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What Is Possible? Three hospitals, over 25 locations and more than 2,000 doctors.
What Is Possible? Three hospitals, over 25 locations and more than 2,000 doctors.

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While most people have heard stories of successful transplant recipients, few understand transplant from the donor perspective or know what happens to donated organs in the event of a tragedy. Who makes the decision to withdraw life support? Who covers the transplant costs? What rights does the donor’s family have? Johnny C. Hong, MD, director of the Solid Organ Transplant Program, answers common questions surrounding organ donation. #DonateLifeMonth

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We asked some of our organ transplant recipients what they would say to their donors if they could thank them. These were their answers.

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The Froedtert Hospital Birth Center underwent significant renovations in the Fall of 2016. The renovations include the addition of a spa for some well-deserved pampering for moms-to-be.

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During the week of Thanksgiving, Erinn Kulba, recreational therapist, fulfilled one of her patient’s wishes. Sharon Amos told Erinn she wanted to meet the Froedtert & MCW spokesperson who she’d seen in television ads because the ads led her to the Froedtert Hospital Clinical Cancer Center for treatment. Erinn collaborated with her colleagues to give Sharon a special gift for which to be thankful.

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One of the most important decisions you will make after a cancer diagnosis is deciding who to trust to treat you. Sailaja Kamaraju, MD, hematologist/oncologist, has some questions you should ask physicians to find the best fit.

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MR-linac is the world’s first radiation therapy technology to combine a magnetic resonance imaging scanner with a linear accelerator in a single system. More than 50 percent of all cancer patients need radiation therapy at some point during their treatment. In 2017, we will become one of two cancer programs in the U.S. and one of only seven in the world to offer Elekta’s MR-linac technology, beginning with clinical trials. Christopher Schultz, MD, explains how the technology works and the ways it could change radiation therapy for cancer patients in the future. http://www.froedtert.com/mrlinac 

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Sonja Lawrence, a patient access service representative at our West Bend Health Center, lost 80 pounds since the beginning of 2016. Her supervisor, Stacey Haas, was inspired by her efforts and nominated her for a lifestyle change award, which Sonja won as part of the American Heart and Stroke Walk on Sept. 18.

“We work for an organization that promotes, recognizes and rewards healthy choices," Stacey said. Sonja, who has worked at Froedtert Health for 19 years, said her weight loss journey began this past January. Since then, she successfully lost 80 pounds, thanks to a number of healthier lifestyle changes."

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Join us this Sunday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for a wide array of arts, crafts, food and music at the Cheery Cherry Fall Fair! Proceeds will benefit the Cancer Care Center at Community Memorial Hospital. Learn more at: http://www.cheerycherryfallfair.com.

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“For two years, I was able to pretend I didn't have cancer, and life was normal. But then scans and enlarging lymph nodes on my face reminded me of the truth. Eventually, I did have to start chemotherapy, and that was a blow to my psyche.” Cancer survivor Paul Lawonn writes about his experience with chemotherapy in his post for our Together, We Are Strong blog.

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As part of the 620 WTMJ Cares initiative, we’re offering cancer screening and assessment appointments Aug. 15-18, including mammograms and free prostate cancer screenings, high risk lung cancer assessments and quit smoking sessions. Call 414-805-3666 option 2 or learn more: http://www.froedtert.com/cancer-screening
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