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The “r-word” was not something that had ever entered David Montgomery’s mind. But about six months into an experimental new treatment for Montgomery’s chronic lymphocytic leukemia, an incurable, slow-growing form of the blood and bone marrow cancer, his bone marrow showed no more sign of the disease.
Women may not know where to turn after a mastectomy, breast reconstruction or custom prosthesis, especially when it comes to finding clothes that will make them feel good. The Healthy Reflections Boutique is one great resource for women seeking a little style after a less-than-glamorous procedure.
A genetic test that helped Angelina Jolie opt for a preventive double mastectomy can be ordered locally through the MultiCare Genomics Institute and the MultiCare Regional Cancer Center.
Whether you are age 20 or age 40 or older, knowing the latest recommendations from the American Cancer Society can help you wade through all the conflicting information in the news and help you stay on track with your breast cancer screenings.
In October 2011, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, a committee organized by the U.S. government to assess the value of preventative medicine, recommended that men no longer be screened for prostate cancer using a widely accepted blood test given to thousands of men each year.
Despite this recommendation, many organizations and doctors (myself included) continue to recommend the PSA test to screen for prostate cancer. It is important to acknowledge that the PSA test is not perfect. Unfortunately, a better alternative does not exist.
“Our patients will have access to the most innovative and cutting-edge therapies available, and in so doing they will be making an important contribution to the global fight against cancer,” said Principal Investigator John A. Keech Jr., DO, FACOI, at the MultiCare Regional Cancer Center.
Just this week, the journal Cancer published a new study that found a 30 percent decrease in the risk of breast cancer in women who exercise 10 hours a week, compared with sedentary women. The intensity of the activity didn’t appear to matter: all you need to do is stay physically active.
As a urologist I treat patients with kidney cancer. The treatment of this disease has changed radically in the past 20 years. And this week I performed a new technique that meant the patient left surgery with no tumor and a totally uncompromised kidney to show for it.
A $1 million donation from Norman and Barbara Simon will improve access to holistic care as part of cancer treatment at MultiCare Regional Cancer Center locations throughout the South Sound.
MultiCare leaders decided they wanted the health system to play an increasing role in advancing medicine. In 2010, they opened the MultiCare Research Institute in Tacoma. Program Director Richard Shine recently discussed the new program.