May 2012 

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Brain Cancer Awareness Month
May is Brain Cancer Awareness Month, and we salute those battling this challenging form of cancer. The St. Francis Cancer Care Team and the St. Francis Survivorship Team stand ready to help treat and improve the quality of life for anyone suffering from this condition.

To learn more about  national resources for those with brain cancer, visit the National Brain Tumor Society

This month we will spotlight the types of head and neck cancers as well as the benefits that pre and post treatment therapy can provide. Please continue reading to learn more: 
Spotlight On: Head and Neck Cancers   

The five main types of head and neck cancer are:


  • Laryngeal and Hypopharyngeal Cancer: Includes the larynx (voice box) and the lower part of the throat that surrounds the larynx.
  • Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancer: These areas are behind the nose where air passes on the way to the throat.
  • Nasopharyngeal Cancer: The air passageway at the upper part of the throat behind the nose.
  • Oral and Oropharyngeal Cancer: Includes the mouth, tongue, and middle of the throat.
  • Salivary Gland Cancer: The salivary glands are tissues that produce saliva, the fluid that is released into the mouth to keep it moist. Saliva contains enzymes that begin breaking down food.


Pre- and Post-Treatment Rehabilitation

Like many types of cancer, the sooner oncology rehabilitation is initiated with those battling head and neck cancers the better - ideally before any surgery, radiation or chemotherapy is started. Having an evaluation prior to treatment is important because it allows the rehab team to get baseline measurements. Baseline measurements help the team determine what is "normal" for you and gives them a goal for post-treatment therapy.


With head and neck cancers, specific challenges can include swallowing, eating, voice, speech and dental health issues. Our Survivorship Team is there to help patients through these challenges, answering questions and developing strategies to maintain or regain function.


Once cancer treatment is complete, the St. Francis Survivorship Team, which includes nurses, physical/occupational/speech therapists and dieticians, provide a thorough evaluation. This evaluation identifies specific needs, like overall strength, endurance, speech, swallowing, range of motion or nutrition. Therapy can also serve a preventive purpose, using stretches and exercise to prevent the muscle tightness or stiffness that is common after radiation.


Message of Hope

"Expert medical treatment and many, many prayers saved my life!"

Jerry Lentz
Lung Cancer - Lingular Lobe Survivor
Thriving After Melanoma
Melanoma survivors have many of the same challenges during and after treatment as other cancer survivors. According to the Melanoma Research Foundation, healthy eating and exercise can play an important role in developing a lifelong melanoma survivorship plan. Our Survivorship Team can help you understand how carbohydrates, proteins and fats affect your body and how you can optimize your diet for recovery. We can also help address issues related to decreased appetite that can often develop during treatment.

Exercise is another way to improve your health during treatment and recovery. It can give you more energy, improve your sleep, increase your self-esteem, and even improve blood flow to reduce the risk of blood clots and heart disease. Our exercise specialists can help you see these benefits during your recovery by tailoring an exercise program specifically for you.

To learn more about the St. Francis Survivorship Program,