Cancer (Oncology)

DCIS: What is “Stage Zero” Breast Cancer?

???????????????This year nearly 227,000 women in the United States will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer, according to estimates by the National Cancer Institute. But thanks to breast cancer awareness campaigns and early detection, more women than ever are getting mammograms and more cancers are being spotted early.

Many women are told they have something called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), or “Stage Zero” cancer, in which abnormal cells are found in the center of the milk-producing ducts. Before universal screening, DCIS was rare. Now DCIS and the less common lobular carcinoma in situ account for almost a quarter of new breast cancer cases — some 60,000 a year. Read More

From Antioch to Castro Valley, Sutter Health Brings Cancer Care to the Community

infusion-159It’s hard to fit everything you need to do into “normal” business hours. That’s why Sutter Health has introduced extended hours for infusion services and screening mammographies.

The infusion center at Alta Bates Summit’s Comprehensive Cancer Center has new patient areas and expanded hours thanks to Better Health East Bay (BHEB), a philanthropic foundation.

BHEB donated $2.4 million to the project, which redesigned the natural-light-filled facility at the Comprehensive Cancer Center in Berkeley. Infusions are available 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 8 a.m.-noon on holidays. Read More

Sutter Delta Oncology Symposium & Resource Fair

3647_SDMC_CANC_Event_Flyer_20140725Saturday, Oct. 11, Sutter Delta will be hosting our first community Oncology Symposium & Resource Fair.

There are 15 physicians planning to provide presentations during the event. They will be divided into three separate panels and will be available for a question and answer session as well.

When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it is downright frightening, and it impacts whole household. This event will help provide answers.

Here are some common questions we hope to help answer:

  • “Will a mastectomy completely reduce my chance of getting breast cancer?”
  • “How can I have prostate cancer and have no symptoms?”
  • “Why do I need colonoscopy, I am fifty and healthy ”
  • “Why did my chest X-ray miss my lung cancer?”
  • “Doesn’t all chemotherapy cause people to become really sick? Do I have to quit my job? ”
  • “Why did my mammogram miss my breast cancer?”
  • “My mother does not want to talk about my breast cancer?”
  • “Aren’t I too young to develop lung cancer?”
  • “Isn’t breast cancer inherited on the mother’s side only?  Should I get genetic testing? ”
  • “Will a biopsy of my cancer spread the cancer through my body?  That is what happened to my friend! ”
  • “Should I get screened for prostate cancer?”

Here is the panel of physician experts expected to present:

  • Nicola Ally, M.D.
  • Jonathan Chin, M.D.
  • Saurin Shah, M.D.
  • Margaret Seaver, M.D.
  • Kenneth Chao, M.D.
  • Kasara Karamlou, M.D.
  • Jewel Johl, M.D.
  • Bimal Patel, M.D.
  • Hsien-Wen Hsu, M.D.
  • Bobby Glickman, M.D.
  • Wilson Tong, M.D.
  • Guatam Prasad, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Mary Cardoza, M.D.
  • Phillip Polido, M.D.
  • Om Rawal, M.D.

We will also have more information about:

  • Advance Directive
  • Health Insurance
  • Breast Cancer Screening Program
  • Mammogram Myth Buster

If you would like to learn more, you can email Kitt Kelly, oncology resource nurse, at KellyKi@sutterhealth.org

Get the 4-1-1 on Early Cancer Detection

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Eden Medical Center’s Cancer Committee will present the annual cancer symposium focused on early cancer detection and the breast cancer patient navigator program. This free presentation also includes an open house at the Imaging Center and free bone density screening (first come, first served). Light refreshments will be served.

 

Thursday, Oct. 9
6:00 p.m. Imaging Center Open House (hospital building, first floor)
7:00 p.m. Presentations (MOB Conference Center)

To register for this event, call 1-888-445-8433

TOPICS:

The Relationship between GERD, Heartburn and Esophageal Cancer
Presented by Wilson Tsai, M.D., thoracic surgery

According to the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, cancer of the esophagus is on the rise. This particular type of cancer occurs most commonly in Caucasians, as well as people who suffer from GERD and heartburn. Learn about the relationship between GERD, heartburn and cancer and how you can lower your risk.

The Latest Advancements in Breast Cancer Diagnostics
Presented by Keyvan Nouri, M.D., radiology

Learn how 3-D tomosynthesis and breast MRI are used to improve breast cancer diagnosis and management and reduce unnecessary breast biopsies.

Your Breast Cancer Journey—You’re Not Alone
Presented by Joyce McCullen, breast cancer navigator and Joanne Sexton, tumor registry

The words, “You have breast cancer,” can strike fear and uncertainty. Fortunately, a new program at Eden is designed to support people who are recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  Learn how Eden’s physicians and certified breast cancer patient navigator can provide guidance, resources, and emotional support to those who are preparing for their journey and beyond.

Physician Panel: Cancer Prevention and Treatment

cancer prevention treatmentCome join us for an interactive discussion about cancer prevention and new treatment available. Sutter Delta’s surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists will join together to talk with you about the complex nature of cancer, prevention strategies, treatment and recovery.

When: Saturday, October 11
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Sutter Delta Medical Center, 3901 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA.

For more information, please call (925) 779-3608 or send an email to: kellyki@sutterhealth.org

 

The Power of Prevention: Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer

Nutrition Lecture 7-30-14

Join our Oncology Dietitians in this workshop focusing on tips for cancer prevention through attention to lifestyle such as diet and physical activity.

 

 

  • Learn how lifestyle, diet and exercise play a role in cancer prevention
  • Nutrients that block or promote tumor cell growth
  • Implementing a lifestyle plan for long-term health

When: Wednesday, July 30
Time: 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Summit Campus, Providence Pavilion, 3100 Summit Street, Oakland

Pre-registration required. Please call (510) 869-8833.