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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.

New Guidelines Mean More Accelerated Radiation Treatments
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 how Wendt Center patients can expect this advanced treatment. 

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. 

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. 

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

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