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Hope Rays of FigHt CanCer Aggressive approach uses tranquil treatment By elise sims A uthor Samuel Butler once said, “Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule.” Those words ring true for 85-year-old Schererville resident Ruth Duncanson. In early 2000, Duncanson was treated for anal cancer. She fought a hard battle to beat it while continuing to volunteer for the Women’s Association of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Society and the League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, among other nonprofits. “Music is food for the soul,” Duncanson says. Five years ago, when inoperable lung cancer was found on her follow-up scan, Duncanson had to change her schedule temporarily, but not her philosophy, to beat cancer again. Because the cancer mass was so close to her esophagus and trachea, surgery wasn’t an option, she says. What was different this time around for Duncanson were the new approaches to cancer detection and treatment offered by the hospitals of Community Healthcare System. Advanced technology in radiation therapy are providing cancer patients who have inoperable tumors options that are painless, more precise and noninvasive and have minimal side effects. CyberKnife has offered hope to more than 900 patients by delivering high doses of radiation to cancer cells with pinpoint precision, causing no bleeding or pain, using the same technology that leads cruise missiles to their targets. What is CyberKnife? Since May 2005, Community Healthcare System doctors have given more than 900 patients, like Duncanson, hope in the form of a radiation therapy called CyberKnife. Complementing CyberKnife at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, Community Healthcare System sister hospitals offer other advanced radiation therapy treatment options. Intensity-modulated 6 Vim & Vigor • SUM M ER 2 011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Summer 2011 - Community Healthcare

Vim & Vigor - Summer 2011 - Community Healthcare
Contents
Community Message
When Stroke Strikes, Seconds Count
Rays of Hope Fight Cancer
Girl Talk
Say What?
Action Plan
Like This? Try That!
Being George Clooney
A Day in the Life of Your Heart
Unexpected Heroes
Get in Gear
A Real Lifesaver
A Real Lifesaver
Spotlight on Community Hospital
Spotlight on St. Catherine Hospital
Spotlight on St. Mary Medical Center
A Safer Hospital Stay

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