TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012
LUZERNE COUNTY: The Wyoming Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross hosts community blood drives throughout the month. Donors who are 17 years of age or older, weigh at least 1 10 pounds and are in relatively good health or 16 years old and have a parental permission form completed, may give blood every 56 days. To learn more about how to donate blood or platelets or to schedule a blood donation, call 1-800-REDCROSS (7332767). In addition to those listed below, blood drives are conducted at the American Red Cross Regional Blood Center, 29 New Commerce Blvd., Hanover Industrial Estates, Ashley, Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Sundays from 7:30 a.m.-noon. Appointments are suggested but walkins are accepted. Platelet appointments can be made by calling 823-7164, ext. 2235. For a complete donation schedule, visit: REDCROSSBLOOD.ORG or call 1-800-REDCROSS (7332767). Area blood donation sites include: Today, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., WilkesBarre Blood Donation Center, 29 New Commerce Blvd, Ashley; noon-6 p.m., Dallas American Legion, 730 Memorial Highway, Dallas; noon-6 p.m., Thomas P. Saxton Medical Pavilion, 468 Northampton St., Edwardsville; 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 60 S. River St., Wilkes Barre. Wednesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township, 1 1 1 1 E. End Center, Plains Township. Thursday, 12:30-6:30 p.m., Wright Township Fire Hall, 477 S. Main Road, Mountain Top. Friday, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., WilkesBarre Blood Donation Center, 29 New Commerce Blvd, Ashley. Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., WilkesBarre Blood Donation Center, 29 New Commerce Blvd, Ashley. Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-noon, WilkesBarre Blood Donation Center, 29 New Commerce Blvd, Ashley; 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin. Monday, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., WilkesBarre Blood Donation Center, 29 New Commerce Blvd, Ashley; 1 1 a.m.-5 p.m., Penn State University-Graham Building, 76 University Drive, Hazleton; 1 -6:30 p.m., American Legion Post 644, 259 Shoemaker St, Swoyersville. Jan. 24, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., WilkesBarre Blood Donation Center, 29 New Commerce Blvd, Ashley.
BACK MOUNTAIN FREE MEDICAL CLINIC: 6:30 p.m. Fridays, 65 Davis St., Shavertown. Volunteers, services and supplies needed. For more information, call 696-1144. CARE AND CONCERN FREE HEALTH CLINIC: Registration 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, former Seton Catholic High School, 37 William St., Pittston. Basic health care and information provided. Call 954-0645. PEDIATRIC HEALTH CLINIC for infants through age 1 1, former Seton Catholic High School, 37 William St., Pittston. Registrations accepted from 4:30-5:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month. Parents are required to bring their children’s immunization records. For more information, call 855-6035. THE HOPE CENTER: Free basic medical care and preventive health care information for the uninsured or underinsured, legal advice and pastoral counseling, 6-8 p.m. Mondays; free chiropractic evaluations and vision care, including free replacement
HEALTH PEOPLE Dr. Stanley J. Dudrick, medical director of the Physician Assistant program and recipient of the first endowed chair at Misericordia University, recently received the Dudrick Nathan Smith, M.D., Distinguished Service Award from the New England Surgical Society at its 92nd Annual Meeting in Bretton Woods, N.H. The award recognizes exceptional scientific and clinical contributions to surgery, as well as commitment to providing community service and care to those most in need. Dr. Dudrick is also the chairman emeritus of the Department of Surgery and director emeritus of Program in Surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital, a Yale-affiliated teaching
glasses, for the uninsured or underinsured, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays; Back Mountain Harvest Assembly, 340 Carverton Road, Trucksville. Free dental hygiene services and teeth cleanings are available 6-8 p.m. on Mondays by appointment. Call 696-5233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. VOLUNTEERS IN MEDICINE: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 190 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Primary and preventive health care for the working uninsured and underinsured in Luzerne County with incomes less than two times below federal poverty guidelines. For appointments, call 970-2864. WILKES-BARRE FREE CLINIC: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 35 S. Franklin St., WilkesBarre. Appointments are necessary. Call 793-4361. A dental clinic is also available from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday by appointment. Call 235-5642. Physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, RNs, LPNs and social workers are needed as well as receptionists and interpreters. To volunteer assistance leave a message for Pat at 793-4361.
hospital. He also holds an appointment as professor of surgery in the Yale University School of Medicine. The Nanticoke native is known as a pioneer in the academic, clinical and medical fields. His innovative development and successful clinical application of the specialized central venous feeding technique, known as intravenous hyperalimentation or total parenteral nutrition, has been described as one of the four most significant accomplishments in the history of the development of modern surgery. It also has been acknowledged as one of the three most important advancements in surgery during the past century along with open heart surgery and organ transplantation.
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has been steadily rising 2 percent a year for the last 25 years. Equally disturbing, survival rates have not improved. The lack of progress has spawned new thinking by physicians and researchers, prompting theformationofanewmedicalspecialty, called AYA, to care for adolescents and young adults. Treatment for these patients must combine specialized emotional as well as medical care, according to experts. “With this group of patients, we must also offer psychological services,” said Dr. Michael Harris, director of Tomorrows Children’s Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center. “They are entering a world they never knew about and they need to develop coping strategies that will help them navigate this world.” Researchers believe a number of conditions have contributed to problems treating young cancer patients. There is a poor understanding of the biology and causes of cancer in this population and few clinical trials. Diagnosis is often delayed in this population. But with the emphasis on this age group, doctors at the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack said they have had some success with AYA leukemia patients — by giving these patients the regimens they use for younger children rather than those they use on adults. “We’re seeing about 90 percent of acute leukemia patients cured,” Harris said. “And we found we can cut down on the amount of radiation that can cause sterility, infertility or secondary cancers in patients with Hodgkins. “Diseases behave differently in people of various ages and generally, children are stronger,” Harris said. “With leukemia, for example, we found that our results are far better when most of these young adults are treated with a regimen used for pediatrics. We are able to
Teenagers with varying types of cancer and in varying stages, meet in a support group at the Imus Pediatric Center of Hackensack University Medical Center. From left are Jillian Hall, 13, Tim Malone, 17, Aesha Vyas, 16, Shaheem Crooks, 14, and Meghan Hartley, Child Life Specialist Tomorrows Children’s Institute.
use a more aggressive chemotherapy and we allow children to have much lower blood counts than we do for adults.” Researchers are struggling to find out why the number of diseases most prevalent in these patients — lymphomas, sarcomas, acute leukemia, bone tumors, soft-tissue and nervous-system cancers — has been slowly but steadily rising. Nearly 72,000 AYAs nationwide develop some type of cancer annually, according to the National Cancer Institute, which considers this group to include15- to 39-yearolds. “Now that more are being treated with pediatric protocols, I believe we’ll see some improvement,” Harris said. Teens have also suffered from a lack of emotional support. Jillian Hill, a13-year-old from Lodi, N.J., was dejected when a classmate said he didn’t want to be near her because he thought her brain tumor was contagious. Treatment for leukemia has left 15-year-old Shaheem Crooks so weak at times he can barely get off the couch. Though he tries to keep a positive outlook, the Teaneck, N.J., resident can’t shake the image of his mother fainting to the floor after hearing his diagnosis.
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