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The WestCare Health System Board of Trustees today announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding to be acquired by Duke LifePoint Healthcare. The potential partnership will provide West- Care’s hospitals, Harris Regional Hospital and Swain County Hospital, additional resources to grow and strengthen their operations for the future.


In 1971, President Nixon signed The National Cancer Act, setting into motion a national crusade to cure cancer. At that time, less than 50 percent of patients with a diagnosis of cancer could expect to live five years. Today, the probability of living five years following a cancer diagnosis has improved to 65 percent. And, for those with a diagnosis of prostate or breast cancer, the odds of surviving five years are even more impressive – 99 percent and 89 percent, respectively.

In contrast to those encouraging figures, the survival rate for lung cancer patients remains poor. Today, the likelihood of living five years after a diagnosis of lung cancer is less than 17 percent. Furthermore, deaths from lung cancer outnumber those from prostate, breast, colon and pancreas cancer combined. Fortunately, two groundbreaking developments in the control of lung cancer will be introduced next year – a screening tool for detecting lung cancer before it becomes incurable, and FDA approval of a medication that enables the body’s own immune system to attack lung cancer cells.


At the upcoming Dec. 10, Ladies Night Out Program at Angel Medical Center, the topic will be Stress and Depression. Guest speaker will be Cindy Miles, certified Laughter Yoga Teacher. Stress causes many illnesses in today’s world. Women are often caught up in many depressing and stressful situations that influence our mindset and affect our behavior and performance. Laughter helps to unwind the harmful effects of stress and can change your mood within minutes. Join Ladies Night Out this month to learn more about this important topic.


Angel Medical Center is putting together a special display during Franklin’s Winter Wonderland Event on Dec. 6, and Dec. 13. A cancer ribbon-shaped luminary display will be on the front yard of the hospital on those two evenings. The cancer ribbon luminarios will be available for community members to purchase a bag for either evening or even for both evenings for $10 a night. The bags will be inscribed with the name of the loved one being honored or remembered.

The proceeds from the Luminario Display will benefit the new Angel Medical Cancer Center in the Nantahala Outpatient Center building across the street from the hospital.



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