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

I Can COPE with Breast Cancer!

Absorbing the news that you have a breast cancer diagnosis is challenging to say the least! Your emotions will be intense — feeling scared, anxious, out of control.
But you’re not alone in this journey. Your health care team will guide you through the coping process. Read More »

Cancer · Queen of Peace · Comments { 0 }

Looking and Feeling First-Rate while Going through Cancer Treatments

Cancer treatment can make it difficult to look and feel your best, especially if you’re a woman. One of the most difficult things for anyone is looking in the mirror. Cancer treatment can cause multiple changes in appearance, serving as a constant reminder of the disease and making you look sicker than you may feel. Read More »

Cancer · Queen of Peace · Comments { 0 }

Offering Help to Someone Going through Cancer Treatment

Many patients’ family and friends say “What can I do to help” or “How can I help?” But what does that truly mean?
People with cancer have a hard time figuring out what exactly you could do to help or what they need help with. Read More »

Cancer · Queen of Peace · Comments { 0 }
Silver Lung Cancer Ribbon

Could a Lung Screening Save Your Life?

In my time at the Avera Cancer Institute in Mitchell, I have seen all kinds of people walk through the door. All with different kinds of cancer, one of the hardest ones to catch early is lung cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer for both men and women. Read More »

Cancer, Preventative Care · Queen of Peace · Comments { 0 }
Lungs with cancer

Five Things You Should Know About Lung Cancer

A lung cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and confusing. Here are five things from the Patient Resource Cancer Guide from patientresource.com that you should know about lung cancer.

Not all lung cancers are the same.  As with many cancers, lung cancer is not just one disease. Read More »

Cancer · Queen of Peace · Comments { 0 }
staying fit during cancer treatment

Staying Fit During Cancer Treatment

Exercise is important even while undergoing cancer treatment. It helps to maintain weight, improve mood, boost energy and promote better sleep; it is also enjoyable. However, many times I see patients who quit their exercise routine during cancer treatment.
While it is important to follow your physician’s orders for medication, it is equally important to follow an exercise routine while undergoing cancer treatments. Read More »

Cancer, Exercise · Queen of Peace · Comments { 0 }