Sharp Experts Available to Discuss Breast Cancer Health
October is breast cancer awareness month.
The men of Sharp Chula Vista "Go Pink."
In observance of National Mammography Day on Friday, Oct. 21, Sharp Chula Vista male physicians and staff, including Chief Executive Officer Pablo Velez, along with officers from the Chula Vista Police Department and firefighters from the Chula Vista Fire Department, will color their facial hair pink in support of women and the fight against the disease. Snooky Rico, a breast cancer survivor and owner of Rico's on 3rd salon in Chula Vista, and stylists will apply the dye.
The event will take place at the Barnhart Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista at 11:30am. Interviews will be available with:
- Pablo Velez, PhD, RN, Chief Executive Officer, Sharp Chula Vista
- David Bejarano, Chief of Police, Chula Vista Police Department
- Dr. Rodolfo Arcovedo, Surgeon and Breast Cancer Committee Chairman, Sharp Chula Vista
- Dr. Phillip Zentner, Radiation Oncology Medical Director, Sharp Chula Vista's Barnhart Cancer Center
- Snooky Rico, breast cancer survivor and owner of Rico's on 3rd salon in Chula Vista
New tool empowers women to take breast health into their own hands.
All women are at risk for breast cancer, but certain factors greatly increase the likelihood of some women getting the disease. Caregivers at the Breast Health Center at Sharp Memorial Hospital have launched a new program aimed at educating women about their risk as early as possible. Women who receive mammograms at Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion can learn if their lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is greater than 20 percent — the threshold at which the American Cancer Society recommends extra monitoring and other prevention strategies. It is the first program of its kind across the Sharp HealthCare system. At the time of her mammogram, a woman will answer a series of questions about everything from age to body mass index to personal and family histories. A sophisticated computer program will use the responses to calculate her unique breast cancer risk.
Breast cancer patients receive financial assistance.
At Sharp Grossmont, The Vital Spirit Fund was set up to financially assist patients in need of treatment and exams related to breast cancer. The Grossmont Foundation has worked to secure these funds from Ralph's/Food 4 Less, the WD-40 Company Foundation and other businesses. The money assists breast cancer patients in lessening the financial hardships that can come with out-of-pocket expenses, so that they may concentrate more on a strong recovery.
Exercises after cancer treatment.
Living with cancer can be frustrating. Fatigue can interfere with some of the most basic, yet meaningful aspects of life, such as maintaining your home, returning to work and staying physically active. Roshni Thomas-George, registered occupational therapist at Sharp Rees-Stealy, is available to discuss tips for patients during and after cancer treatments to help resume ordinary activity and exercise.
How to support a loved one through chemotherapy.
Family members often play an important role in the treatment of a loved one, but oftentimes, neither the patient nor the family member are prepared for what the experience will be like or what help is needed. Mary Kerr, RN, OCN, lead clinical nurse at the Sharp Grossmont Outpatient Infusion Clinic, is available to discuss general tips for patients and loved ones preparing for a chemotherapy treatment.
Small items make a big difference for breast cancer patients.
Volunteers at Sharp Grossmont Hospital make small pillows and drainage pouches to comfort patients after breast cancer surgery. The drains are long tubes with a bulb on the end, which are attached at the surgery site to collect excess fluid.
Although "superfoods" don't wear capes or fight evildoers, they can help protect you against the evils of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Laury Ellingson, oncology dietitian with the David and Donna Long Cancer Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, is available to discuss a few powerful foods that studies show can help prevent certain types of cancer, as well as which foods to avoid.
Breast cancer: It’s not just for women.
Breast cancer is rare in men and only affects 1 percent of the overall breast cancer population. Sharp Grossmont patient, David Smyle, was concerned when he noticed a few irregularities on his left breast. At age 57, the father and husband is in good shape and stays active playing tennis regularly. He decided to pay a visit to his doctor to get checked out and was ultimately diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss breast cancer in men and risk factors.