December 2012
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December 2012 posts

The Story Behind the Voice of 1-855-XCANCER (1-855-922-6237)

Being diagnosed with cancer is the beginning of a difficult time. The entire process – from diagnosis to treatment to survivorship – can be exhausting. And, I am sure that when you have questions that come up, you would like to have them answered, respectfully and responsively.

As health professionals we want to ensure that you, your family, friends and caregivers have access to all resources available at the Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI). For this reason, Swedish launched a customized phone line tailored to the Cancer Institute where callers can find out more information on services available.

Whether you want to know more about different treatment options, learn more about research studies or locate community cancer resources, I am here to assist you. If you are a new patient and would like to be seen by a provider at the Swedish Cancer Institute, I can help get the process started for you by connecting you with the most appropriate SCI specialist.

To put a story behind the voice over the phone, I would like to officially introduce myself to the Swedish community! I am Swedish’s Integrated Care Services Coordinator and Telephone Liaison for the Swedish Cancer Institute and True Family Women’s Cancer Center – which means I get to work with the entire network of Swedish campuses (including First Hill, Cherry Hill, Issaquah, Ballard and Edmonds) and can help you get connected to the appropriate areas of service that you may need.

I can help to answer any questions you may have, or connect you to the following:

What is the treatment of choice for patients whose advanced lung cancer has progressed?

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Might some lung cancers not require treatment?

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Eight Swedish Medical Center Nurses Receive The DAISY Award for Delivering Quality and Compassionate Care

SEATTLE, Dec. 5, 2012 – Eight Swedish Medical Center nurses today received The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national program established by The DAISY Foundation to recognize nurses who deliver quality and compassionate care. The nurses received their awards during a special ceremony at the Swedish Cherry Hill campus.

 

Do Docs Miss Breast Cancer Warning Signs in Breastfeeding Mothers?

In the haze of joy and sleeplessness during the months after childbirth, thoughts about breast cancer are the last thing on a new mother’s mind. Her body is undergoing so many changes that, of course, she and her doctors would naturally assume any breast changes are related to breastfeeding.

Probably, they are. However, there is a small but real incidence of women who develop breast cancer during and following pregnancy. Often, they end up having delays in seeking evaluation and getting a diagnosis, because they or their doctors may not appreciate that risk!

So, what things should prompt an evaluation?

  • Lumps most often will be changes in the breast tissue as it revs up milk production. A distinct lump or “dominant mass” could be a clogged duct, galactocele, cyst or a common benign tumor called a fibroadenoma, but if it doesn’t resolve within a few weeks with treatment, it needs imaging.
  • Redness most often will represent infections like mastitis or an abscess, but if it doesn’t resolve within a few weeks with treatment, it will also need imaging and possibly a biopsy. At the very least, that could determine if the right antibiotics are being used. An uncommon form of breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer can present this way.
  • Bloody milk or baby refusing one breast  most often will be due to nipple trauma, latch issues, or positioning; if so, seeing a board-certified lactation consultant is appropriate. But rarely, this can represent a form of breast cancer within the milk ducts.
  • “Something’s not right”. You are the most knowledgeable person about your own breasts. Even if it doesn’t neatly fit one of the categories above, if something really seems wrong to you, your doctors should take that seriously.

What evaluation should be done?


Swedish employees help Guatemala communities

Ed. note: Swedish employees not only serve our communities in the Greater Seattle area, but also world wide. Check out this story about a recent trip to Guatemala that Swedish employees participated in:

Employees from Swedish have just returned from participating in the inaugural Providence Health International (PHI) service trips to Guatemala. PHI provides opportunities for employees to learn, serve and donate to international communities, leveraging the resources and talents of our health care system to improve and promote global health.

On the first trip, the team installed 35 energy efficient stoves to address the public health crisis of acute respiratory infection related to traditional indoor open fires that produce harmful smoke. The team worked in the village of Chitepey in the central highlands of Guatemala. Chitepey is a Q’eqchi-speaking indigenous community lacking in public health and educational support; it has virtually no infrastructure for electricity, public transportation or running water...

Year-Round Gingersnap Pumpkin Custard

This simple, delicious dessert is what autumn tastes like. But it’s so good, you’ll want to enjoy it any time of the year (serves 8).

Ingredients

  • 1 cup broken pieces, low-fat gingersnap cookies (12 small cookies)
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin purée
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup fat-free evaporated milk
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Spray 8 ramekins with canola oil and divide the cookie pieces evenly in the bottoms of the bowls.
  3. Place the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and mix with an electric mixer.
  4. Ladle the pumpkin mixture over the cookies, sprinkle with nuts, and place ramekins in a deep pan filled with water to about halfway up the ramekins. Bake for 20 minutes. Test for doneness.
  5. Let rest 10 minutes and serve.

Per serving: 168 calories, 7g protein, 42g carbohydrate, 3g fat, 0g sat fat, 0g mono fat, 32mg cholesterol, 2g fiber, 149mg sodium

THE SEASONED COOK If cooking as a pie, spray a 9" pie pan and proceed as above without the water-filled pan; cook for one hour. Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator for several days.

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