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Friday, May 27, 2022
Saturday, April 30, 2022
Monday, April 25, 2022
by Lauren Galush, Dietetic Intern St. Luke Community Healthcare
Loss of Appetite (anorexia):
- Focus on foods that are high in protein and calories. Even if you are only able to eat a few bites, this will ensure you get more “bang for your buck.”
- Sneak protein and calorie sources in where you can. This may look like adding protein powder to oatmeal or having full-fat dairy products
- Eat protein portions of your meal first to ensure you’re getting enough protein
- Eat foods that smell good to you
- Eat smaller, more frequent meals during the day, such as three small meals and three snacks.
- If solid foods don’t sound appetizing, drink milkshakes, smoothies, or nutrition drinks/shakes
- Have your favorite foods on hand so they are ready to eat when you’re hungry
- Be active if you’re able. Even a 15-minute walk can stimulate your appetite
Nausea or Vomiting:
- Eat foods that sound good to you- don’t force yourself to eat foods that make you feel sick
- Avoid eating your favorite foods when you feel sick, so you don’t associate them with sickness
- Eat foods that are soft, bland, and easy on your stomach (ex: white toast, plain yogurt, broth)
- Avoid food or drinks with strong smells
- Eat five to six small meals in a day rather than three large meals
- Sit upright for an hour after eating
- Wear clothes that are loose and comfortable
- Eat foods that are easy to swallow. Moisten them with sauces, gravies, or salad dressings if you need.
- Have foods/drinks that are very sweet or tart (ex: lemonade)- this will help make more saliva
- Chew gum or suck on hard candy, ice chips, or popsicles
- Avoid foods that hurt your mouth, such as spicy, sour, salty, hard, or crunchy foods.
- Eat softer foods, such as milkshakes, pudding, or scrambled eggs
- Suck on ice chips or popsicles to numb your mouth
- Avoid foods that may irritate your mouth:
- Acidic foods- tomatoes, oranges, lemons, limes
- Spicy foods
- Salty foods
- Raw vegetables
- Sharp or crunchy foods
- Alcoholic beverages
- Try poultry, eggs, and cheese instead of red meat. Sometimes eating meat with something sweet can help
- Add spices and sauces to foods
- Use sugar-free lemon drops, gum drops, or mints if there is a metallic or bitter taste in your mouth
- Use plastic utensils instead of metal ones
Sunday, March 20, 2022
Cheerful Heart, Inc. has served cancer patients in Lake County since 2002. Those with questions or needs can call 883-3070. Check out the Cheerful Heart web site at www.cheerfulheart.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Mailing address for the organization is Cheerful Heart, P.O. Box 688, Polson, MT 59860.
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Findings shared at this year’s American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting bring hope of tackling cancer at earlier stages, with better treatments and at lower cost.
When it comes to health breakthroughs, Covid-19 vaccines have received the lion’s share of recent attention – and rightly so, as they are key to ending a global pandemic that has killed millions and disrupted the lives of almost everyone on the planet. But there have also been big advancements in the field of cancer treatments. The American Society of Clinical Oncology held its annual meeting earlier this month, giving drugmakers and researchers the chance to share their findings on the latest developments in cancer research and drug research. There was much to celebrate. Here are four particularly promising takeaways: . . . (Read article)
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Coy Theobalt and Charlie Davis, Cancer Support Group organizers, are currently out of town until May. Their plan is to restart the Support Group in June depending on case numbers remaining low and if participants are fully vaccinated.
Cheerful Touch was established in 2012 to help cancer patients with hair loss and skin problems. Renee, owner of Salon Envy in Polson, has worked hard to give back and help patients feel better with a hair cut and style, wig styling, skin care and new make up. Renee will help patients with head coverings of all kinds.
Massage therapists joined the program to offer massages either in their business or in-home. To take advantage of Cheerful Touch services, which are subsidized by Cheerful Heart, call 883-3070 with questions or to make an appointment.
Established in 2002, Cheerful Heart volunteers began assisting at the Polson clinic when it was located in the Grandview Clinic Building just west of the hospital. In 2005 the Oncology Clinic moved to the third floor of St. Joseph Medical Center. In 2009-2010 the space was remodeled and became the Otto G. Klein Memorial Cancer Center. The St. Luke Oncology Clinic was established in October 2017.
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Betty Bjork signed up to volunteer at the Polson Clinic on April 6. Betty has given her love and care to oncology patients for 19 years. Betty is a survivor and thriver of ovarian cancer first diagnosed in 1996. Betty’s husband, Marshall served on the Cheerful Heart Board of Directors for 17 years and as chair for many of those years. Marshall retired from the board in April 2019.
Monday, September 21, 2020
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center participates in a bi-weekly Incident Command Center meeting.
The Incident Command is composed of Physicians, Nurses and Administrative Leaders who refer to CDC and other medical data to set the guidelines and directives for our Providence facilities.
There is not a firm date known at this time as to when it will be safe for volunteers and visitors to return to our hospitals and clinics.
We are here to serve patients in the safest manner possible throughout this pandemic – and that can take many different forms.
Cancer patients are currently being seen and treatments administered.
We do need to limit volunteers and visitors so that we can maintain social distancing for our immunocompromised patients and the caregivers who serve them.
We really miss the Cheerful Heart Volunteers, but do not know right now when they will be able to return to our hospital to help us.
Thanks for doing your part in masking and continuing to support cancer patients through this difficult time.
Kristy Beck-Nelson, Montana Cancer Center
Times may be challenging, but St. Luke Community Healthcare continues to serve the Mission Valley and meet our patients healthcare needs. Our Oncology Infusion Center remains open with ample safety measures in place, meaning patients who need chemotherapy or other infusion treatments will not experience a disruption in care.
Those who need to see Dr. Goodman have the option of visiting with him via telehealth, which is a virtual appointment that allows patients to see their physician from the comfort of their own home, or from the Oncology Center in Ronan, avoiding out-of-town travel.
While St. Luke is currently limiting visitors to essential caregivers or one parent, chemotherapy patients are encouraged to contact the Center ahead of time, to make an appointment and inform our staff if you would like to bring a support person with you. We do request that patients and accompanying support persons bring a mask and wear it at all times when in the hospital.
If you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment, please call our Oncology team directly at (406) 528-5641. You can also learn more at: https://stlukehealthcare.org/oncology-infusion-center/
PhD, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer
St. Luke Community Healthcare
Colorectal Cancer Takes the Life of Far Too Many People and Black Men are Disproportionately Affected
A lump of scar tissue forms in the hole left after breast tissue is removed. If scar tissue forms around a stitch from surgery it's called a suture granuloma and can feel like a lump. Scar tissue and fluid retention can change the breast appearance making breast tissue appear a little firmer or rounder than before surgery and/or radiation. If scar tissue is causing stiffness, pressure or pain, ask your doctor if physical therapy could help. In some cases, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove scar tissue that is very painful or stiff.
Creams, ointments, or gels can help fade or lighten scars. These can be purchased over-the-counter or prescribed by a doctor. Some complementary and holistic medicine techniques have been shown to ease pain associated with scars, One Cheerful Heart volunteer, who has had breast surgery twice, uses the pulp of wheatgrass and keeps it on the skin by using press and seal. She says it works like magic, even on old scars. She picks up the wheatgrass pulp from a juicing bar and stores it in a baggie; or she grows the wheatgrass and juices it herself. She waits until the incision is healed, then presses the pulp onto the scar for a couple of months or until the scar disappears. She will watch television or read a couple of hours each night with the pulp on her skin. She suggests wearing an old T-shirt because of staining. Doctors are amazed at her results.
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Researchers from the American Cancer Society found that between 2016 and 2017, cancer deaths declined 2.2 percent, the largest single-year drop on record.
Nevertheless, experts predict 1.8 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and more than 606,000 Americans are expected to die from cancer, the American Cancer Society reported. And smoking continues to be the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.
These projections come as younger generations of Americans increasingly vape — and become sick from — e-cigarettes, a trend that has sparked a public outcry. Read more.
Sunday, December 29, 2019
|Board members from left: Leah Emerson, Valerie Lindstrom, Sarah Teaff, |
Rich Forbis, Jeanne Doepke, Barbara Morin, Teri Warford
- Targeted therapies act on specific molecular targets that are associated with cancer, whereas most standard chemotherapies act on all rapidly dividing normal and cancerous cells.
- Targeted therapies are deliberately chosen or designed to interact with their target, whereas many standard chemotherapies were identified because they kill cells.
- Targeted therapies often block tumor growth, whereas standard chemotherapy agents kill tumor cells.
History of Targeted Therapy
In the past two decades, the discovery of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes, and the completion of human genome sequencing fueled some major advances in the understanding of the molecular mechanisms leading to cancer. Subsequently, such newly emerging biological and genetic information rapidly prompted the introduction of a large number of new targeted cancer therapies.
Types of Targeted Therapies:
Monoclonal antibodies are too big to get into cells. Instead, they attack targets on the outside of cells or right around them. Sometimes they're used to launch chemo and radiation straight into tumors. They are usually administered through an IV in a vein in the arm at a hospital or clinic. Sometimes they are given as a shot.
Scientists have come up with many small molecule meds and monoclonal antibodies that make use of different targets to treat cancer in different ways. Varieties of therapies include: hormone therapies, signal transduction inhibitors, gene expression modulators, apoptosis (natural cell death) inducers, angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels feeding tumors) inhibitors and immunotherapies. Read more.
Latest targeted therapy news . . .
|Coy and Charlie|
Thursday, September 26, 2019
NDMA no longer has industrial uses—it was once added to rocket fuel—but it can form during industrial processes at tanneries and foundries as well as at pesticide, dye, and tire makers. It can be found in drinking water disinfected with chloramine. It’s in tobacco smoke, which is one reason secondhand smoke is dangerous, and it’s what makes eating a lot of cured and grilled meat potentially risky. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it’s reasonably safe to consume as much as one microgram—one millionth of a gram—of NDMA a day. read more
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
by Dr. Robin Hape, General Surgeon, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, Polson, MT
Editor’s note: I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in-situ in my right breast after a 3-D mammogram detected an early-stage cancer in February 2019. I was called back for a second screening. When I told the medical technician that I could not feel anything, she laughed and responded “it is like trying to feel a grain of sand in a bowl of jello.” Since February I’ve had a lumpectomy and the sentinel node removed plus five days of high-dose radiation. I was finished by June 5. I am totally SOLD on 3-D mammography. I asked Dr. Robin Hape, general surgeon at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson, who performed my lumpectomy, to talk about his experience with 3-D Mammography. Valerie Lindstrom
There are several advantages to Breast Tomosynthesis or more commonly referred to as 3-D Mammography. We have had this technology in Polson for a little over a year.
Earlier detection of breast cancer. It is not uncommon for us to find breast cancers very very early now. Several of the new breast cancer patients I have cared for in the last year have cancers in the range of 3 – 4 mm. That is much better than the old machine
Fewer call-backs. With the old technology it was not uncommon for women to be called back for additional views. Skin folds or dense breast tissue was harder to see through with the old machine resulting in call backs for compression views which were uncomfortable for women. Call backs are about 40 percent less with the Tomosynthesis machine. That reduces cost, pain and anxiety.
Works better for women with dense breast. Standard mammograms have trouble “seeing through” dense breast tissue. This is common in younger women and about 30 percent of all women. It is possible for a breast cancer to “hide” in these women and women with very dense breasts are also about 1.5X higher risk for developing breast cancer. Tomosynthesis does a much better job for younger women and women with dense breasts.
Radiation exposure. The radiation exposure, time for the exam and compression are about the same for Tomosynthesis as for a standard mammogram. The tomosynthesis machine has heated paddles so it is a little more comfortable. The amount of radiation from a mammogram is minimal.
Breast cancer screening recommendations for women
There is a lot of confusion about the standard breast cancer screening recommendations. Here are the recommendations made by almost every reputable medical society in America.
- Average risk women should get their first mammogram at age 40 and annually as long as they are healthy.
- If a women has a strong family history of breast cancer they should start getting mammograms 10 years before the age of their youngest relative’s diagnosis. For example, if a patient’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 45, the patient should start getting mammograms at age 35.
- Considering all risk factors a physician may recommend more aggressive screening such as mammograms twice per year or breast MRI’s.
The group meets at noon on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the First United Methodist Church located at 301 16th Ave. E. in Polson. Participants can bring a brown-bag lunch.
The group welcomes those recently diagnosed, those undergoing treatment, cancer survivors, and/or family members. The aim is to provide a safe place for members to share, learn, support, and encourage members after a cancer diagnosis; and, to conquer the fear in themselves and others.
Confidentiality is practiced, anything spoken in group stays with the group. Gatherings are informal allowing folks to drop-in when schedules and life permits.
Kristi Gough maintains a list of folks who have attended and sends a reminder text to cell phones before each gathering.
To be added to the reminder list or if you have questions, leave a message at 883-3070.
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Marshall Bjork (top left) and Chip Kurzenbaum (bottom left) have served on the Cheerful Heart Board of Directors for 17 years. Their dedication, hard work and support helped build and sustain Cheerful Heart, Inc. We say THANK YOU and good luck to Marshall and Chip as we welcome three new members.
Board of Directors is pictured
above. From front left: Barbara
Morin, Volunteer Coordinator
and Leah Emerson, new board
member. Back from left Valerie
Lindstrom, Jeanne Doepke and
Teri Warford, board chair.