Name and position Pat Branham RN, OCN Director of Clinical Services What got me to HOPE? I was with another oncology clinic for more than 10 years and it was slated to close due to a retiring MD. I was encouraged by that MD to apply at HOPE as he felt I would be a … Continued

cancer screening

Cancer is one of the most insidious diseases of the modern era because it comes in many forms. This can make it hard to diagnose and treat. Given cancer’s many varieties, it’s no wonder that many patients have no idea when they should be screened, or what screening tools are most effective. Here’s a simple … Continued

tobacco free child

Long-term tobacco use has all sorts of ill effects, as our parents’ and grandparents’ generations have shown us. However, you shouldn’t assume your child fully understands the consequences of tobacco use and nicotine addiction, especially since the tobacco industry has revamped their products and messaging. Here are the most recent tobacco trends along with a … Continued

healthy commute

Getting stuck in traffic can be stressful, especially on the way to and from work when you want to get to your destination as quickly as possible. Unfortunately for many of us, there is not much we can do to avoid getting caught in traffic jams every day. Here are five small steps you can … Continued


An oncologist is a physician who specializes in cancer treatment and management. This includes prevention, diagnosis and treatment of different types of cancer. It’s estimated that more than 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. in 2018, making the oncologist’s role just as important as ever. Oncologist Training and Job Function … Continued

Some forms of leukemia are more common in children, while other forms occur mostly in adults. A cancer of the body’s blood-forming tissues, bone marrow and lymphatic system, leukemia usually affects the white blood cells. Your body needs white blood cells to fight infection. But if you have leukemia, your bone marrow produces abnormal white … Continued

When we see ads about breast cancer, or think about the disease, we might picture a woman of a certain age: Perhaps a mom, sister or grandmother in her 40s, 50s or 60s. Most younger women don’t think about getting breast cancer. And while less than 7% of all cases occur in women under 40, breast … Continued

If you find yourself in a fight against colon cancer, it’s important to know what treatments are available, and in what instances they are recommended. What is colon cancer? Colon cancer occurs in the large intestine (colon), the lower part of your digestive system. Most cases of colon cancer begin as small, noncancerous (benign) clumps of … Continued

Prostate cancer: Two words that carry so much weight. Their resume includes statistics such as “the second most common cancer in the United States,” and “the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men,” according to the American Cancer Society. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, it’s important to … Continued