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All about fibroids

January 30, 2015
Fibroids are a benign growth of the muscular wall of the uterus. In some women, the cells of the muscle of the uterus start to grow and form a ball of tissue. This ball of tissue, or fibroid, can be very small such as the size of a pea to 10 cm or more in diameter. Fibroids can cause a woman to have heavy periods and bleed between periods, or may cause pressure on the bladder so she needs to urinate frequently, or may cause a large mass in the abdomen. Fibroids sometimes cause discomfort or pain, but not as often.

What a woman who has fibroids notices depends on ...

Rhinoplasty Surgery in Seattle

January 29, 2015
Rhinoplasty Surgery for Seattle patients by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Sattler at Sound Plastic Surgery

MS Book Club Launch at the Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center

January 28, 2015
What: Book club launch, hosted by author of Chef Interrupted, Trevis Gleason

When: Friday, March 6, noon - 3 p.m.

Where: MS Center at Swedish
1600 East Jefferson Street, A Level
Seattle, WA 98122

RSVP: Mallory Higgins, 206-320-2200
 

Home-bound seniors receive free emergency-preparedness kits

January 27, 2015

American Preparedness, Senior Services and Swedish partner to provide supplies to some of King County’s most vulnerable residents

SEATTLE – Jan. 27, 2015 – American Preparedness, Senior Services and Swedish Health Services today launched delivery of free emergency preparedness kits to 1,000 vulnerable, home-bound King County seniors who receive Meals on Wheels. The kits provide emergency food and water, first-aid supplies, a flashlight, thermal blanket, hand warmers and other items to help individuals during the critical first 72 hours of an emergency.

“This is an opportunity to provide additional support to these older adults who may find it more difficult to obtain emergency supplies,” said Paula Houston, CEO of Senior Services. “It also allows us to address the larger issue of emergency preparedness with these clients and help them think about how to plan to connect with their caregivers or other means of support during an emergency.”

A recent University of Iowa study found that the majority of adults age 50 and older in the U.S. may not be prepared for a serious flood, earthquake, tornado or other natural disaster. In the Puget Sound region, such disasters as earthquake and inclement weather are most likely to impact these vulnerable populations.

One patient's story on her experience with art therapy

January 26, 2015
Art will continue to play an important role in my staying healthy
– Mary Stevens-Zarich, art therapy participant & patient at the Swedish Cancer Institute


The Swedish Cancer Institute offers a variety of Supportive Care Services for patients, families, and caregivers to enhance and individualize your care. We want to meet your needs at every step along the way. One of the many services we offer is art therapy.


Our art therapist, Nicole Stiver, has been with us for 10 years in August. She has been described as sensitive, professional, present, and tactful by her patients and patients use a variety of art methods in her sessions.

Mary says, “For the past two years, a weekly session with Nicole Stiver has been central to my healing emotionally, and by extension, physically...

Genetic counseling and testing for hereditary cancer now available at Swedish Edmonds

January 26, 2015

Other New Services Offered at the Swedish Cancer Institute in Edmonds

EDMONDS, Wash — Jan., 26, 2014 — Swedish Edmonds announced today that it now offers genetic counseling and testing for Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) patients. Genetic counseling can help determine which genetic tests are appropriate for patients and families with inherited cancers including breast, ovarian and colon cancers.

“Genetic counseling and testing can significantly influence a patient’s cancer treatment plan,” said Robert Resta, MS, board-certified genetic counselor at SCI. “Counseling can also indicate appropriate screening tests and medical procedures for relatives who may be at increased risk of developing cancer.”

Medical Mission in Ethiopia: Week 10

January 25, 2015
January 25, 2015

I am a bit behind in my blog.  Life has all of a sudden become rather busy.  In the span of a couple weeks we experienced Ethiopian Christmas, a funeral for a beloved surgery professor and the three day festival of Timkat or Epiphany.  This alone would have kept us busy, but the hospital has had a flurry of events as well.  The fourth year medical students have started their clinical rotations in obstetrics/gynecology, the chief of the department took a one month personal leave, the most senior obstetrician started his six month sabbatical (they are given six month sabbaticals every 7 years), and the third attending went to Kenya for a week-long colposcopy course. That would have left me as the only attending obstetrician gynecologist physician in the hospital.  Fortunately, a new attending started this week.  This tidbit of information was shared with me the day before he started. This new Dr Yeshiwas is a very kind person.  He is one year ou...

Getting help when you don't know what to do about your symptoms

January 23, 2015

When you’re not feeling well, sometimes it’s hard to know where to turn. As the Nurse Navigator with Swedish Digestive Health Network, I get these calls every day.  Below are a few tips to help you advocate for yourself if you are not feeling well. (Remember to first and foremost get established with a primary care doctor before you become ill!)

1. If you’re not feeling well:

Fall Prevention Program for Multiple Sclerosis

January 22, 2015

Falls happen.  Fall incidence can increase with disability.  Falls in multiple sclerosis (MS) are common and often occur due to motor weakness, imbalance, gait impairment, and not using the adaptive equipment (cane, walker, orthotic) designed to help one ambulate more effectively and safely.

Falls can result in injury. This injury might only be an embarrassment to one’s pride; however, at other times, falls can contribute to more serious problems such as a fractured hip, a head injury, and in the worst case scenario, death.  It is therefore important that we take a proactive approach to fall prevention.

The International Multiple Sclerosis Falls Prevention Research Network has examined the roles of various fall prevention rehabilitation programs to learn which might be the most effective in reducing fall risk and falls (click here to read the research).  A critical e...

Different treatment options for acid reflux

January 21, 2015

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the most common disorder of the upper gastrointestinal track, affecting nearly 40% of the American population. Antisecretory medications such as omeprazole are the mainstay of treatment, but 40% of patients have incomplete control of symptoms. While surgical repair (fundoplication) is highly effective, only 1% of patients have an operation, leaving a large group of individuals incompletely treated.

The Stretta procedure is another option to treat GERD.

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