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Cancer Resource Guide

Reid Cancer Center Celebrating a year of comprehensive, concentrated services in the Whitewater Valley

Taking great care of cancer patients at Reid and beyond.

Joseph Anderson, M.D.

Heather Riggs, M.D.

Jeevan Sekhar, M.D.

Derek Serna, M.D.

Dr. Joseph Anderson, Dr. Heather Riggs, Dr. Derek Serna and Dr. Jeevan Sekhar, physicians with Reid Oncology Associates, are accepting patients.

Seeing patients in:

Reid Cancer Center • 1100 Reid Pkwy., Richmond (Enter through the Cancer Center entrance, north parking lot)

And at satellite offices in:

Connersville, Eaton & Winchester

Call (855) 935-8773 to schedule an appointment at one of these locations.

(765) 935-8773 • (855) 935-8773

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Many diseases One name Cancer is the general name for a group of more than 100 diseases in which cells in part of the body begin to grow out of control. Although there are many kinds of cancer, they all start because abnormal cells grow out of control. The body is made up of trillions of living cells. Normal body cells grow, divide, and die in an orderly fashion. During the early years of a person’s life, normal cells divide faster to allow the person to grow. After the person becomes an adult, most cells divide only to replace worn-out or dying cells or to repair injuries.

RESOURCES INDEX What is cancer? page 3 Who’s at risk? page 4 How to prevent cancer page 5 Reid Cancer Center page 6 Cancer treatments page 7 What to do with a diagnosis page 8 A year at the center page 9 Treatment teams page 11 People make the difference page 12 Caring navigation page 13 More resources page 15

Cancer cell growth is different from normal cell growth. Instead of dying, cancer cells continue to grow and form new, abnormal cells.They can invade (grow into) other tissues, something that normal cells cannot do.

Abnormal cell invasion defines cancer In most cases, cancer cells form a tumor, also called a mass or a lump. Some cancers, like leukemia, involve the blood and blood-forming organs, and the cancer cells circulate through other tissues where they grow. Cancer cells often travel to other parts of the body, where they begin to grow and form tumors that replace normal tissue.This process is called metástasis. It happens when the cancer cells get into the bloodstream or lymph vessels of our body. (Not all tumors are cancer.Tumors that aren’t cancer are called benign. Benign tumors can cause problems, but they do not invade other tissues and are almost never life threatening.) No matter where a cancer may spread, it’s always named for the place where it started. For example, breast cancer that has spread to the liver is still called breast cancer, not liver cancer. Likewise, prostate cancer that has spread to the bone is metastatic prostate cancer, not bone cancer. Different types of cancer can behave very differently. For example, lung cancer and breast cancer are very different diseases.They grow at different rates and respond to different treatments. That’s why people with cancer need treatment aimed at their particular kind of cancer.


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Courting Cancer

Who is most at risk? Essentially, everybody is at risk of developing cancer. Half of all men and one-third of all women in the US will develop cancer during their lifetimes. Today, millions of people are living with cancer or have had cancer.The risk of developing most types of cancer can be reduced by changes in a person’s lifestyle, for example, by avoiding tobacco, limiting time in the sun, being physically active, staying at a healthy weight, limiting alcohol, and healthy eating. For most types of cancer, the sooner a cancer is found and treated, the better the chances are for living for many years. No one knows the exact cause of most cases of cancer.We know that certain changes in our cells can cause cancer to start, but we don’t yet know exactly how it all happens. Scientists are studying this problem and learning more about the many steps it takes for cancers to form and grow. Although some of the factors in these steps may be a lot alike, the process that happens in the cells is generally different for each type of cancer.

Some cancers are caused by things people do or expose themselves to. For example, smoking can cause cancers of the lungs, mouth, throat, bladder, kidneys, and other organs. Of course, not everyone who smokes will get cancer, but smoking increases a person’s chance of cancer, as well as their chance of heart and blood vessel disease. Being in the sun too much without protection can cause skin cancer. Melanoma is a very serious form of skin cancer linked to sunlight and tanning bed exposure. Certain chemicals have been linked to cancer, too. Being exposed to or working with them can increase a person’s risk of cancer.These chemicals are called carcinogens. Cancer may come from family genes. Of every 20 cases of cancer, about 1 is linked to genes that are inherited from parents.

Screening Guidelines for

Colon and Rectal Cancer This guide has been developed to give readers a basic understanding of various kinds of cancer in general terms, the process involved in treating cancer, and the innovative and sophisticated resources available locally. Throughout this section you will find guidelines on cancer screenings. We know that the most successful outcomes are generally the product of early diagnosis, which screenings offer. We, the Palladium-Item advertising staff, thank the American Cancer Society and Reid Hospital & Health Care Services for content contained in this section.

Beginning at age 50, everyone should have: • A flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years or a double contrast barium enema every five years or a CT colonoscopy every five years or a colonoscopy every 10 years. • A yearly fecal occult blood test or fecal immunochemical test.These tests are performed by the patient at home and can be purchased at a pharmacy. Those with a personal or strong family history of colorectal cancer or polyps should be followed more closely, as should those with a history of chronic inflammatory bowel syndrome.

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Your best defense against cancer is to control the risks There is no sure way to prevent cancer, but there are things you can do that might reduce your chances of getting it. Tobacco Many cancers might be prevented if people didn’t use tobacco. Smoking damages nearly every organ in the human body and accounts for some 30% of all cancer deaths. Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and oral (smokeless) tobacco products cause cancer and should not be used. People who use tobacco should try to quit. Studies clearly show that ex-smokers have less cancer than people who continue to smoke. Alcohol Drinking alcohol is also linked to a higher risk of certain types of cancer. It’s the amount of alcohol that is drunk over time, not the type of drink, which seems to be the most important factor in raising cancer risk. If you drink, limit your intake to no more than 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink a day for women.This may help curb your cancer risk. Drinking and smoking The combined use of alcohol and tobacco raises the risk of mouth, throat, voice box, and esophagus cancer far more than the effects of either drinking or smoking alone. Ultraviolet (UV) rays and sunlight You can lower your chances of getting skin cancer by: • Staying out of the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. • Wearing a hat, shirt, and sunglasses when you are in the sun • Using sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher • Not using tanning beds or sun lamps

Diet We know that our diet (what we eat or don’t eat) is linked to some types of cancer, but the exact reasons are not yet clear. The best information we have suggests a lower cancer risk for people who: • Eat a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits (at least 2½ cups a day) • Choose whole grains rather than refined grains and sugars • Limit red meats (beef, pork, and lamb) • Limit processed meats (such as bacon, deli meats, and hot dogs) • Choose foods in amounts that help them get to and stay at a healthy weight • Limit alcohol intake to 1 alcoholic drink a day or less for women and 2 or less for men Vaccines that reduce cancer risk We now know that some cancers are caused by infections, mostly viruses. One virus that’s well known for causing cancer is the human papilloma virus (HPV). It has been linked to cervical cancer, anal cancer, many genital cancers, and some head and neck cancers.There are 2 vaccines to help prevent HPV infections, so they should help prevent the cancers caused by HPV. But most adults have already been infected with HPV, and the vaccines have not been proven to help people who already have HPV. Still, young people who are not yet sexually active should have a lower future cancer risk if they get one of the vaccines before they’re exposed to HPV.The American Cancer Society recommends them for girls aged 11 and 12, though they can be given to girls and boys as young as 9. Early Detection Cancer Screenings Screenings can help detect cancer early, long before symptoms appear. Early detection sometimes leads to a more successful outcome, in part because the cancer has not spread to other parts of the body. Early diagnosis is particularly important for cancers of the breast, cervix, mouth, larynx, skin and colon and rectum.


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Expert guidance available to local patients Navigator Dianne Bailey, a nurse at Reid since 1981, works with patients diagnosed with lung cancer and lymphomas. Bowman, who joined the Reid staff in 2006 as a navigator, specializes in Cancer is never the diagnosis a patient wants to pancreatic and gastrointestinal cancers, head and hear, but cancer survival rates continue to improve neck cancers and other less common cancers. as treatments become more effective and less Cancer patients meet their navigator at the time debilitating for patients. Reid Cancer Center provides treatment for most of their diagnosis.They receive oral information and written educational materials about their illness cancers and patients may also find assistance there and treatment. Financial assistance options are also for things like wigs and gas money for treatment presented, Bowman said. trips, cancer navigator Brenda Bowman said. Some local cancer societies provide either Nurse navigators help patients with every step of transportation or gas money for treatment trips their care, from diagnosis to recovery. for those who need help with those costs, she said. “Treatment has come a long way. Now we Local volunteer groups also make hats and turbans have people who are able to work through for patients who are losing their hair, Bowman chemotherapy,” Bowman said. said.There’s also a local “wig bank” that can assist Because of the range of cancers treated at Reid Cancer Center, navigators have divided the patients patients with that need, she said. Navigators are also there to provide emotional they care for by the types of cancer they have. support for their cancer patients, along with a social “We have divided up the cancers to specialize worker and chaplain, she said. Caring for cancer more. It helps to know as much as you can about the specific types that patients have,” Bowman said. patients is a mission, Bowman said. “We look at the whole person.We can lighten Reid’s first nurse navigator, Kathy Macdonald, a their load because we see ways to help and make the 30-year veteran at the hospital, specializes in breast situation easier for them,” Bowman said. “It’s exciting cancer. Navigator Jill Miller, who joined the staff this year, specializes in gynecological and urological cancers. when you celebrate milestones with patients.” By Pam Tharp For the Palladium-Item

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Traditional and innovative treatments available to battle cancer The goal of treatment is to cure or control the cancer, as well as reduce any adverse symptoms.The type of treatment prescribed depends on the type of cancer, the stage of the disease, the symptoms a person may be experiencing and overall health. There are many different ways to treat cancer. Your doctor and health care team will explain the choices and help you understand how the treatment works. Treatment choices may include the following: Chemotherapy: The use of drugs to treat cancer. Radiation Therapy: The use of high-energy X-rays or radioactive seeds to treat cancer. Surgery: The physical removal of the tumor or cancer. Biological therapy/immunotherapy: The use of the body’s own immune system to attack cancer cells. Hormonal therapy: The use of hormones to stimulate a response in the body to fight cancer. Bone marrow or stem cell transplantation: Involves using high doses of chemotherapy and/ or radiation therapy to kill the cancer, then putting healthy bone marrow or stem cells into the body. The bone marrow or stem cells can come from you (autologous) or from a matched donor (allogeneic). The transfusion or transplant is given to allow your immune system and bone marrow to recover. Clinical Trials: Patient-oriented research studies that use new medication or a new combination of medications and radiation therapy to treat the cancer.



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What to do when it becomes personal A diagnosis of cancer is scary. It can come as a shock, leaving you feeling anxious and even alone. However, you have good reasons to be optimistic. Medicine has made, and continues to make, great strides in treating cancer and in making cancer treatment more tolerable, both physically and emotionally. By becoming informed about your diagnosis and your treatment options, you can begin to take control of the journey ahead.

Taking Charge of Your Health

Taking charge of your health is vitally important for everyone, but especially for those who have been diagnosed with cancer.You can be a proactive, educated cancer patient. Taking charge can: • Make the difference between feeling hopeless and feeling hopeful. • Provide stability and a feeling of control.

• Increase your confidence level by helping you face new challenges. • Build your network of support, since taking charge requires you to ask questions and, in some cases, ask for help. • Help you make informed decisions. Another way to feel more in control during your cancer treatment is to take good care of yourself by: • Staying connected to your support systems. • Remembering to tell your friends and family what you need. • Exercising regularly. • Setting priorities that are appropriate for your energy level. • Eating properly. • Resting when you need it. • Keeping your sense of humor whenever possible.

Screening Guidelines for

Prostate Cancer Research has not yet proven that the potential benefits of prostate cancer screening outweigh the harms of testing and treatment. Men should discuss the pros and cons with their doctor, starting at age 50 (at age 40-45 for those with a higher risk of prostate cancer). • Screening can include a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test.

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High Tech and High Touch: The Reid Difference

By Pam Tharp For the Palladium-Item

The Reid Cancer Center, now a year old, is a consolidation of services for all cancer patients that has simplified life for patients and connected staff in new ways. The new center has treated more than 1,000 patients in its first year, said Kelly Witter, director of oncology and Women’s Health Services. “We’re seeing two to three newly-diagnosed breast cancer patients a week,” Witter said. The facility on the hospital’s first floor brought all outpatient cancer services to one location. Physician offices and treatment rooms for chemotherapy and

radiation therapy are located there, as is a dedicated cancer pharmacy and diagnostic radiology facilities. “It’s easier when we’re all together,” said cancer navigator Brenda Bowman. “The pharmacists are right there in the infusion area. It’s easier to communicate with everyone.” The centralized center better serves both patients and staff,Witter said. “It’s really nice when you’re ill to have everything you need in one location,” Witter said. “You can see physicians, do testing and have treatment all in one place.” Oncology services continue to grow,Witter said.The number of cancer navigators, speciallytrained nurses who guide patients through the Continued on page 10


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entire experience, has doubled from two to four. An oncology social worker is available to help find answers for financial and family needs. Four oncologists and two radiation oncologists see patients at the center. More than 300 Reid health care professionals work with cancer patients in the center. The convenient facility and qualified staff are only part of the cancer cure.The hospital is also investing in state-of-the-art equipment to better treat patients with a variety of cancers. Last year, Reid installed TrueBeam™, an innovative system of image-guided radiation therapy. TrueBeam™ delivers a precise beam of radiation, while monitoring and compensating for tumor motion. Treatment sessions go much faster with the new beam system, with treatment time now less than two minutes, compared to 10 to 30 minutes in the past. Reid Cancer Center also offers sophisticated radiation therapy technologies, including imageguided radiation therapy, brachytherapy and Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation.These technologies allow doctors to better target the

cancer while sparing healthy tissues and organs and minimizing side effects. When surgery is required for cancer patients, the hospital also offers the newest, minimally-invasive form: the da Vinci® Surgical System. A surgeon controls a robotic platform that allows complex and delicate surgical procedures to be performed with precision through a small incision. Patients experience less pain, blood loss and often have shorter recovery times and better outcomes. Screening Guidelines for

Cervical Cancer

• Pap tests should begin within three years of a woman’s first vaginal intercourse but no later than 21 years of age. • If by the age of 30 a woman has had three normal pap test results, she may be screened every two to three years. • Women with certain risk factors, abnormalities or concerns should be screened yearly.

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Medical teams employ next-generation technology in all stages of process At Reid Cancer Center, doctors use the most sophisticated technology available and tailor their treatment plans to each patient’s specific needs. Cancer patients have everything they need to fight the disease close to home and conveniently located, right here in Richmond. Treatment Planning During the treatment planning stage, medical physicists at Reid Cancer Center use state-ofthe-art technology to generate three-dimensional images of the tumor and surrounding area.These images help determine the dose of radiation needed to treat the tumor, information that the radiation oncologist then uses to create an individualized treatment plan. Surgery When surgery is needed to remove a cancerous tumor, Reid cancer patients have several options. Many opt for laparoscopic or traditional open surgery; others can benefit from the newest minimally invasive form of surgery available today: da VinciŽ Surgical System.This system puts the surgeons’ hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform, allowing them to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision. It can be used to treat urological, gynecologic, kidney and lung cancers. Benefits can include less pain, less blood loss and scarring, a shorter recovery time and, in many cases, a better outcome. Treatment Therapies Reid Cancer Center offers sophisticated radiation therapy technologies, including imageguided radiation therapy, brachytherapy and Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation.These Continued on page 14


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Human element combines high level expertise with patient-focused personal touch At the Reid Cancer Center, the medical staff works as a fullservice team.This means doctors, nurses and other health professionals rely on one another’s expertise and experience when making decisions about a patient’s treatment plan.They communicate regularly to ensure each patient is receiving coordinated, effective care. And they consider patients and families an important part of the care team as well. Meet the people that make the difference Joseph M. Anderson, M.D., Medical Director of the Reid Cancer Center, medical director of Reid Cancer Center in 2011, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in patient care. He provides overall leadership for the Cancer Center as well as direct patient care. “Reid Hospital is committed to building a center of excellence for cancer patients and their families that fully integrates medical and

support services to provide the best care possible,” says Dr. Anderson. Dr. Anderson graduated from the University of Michigan School of Medicine and decided to specialize in oncology. He completed his internal medicine residency and medical oncology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, then joined a large, multispecialty group practice at the hospital. Derek Serna, M.D., Medical Oncologist, is an Indiana native, and a medical oncologist at the Cancer Center. He graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, followed by an internal medicine residency at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to joining the medical staff at Reid Hospital, Dr. Serna completed a hematology/oncology fellowship at Ohio State University. Heather Riggs, M.D., is a medical oncologist at the Cancer Center. Dr. Riggs joined Reid Oncology Associates in July 2012. She graduated

from Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed her internal medicine internship and residency at Wright State University School of Medicine. She completed fellowships in geriatrics and hematology/ oncology at Indiana University School of MedicineIndianapolis.

Kumar also holds a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He has served as medical director of radiation oncology at Reid Hospital since 1993.

Jeevan S. Sekhar, M.D., is a medical oncologist at the Cancer Center. He graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, then completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado in Denver. He then worked for a year in Kenya, serving as the medical director at Matoso Clinic and Ochuna Dispensary, a non-profit organization dedicated to medical relief in rural areas. Prior to joining the medical staff at Reid in 2011, Dr. Sekhar completed a hematology/oncology fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.

John P. Jacobs, M.D., is a radiation oncologist at Reid Cancer Center. He earned his medical degree at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Ill., and completed an internship and residency in radiation oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Arvind Kumar, M.D., Ph.D., is a radiation oncologist at the Cancer Center. He earned his medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency in radiation oncology at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. Dr.

Brenda Bowman, RN, BSN, joined Reid Hospital in 2006 as a cancer navigator. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Olivet Nazarene University. Brenda has worked at two other hospitals in Indiana, including Richmond State Hospital. Her goal as a cancer navigator at Reid is to provide cancer patients and their families with education and support throughout every phase of treatment. Kathy Macdonald, RN, BSN, OCH, is a certified breast health nurse and

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certified oncology nurse. She has worked at Reid Hospital for more than 30 years and helped start the hospital’s Cancer Navigators Program in 2006. Kathy earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Washington in Seattle. In her role as cancer navigator, Kathy enjoys the opportunity to help women with breast cancer understand their illness and make informed decisions about their care.

Dianne Bailey, RN, BSN has been a nurse at Reid since 1981, working in Intensive Care and outpatient surgery. She received her nursing degree from Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY and her BSN from Indiana Wesleyan University. As a cancer navigator, Dianne hopes to guide and support patients and their families as they face the challenges of a cancer diagnosis and it’s care. Jill Miller, RN joined Reid Hospital in 2004. She recently joined the Oncology Service Line as a cancer navigator in 2012. She earned her Associates Degree in Nursing from Ivy Tech Community College. Her goal as a cancer navigator at Reid is to offer support and assist patients and families throughout all aspects of their diagnosis and treatment.

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Dedicated caregivers help patients navigate the process By Pam Tharp For the Palladium-Item

Cancer can be scary, but breast cancer patients at Reid Cancer Center already have a friend onsite to assist them with their questions and recovery. Breast cancer navigator Kathy Macdonald was Reid’s first cancer navigator, a program she helped start. Macdonald has been helping women and their families find their way from diagnosis to treatment to survivorship for more than six years. Macdonald earned certified breast cancer navigator status from the Oncological Nursing Society. “She’s a sweetheart, I’ll tell you,” Liberty breast cancer survivor Judy Stang said of Macdonald. “She told us what to expect, when my hair would fall out and explained the treatment plan. She’d often come in to see me when I had treatments.” Four cancer program navigators work with patients with many types of cancer at the one-year-old Reid Cancer Center. Navigators become their patients’ link to all the services they’ll need as they undergo treatment, Reid navigator Brenda Bowman said. “Before there were navigators, patients had to do this on their own,” Bowman said. “A lot didn’t know where to turn.We try to coordinate all the appointments so patients can do as much as possible in one trip.We can lighten their load.” Cancer patients get their own notebooks to keep all their information in one place, information that’s tailored to their case, Bowman said.They also get

attention from a navigator who not only understands their medical condition, but who also sees them as more than an illness. “It’s a burdensome time for patients. It’s difficult days and weeks,” Bowman said. “We look at the whole person and focus on what we can do to make a difference in that patient’s life.” The caring concern she received at Reid was very important, said breast cancer patient Lorri Artman, who describes Macdonald as “awesome.” “She was there for me every step of the way,” Artman said. Breast cancer patient Kathy Helton said Macdonald explained everything that would happen and helped direct her to all the services she’d need. “She knows what you need before you do,” Helton said of Macdonald. “She was right there with me.” Stang is part of an on-going treatment study on breast cancer, so even though she’s a survivor she’s still in touch with Reid’s breast cancer program.When Stang recently had another health problem requiring surgery, Macdonald came by to see her before the operation, which meant a lot, Stang said. When Stang’s husband, Gary, had a colonoscopy, Macdonald came by to chat with them before the test, Judy Stang said. “She always talked to Gary in the waiting room when I was having treatments, to see how he was doing,” Judy said. “She goes above and beyond. It’s not just a job for her. It’s in her heart.”


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technologies allow doctors to target the cancer while sparing healthy tissues and organs and minimizing side effects. In 2011, Reid acquired TrueBeamTM, an innovative system that represents the next generation of image-guided radiation therapy.TrueBeam delivers precise beams of radiation, while monitoring and compensating for tumor motion. Also, treatment sessions are much faster with TrueBeamTM a session that once took 10 to 30 minutes can now be completed in less than two minutes once the patient is in position.This means a more comfortable experience for the patient. Reid physicians also utilize an iX linear accelerator to deliver image-guided radiation therapy.This non-invasive technology delivers a targeted, high dose of radiation with minimal damage to healthy tissues. Additionally, Reid Cancer Center offers brachytherapy, in which a radioactive source is placed temporarily inside the body, close to the tumor. For many patients with cancer of the breast, uterus or cervix, this is an excellent option. Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI) is sometimes recommended for breast cancer patients who are diagnosed in the early stages of the disease. APBI allows women to receive radiation therapy in five days rather than over the course of several weeks. Radiation is targeted so

that minimal radiation is delivered to healthy tissue. APBI is recommended for some women who have undergone a lumpectomy (surgery to remove a cancerous tumor). Wound Healing Physicians with the Reid Wound Healing Center say that certain cancer patients benefit from hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy. It works by surrounding the patient with 100% oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure in multiple sessions that last 90 minutes to two hours.This increases the amount of oxygen in the blood, to aid in healing chronic wounds and injuries to internal organs that can be a complication of certain cancer treatments. Screening Guidelines for

Breast Cancer

• Women should have a yearly mammogram starting at age 40. • Women should perform a monthly selfbreast exam starting at age 20. • Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam about every three years and an annual clinical breast exam starting at age 40. • Women with a family history or increased risk of breast cancer should discuss their history and risks with their doctor.

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Cancer vs. The Many

Center brings full weight of Reid system to bear on cancer treatment Reid physicians work with medical professionals from a number of different specialty areas in order to provide patients with coordinated, expert care. Team members include the medical and radiation oncologists, along with cancer navigators listed above. Additional patient resources include team members from the following areas: Radiology Surgery Outpatient Surgery & Endoscopy Nutritionists Reid@Home Pathology (Lab) Palliative Care/Hospice Volunteer Services Inpatient Cancer Care Wound Healing/Ostomy/Hyberbaric Medicine Phlebotomy Pharmacy Infusion Center/IV Therapy/Outpatient Lab Rehabilitation Massage Therapy Allure Center for Plastic Surgery Financial Planning

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Hospice services deliver care to home or hospital

Hospice care can include medical services, emotional support and spiritual encouragement for patients and families. Our staff also helps family members manage the practical details and emotional challenges of caring for someone with a terminal illness. Hospice team members include the patient’s doctor, nurses and nursing assistants, pharmacists, social workers, chaplains and trained volunteers. Other care providers may participate as needed. Hospice care is tailored to each family’s needs and can include: • Pain and symptom management • Emotional and spiritual support • Patient and family education • Wound care • Catheter care • Respite services, provided both in the home and in the hospital setting • Companionship from specially trained volunteers • Assistance with financial concerns and advance directives • Grief support before and after the patient’s death • On-call support around the clock

The Big


Yes, it’s cancer. But it’s also...

Compassion Cancer Navigators guide you every step of the way. At Reid Cancer Center, patients never have to feel alone. Cancer Navigators provide patients and their families with support through every phase of treatment. “I can answer their questions, make sure they understand their treatment plan and suggest support services. Our goal is to help patients take control of their journey through cancer.” - Brenda Bowman, Cancer Navigator

Cancer Navigators: Kathy Macdonald, RN, BSN, OCH; Brenda Bowman, RN, BSN; Tammie Angeles, MSW, Dianne Bailey, RN, BSN; Jill Miller, RN

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