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CONTENTS COVER STORY

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Breast Cancer Survivors Find Latest Reconstruction Techniques Close to Home FEATURE STORIES

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World’s Smallest Pacemaker Packs Power While Lowering Risk New Navigator for COPD Patients New Program Helps Patients Transition Home Expert Medical Care Beats the Odds with Colon Cancer

LEXINGTON MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION STAFF

Barbara Willm Vice President Development and Community Relations Amy Lanier Executive Director Kate Mayer Senior Major Gifts Officer Beth Wingard Senior Major Gifts Officer Thomas Tafel Community Outreach Manager Lauren Peebles Annual Gifts Officer Michelle Pilgrim Administrator and Donor Coordinator

MESSAGE FROM THE LEXINGTON MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION

I hope you enjoy reading this issue of Health and Hope magazine. We have some inspiring stories to share with you, as well as exciting news about the world’s smallest pacemaker now available at Lexington Medical Heart Center on page 2. You’ll enjoy learning about advancements in reconstructive surgery for breast cancer through Becky Kriger and Tiffany Becker’s story on page 4. And be sure to read about Brian Thompson’s courageous fight against colon cancer, featured on page 8. While we’re on the subject of cancer, I’d like to share a very personal story. In January, I learned I had cancer. Melanoma is not a word anyone wants to hear after having a routine skin lesion removed, but that is exactly the news I was given. And then everything happened so quickly — an oncologist appointment, plastic and ENT surgeon consultations, a PET scan, extensive surgery with lymph node removal and, finally, reconstruction. It was a very scary time. I’m so blessed that everything turned out well. The cancer hadn’t spread, and the margins around the lesion removed came back clear. The care I received at Lexington Medical Cancer Center during that time was phenomenal. Although I must now see an oncologist and dermatologist every three months, I’ll gladly do that! My advice is to wear 50 SPF sunscreen every day. And women, please wear it under your makeup! Wear a hat in the sun, and protect your skin as much as you can. Go to a dermatologist and get a full-body screening. It could literally save your life! I hope you’ll consider supporting the Foundation’s Campaign for Clarity, a $3 million fundraising effort to bring 3-D mammography to every patient at Lexington Medical Center. We recently surpassed the $1 million mark through the leadership of Lou Kennedy, CEO of Nephron Pharmaceuticals, who chairs this initiative with passion and enthusiasm. If you’d like to learn more about how to contribute to this campaign or support the efforts of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, please call us at (803) 791-2540 or send an email to LMCFoundation@lexhealth.org. You can also visit our website at LMCFoundation.com. Thank you for your generosity and for helping us provide hope for the future.

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Campaign for Clarity Campaign Surpasses $1 Million Mark 3-D Mammography Equipment Now Available at Two Additional Locations

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Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s Campaign for Clarity just passed the $1 million mark, well on the way to its $3 million goal. Lou Kennedy, president and CEO of Nephron Pharmaceuticals, chairs the new campaign dedicated to making 3-D mammography equipment available throughout the hospital’s network of care. Lou recently conducted a social media fundraiser that generated nearly $20,000 in honor of her best friend Kay Kimbrell Garner, who lost her battle with breast cancer two years ago. Friends contributed money on behalf of Kay’s upcoming birthday, when she would have turned 51. Funds raised from the Campaign for Clarity since its launch in October have allowed the Foundation to purchase 3-D mammography units at Lexington Medical Center Lexington and one for the hospital’s 3-D Mammography mobile mammography van (through a generous Available donation from the hospital’s volunteer auxiliary). at These Locations These units join the other locations now offering 3-D mammography, including the Women’s • Women’s Imaging Center, Imaging Center at the hospital’s main campus in Lexington Medical Center West Columbia West Columbia and Sandhills Women’s Care in —————————— Northeast Columbia. • Sandhills Women’s Care Northeast Columbia —————————— • Lexington Medical Center Donate online to the Campaign Lexington —————————— for Clarity at LMCFoundation.com • Lexington Medical Center or use the envelope included in Mobile Mammography Van

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Erin McCaskill Named Foundation Board Chair Erin McCaskill has been elected chair of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s board of directors. Erin has served on the board since 2014, most recently as vice chair. Erin currently serves as vice president and private banking relationship manager for First Citizens Bank, where she has worked since 2004. Erin serves as vice chair of the Foundation’s Women of Hope and chair of the Foundation’s Gala Committee. She has co-chaired the American Heart Association’s Midlands Heart Ball gala and served as class president of the 2013 South Carolina Banker School. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Erin earned an MBA from the University of South Carolina. Originally from Ashland, Ohio, Erin has lived in Columbia since 2004. She and her husband Rich have two children. Erin enjoys cooking, tennis and Gamecock football.

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World’s Smallest Pacemaker

Packs Power While Lowering Risk

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It’s slightly longer than an inch, but the world’s smallest pacemaker is just as powerful as its predecessor that’s 10 times larger.

placed, the basics around how they’re

The new Micra wireless pacemaker

of typical pacemaker surgery is the

TM

represents a new generation of these tried-and-true devices, with the potential to revolutionize how they connect and interact with the heart to maintain

first for South Carolina. Pacemakers help patients with irregular or slow heart rates maintain a healthy heart rhythm. Traditional pacemakers

placed haven’t changed much in 40 years. “One of the long-recognized problems upfront risk in implantation — the possibility of a large bruise, or damage to the lungs or heart from placing the leads,” said Dr. Brabham. Although the electrical leads are designed to manage the constant

are surgically placed under the skin

motion from everyday human activity, over time they can shift out of place or become infected. In both cases, the patient would require surgery again to address just below the collarbone. From there, the surgeon connects wires, or leads, to the heart. Smaller is usually better when you’re

with a good result, scarring often occurs in a place that can be highly visible. Eliminating leads from the device and the need for a large incision removes

a healthy rhythm for thousands

talking about technology. And in health

those problems. The tiny Micra is

of patients.

care, smaller has proven to be better,

designed to be inserted through a small

A Lexington Medical Heart Center

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the problem. Even for healthy patients

too. Using tiny cameras inserted through

incision in the patient’s upper leg. From

team, led by William W. Brabham, MD,

small incisions, surgeons can repair a

there, it’s expertly threaded through the

FHRS, and Robert M. Malanuk, MD, FACC,

joint, remove a gall bladder and alleviate

vein and placed right where it is needed.

of Lexington Cardiology, a hospital-

a range of health problems. Patients

Tiny prongs then send electrical impulses

owned physician practice, successfully

recover faster and experience fewer

to pace the heart in a natural, healthy

implanted one of these new pacemakers

complications. But although battery life

rhythm. Once placed, the sophisticated

in a patient in the hospital’s cardiac

and other aspects of the technology have

device adjusts the rhythm to the patient’s

electrophysiology lab in March. It was a

improved since the first pacemakers were

activity level.

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The tiny Micra is designed to be inserted through a small incision in the patient’s upper leg. There’s More to Come

“There’s no big incision, so the risk of infection should be lower,” Dr.

Right now, Micra is only approved

Brabham said. “And there’s no general

to treat a particular heart issue —

anesthesia. The procedure can be done

slow heart rhythm that affects the

with conscious or moderate sedation,

bottom chamber of the heart.

which also reduces risk.” Research

Patients with a slow or irregular heart

trials for the Micra device conducted

beat that arises from a problem in the

around the globe resulted in a 99 percent

top chamber or in both chambers of

success rate. There were

the heart are not good

48 percent fewer major

candidates for Micra.

complications reported

Dr. Brabham sees

than with traditional

Micra as the tip of a

pacemakers. A year after

whole new technology

the devices were placed

wave that will greatly

in patients, not a single

benefit heart patients.

systemic infection was

“This type of

reported, and none of

technology is really

the pacemakers shifted out of place. Like other pacemakers, patients require ongoing monitoring by their cardiologists to ensure Micra continues to do its work. Although it’s a fraction of the size of a

William W. Brabham, MD, FHRS

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what the future of heart pacing will look like,” he said. “We’re getting early experience with this device, but in the future, I expect we’ll have multi-point heart patient capability that will allow dual-chamber pacing.

typical pacemaker, Micra’s

“It’s certainly an

battery life is no shorter. It

exciting proposition to

invisibly keeps a patient’s

think about,”

heart rhythm regular for

he said.

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Breast Cancer Survivors Find Latest Reconstruction Techniques Close to Home If you saw Becky Kriger and Tiffany Becker together at dinner or strolling along the West Columbia Riverwalk, you’d probably guess they’re best friends.

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hey call each other breast friends. That’s because Becky and Tiffany met while getting

chemotherapy together. Both were diagnosed and began treatment

cancer,” she said. “It was a whole new learning experience for me.” Tiffany, a surgical technician at Lexington Medical Center, shared her

of young life that cancer twists into

symptoms with a co-worker who urged

struggle — like dating or trying to work

her to see a surgeon. The same day,

during chemotherapy.

Tiffany contacted Lexington Surgical

Becky offers grim wisdom: “Nothing

Associates, a Lexington Medical Center

for breast cancer before their 30th

is promised. Don’t live your life like you

physician practice, where her tumor

birthdays.

have forever. Life is short.” Then she

was diagnosed. Within days, a biopsy

grins at her friend. “Eat cake.”

confirmed it was cancer.

“None of my other friends can relate. Like when I cried when all my eyelashes fell out,” Tiffany said. “Like chemotherapy and constipation,” Becky nodded.

“We ate a lot of cake during chemo,” Tiffany says. Although breast cancer is the most

Neither Tiffany nor Becky had genetic markers or a strong family history of breast cancer. But that’s where the

common cancer diagnosis, it’s still rare

similarity ends. Becky’s cancer was a

in young women. Most cases —

rarer form that affects only 10 to 20

because you’re losing your hair,”

93 percent — are diagnosed in women

percent of patients. Tiffany’s cancer was

Tiffany said. “Becky laughed with me,

over age 40. Becky, a chemical engineer,

a more common type.

but my other friends would just say,

was 25 when she found the lump in her

‘that’s so sad.’”

breast. “I didn’t know anything about

“Or when a kid says you look funny

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The two share the common threads

cancer. I didn’t know young women got

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Although breast cancer is common, each case is as unique as the woman.

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When Tiffany told her friends about

“This technique eliminates a potential

reconstruction.

her diagnosis, one of the first to offer

source for infection and complication.

help was Todd S. Lefkowitz, MD, FACS,

We’re trying to replace like with like;

process — to save everyone time, pain

a surgeon at Lexington Plastic Surgery,

the mastectomy surgeon took out tissue

and effort — in a safe and effective

a Lexington Medical Center physician

above the muscle, so let’s put the implant

manner, that’s the way we want to go,”

practice. Tiffany knew Dr. Lefkowitz

in the same place,” he said.

he said.

from working together at the hospital. “He texted me right away and asked

Dr. Lefkowitz said the movement

“If there’s a way to streamline the

Streamlining the reconstruction

to go direct-to-implant and skip the

process requires careful attention to the

me what I needed,” Tiffany said. “I told

expander is another possibility. “We

individual. For example, Becky was able

him, ‘I want you to fix me!’” After doing

can often put in an implant at the

to have over-the-muscle implants. Both women have temporary, air-filled breast

“...the options we have for breast reconstruction are fairly diverse. What may work really well for one person isn’t a good option for another.” —Todd S. Lefkowitz, MD, FACS

implants until they complete radiation treatments. After recovery, Dr. Lefkowitz will exchange them for permanent, silicone-filled implants. “That’s really new,” Tiffany said. Tiffany says her knowledge of doctors and procedures at work left no doubt in her mind about seeking local cancer

her own research, Becky also chose Dr.

time of mastectomy, instead of a tissue

treatment and reconstructive surgery.

Lefkowitz for her breast reconstruction.

expander. Being able to wake up from

Dr. Lefkowitz welcomes informed

surgery and already having a breast

patients who are advocates for their own

first consultation is that their situation

that is rebuilt can be very emotionally

health and lifelong well-being. Becky,

is like their mother’s or their friend’s,”

uplifting for women,” he said.

who moved to the Columbia area just

“A common myth women bring to the

Dr. Lefkowitz said. “What they may not

There are aesthetic advancements as

three years ago from Wisconsin, did her

realize is that the options we have for

well, such as using the natural crease

research before selecting her surgeons.

breast reconstruction are fairly diverse.

beneath the breast for an incision to

“I shopped around, and it seems like he

What may work really well for one

reduce scar visibility, and keeping

did all the modern techniques. And I

person isn’t a good option for another.”

the natural nipple when the tissue is

liked him — he’s funny.”

For some time, surgeons have

cancer-free. “The overall techniques

started breast reconstruction during

of reconstruction are

the mastectomy by placing a device

becoming better and

to expand breast tissue under the

better,” he said.

pectoral muscle. After several in-office

Breast cancer reconstruction works

A more recent advancement is to perform implant-based reconstruction above the pectoral muscle — a much less painful and prolonged process.

best when it’s integrated with the cancer treatment process.

For his part, Dr. Lefkowitz welcomes

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knowledgeable patients who come through his door. “We encourage patients to educate themselves about the process and understand they’re a vital part of it,” he said. “It’s patient-

“We try to get patients

driven. People who find

in to see us before a

their way to my office are

full treatment plan is

emotionally invested in

finalized, so they can

the way they look and feel.

understand the entire

Reconstruction is a large

process,” Dr. Lefkowitz said. That’s

part of the healing process — whether

procedures to expand the tissue over

because cancer treatment itself can

they’re women in their 20s or all the way

time, the expander is later surgically

complicate reconstruction. Radiation

up to their 70s and 80s.”

replaced with a permanent implant.

can cause changes in the breast tissue

A more recent advancement is to

that must be addressed after treatment

perform implant-based reconstruction

is complete. But chemotherapy can

above the pectoral muscle — a much less

take place before and after mastectomy,

painful and prolonged process.

and it may continue during and after

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A Guide to Better Health New Respiratory Care Navigator Helps Patients with COPD For seven years, Buffy Chapman helped Lexington Medical Center patients alleviate symptoms of chronic respiratory diseases as a respiratory therapist. But it’s in her new role as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patient navigator that she’s able to make a difference in the lives of COPD patients and families after they leave the hospital. COPD, which includes chronic emphysema and bronchitis, makes it hard for those affected by the disease to breathe. More than 11 million people in the United States suffer from COPD. There isn’t a cure, but the disease can be prevented and treated. “I help COPD patients understand what is happening to their bodies. I teach them how the medications they take can affect their breathing and help them discover ways to improve their overall health,” said Buffy. A COPD patient navigator’s primary focus is to educate patients

“I help COPD patients understand what is happening to their bodies. I teach them how the medications they take can affect their breathing and help them discover ways to improve their overall health.” and families about self-management, and to help patients move from the hospital to their home or an outpatient setting. Often, when COPD patients leave the hospital, they don’t understand which medications to use and when to use them, how to properly use inhalers or what effects the disease can have on their bodies. Through the help of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, qualifying patients with COPD receive a toolkit to help them better

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for COPD and Heart manage their disease. These toolkits Failure Patient Toolkits contain medication dispensers, travel bags for inhalers and other supplies that help them comply with their medication regimen and keep them healthy, decreasing the likelihood of hospitalization. According to Buffy, many of the processes required to get patients the help they need at home after a hospital stay are complicated and difficult for patients and families to navigate on their own. “COPD patient navigators have the ability to collaborate with other members of the health care team to carry patients through those processes and help them access resources that give them the best possible chance for success,” she said. Buffy also supports families of COPD patients, helping them come to terms with and understand their loved one’s diagnosis. In addition, she encourages those with COPD to participate in pulmonary rehabilitation, an outpatient exercise program offered at Lexington Medical Center, and to attend the hospital’s Better Breathers Club, a support group for people with chronic lung disease. “COPD is a chronic illness. As a navigator, I can help these patients move in the direction of maintaining and, in many cases, improving their quality of life.” LMCFoundation.com


There’s No Place Like Home New Program Helps Patients Transition from the Hospital Coming home from the hospital can be challenging, especially for seniors and those who are chronically ill. Many older adults struggle with managing their medications, scheduling follow-up appointments with their doctors, and taking care of meals and household duties. A new program funded by the Lexington Medical Center Foundation will make it easier

“We believe patients who want to improve their health and remain at home are better able to do so with the proper support.” for patients who need a little extra help after they leave the hospital. The “Hospital to Home” program provides non-medical assistance for eligible patients in their homes. These additional services can sometimes mean the difference between returning home to improve LMCFoundation.com

a patient’s health or going to a nursing home preparations, assistance with transportation or other facility. and medication management. “We believe patients who want to improve The Foundation recently received a their health and remain at home are better three-year grant of $275,000 from the Duke able to do so with the proper support,” said Endowment that will allow the hospital to Katherine Watts, director of Medical Social expand the program. Services at Lexington Medical Center. “The Katherine notes the Hospital to Home Hospital to Home program is just one way program has already proven valuable to many we are able to help our patients remain as patients at the hospital, citing one specific independent and healthy as possible after they example she remembers clearly. leave our hospital.” “We enrolled one of our patients in this To qualify for the program, patients must program to help him transition to his home meet eligibility requirements instead of a long-term care LMC and complete an assessment facility,” she said. “He had PROVIDES HOPE to determine their individual been working with therapists ————————————— needs. They’re then assigned at the hospital, but was still a home care aide from a local unable to complete everyday for Hospital to home care agency who can activities such as dressing Home Support assist them in a variety of himself and making meals. ways, providing them with up We were able to provide to 20 hours of support at no these services for his first cost to the patient. three weeks at home, Aides provide help and now he is functioning with personal care, meal independently.”

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Expert Medical Care Beats the Odds with Colon Cancer

The odds were not in Brian Thompson’s favor when he was diagnosed with latestage colon cancer. By the time his doctor found it, his golf ball-sized tumor had already spread from his colon to involve his bladder and liver.

— I know where my eternity

“My doctor sat me down

and I didn’t want to know

scared me to death. On the

The days when I was chemo’d

and said, ‘Look, man, it’s

the details. I’m not as good

flip side, it was probably

up, I’d hear my family

serious,’” Brian said. Five-

at the details as my wife is —

because of them that I fought

carrying on, life-as-normal,

year survival rates for

she was amazing through it

so hard.”

outside my bedroom — that

patients in his situation

all. But I was thinking, maybe

was hard. Life was going on,

are less than 15 percent. At

if I close my eyes, it’ll all just

and I wasn’t in it.”

age 40 — a decade before

go away.”

most think about having the

lies. But I’m afraid of not being there with my family.

But the River Bluff High

Brian realized he couldn’t

School science teacher and

first routine colonoscopy —

insulate his family from

assistant football coach

Brian and his wife, Rebecca,

the harsh reality to come.

beat the odds with the help

were explaining his cancer

“There’s the fear of what’s

of his family, school and

diagnosis to their two

coming and how bad it’s

church community — and

daughters and young son.

going to be from a treatment

an expertly coordinated

“I’m kind of a big baby. I didn’t want to see the scans,

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“I’m not afraid of dying

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standpoint, but thinking about them — that’s what

Steven A. Madden, MD

approach to his medical care.

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“Lexington Medical Center’s

of the tumor began right away

in colon cancer removed

affiliation with Duke Health

under Dr. Madden’s care.

part of the colon. Then a

gives its oncologists fast

Brian asked his doctor to

different surgeon specializing

access to the latest research,

work with Duke on his case.

in the bladder took over to

clinical trials and specialists

“In our situation, we

remove the cancer there.

at Duke,” said Steven A.

would be fools not to try

Two months later, a third

Madden, MD, oncologist

to take advantage of every

specialist removed a section

at Lexington Oncology, a

opportunity we could,” he

of Brian’s liver. After surgery

Lexington Medical Center

said. “Dr. Madden was very

was complete, Dr. Madden

physician practice.

supportive of it.”

oversaw three more months

“Duke physicians have

Dr. Niharika Mettu,

of chemotherapy at Lexington Medical Cancer Center in

“...I was thinking, maybe if I close my eyes, it’ll all just go away.”

West Columbia. “They are very timely at Duke about communicating results to us,” Dr. Madden

been readily available to

a medical oncologist at

said. After the last round

us via telephone or email

Duke, evaluated Brian and

of chemotherapy, Brian

to discuss cases before we

agreed with Dr. Madden’s

returned to Duke for scans to

send patients to them for

chemotherapy approach.

evaluate his progress. “I had

evaluation, and they’re very

His surgery and imaging

his results very soon after,

amenable to giving our

scans to evaluate his progress

and they related to me he

patients a quick appointment

were done at Duke. For the

was in remission.” The cancer

there,” Dr. Madden said.

first surgery, a specialist

was gone.

The formal affiliation is important. Cancer is a complex disease. When patients who live here travel elsewhere for care and don’t

That welcome news came

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just before last Christmas — nearly a year to the date after diagnosis. “How did I celebrate? I breathed,” Brian said. “It was a ‘normal’ Christmas, a ‘normal’ anniversary, a ‘normal’ time with my family.

get tertiary care when needed

We feel so blessed. It seemed

at a comprehensive cancer

like every step of the way

center like Duke.”

things have been moving in

In Brian’s case, several

the right direction.”

months of chemotherapy treatment to reduce the size

6 SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF COLON CANCER

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GET A COLONOSCOPY Brian Thompson had no family history of cancer, but only about 20 percent of colon cancer patients do. He had symptoms for several months leading up to his diagnosis, but signs of colon cancer can mimic other common problems, such as an infection, hemorrhoids or irritable bowel syndrome. It’s important to know the symptoms of colon cancer and to seek care, according to Dr. Madden. “Any rectal bleeding or rectal pain that persists more than a few weeks should be evaluated. It doesn’t matter how old you are,” he said. “Yes, it could just be something like hemorrhoidal bleeding, but anything that lasts more than a few weeks should be evaluated by your primary care physician.” Brian Thompson shares his own advice: “I tell people, ‘Go get your colonoscopy. Don’t wait. It’s a lot scarier to be diagnosed with colon cancer than it is to just get checked out.’” The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the independent panel of national experts that examines evidence about preventive health services, recommends screening for colorectal cancer starting at age 50 and continuing until age 75. May 2017 • Health and Hope

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