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Living life to the fullest

After years of climbing, cancer death rates have been on a steady decline since the early 1990s. Advances in drugs and other treatments, as well as early detection and intervention, get much of the credit. But there’s also been a change in the way we think and talk about cancer, especially a broadening of the term "survivor."

In this issue of Pulse, we focus on the survival that begins right after a cancer diagnosis, and we share the powerful stories of a handful of survivors who found their own personal ways of taking on their disease. You’ll also read about the important work being done by our radiation oncology team, part of our Comprehensive Cancer Center.

In addition, this issue includes articles about an innovative effort between Community Hospital and the Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing to build up the ranks of men in the nursing field. And you’ll get acquainted with one of our outstanding nurses, JoMarie Faulkerson, recently honored as Community Hospital’s Nurse of the Year.

Finally, we’ll introduce you to Exceeding Expectations, a new program started by frontline staff members committed to a
continued culture of excellence at Community Hospital.

We hope you enjoy this issue and we welcome your comments.

Steven Packer, MD

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