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I’m tired of being tired!

Christopher Simone, PT, CSCS, CES
Written By:
Christopher Simone, PT, CSCS, CES
August 27, 2013

Why am I so tired? Why do I always want to sleep? Why can’t I get done what I want? It’s bad enough that I to have to go through all of these doctor’s visits, all of these treatments, and all of this pain, but I can’t get moving and I’m tired of being tired!

If these are questions you are asking yourself, you are not alone. Many cancer patients who undergo radiation and/or chemotherapy may suffer from treatment related weakness and fatigue. (more…)

Vanessa C. Reyes RN, BSN, OCN

Vanessa C. Reyes RN, BSN, OCN
Written By:
Vanessa C. Reyes RN, BSN, OCN
May 31, 2013

Vanessa Reyes is Oncology Certified and a Certified Nurse Navigator at  St. John Providence Hospital and Medical Centers.  Her career in nursing began in 1979 as an LPN.   Vanessa and her family relocated to Southfield MI in 1987.   Here she continued her education and received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix in 2001.  Vanessa is co-instrumental in coordinating and managing the weekly Multidisciplinary Breast Conference and is a member of the Breast Advisory Board.   Vanessa’s passion is working with her breast cancer patients and insuring they receive the best possible care.

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Financial Assistance for Cancer Treatments

Cathy Patterson and Becky MacIver
Written By:
Cathy Patterson and Becky MacIver
December 21, 2012

We are excited to inform you that St. John Providence Health System Cancer Center of Excellence has recognized the need to help cancer patients with the rising costs of treatment.  We are Oncology Financial Counselors who are passionate about helping cancer patients with financial concerns.  When a patient is diagnosed with cancer, many thoughts and concerns will probably come to mind and the last thing they need to worry about is how they are going to pay for treatment.  We can help patients with insurance options and guide them to resources to help make decisions during Medicare open enrollment.

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Low-dose CT lung screening for patients at high risk of lung cancer

Michael Kraut, MD
Written By:
Michael Kraut, MD
-Medical Oncology
November 5, 2012

NLST Trial Findings

The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) was conducted to determine whether screening with low-dose helical computed tomography (CT) could reduce mortality from lung cancer.

From Aug.2002 through April 2004, 53, 454 people at high risk for lung cancer (55-74 yrs old who had smoked for 30 or more pack years) were randomly assigned to three annual screenings with either low-dose CT or single-view posteroanterior chest radiography. Data were then collected on cases of lung cancer and deaths from lung cancer and other causes through Dec. 31, 2009.

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St. John Providence Health System Breast Care Program

St. John Providence Health System
Written By:
St. John Providence Health System
-Breast Care
October 9, 2012

The SJPHS Breast Program was officially established in September 2006 with the overall goal being to provide comprehensive, consistent, efficient, coordinated and passionate breast care services to all patients seeking care within the SJPHS. Our Hospitals are all fully accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals. The Breast Program earned its accreditation through the National Accreditation Program for Breast Care Centers in June 2009 and is currently one of only nine programs accredited thru the NAPBC in Michigan.

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Minimizing the effects of scar tissue

Shelley Adams PT, CLT-LANA
Written By:
Shelley Adams PT, CLT-LANA
Center for Rehab and Fitness at Providence Hospital
September 28, 2012

Almost all breast cancers are treated with some type of surgery resulting in incisional scar tissue formation. Scarring is a normal part of the healing process, however scar tissue can be very dense and lacks extensibility. Often the result is loss of range of motion, pain, or nerve entrapment. Approximately 30% of women suffer from chronic chest or arm pain following breast or axillary lymph node resection. Even a small incision, especially in the axilla can lead to pain, or cording, which is scarring along the veins and lymph vessels that pass through the area.  Cording looks like a rope in your axilla (armpit).  In addition, radiation following surgery also causes scar tissue deposits.

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What can Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) offer patients with cancer?

Roberto M Gamarra, MD
Written By:
Roberto M Gamarra, MD
-MD, FACG, FACP
Providence and Providence Park Hospitals
July 25, 2012

Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a procedure performed under sedation that involves using a flexible scope that is inserted orally into the esophagus and stomach or into the rectum. The endoscope emits high-frequency sound waves that penetrate beyond the gastrointestinal wall into the deeper organs and provide a detailed image of these structures. In addition, a fine needle can be inserted, under direct visualization, into abnormal structures to provide an accurate tissue diagnosis of the abnormality.

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How To Help Your Children Through A Cancer Diagnosis

Jennifer Gillette
Written By:
Jennifer Gillette
-Lead Oncology Social Worker
Providence and Providence Park Hospitals
June 22, 2012

As a parent, we all do our best to teach our children and help them grow to be happy adults. We show them love and we make every effort to provide an environment that will help them thrive. Challenges come along the way, but our skills and inner strength help us to cope and coach our children through those moments. However, when a parent is diagnosed with cancer, he or she may often feel overwhelmed, scared, and confused. (more…)

Cancer Clinical Trials

Carrie L Dul, MD
Written By:
Carrie L Dul, MD
-SJPHS Breast Care Program
St. John Hospital and Medical Center
May 16, 2012

I am excited to have this new forum available to talk about one of the best aspects of the cancer care that we can deliver at St. John Providence Health System – which is cancer clinical trials. Like all oncologists, through our training we understand that all of the advances of our field have come out of the results of clinical trials. We also understand that until all patients are cured of cancer and / or free of side effects of treatments we must always be striving to improve on our standards of care.

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Therasphere

Ali N Harb, MD
Written By:
Ali N Harb, MD
-Interventional Radiology for St. John Providence
April 5, 2012

Extending and improving the lives of cancer patients through 21st Century state-of-the art technology and minimally invasive targeted therapy.

Growing up, my hero wore #34 and played for the 1985 Super-bowl Champs, the Chicago Bears. He was the legendary Walter Payton. This Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee is remembered as one of the best, if not the best, running back ever to play in the National Football League. Payton’s motto was “Never Die Easy.” This was evident in his unique playing style, never conceding without a fight, Payton refused to deliberately run out-of-bounds instead chose to accept a (more…)