For the past couple of years, Mercy Health Foundation has been working to bring quality cancer care and support services close to home through its mercyStrong campaign. During the campaign’s quiet phase, generous donors helped Mercy Medical Center complete a much-needed technology update that includes a new TrueBeam linear accelerator for radiation treatment and a wide bore CT scanner simulator in the Michael D. Wachtel Cancer Center.
The Mercy Health Foundation is now kicking off its “to be continued” public fundraising campaign and is inviting the community to help raise the remaining $271,000 needed to reach its charitable goal of $1.7 million. Continue Reading »
Regular cancer screenings are an important part of preventive care. But many people avoid them, fearing they’re inconvenient, uncomfortable, or might reveal something they’d rather not know. How can employers encourage their workers to make these screenings a priority?
1. Make it personal.
Provide targeted messages to men and to women, according to age group. For example, those above 50 years old and those below need different messages. Please see this chart
of recommended screenings. And, remind everyone that their own individual family history may require additional screening.2. Keep it simple.In fact, standard recommendations are simple (see this chart
3. Keep it positive. People find motivation in testimonials about the peace of mind and satisfaction that comes from completing these tests. Completing recommended tests puts the mind at ease, both for the individual and their loved ones. And staying up-to-date gives a feeling of relative control over something that seems “out of control” – namely cancer. Instead of feeling powerless, people who complete screenings and take other cancer-prevention steps (avoiding tobacco and excess alcohol, plus sensible nutrition and exercise) feel they are “doing something!” They feel assertive in a positive way. Continue Reading »
As a nurse navigator for breast cancer patients, I connect with individuals just minutes after they are diagnosed. This is an emotional time and often I get asked, “What do I do now?”
Below are three suggestions I make to patients after they have been told they have breast cancer:
A lot of the time women turn to the World Wide Web for answers to their cancer questions. Yes, the Internet is a fast and convenient resource for information, but unfortunately, not everything online is reliable.
I encourage families to make a list of their concerns and questions to take to their Care Team. Having questions ready to ask will help your team provide you with the information you need to feel secure in your treatment options.
Try not to compare breast cancer treatments with other breast cancer survivors. There are more than 15 different types of breast cancer, and each case may be treated differently. Hearing other peoples’ stories of cancer can just create more fear and confusion. Continue Reading »
Oct. 10 is National Depression Screening Day, a day to help call attention to screening opportunities for people with depression and anxiety disorders. Affinity Health System is dedicated to helping raise awareness about depression and other mood disorders and has joined forces with community partners in the Fox Valley to speak out.
According to the World Health Organization, depression affects more than 350 million people worldwide. People with depression may not feel comfortable talking with family, friends or colleagues about how they feel and often hide it from those around them. They may believe they just need to “toughen up” and that depression will go away by itself, but what they really need is to get help or seek treatment. Continue Reading »
You’ve probably heard the saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” a million times. You may have heard other claims about breakfast in the media, from health experts and others. So is all this hype about breakfast true? Let’s review the facts.
Breakfast gives you energy to start the day. Breakfast helps regulate blood sugar levels by literally breaking the fast and providing your body with the fuel it needs to function properly throughout the day.
Breakfast improves diet quality. Research shows that people who skip breakfast are less likely to meet the recommended intakes for important nutrients like folic acid and calcium. Studies have demonstrated that if you start your day off with fruit, you are more likely to reach the daily recommended servings for it. Continue Reading »