November 2012 

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November Awareness 

Lung Cancer

Local Resources for Prosthesis & Wigs

American Cancer Society
154 Milestone Way

Sara Ann's Undercover World
477 Haywood Road

Second to Nature
621 E. Main Street
Easley, SC

2102 Laurens Road

Yoga for Cancer Survivors

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 

ST. FRANCIS millennium



Breast Cancer Support Group 

Tuesday, November 13  

at ST. FRANCIS eastside




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November brings several exciting opportunities for our cancer survivors and their families. First, those currently undergoing infusion treatment can expect a treat in the coming weeks - massage during infusion! In addition, St. Francis is pleased to partner with the American Cancer Society to introduce the Cancer Prevention Study-3. This study is open to volunteers who have not been diagnosed with cancer but are willing to be part of a study looking at ways to prevent cancer long term. Read on to learn more.

Lung Cancer in the Spotlight   

Lung cancer is the single leading cause of cancer death in the country and accounts for more deaths than breast, prostate, colon, liver and kidney cancers combined. It starts when abnormal cells grow out of control in the lung and invade nearby tissues and form tumors. Lung cancer can start anywhere in the lungs and affect any part of the respiratory system.


Lung cancer is not often found early, because the early stages don't usually cause any symptoms. In its advanced stage, cancer may affect how your lungs work, causing coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.


View our entire Lung Cancer overview >>


Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, accounting for between 80-90 percent of cases. The most effective way to prevent lung cancer is to stop smoking and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke.


However, not all lung cancer is caused by smoking. Never-smokers and former smokers also can develop lung cancer and for some, the reason is never identified. For others, exposure to outdoor pollutants and indoor radon are causes.


Learn more about lung cancer and what you can do to advocate for lung cancer survivors at the Lung Cancer Alliance website.  



Messages of Hope

Hear from Bill Rixey, lung cancer survivor, about his journey through treatment and recovery.  




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Infusion Center to Offer Massage During Treatment

We're willing to bet you've never thought of your infusion appointments as particularly relaxing. Hopefully, that is about to change! St. Francis has recently received funding from a local donor to provide training in oncology massage for 12 local massage therapists. In return, these newly accredited oncology massage therapists are volunteering four hours a week in the St. Francis Infusion Center giving hand and foot massages to patients receiving chemotherapy.


"Comforting massage provided onsite at the Infusion Center is a reminder that the body can find relief and relaxation despite the emotional stress and physical discomfort experienced during the routine course of cancer treatment," says Lucy Allen, licensed massage therapist.


"These 'Greet the Day' massages are currently offered only in California," says Ann Mihalik, Survivorship navigator. "St. Francis is delighted to be the first east coast facility providing this service to our patients."


Volunteer Today for a Cancer Free Tomorrow

Let your friends and family know that they can help save lives by volunteering for the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study-3. The study is open to anyone in the United States who is willing to commit to the long-term study, which means completing periodic follow up surveys at home every 2-3 years for the next 20-30 years. Eligible participants are between 30-65 years old with no history of cancer (not including basal or squamous cell skin cancer). To learn more, visit or call toll free 1-888-604-5888.