Learning that you or a loved one has cancer can be overwhelming…
...but you are not alone. Recent statistics indicate that nearly half of all men and a third of all women in the United States will experience a cancer diagnosis within their lifetimes. Whether you experience cancer personally or through a friend, coworker or family member, nearly everyone is touched by cancer.
The thought of cancer is frightening but recent developments in the early detection, targeted treatment and management of side effects has drastically improved the outlook for cancer patients. Across the board, cancer deaths have dropped by 20% since 1991. Even more promising is the 40% decrease in mortality rates for prostate cancer and 30% decrease for colorectal, female breast and male lung cancers. In other words, there has never been more hope for patients to live longer, healthier lives as cancer survivors.
It’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed, scared, helpless or alone when diagnosed with cancer. Learning about your diagnosis is the first step in becoming involved in the treatment decisions to come. Rutherford Regional Health System offers the Cancer Resource Center as a one stop location for information about your diagnosis, treatment options, and helpful resources for you and your family. Assisted by experienced cancer nurses, you will find the answers to your questions and the knowledge you will need to cope with and overcome cancer.
What should I look for in a cancer program?
From diagnosis to survivorship, the nationally certified cancer program at Rutherford Regional provides comprehensive cancer care right here in the foothills of North Carolina. A multidisciplinary team approach, involving board certified physicians which includes medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and surgeons is used to steer every aspect of the cancer care provided. Availability of advanced technology for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer ensures that each patient’s treatment plan is tailored to their diagnosis.
Comprehensive care with compassion is the hall mark of the best cancer programs. Patient Navigation by a registered nurse experienced in cancer care is our commitment