It was October 31st, 2011, the last day of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when Shelly Lipscomb Echeverria heard the words: "You have cancer."

What role do clinical trials play in treating cancer?

“Wings of Angels to me means comfort,” says breast cancer survivor Linda Fischer. She knows just how important comfort can be after an involved surgery like a mastectomy. That’s why she started a recovery care basket business, Wings of Angels, which provides care and hope to women who are recovering from breast cancer surgery.

News in brief 8.1.12

Symptoms of depression are linked with shorter survival times among cancer patients, according to a new study at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. This link may be attributed to abnormal stress hormone regulation and inflammatory gene expression. "Our findings, and those of others, suggest that mental health and social well-being can affect biological processes, which influence cancer-related outcomes," Lorenzo Cohen, a professor and director of the Integrative Medicine Program, said in a university news release. The findings "also suggest that screening for mental health should be part of standard care because there are well-accepted ways of helping people manage distress, even in the face of a life-threatening illness," Cohen added.

PinnacleHealth is hosting a new support group designed especially for young women facing breast or ovarian cancer: Young Cancer Survivor Group for Women.

(Undated) -- Last month, the Supreme Court handed down a landmark ruling on President Obama's signature piece of legislation so far: the Affordable Care Act. The High Court upheld the constitutionality of the law, which aims to make health care more accessable and, as its name suggests, more affordable for Americans.

If you're out and about this summer, you might spot Dr. Steven Pandelidis, a surgical oncologist with Apple Hill Surgical Associates in York, PA. He says, "I do a lot of outdoor activities and triathlons, and I see a lot of people running around. If I see a funny-looking mole, I tell them to get it looked at."

(Boston, MA) -- From close-to-home "staycations" to overseas visits, many central Pennsylvanians are traveling this summer season. But one oncologist says receiving a cancer diagnosis doesn't necessarily mean a person has to miss out on vacation.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. It is diagnosed in more than two million people each year. Yet, many Americans, especially during the summer months, continue to expose themselves to the harmful rays of the sun without protection while they work, play or are on vacation. Would you know how to recognize skin cancer’s warning signs?

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (July 18, 2012) – The second Franklin County Metric Century cycling event on June 23, raised more than $5,000 to benefit breast care services offered by Rhonda Brake Shreiner Women’s Center, an affiliate of Summit Health, and the Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance.

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