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Removing Barriers to Better Cancer Care

Famous South Dakotan Tom Brokaw’s experience with cancer at his remote Montana retreat raised perplexing questions about cancer care delivery in a rural setting. While an incredible depth of treatment resources is readily available at urban locations, what do people do when this care is hours away across the sprawling Northern Plains? Read More »
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Cooking for Breast Cancer Prevention

Cooking and preparing healthy foods in your kitchen can be one of the best tools for breast cancer prevention. Lifestyle factors, including diet and exercise, play a significant role in prevention. “A woman can reduce her risk of breast cancer through simple steps like following a healthy diet, exercising and maintaining a normal weight,” said Julie Reiland, MD, breast surgeon with Avera Medical Group Comprehensive Breast Care. Read More »
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New Hope Through Genomic Medicine

If looking at the statistics alone for her type and stage of cancer, few would have predicted that Dawn Timmer would experience the health and vitality she is today. But thanks to the grace of God and the wonders of genomic medicine, her latest scans have shown her body to be clear of cancer. Read More »
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Translating Genomics to Patient Care

Pradip De and Nandini Dey spend their workdays in next-door offices in the Avera Cancer Institute, combing through reams of published literature, or in a lab growing tumor cells – only to poison them with different chemotherapy regimens and combinations of targeted therapies. Read More »
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What Does Breast Cancer Feel Like?

Julie Reiland, MD, carries a green centimeter-sized stone in the pocket of her lab coat – not for luck or out of superstition, but to demonstrate, if asked, what breast cancer feels like to a patient or colleague. Reiland, a breast surgeon with Avera Medical Group Comprehensive Breast Care, advocates for annual mammograms along with clinical breast exams. Read More »
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Advanced Options for Treating Breast Cancer

For most women, breast health awareness means getting their annual clinical exam and mammogram, receiving the “all clear” letter in the mail, and moving on with their lives. But for those whose journey leads to a breast cancer diagnosis, there are decisions to make about surgery and treatment. Read More »
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