Lu and Gabe are the faces of the Chemo Duck cancer program

Provision employee uses her family’s cancer experience to help and inspire other patients

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To say the things Lu has done in her life are inspirational, might be an understatement. As a Care Coordinator at Provision CARES Proton Therapy, Lu is often the first person a cancer patient speaks to when they call our center. Her ability to put others at ease makes her a calming presence for people who are coping with stress and uncertainty as they seek out treatment options.

Her gifts come naturally, but they’re also amplified by her own life experience. Lu’s family has dealt with cancer on more than one occasion – her son was diagnosed as an infant; her husband got cancer more than a decade later. Not only did she find a way to channel that experience to help Provision patients, but she also used it as an opportunity to start the Chemo Duck program, helping thousands of pediatric patients cope with cancer treatment.

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Raising awareness and celebrating life during National Cancer Survivors Month

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June is National Cancer Survivors Month and each year, on the first Sunday of June, we celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day!  With nearly 17 million people in the U.S. living with and beyond cancer – and 43 million cancer survivors worldwide – we all know someone whose life has been touched by cancer.

Naturally, this is a very special event for our Provision family. Since opening our first proton therapy center in 2014, we have treated more than 5,000 patients. We are so grateful to have been a part of each of their journeys. In honor of them, we wanted to share this blog that includes more information on cancer survivorship and how you can join in on the June activities.

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Hands holding an orange ribbon for skin cancer awareness month

How you can help the cause during Skin Cancer Awareness Month

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Did you know skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer? In fact, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the United States than all other cancers combined. Every year in May, we recognize Skin Cancer Awareness Month. It’s an opportunity to raise awareness about this prevalent disease and boost funding for potentially life-saving research. In this blog, we’ll highlight some key skin cancer statistics, signs & symptoms, and helpful resources you can share with your social networks to help the cause.

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Brain Cancer Awareness Month highlights benefits of proton therapy

Brain Tumor Awareness Month a chance to spotlight benefits of proton therapy treatment

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Brain Tumor Awareness Month happens every year in May. It’s a month dedicated to supporting the brain tumor community and raising awareness to help fund much needed cancer research. It’s also an opportunity to highlight the quality-of-life benefits proton therapy treatment can provide for patients with brain tumors. To help the spread the word, we’ve put together some key statistics, signs & symptoms, and helpful resources you can share with your networks to support the cause.

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You can raise proton therapy awareness through existing cancer awareness campaigns

How to raise proton therapy awareness through existing cancer campaigns

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Existing cancer awareness campaigns can be a very useful tool when trying to raise proton therapy awareness. They give you an opportunity to highlight possible treatments for those cancers and the potential benefits of proton therapy. April is both Head, Neck & Oral Cancer Awareness Month and Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. So, here are a few facts about each to help you spread the word using your social media feeds or just good old-fashioned conversation!

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Cancer screening guidelines for 2022 include mammograms for women in certain age groups

What to know about cancer screening guidelines for 2022

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When it comes to cancer screenings, there can be some confusion as to what tests are recommended, who should be getting them, and how often. Since February is National Cancer Prevention Awareness Month, we thought it would be a good time to review the cancer screening guidelines for 2022. Following these testing recommendations, along with making healthy lifestyle choices, can help lower your risk regarding certain cancers.

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Knowing the common prostate cancer risk factors can help men detect the disease earlier

Prostate cancer risk factors: What men should know to help with early detection

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One of the keys to detecting prostate cancer early is understanding the most common risk factors. Since September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, this article will focus on raising awareness of early detection. By knowing which groups of men are most at risk, you’ll be better equipped to make educated decisions about when to begin screening and what to ask your doctor.

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Eddie Check offers men an annual PSA test for prostate cancer free of charge

Annual event offers free PSA test for prostate cancer to combat delay in cancer screenings

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The COVID pandemic has led to an increase in delayed cancer screenings. Many people postponed routine tests that could help with early detection, such as the PSA test for prostate cancer. That made this year’s Eddie Check more important than ever. After postponing the annual blood drive and free PSA screening event in 2020 due to COVID, organizers got to work to make sure the 2-day event would return in 2021. On Thursday, September 9 and Friday, September 10, hundreds of men across East Tennessee received a free PSA screening, which can indicate various prostate issues, such as infection, inflammation, or even cancer.

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