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Thirteen Southwestern Community College radiography students are in the middle of clinical rotations at a variety of area hospitals.

Among those students are Carlea Cook, Jovy Phuong, Celina Guffey, Joe Cloer and Kelsey Apel of Franklin. Cook and Apel are assigned to Angel Medical while Phuong is at MedWest Swain, and Cloer is at Murphy Medical. Guffey is doing her rotations at Habersham Medical Center.


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.


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