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the power

we've given to

the word cancer.

Say the word.

Just because you don’t have cancer doesn’t mean you’re not living with it.

Nearly everyone knows and cares about someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, but most of us still feel powerless to talk about it. It is a word that is loaded with fear, anxiety, and ignorance. We need a place where we can set those things aside, learn, and better understand what it means to live with cancer.

We can take back the power we’ve given the word “cancer.” We can start by not being afraid to say it.

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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 »

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 »

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 »

Learning to live with cancer will not give you cancer.

Picture life with cancer.

Share pictures of life with cancer using the photo-sharing app Instagram on your smartphone. Just tag your photo with #PictureCancer.

We've discovered the cure for fear.

Say The Word in 140 characters.

We're taking back the power we've given the word cancer by curing fear through knowledge and support. Share your fears and send your support using hashtag #CureFear.

Cure Fear @CureFear

Lung cancer mainly occurs in older people. About 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with lung cancer are 65 or older.

Avera McKennan @AveraMcKennan

Lung cancer isn't the easiest disease to find in early stages, but CT scans have proven the most effective.

Avera Sacred Heart @AveraSHH

Doris Esparza refused to give in to her diagnosis of stage 4 breast cancer.

Cure Fear @CureFear

.@ estimates for lung cancer in 2013 are: about 228,190 new cases of lung cancer (118,080 in men & 110,110in women)

Avera McKennan @AveraMcKennan

More than 11k women with ovarian cancer will lose the fight, but there are plenty refusing to give up.