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Weekly Tumor Conferences Give Breast Cancer Patients Attention of Many Experts

Each Wednesday morning, a team of about 30 experts gathers at the Avera Cancer Institute in Sioux Falls with a single-minded focus. The members of the team are voracious researchers, and the focus of their meeting is a comprehensive review of the cases of breast cancer patients who are receiving care from the Institute’s physicians. Read More »
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Membership in Big-Data Cancer Program Will Help Avera Improve Care

Sometimes you have to step back to see the big picture and allow those patterns to form before your eyes. That’s the idea behind “big data” projects where trends and associations come to light when enough information is brought together. It’s not enough to have lots of data; you have to skillfully evaluate it. Read More »
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Bowdens Seek Out the Best Care for Breast Cancer, and Find it at Avera

Doug and Mary Bowden were no strangers to the world of cancer care. Having fathers who both passed away due to cancer, they had generously donated funds to help finance the patient navigation program at Avera Cancer Institute. In 2011, they were on site for the ribbon cutting and gala opening of the Prairie Center in Sioux Falls, home to the Avera Cancer Institute. Read More »
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Healthy Eating During Cancer Remission

I am a firm believer in the simple idea in these three words: Nutrition is Power. I believe that nutrition can empower your body, can help strengthen you, and can also help prevent diseases such as reoccurrence of cancer.  There may not be anything much greater on your mind right now than wanting to do all you can to help your body get as strong and powerful as possible so it can fight off all it faces. Read More »
Cancer Care, Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health
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Natural Therapies to Thwart Side Effects During Cancer Treatment

For many patients, cancer treatment can bring about unfortunate, significant side effects that have a negative impact on quality of life. Further, more severe side effects can disrupt a patient’s ability to complete planned cancer treatments, thus lessening the effectiveness of the overall approach to the patient’s cancer care. Read More »
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Let’s Talk About Breast Pain and How to Resolve It

We all know why women experience labor pains. I mean it’s written in the Bible after the fall of Adam and Eve. But nowhere in the Bible does it talk about breast pain. So what is it, why do we get it, what causes it and what does it mean? Read More »
Cancer Care · Avera Health