Charlene Berke

Director of the Cancer Center at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital

With 27 years of experience in the field of Radiology, I find myself full of advice and things to share with patients and their families while receiving care. Currently, I am the director at the Avera Queen of Peace Cancer Center in Mitchell, S.D., and an American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) registered in both radiation therapy and radiologic technology. When I was trying to choose a career, I knew I wanted something that would be constantly changing and a challenge. My mother was a nurse, and she led me toward health care. Because of that I never look at my day as going to work but going and doing something I enjoy. As part of my job I get to help people through their cancer journeys, and seeing them heal brings me daily joy.

Outside of work I enjoy visiting with friends and family, especially playing with my grandchildren. I also enjoy boating, cycling and reading. I have a 15-year-old cat named Rico who enjoys hanging out with me on the back porch on warm summer nights. Originally I am from Grand Forks, N.D., and spent most of my childhood in Crookston, Minn., and Wahpeton, N.D., and then moved south to warmer weather in Mitchell, S.D.

Through this blog, I hope to share my knowledge on cancer care, not only for patients but also for anyone touched by cancer.

Author Archive | Charlene Berke

Is Pain Interrupting Your Sleep?

After reading a recent article about pain and how it affects sleep, the information prompted me to write about the relationship individuals experience with pain and sleep. Whether it’s from a sore lower back or throbbing tooth, pain is hard enough to deal with during the light of day. Read More »

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Cancer Survivor Picking up T-Shirt

National Cancer Survivors Day – Sunday, June 2, 2013

From family members to close friends, everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer. On Sunday, June 2, 2013, people around the nation celebrated the 26th annual National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD). Many communities held celebrations to honor cancer survivors and show that there is life after a cancer diagnosis — a cause worth celebrating. Read More »

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Are You At Risk For Developing A Skin Cancer?

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and while no cause of skin cancer has been found, risk factors have been identified. Some risk factors are passed down from parents to children through genes. Other risk factors are activities or lifestyles. Read More »

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Nurse with Cancer Patient

What is an Oncology Nurse?

May is Oncology Nursing Month. This worldwide recognition honors the nurses who care for patients with cancer. Thousands of nurses participate in Oncology Nursing Month activities, ranging from social gatherings, fundraising to support patients and efforts to raise awareness of the rewards of an oncology nursing career. Read More »

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Don’t Be Afraid of Clinical Trials

Progress in cancer treatment results from researching new procedures and drugs through clinical trials. If you are thinking about participating in a clinical trial, you may feel nervous or unsure. This is normal. But the more you know about what’s involved and what to expect, the more comfortable you’ll be about your decision. Read More »

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Colon cancer growth stages

Part Three: Colorectal Cancer Treatment

What happens once cancer is diagnosed?
If you have colorectal cancer, a team of specialists will be there to help. The team will advise you to have blood tests and scans to determine what is known regarding the stage (extent) of the cancer. Read More »

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