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OneThousandOne represents the amount of time, verbally, that it takes to count to one second. In this one second of time, a great thing happened at The Nebraska Medical Center. In fact, several great things probably happened. A patient was cured, a researcher found the missing link, a nurse treated an injury, a doctor comforted a family or maybe a child just smiled.
MOMENTS IN MEDICINE at THE NEBRASKA MEDICAL CENTER

Cancer Center

Keeping Hope Alive

Winter | 2014
No one wants to hear the word cancer. But if there is one cancer that you would least like to hear come from your doctor’s mouth, it would probably be brain cancer.

Leading the Revolution

Winter | 2014
Imagine a day when doctors can identify the exact gene mutation that is causing a cancer to grow. With this information, they are able create a unique drug designed to target the abnormality. This drug is customized for each individual and has the capability to attack the molecular alterations that are fueling the cancer and ultimately halt its deadly course.

Above and Beyond

Fall | Winter 2012
Sam Hubka knows that the best things in life aren’t handed to you. And when you want something really badly, you have to give 110 percent to get it — whether it’s winning a football game, a wrestling match or a battle with cancer.

Limitless Possibilities

Fall | Winter 2011
Stored in a liquid nitrogen freezer at temperatures below -150°C are several thousand small bags of human hematopoietic stem cells. They are the link to life and a possible cure for many patients with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.

Renewing Life

Fall | Winter 2011
About halfway into her six-month treatment regimen, Rhonda Peterson arrived on schedule at the Village Pointe Cancer Center for her weekly chemotherapy treatment. Peterson usually left feeling tired and fatigued. But today she left with a renewed sense of self-confidence, a smile on her face and sporting a beautiful head of new, silky blonde hair.

108 Degrees

Spring | Summer 2011
Surgeons at The Nebraska Medical Center have added a new weapon in their battle against cancer — heat.

Fighting for Every Breath

Fall | Winter 2010
Certain that her racing heart and the tingling down her left arm were signs of a heart attack, Joann Mieska tried to be calm as her manager summoned paramedics to the Council Bluffs, Iowa, casino where Mieska works.

Revealed by the Past

Spring | Summer 2010
After discovering a genetic predisposition for ovarian cancer, Mary Bernstein bristled at the thought of surgery. A new robotic procedure for hysterectomy, however, had Bernstein back on her feet the very next day.

Creating New Pathways in Treatment

Spring | Summer 2009
Since the inception of the liver transplant program in 1985, the surgical team that is one facet of the world-renowned liver disease program at The Nebraska Medical Center has performed 2,534 liver transplants.

Saving Face

Spring | Summer 2009
John Allbery thought the swollen glands in his throat meant he was coming down with a cold. His family physician suspected an infection and prescribed antibiotics.

Spreading the Cure

Fall | Winter 2008
When Russel Iwan began experiencing pain in his upper leg he didn’t think much of it – until that was all he could think about.

Westward Expansion

Fall | Winter 2008
When you need healthcare, you want it to be convenient and you want the best. Now you can have both.

Gift of Life

Spring | Summer 2008
There’s nothing wrong with Ruth Gerdes’ hearing. But when an oncologist in Lincoln told her the carcinoid tumors in her liver were inoperable and that she had no hope for a cure, she refused to listen.

A New Era in Breast Cancer Treatment

Summer | Fall 2007
On this particular day, she has a full schedule of patients in her clinic. As oncologist Beth Reed, MD, one of the region’s leading experts on breast cancer, scans the schedule, she notes that she’ll see women at a variety of stages in their cancer journey:  four newly diagnosed patients, four who are a year or more out from treatment and the remaining eight patients who are breast cancer survivors of five years or more – a milestone Dr. Reed is sharing with an increasing number of her patients all of the time.