October 2013


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 Take a look at what's going on at St. Francis this month:



Back Care Yoga


Chair Yoga


Yoga for Cancer Survivors


Balanced Life Yoga


Yoga for Cancer Survivors


Facts of Life for Mothers and Daughters


Joint Camp Reunion


Heart Saver CPR


Walk With a Doc



If you turn on the news, flip open a magazine, or even open up Facebook, you are bound to run across something about breast cancer awareness, treatment, diagnosis, or just breast health in general. It's out there everywhere, and for us women, it's generally a sensitive subject. How often should you get a mammogram, when should you go for your first time, where should you go? All of these questions make us women anxious. Please continue reading to learn more:

Get Your Mammogram!


The National Cancer Institute suggests that women get a mammogram every 1 to 2 years after they reach the age of 40. If you have breast cancer in your family history or find something abnormal during a self-exam, you need to ask your doctor if scheduling a mammogram is right for you.


You hear 'get your mammogram' a lot during October and you might be asking, what exactly does it involve? A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray that acts as a screening test for abnormal changes in the breast tissue. A technician will place each breast (don't worry, it's one at a time) between an x-ray plate and plastic plate. The machine will press down, compressing the breast tissue to a flattened state. You might feel some squeezing and discomfort during compression, but it will only last a few minutes. The wonderful technologists at the Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health will comfort and guide you through the screening process. That's it! You can do it! Talk to your physician to determine the right time to get your mammogram.


What if something is detected?

For women who have test results come back indicating cancer, a breast navigator is there to guide you on your journey from treatment to survivorship. At Bon Secours St. Francis, a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, Breast Health Navigators, genetic consultant and nurses meet weekly to discuss each case as a team, agreeing upon the best course of treatment prior to surgery. In effect, our patients receive a first, second and third opinion all at the same time for free. Once a treatment plan starts, you don't have to leave the Upstate to receive the best cancer care.


The comprehensive cancer program at Bon Secours St. Francis offers infusion therapy, radiation, expert surgeons and access to clinical trials. The STAR Survivorship program is second to none, and will help you get back to optimal health when your cancer fight is over. It is our mission to beat breast cancer with faith, hope and expertise!

Clemson Honorary Game Captain

On Saturday, October 19 at the Clemson vs. Florida State game, eight members of the Family Practice Associates of Easley will be spotlighted as our Honorary Game Captains. Family Practice Associates of Easley has a passionate commitment to breast cancer awareness and screening, sharing the dedication of Dabo's All In Team Foundation to change the lives of people across the state of South Carolina. Thanks to early diagnosis on the St. Francis Mobile Mammography coach, this practice is affectionately known as the Pink Sisters who took on cancer, fought like girls and won!


Learn more about the Pink Sisters - and all of our Honorary Game Captains - on our website the week following October 19.



Komen Run


Bon Secours St. Francis was proud to participate in the 2013 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. See some of our photos below!


Bon Secours Wellness Arena Update

By now you've heard the big news: the former Bi-Lo Center is now called the Bon Secours Wellness Arena! We are proud to partner with the Greenville Arena District to offer entertainment and wellness to our community.


As members of the Bon Secours Health System, we are committed to bringing people and communities to health and wholeness as a part of a healing ministry. The Bon Secours Wellness Arena will have a health component and interactive aspect of wellness available within the entertainment arena in various ways - from what you see and hear to what you taste and feel.


We recognize buying naming rights for this landmark is a bold step toward innovative healthcare and wellness for the Bon Secours St. Francis Health System and our Greenville community. But it is a move consistent with the history of the Sisters of Bon Secours who dared to go out into the community nearly 200 years ago to care for sick people in their homes, during a time when private homecare was unheard of. Bon Secours St. Francis and the Greenville Arena District is a natural fit, with both of our organizations striving to enrich minds, bodies, and spirit. 


We hope to see you at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena soon!

The Vive! newsletter was created for women to offer education and lifestyle tips for better knowledge and care for your health. Find more information online, and tell a friend!