Fighting for You


March 13, 2017

Colon Cancer Survivor Finds ‘Rainbow at the End of the Storm’

In proof that life can change in an instant, Amy Barger was blindsided when she was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in May 2011, one week after her daughter’s wedding. She’d had no symptoms whatsoever and only learned she had cancer after a routine colonoscopy revealed a tumor in her colon. “I wanted to […]

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January 11, 2017

Fighting For You: Dr. Herbert Beck

Q: Why did you choose to specialize in gynecologic oncology? A: I came to the specialty of gynecologic oncology by the way of obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN). About one year into my studies, it became readily apparent to me that I wanted to become more involved in the surgical subspecialty. At that time, I was […]

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January 11, 2017

TAPUR Trial Targets Individual Cancers with Treatments Outside of FDA-approved Indication

Researchers have launched a new study designed to broaden access to drugs for some patients with advanced cancers and to collect and share data on individual responses to drugs that have not yet been approved for their specific cancer types. The Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) study is for patients who had genomic […]

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October 10, 2016

Pain Management: Alternative to Narcotics for Breast Surgery

Question: Why is managing pain such an important part of cancer treatment? Answer: According to the National Cancer Institute, pain is one of the most common symptoms cancer patients face. Studies have shown that reducing or controlling the level of pain patients experience may lead to better outcomes. Patients also have a tendency to heal […]

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August 4, 2016

Meet Clay Erickson

Growing up in his mom’s kitchen, Clay Erickson helped cut vegetables, stir soups and bake cakes. He made his first batch of lasagna when he was just 6 years old. When he wasn’t cooking with his mom, he was watching her take care of his father, a U.S. Army Air Corps paratrooper who was diagnosed […]

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May 24, 2016

Meet Traci Owen

Traci Owen, RN, BSN, is a nurse. Her official title is survivorship care manager, but in her heart she is a nurse and always has been. “I was born knowing what I am here to do. I don’t remember a time I thought about doing anything else,” Owen says. “I played nurse, I always planned […]

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February 19, 2016

Meet Dr. Nathan Neufeld

More than half the patients who walk through the doors of Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) describe their pain as uncontrolled. That level of pain has an impact that extends far beyond their physical well-being, says Dr. Nathan Neufeld, Medical Director of Pain Services and Supportive Therapies, and Interventional Pain Management Specialist at CTCA® […]

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May 15, 2015

Physician Profile: Giuseppe Del Priore, MD, MPH

Please describe a few of the key roles and responsibilities of your position. As National Director of Gynecologic Oncology, I work to help ensure that Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) delivers cutting-edge, innovative care in the field of gynecologic oncology and maintains high quality in all of our work in the field. This effort […]

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February 10, 2015

Meet the Doctor: Justin Chura, MD

Please describe a few of the key roles and responsibilities of your position as Medical Director of Gynecologic Oncology and Medical Director of Robotic Surgery. For both roles it is critical to evaluate and promote best practices for gynecologic oncology and for our robotic surgery program. Additionally, work is being done to make sure that […]

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November 4, 2014

Meet the Doctor: Peter Baik, DO

As a thoracic surgeon, what are some of the surgical procedures you perform for patients? Some of the procedures I perform are VATS (video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery) lung resection (wedge, lobectomy and segmentectomy), thoracotomy, pneumonectomy, resection of mediastinal tumors, pleural biopsy, pleurodesis and esophagectomy. My main concern is for the safety and the health of the […]

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