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Healthy Eating for the Holidays- Nutrition Seminar

If you did not attend the nutrition seminar last week, “Healthy Eating for the Holidays,” you missed a real winner. Chris Moore, Registered Dietitian from Parkview Hospital, has presented this particular Fall event for several years. Scrumptious samples of healthy foods and Chris’s expertise make it a perennial hit. A new series of nutrition seminars will start in the Spring. Watch your Cancer Services calendar for dates and topics.

If you are having difficulty maintaining your weight, contact your physician for a referral to a dietitian, and contact your Client Advocate for additional information related to nutrition questions and solutions. If you‘d like a copy of the recipes Chris served, email ghamm@cancer-services.org

Annual Design on Life- Auction Items Needed

Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 26, 2011 and plan to join us for our annual Design on Life event in the Johnny Appleseed Ballroom at the Memorial Coliseum. In addition to the silent and live auctions, this year’s event, “A Stroll Down Bourbon Street,” will offer guests an opportunity to sample New Orleans style fare, listen to live music, and be entertained by roaming street performers, all in support of those affected by cancer in our community.

We need auction items! If you or someone you know would like to donate an item to our silent or live auction, please contact Amber Recker at arecker@cancer-services.org or (260) 484-9560.

I Collect Quotes

by Dianne May, president and CEO

I collect quotes. It sounds a little strange to say it that way, but it started quite a few years ago when I read something I didn’t want to lose. Now I have a folder on my computer called “inspiration.” Some of the quotes are from famous historic figures and though I might have a name, I don’t necessarily know anything about the individual. And a couple of quotes are even from fortune cookies!

I think what I like about keeping these quotes is that, for me, they illustrate ideas and values that I hold dear. Values like kindness…“When I was young I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.” Abraham Heschel (1907-1972)

Fairness…“The only way to be just is to judge your own actions by the best part of you, and to judge the actions of others by the worst part of you.” Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986)

Self-discipline…“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” Mikhail Baryshnikov

Humility…“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” Harry S. Truman (1884—1972)

Leadership… “If you’re leading the herd, look back now and then to see if they are still there.” Cowboy wisdom

Happiness… “It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation which bring happiness.” Thomas Jefferson (1743—1826)

What words or ideas inspire you?

A Heart Felt Thank You

From a client:

Thank you Cancer Services for…

  • Caring Hearts
  • Always being there and listening
  • Wig Bank
  • Massage, donated for me and my husband
  • Ronald Repka Foundation gift

Words truly do not express enough gratitude. I have been validated as a woman with cancer and it is okay to feel what I am feeling. That is a big statement. I was given such a caring heart in my Client Advocate, Maureen. She allowed me as much time as I needed and she always answered the phone to talk. She has been an angel to me through this journey. I am grateful for all she has done.

Indiana Cancer Consortium’s Choices for End of Life Seminar

Indiana Cancer Consortium’s Quality of Life Action Team presents: Choices for the End of Life, a seminar for health care professionals.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

1:00PM-4:20PM

Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana

6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Presentations:

Hospice Experience: A Caregiver’s Story”, Sarah Stoffel

Hospice and Palliative Care” SueAnn Reynolds, President & CEO, Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Berne, IN

Starting the Conversation”- Dawn Schweickhardt, LCSW, Social Worker, Parkview Home Health & Hospice, Fort Wayne, IN

Hospice & Palliative Care- A Physician’s Perspective”, Robert Crook, M.D., Hospice and Palliative Care Medical Director, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne, IN

For reservations: http://iccqualityoflife.eventbrite.com/

Discovering Strength Within

by Gail Hamm, program director

I watched a webinar last week and the presenter talked about the Oz effect, as in The Wizard of Oz. You know the story. The characters traveled to Oz to meet the wizard hoping that he could solve their problems and give them what they needed- a way home, a heart, a brain, and courage. What the characters ultimately discovered is that the wizard was a sham and that he was unable to give them anything more than what they had come to him with.

They had the answers, the abilities, the strength and courage all along. It was inside each of them and they just had to discover that. When a person is diagnosed with cancer, she starts looking for the answers and the courage. Sometimes, out of the void, she is given the answers she needs. She finds superhuman strength to persevere. She endures experiences that a few weeks before would have seemed impossible. A cancer patient often finds within, more than would be thought possible.

When faced with a crisis, we discover our true selves. In addition, we discover our true friends and family. An additional source of strength and support is a Client Advocate from Cancer Services. Don’t hesitate to make that connection when you need it. When we don’t know if we have the strength within us, an understanding and knowledgeable friend can be a wonderful companion on the journey.

Kroger/Scott’s Cancer Day Was a Huge Success!

The Kroger Co.’s Central Division, American Cancer Society of Northeast Indiana (ACS) and Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana (CSNI) announced results of the 32nd annual “Kroger Scott’s Cancer Day 2010” today. The event included 19 Kroger, Scott’s and Owens stores in Northeast Indiana. Kroger is donating 2% of sales on Wednesday, October 6th to the ACS and CSNI, “rounded up” to $50,000. Kroger and Scott’s customers were encouraged to contribute their change to the cancer organizations by “rounding up” their purchases from Wednesday, October 6th to Saturday, October 16th, bringing an additional $12,056 for the two cancer organizations. In addition, Kroger donated a $46,000 advertising campaign in support of both Cancer Day and the two local cancer organizations.

Kroger Scott’s Cancer Day 2010” total proceeds were $62,056. Over 32 years, the annual Cancer Day event has raised $4,465,934 for local cancer organizations.

According to Kroger Central Division President Bob Moeder, “We are determined to be a compassionate and supportive corporate citizen in every local community we serve. Kroger customers and associates always have been especially generous in supporting Cancer Day and we are hopeful that will be the case this year. Although proceeds were down in 2010 versus 2009 and 2009 versus 2008, we are very determined to continue working hard and investing Kroger’s resources in this extremely worthy cause. Cancer has too devastating an effect on so many members of the Kroger family to do otherwise. This year we really focused on celebrating our survivors and we will continue to honor through our efforts. To prevail, we must work as a team and Kroger is deeply honored to work with Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, the American Cancer Society, Parkview Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, Mayor Henry and nearly 200 community volunteers more than two dozen community organizations to raise critical funds for the fight against cancer.”

Dianne May, President and CEO of Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana stated, “Last year more than 3,000 local people with cancer and their families received emotional support and practical resources from Cancer Services because of corporate leaders like Kroger. We are honored to have a long-standing relationship with Kroger that continues to grow and find new ways to make sure that friends and neighbors in our community know that there is an organization ready to help when a family is touched by cancer.”

Next Step for Targeted Cancer Therapy?

by Lauran Neergaard of the Associated Press 9/28/10
WASHINGTON — Cancer is a tale of two sets of genetic code, your own and your tumor’s — and tracing the unique areas of damage makes for a way to target treatment.

Fifty years after the discovery of the first direct genetic link to cancer, scientists are assessing the state of so-called targeted therapy — with nearly 30 treatments on the market and a dozen or so more under study.

“We’re still not using the ‘C’ word, ‘cure,’” cautioned personalized medicine director Jeff Boyd of Fox Chase Cancer Center, who helped organized a meeting in Philadelphia today to mark the anniversary and examine the future of targeted therapy.

But, he added, “there is real potential to transform many cancers into chronic diseases.”

One next challenge is how to expand the number of targets to attack, in part by answering what the new chief of the National Cancer Institute calls the “big questions” about what makes this disease so intractable.

Questions like: What makes a tumor metastasize, or spread through the body? Metastasis is what kills, yet scientists don’t know why some tumors spread and others don’t, and what programs those tumor cells to invade, say, the liver instead of the bone or the lung — factors that undoubtedly could be new treatment targets.

Starting in October, Dr. Harold Varmus, the NCI’s director, will begin quizzing top researchers from around the country about which of oncology’s underlying mysteries should be part of his “Big Questions Initiative,” a new focus of government cancer research.

Answering those questions “would get you over a roadblock that keeps us from making better progress,” Varmus told a meeting of his scientific advisers earlier this month.

For Dr. Otis Brawley of the American Cancer Society, such a project might finally offer clues to a huge problem facing patients today: How to tell who needs the most aggressive treatment, and who would be OK skipping the big guns.

A domino effect of genetic alterations is required to cause any of the 200 diseases collectively called cancer. Some occur in the person, making them more prone to illness. But tumors also have their own genetic signature — four to seven genetic changes that are critical to turning, say, a normal breast or colon or liver cell into a cancerous one, and a pattern of activity that signals how aggressive that malignancy will be. Those unique patterns also offer targets for treatment, drugs that zero in on the particular genetic pathways fueling the person’s cancer — and even vaccine-like therapies, a fledgling field that aims to train patients’ immune systems to recognize and fight their tumors.

It all started with the 1960 publication of what was dubbed the Philadelphia chromosome, a funny-looking chromosome that two scientists — one from the University of Pennsylvania, one from Fox Chase — spotted only in patients with a specific kind of leukemia. Fast-forward to the 2001 approval of the groundbreaking drug Gleevec, which has turned chronic myeloid leukemia from a fast killer into a disease that many patients today manage with a daily pill. It works by targeting the cancer-causing protein produced by the Philadelphia chromosome.

Gleevec wasn’t the first genetic targeted therapy for cancer — the decades of research sparked by that discovery actually paid off for some other cancers first.

Boyd predicts there will be more than 100 targeted therapies available within several more years, and the real quest is for targets that prove as crucial to holding cancer in check as Gleevec’s did.,

Generating particular excitement now are possible new drugs for hard-to-treat breast cancer, compounds called PARP inhibitors that block enzymes needed for cell growth.

Blue Ball Open Raises $8,600 for CSNI

Kent Hormann and Cynthia Cornwell had ambitious goals- to organize a golf outing to raise money and awareness for Prostate Cancer. And they were wildly successful. With the support of corporate sponsors, including Lutheran Health Network, the first annual Blue Ball Open, which was held on Saturday, August 14, successfully raised $8,600 for Cancer Services.

On Wednesday, October 20, Kent Hormann and Joe Dorko, newly named CEO of Lutheran Health Network, presented our CEO, Dianne May, with the proceeds from the event. We’d like to thank Kent, Cynthia, Joe and all those involved in making this event successful.

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