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Dignity Robes Offer Compassion and Comfort

Sometimes even the smallest thing can make a big difference. For women undergoing breast cancer treatment at Avera Cancer Institute Sioux Falls, Dignity Robes are one of those things. Dignity Robes are essentially shirts with Velcro down the front and sides. Read More »
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All Jokes Aside, Did You Get Your Colonoscopy Yet? (Infographic)

What do you call an Irish proctologist? Colin O’Scopy! We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — everybody likes a good colonoscopy joke but there is nothing funny about colon cancer. We know it’s not fun to prep for a colonoscopy. Read More »
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Cancer support groups: Finding compassion and understanding

While cancer patients treasure a loving family, supportive friends and compassionate caregivers, there’s nothing quite like the understanding offered by someone who has traveled a similar journey. From time of diagnosis with cancer, patients can feel alone and bewildered, even if they have a strong network of family and friends, said Ben Solomon, MD, Avera Medical Oncologist. Read More »
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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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