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Learn About Leukemia and Lymphoma

When Rachael Fjeldheim found herself sleeping more than 12 hours a night, the 22-year-old cosmetologist thought she was just suffering another onset of mononucleosis, a virus she had as a teen. Rachael had recently moved to Rapid City, S.D., where she was striking out on her own, across the state from her hometown of Aberdeen, S.D. Read More »
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Lose Weight and Lower Your Risk for Cancer

Among the myriad benefits of maintaining a healthy weight, it may also reduce your risk of several types of cancer. Research has shown for awhile that obesity lowers life expectancy by contributing to diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Read More »
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Therapy Can Help Cancer Patients Face Challenges

Patients with a diagnosis of cancer face many challenges. They are able to cope with some on their own, but with others, many need a little assistance. Physical, occupational and speech therapies can help with those things that just continue to drag on or even start getting worse. Read More »
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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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