Prevention & Detection

There is much you can do to help prevent the development of cancer:

  • Stay away from tobacco
  • Stay at a healthy weight
  • Engage in regular physical activity
  • Eat a healthy, low-fat diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30, year-round
  • Know yourself, your family history and your risk factors
  • Have regular checkups and cancer screening tests for your age group
  • Know cancer warning signs

Early detection - know cancer warning signs:

  • Change in bowel or bladder habits
  • A sore that does not heal
  • Unusual bleeding or discharge
  • Thickening or lump in breast or elsewhere
  • Indigestion or difficulty swallowing
  • Obvious change in wart or mole
  • Nagging cough or hoarseness

Having one or more of these signs does not necessarily mean that you have cancer, but is something that you should have evaluated by your physician.

Have age-appropriate screening tests. Click here for a listing of American Cancer Society Detection Guidelines.

Diagnosis & Treatment

When a potential problem is identified, your physician will order a number of diagnostic tests which might include the following: X-rays, CT scan, MRI, PET scan, nuclear medicine scan, bone marrow biopsy and scintigraphy. Click here to learn more about these diagnostic procedures

Cancer treatment may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and immunotherapy or a combination of these therapies. Click here to learn more about these treatment options.

Professional Education

Professional conferences are offered throughout the year including a Spring and Fall Oncology Conference for Clinicians. Each conference focuses on a specific topic such as: liquid tumors, staging guidelines, breast cancer, or other cancer related topics.

Community Outreach

The Regional Cancer Center provides free presentations at your community's health fair or special events that focus on cancer awareness, prevention and early detection. Topics may include breast, prostate, colorectal, lung, or testicular cancer. We also offer talks on reiki and aromatherapy; grief, hope and loss; advanced directives; and tobacco awareness and cessation.
If you have any questions regarding workshops, support groups, or oncology education and outreach, please contact our Oncology Outreach Education Coordinator.

Oncology Education Coordinator - Valerie Butram MS, RD, CSO, LDN

Phone: 239-343-9559
Fax: 239-343-9515

Patient Education

The Marilyn and Tony Stout Resource Library

The Resource Library, located inside Cookie's Place Boutique, contains more than 350 books on all cancers, including clinical information, diet and nutrition, complementary and alternative medicine, and prevention and detection. For your convenience, computers with internet access are also available for patients and caregivers visiting the Regional Cancer Center.

E-Brochure Rack

Click any link to view the brochure.

Request an appointment by calling The Cancer Advocacy Center at 977-680-0008, 8 am - 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday or click here to request information online.