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Fall is one of my favorite times of the year with the crisp air, golden leaves and gearing toward the much needed rain in our area. This summer has been a horrible year for fires and I would like to give a shout out to all our fire fighters. You all are awesome and thank YOU for all your hard work this year!
The Community Cancer Center (CCC) have been enthusiastically training this past summer working on implementing a Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy program. By the time this edition is released, we should have treated our first lung patient with this new advanced technique. I look forward to reporting about this in our Winter Edition.
October is breast cancer awareness month and November is lung cancer awareness
month. You will find many articles focusing on these two very important topics. I am proud to announce the CCC was awarded, this Summer, as the “Center of Excellence” for
our accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) brachytherapy program! Designated as a Center of Excellence recognizes the CCC’s dedication to education, training and experience in APBI. To qualify, the CCC’s radiation oncologists, medical physicist and clinical staff were required to complete a comprehensive training and education program in order to demonstrate proficiency in delivering radiation therapy with SAVI. The Center of Excellence Award also expresses our commitment to patient education, advocacy and awareness of advanced breast cancer treatments. For more information about this advanced treatment technique see the article in this edition on SAVI.
Our new dietary clinical trial kicked off on Aug 28, 2015 with 55 breast cancer survivors. It is an exciting venture to participate in a research study. You can learn more about the study in the article written by Ally Gottfried. We are implementing a new outreach program called Lung Information for Everyone (LIFE) starting the New Year 2016. This program will focus on educating the community about lung cancer and ways to prevent this deadly disease. Smoking is a known risk for lung cancer and many other debilitating diseases. The CCC will offer a free 8-week Adult Smoking Cessation class kicking off the LIFE program January 12, 2016. Is your New Year’s resolution to quit smoking, live longer and healthier? Call Angelia at the CCC to reserve your spot, class size is limited to 30.
One final note; we would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season. Remember to keep your family and friends close. “The best gifts can’t often be packed inside a box. How can you wrap shared laughter & tears or talks that run into hours? They can only be wrapped and treasured inside your heart.” Unknown Author.

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