25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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The holiday season is upon us.

For most, this time elicits fond memories of time spent with family. It likely stirs dreamy ideals of how this year will be spent filled with laughter, full of joy, and in peaceful surroundings.

For those living with a life-threatening illness – or caring for someone who is; however, the holiday season can be wrought with a host of mixed emotions. This time of year can pile on more stress to an already-stressful situation. You or your family may be feeling sad about not being able to celebrate the way you have in the past.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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