There is always another play.

In April, I asked parents of these teams if they wanted join me in a donation system to give some deeper meaning to the girls’ season after my mom, Patty Thorne, had passed away from breast cancer on January 6th of this year. We have all had people we know affected by cancer and several […]

You voted us “Best.” We call it “nothing less than you deserve.”

Biggest. Boldest. “Best.” From the day we opened 43 years ago, Green Bay Oncology has had only one focus, one guiding star for every decision: what is best for our patients? And now, we are deeply honored and humbled to have been recognized for that dedication—by you, our patients, families, and friends. Thanks to you, […]

Bladder Cancer Awareness

Though the treatment of cancer of the urinary bladder is complex and evolving, it isn’t necessary to travel to a distant medical center for this problem. At Ascension, we have the specialty expertise you need to treat you close to home. What we commonly call bladder cancer can actually arise from any part of the urinary system: […]

Paddleton: Being There is Everything

“I’m the dying guy!” Mark Duplass’ character screams at his best friend, played by Ray Romano. “I’m the OTHER guy!” Romano’s character screams back. Paddleton, a low-budget independent movie about a middle-aged loner facing down a terminal cancer diagnosis with his upstairs neighbor, debuted on Netflix on February 22nd, 2019. While most such movies focus […]

Less Chemo for Breast Cancer?

Nobody likes chemotherapy: not patients, and not oncologists. We’d all rather avoid it if we can – and now we’ve identified another group of women who can safely do without it. Some early-stage breast cancers can spread throughout the body before the tumor is removed surgically– even before the cancer is diagnosed. Those small, spreading […]

Caregivers: Put on Your Own Mask First

You know those safety demonstrations at the beginning of a flight, where they go through the plane’s safety features? Remember what they always say about the oxygen masks? “If you’re with someone that needs assistance, always put on your own mask first.” You’re thinking that’s selfish maybe, but it’s critical advice – and not just […]

Don’t Forget Uterine Cancer (even in pink October) 

Uterine cancer is the fourth most common cancer type in women – not that you’d know it from the (nonexistent) press coverage. Almost 3% of women will be diagnosed with endometrial cancer at some point during their lifetime.  It’s also called endometrial cancer since it usually starts in the inner lining of the uterus (called the endometrium). Most cases occur in women aged 45-74 and […]

Lymphomas – What are they?

Posted at regular intervals along our body like checkpoints on the border between hostile countries, our lymph nodes form a critical barricade against infection. These checkpoints are manned by lymph cells (aka lymphocytes) that come in two varieties: T-cells and B-cells. But sometimes instead of being the protectors, these cells go rogue and become cancers […]

How do checkpoint inhibitors work, anyway?

Picture a common movie scenario: the police have the bad guys surrounded, locked down inside a building – but there are hostages in there too, and if the cops go in shooting they won’t be able to tell the victims from the villains. “Die Hard”, “Inside Man”, and “The Dark Knight Rises” have all done […]

Cancer Pain

Whenever I meet a new cancer patient, especially one with incurable cancer, pain always comes up in the conversation – whether they have it or not. It’s the most commonly reported symptom of cancer, and it’s also one of the most widely feared.  Most patients with advanced stage cancer do, in fact, experience pain; 75-90% […]