Treating Lung Cancer with TrueBeam™ STx Technology

According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States and causes more deaths than colorectal, breast and prostate cancers combined.  An estimated 158,040 Americans are expected to die from lung cancer in 2015, accounting for approximately 27 percent of all cancer deaths.

The Importance of Getting a Second Opinion

A recent article from CancerConnect.com, a patient-focused cancer website, suggests that if you have been diagnosed with cancer, seeking a second opinion will allow you to learn more about your cancer type and make truly informed decisions about treatment. The article recommends that all cancer patients should consider seeing at least one additional expert after

UV Rays and Skin Cancer

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has named July as Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Month.  The goal is to spread the word about how important it is to protect everyone’s skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. Radiation is the emission of energy from any source, and there are many types of radiation. 

Celebrating Cancer Survivors

June is National Cancer Survivor Month, a time to celebrate and recognize cancer survivors, inspire those recently diagnosed, and, most importantly, to celebrate life. During the month, cancer survivors and supporters in communities around the world unite to celebrate life and raise awareness of the challenges faced by cancer survivors. It is a time for

Women’s Health and Cancer

During the month of May, we spotlight women’s health by celebrating National Women’s Health Week. National Women’s Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health.  The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority.  The week also serves as a time

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.  The month is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the importance of skin cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with 5.4 million cases in more than 3.3

Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

April is National Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month and April 8 – 15, 2018 is National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. Head and neck cancer is a term used to describe a number of different cancerous tumors that develop in or around the throat, larynx, nose, sinuses, and mouth.  These cancers typically

The Role of Nutrition in Cancer Care

March is National Nutrition Month.  A nutrition education and information campaign, created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, that focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. We all know that good nutrition is important for good health.  This statement is even truer for cancer

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is officially designated as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month.  It is a month where colorectal cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates throughout the country join together to spread colon cancer awareness by wearing blue, holding fundraising and education events, talking to friends and family about screenings, and much more. Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer

Preventing Cancer

February is National Cancer Prevention Month.  If your New Year’s resolution to get healthy is already losing steam, now is a perfect time to give yourself a second chance.  Renew your efforts to make healthier choices by learning what you can do to help reduce your cancer risk. Research has shown that more than half

National Radon Action Month

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year.  In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools, and other buildings for radon. Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless

Treating Pancreatic Cancer with Radiation Therapy

November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and according to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and is the only one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers with a five-year relative survival rate in the single digits, at just six percent. 

Study: Most Melanomas Don’t Arise From Existing Moles

Summer is officially over and fall is here.  Although the summer activities have halted for the year, it doesn’t mean you need to stop your sunscreen routine.  Sunscreen should been worn year-round for protection against the sun’s ultraviolet rays.  Another good end of the season skin tip is to perform a skin self-exam. According to

CAMC Breast Cancer Clinic radio spot

When diagnosed with breast cancer, the road ahead can be scary.  At CAMC, our Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic is with you every step of the way because at CAMC, no one fights alone.  For more information, please visit CAMC.org/BreastCancerClinic today.

Smoking Cessation 3 steps to quitting

Learn about 3 steps that can lead to quitting smoking for good. This how-to quit smoking video also includes a short introduction to lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (low-dose LDCT).

An Introduction to Common Treatments for Lung Cancer

Have you or a loved one been newly diagnosed with lung cancer? In this video, we’ll help you learn about the most common treatments for lung cancer which may include surgery, radiation therapy, radiofrequency ablation (RFA); chemotherapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy.

Lung Cancer Screening

Do you fit the profile for lung cancer screening? Learn more about eligibility and see what it is like to have a lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (low-dose CT) test.

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is observed every September in the United States by health experts and advocates, and individuals concerned with men’s prostate health.  Designating a month for the disease serves the purpose of increasing public awareness of the importance of prostate health and screenings, educating about risk factors and symptoms, and advocating for

Celebrating Cancer Survivors

June is National Cancer Survivor Month, a time to celebrate and recognize cancer survivors, inspire those recently diagnosed, and, most importantly, to celebrate life. During the month, cancer survivors and supporters in communities around the world unite to celebrate life and raise awareness of the challenges faced by cancer survivors. It is a time for

National Brain Tumor Awareness Month

According to the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the oldest and largest scientific organization in the world focused on cancer research, each year more than 23,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with brain cancer and other nervous system cancers, out of the nearly 78,000 brain tumors diagnosed each year in this country. 

Head and Neck Cancer

According to the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA), an organization dedicated to the prevention, detection, treatment and rehabilitation of oral, head and neck cancer through public awareness, research, advocacy and survivorship, head and neck cancers account for approximately three percent of all cancers in the United States.  These cancers are nearly twice as common

Cancer Screening & Prevention Day at the CAMC Cancer Center

Please join the Radiation Oncology Services at Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) department for a dedicated to your health!  We are proud to be a part of the Cancer Screening & Prevention Day at the CAMC Cancer Center (3415 MacCorkle Ave. SE, Charleston, WV 25304) next Saturday, March 11, from at 8 a.m. to Noon.

Study Says Lung Cancer Survival Increases Sharply If Caught Early

According to a recent study in England, increased screening to identify and monitor people at high risk for lung cancer could increase their chance for five-year survival by nearly three-quarters.  Researchers at the University of Liverpool suggest leaders in Britain set up a national screening program to catch more lung cancer earlier, with the hope

Brain Tumors

According to the National Brain Tumor Society, who is committed to improving the lives of all those affected by brain tumors, more than 69,000 Americans will be diagnosed with a primary brain tumor this year.  A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in the brain or central spine that can disrupt proper brain

Early Diagnosis: These Six Cancer Screenings Are Recommended

Some of the most important tools in the fight against cancer are screening tests that can help find cancer at an early stage.   It’s important that abnormal tissue or cancer be found early, because by the time symptoms appear, the cancer may have grown and spread, making the cancer harder to treat or cure. 

Treating the World’s Most Common Cancer

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the only international organization devoted solely to education, prevention, early detection, and prompt treatment of the world’s most common cancer, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.  Skin cancer occurs when there are abnormalities in the cells that make up the skin. 

Managing Cancer as a Chronic Illness

June is National Cancer Survivor Month.  It is a month dedicated to celebrating and recognizing those who have survived cancer, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading national public health institute

CAMC Cancer Center Celebrates One Year Anniversary

The CAMC Cancer Center is celebrating being opened one year and Charleston Area Medical Center wrote an article about the anniversary.  Last May, the Charleston community came together to celebrate the opening of the new 110,000-square-foot facility that was over a decade in the making.  CAMC Radiation Oncology Services moved into the Cancer Center in

CAMC Cancer Center Wins Award from the American Institute of Architects

The CAMC Cancer Center and Stantec, an international design and consulting company, recently won the 2015 People’s Choice Award from the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Institute of Architects for their collaboration on the architecture and design of the new CAMC Cancer Center.  The American Institute of Architects has been advancing the value of architects

Charleston Area Medical Center Health System Wins National Award

The Radiation Oncology Services at Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) is proud to be part of the Charleston Area Medical Center Health System and congratulates them on being a recipient of the 2015 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.  The Baldrige Award, established by Congress in 1987, recognizes companies for their outstanding commitment to sustainable excellence

Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

April is National Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month and according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery), each year, more than 55,000 Americans will develop cancer of the head and neck (most of which is preventable) and nearly 13,000 of them will die from it.  Head and neck cancer is a

Do These Three Things to Help Prevent Cancer

If your New Year’s resolution to get fit and healthy is already losing steam, February, which is National Cancer Prevention Month, is a great time to give yourself a second chance.  Renew your efforts to make healthier choices by learning what you can do to help reduce your cancer risk.  The Centers for Disease Control

Treating Cervical Cancer with Radiation Therapy

Over 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the United States every year.  That is 33 women a day.  Unlike some other cancers, cervical cancer is not considered to be passed down through family genes.  It is caused by certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV).  When a female is infected with these types of

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is officially Lung Cancer Awareness Month.  The event started back in 1995 as Lung Cancer Awareness Day.  As the lung cancer community and the lung cancer movement grew, the awareness activities increased and the day matured into Lung Cancer Awareness Month.  During the month, people throughout the country come together to support the lung

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is recognized nationwide during the month of October.  It is an annual health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure.  The national campaign also offers information and support to those affected

CAMC Radiation Oncology Services Hosts Open Houses

Radiation Oncology Services at Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) held two open house events to commemorate the grand opening of their new space at the CAMC Cancer Center.  The events were a huge success and over 100 people were in attendance to help celebrate!  On Thursday, September 17, CAMC Radiation Oncology Services invited physicians and

Charleston Area Medical Center Radiation Oncology Services Moves Into New Cancer Center

Alliance HealthCare Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:AIQ), a leading national provider of outsourced healthcare services, and CAMC Health System, announced today that CAMC Radiation Oncology Services is moving into the new CAMC Cancer Center.  Created in 2014, CAMC Radiation Oncology Services is a joint venture between Alliance Oncology, a division of Alliance HealthCare Services, Charleston Area Medical