Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal Cancer: The Importance of Early Detection and Understanding Screening Options

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Content and information provided by Rebecca Bergeron, RN, BSN, OCN Director of Clinical Services for Provision CARES Proton Therapy Knoxville

This week, we’re going to talk about number two- the second leading cause of cancer death, that is. Colorectal cancer is highly preventable through early detection, yet many people remain unaware of their options for screening. Screening is especially important for preventing colorectal cancer because the disease usually does not have noticeable symptoms until it is advanced. (more…)

Do your part to save your life…

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Nobody wants cancer, but in the U.S. one in every two men and one in every three women will get it at some point in their lives.

February is National Cancer Prevention month, and although there are no guarantees—we all know those who have developed the disease through circumstances beyond their control—science has shown us that many cancer cases are preventable through practical, healthy lifestyle choices.

The Harvard School of Public Health estimates up to 75 percent of cancer deaths in the U.S. could be prevented, while the American Cancer Society declares about 60 percent of American cancer cases to be preventable. (more…)

Couple takes cancer journey together

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Read this and other Provision patient stories at ProtonStories.com.

Glen and Doris Hall have gone through a lot together in their marriage of 66 years.

They went to school together, had three children together and then grandchildren, together experienced a career in academics. Now, they can add cancer to the list.

Both received proton therapy in treatment periods that overlapped each other—he for prostate cancer, she for colon cancer.

It’s not the kind of sharing either would have chosen. But, says Doris, “it draws you closer together.”

Sweethearts at Berea College in Kentucky—Doris a sociology major, Glen finally settling on agriculture—the two married while still in school with special permission from the president.

“His first question was, ‘How are you going to support a wife?’” says Glen. He then gave his consent—and his new wife a job in the administrative office.

The couple went on to the University of Kentucky and then Iowa State University, where Glen earned his PhD and their first daughter was born in Ames. He was hired by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1955. Later, he headed the Department of Agriculture at the University of Tennessee, Martin, and set-up a branch of the Agriculture Experiment State there. He returned to UT Knoxville in 1967 as Dean of the College of Agriculture—at age 38 the youngest dean. He also served as interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in 1992-1993—the second highest administrative position at UTK. He retired in 1995 after 40 years with the university.

While at UT, Glen worked to create a caring, welcoming atmosphere for faculty and students. He also reached across oceans, working in India to set up a land grant university concept, even meeting twice with Indira Ghandi, whom he describes as “down to earth.” While he worked in administration, Doris raised their two daughters and one son—one of the three have also gone into agriculture; served as president of the UT Faculty Women’s Club; taught Sunday school at Church Street United Methodist Church and volunteered with the Girl Scouts and at UT Hospital.

These days, life is a bit quieter but still hectic, scheduled around Doris’s dialysis and visits from their children. The two recently celebrated their 88th and 86th birthdays together with a dinner of “quiche, coconut cake and good wine” provided by their daughter. (more…)