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Date: 5/6/2013

Annual Cancer Symposium features Author Lissa Rankin, MD

At Community Cancer Research Foundation’s annual symposium, Dr. Lissa Rankin will discuss her new book, “Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself.” According to Rankin, there is a six-step process to follow that can optimize the body’s capacity to flip on natural self-repair mechanisms and use the power of the mind as preventative medicine.

“Cancer: Here’s How We See It” is the title of the free, annual Symposium being offered to the public from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19 at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road in Munster.

Sponsored by The Community Cancer Research Foundation, this year’s program features presentations by distinguished professionals in the field. Renowned Author Lissa Rankin, MD and Community Healthcare System Radiologist Thomas Hoess, MD will lead this year’s forum with topics related to new technology being used to detect cancer and using the mind to help heal.

Passionate about empowering patients, Dr. Lissa Rankin will discuss her new book, “Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself” (Hay House, 2013). In the book, she details the six-step process patients can follow to optimize the body’s capacity to flip on natural self-repair mechanisms and use the power of the mind as preventative medicine.

An OB/GYN and mind-body medicine practitioner, Rankin founded the community blog Owning.Pink.com where writers post advice on how to be the best physically, mentally, emotionally and creatively. Three other websites: LissaRankin.com, Whole Health Medicine Institute and HealHealthCareNow.com contain her perspective on how to view illness as an opportunity for awakening. Rankin believes the key to living a long, vital life is to have an “optimistic attitude, love expansively and receive love in return, engage in work that lights you up, allow your creativity to flow, be true to yourself, move your body to make you smile and drink as much green juice as you can.”

She has written two other books besides “Mind Over Medicine”: “Encaustic Art” and “What’s Up Down There”. She is currently writing a fourth, “The Fear Cure” (Hay House, 2015).

Radiologist Thomas Hoess, MD, joined the staff at Community Healthcare System in 1993. Through the years, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Community Cancer Research Foundation. He volunteers his time and expertise by reading all of the x-rays and imaging scans that the Cancer Research Foundation submits on behalf of research participants prior to study enrollment.

Dr. Hoess will discuss groundbreaking technology being used to elevate women’s care in Northwest Indiana. Community Hospital is the first hospital in the state of Indiana to offer advanced 3-D imaging to patients in the form of Positron Emission Mammography (PEM). The new equipment adds 3D imaging capabilities to the comprehensive breast cancer services available through the Women’s Diagnostic Center in Munster.

A high-resolution Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner, called Naviscan® is used to perform PEM. PEM scanners are high-resolution breast PET systems that show the location as well as the metabolic phase of a breast mass or growth. The metabolic view allows the physician to make the optimal cancer care decision, for masses as small at 1.6 mm, the size of a grain of rice, by providing an unprecedented ability to distinguish between benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) masses.

“Finding breast cancer at the earliest stage possible gives each patient the best chance of an excellent outcome,” Hoess said. “With PEM technology, we have the ability to better determine if cancer is present or not. Unlike mammography, 3D tomography, ultrasound or MRI, this imaging system shows how tissue behaves to determine whether it is cancer behavior or normal breast tissue behavior and it’s making a difference for our patients,” he said.

The Annual Cancer Symposium is sponsored by the Community Cancer Research Foundation, Inc. working toward the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m. There will be a short intermission between speakers and a reception with refreshments to follow. The symposium is free, but registration is necessary in advance by calling 219-836-3477 or toll-free 1-866-836-3477. Or click here http://www.myccrf.com/programs.asp