Way
Research shows exercise can help reduce the likelihood of chronic conditions, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression. However, a recent study, backed by the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society, suggests getting physically active can also reduce your chances of developing cancer. The study considered 1.44 million participants from the United States and Europe, ranging in age from 19 to 98. It looked at a broad range of cancer types and followed the participants for about 11 years. During that time period, about 187,000 new cases of cancer developed. The biggest benefits in prevention were found in esophageal, liver and lung cancers. Most associations between physical activity and lower cancer risk changed little when adjusted for body mass index. Read more

Cervical Cancer: The Basics
Approximately 11,000 American women develop cervical cancer yearly.  Cervical cancer is a treatable disease and can be cured if caught early.  Unfortunately, in many countries that do no not have adequate screening programs, cervical cancer continues to remain the second most common form of both malignancy and death among all cancer types in women. Read more. 

What Every Woman Should Know About Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is a major public health challenge -- 184,000+ new cases each year make it one of the most common and feared malignancies for women in the United States. Too often, fear and busy schedules prevent women from staying informed, practicing good breast health, and seeking necessary medical attention. Listed below are nine things every woman should know about breast cancer. Read more

The 10 Most Common Questions that Men Ask After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide.  The behavior of prostate cancer can vary from a low grade tumor that may never be clinically significant to an aggressive cancer that may result in metastases, morbidity, and death. Read more

8 Tips to Prevent Prostate Cancer

Top Five Most Dangerous Cancers in Men and Women (Infographic)

A Guy's Guide to Prostate Health 

When a Loved One Has Cancer 

5 Ways to Beat Breast Cancer 

10 Must Know Cancer Fighting Foods 

How to Detect Early Symptoms of Breast Cancer by Being Breast Self-Aware 

Pap Smears to Detect Cervical Cancer 

Fighting a Battle You Didn't Choose   

The Need for Mammograms 

13 Ways Sun Affects Your Body