Dr. Janette Gaw, Board Certified General Surgeon with The Colorectal Institute, was featured in the Fort Myers News-Press discussing colorectal cancer.
In the article below, she details 5 things people should know about colorectal cancer.
By Craig Handel
There is bad news and good news about colon cancer.
The bad? Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Almost 50,000 people die every year.
The good? Recovery from colon cancer is extremely high if caught early.
This disease often is referred to as colorectal cancer. It’s a term used for cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum. These cancers can also be referred to separately as colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where they start. Colon cancer and rectal cancer have many features in common.
Dr. Brian Lawenda, radiation oncologist with 21st Century Oncology, was featured in the Las-Vegas Review-Journal discussing Optune, a new device for brain tumors that helps extend lives.
New treatment helps extend survival for brain tumor patients
By Sandy Lopez
Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States.
With more than 100 types of cancer, glioblastoma is one of the more aggressive forms of brain cancer, which can shorten life spans anywhere from two weeks to two years.
To add months to a patient’s life, doctors are trying a new treatment called Optune.
“This is a game-changer in the field of management of glioblastoma,” said Dr. Brian Lawenda, board certified radiation oncologist at 21st Century Oncology. “A randomized-controlled trial was presented in 2013 at the Society for Neuro-Oncology, which showed that patients who received the Optune device, along with standard therapy such as chemotherapy, did better in terms of survival than patients who were only receiving standard therapies, proving that this technology is significantly better than standard treatment alone. We’re able to see survival expand two to six months.”
Dr. Constantine Mantz with 21st Century Oncology was featured in the Naples Daily News in a story about genetic testing for breast cancer patients. Continuously on the forefront of the latest cancer developments, the practice was a perfect fit for this story.
Genetic test can reveal need for chemotherapy in breast cancer patients
By Liz Freeman
Genetic tests can help women with tough decisions about early breast cancer treatment and chances of it returning with a vengeance.
St. Teresa Comprehensive Cancer Center in Stockton and Peter K. Sien, MD, Inc. in Modesto were recognized by the Central Valley Business Journal for their recent prestigious ACR accreditations.
To be ACR accredited, facilities undergo peer-review evaluations to determine if they meet the specific guidelines and technical standards developed by ACR. Read the story below.
By Craig Anderson
STOCKTON — Radiation cancer treatment is a hard road for cancer patients even when it leads to remission. However, one concern that’s been alleviated is whether quality treatment can be found in the Valley.
Two Central Valley cancer treatment facilities were recently awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology from the American College of Radiology (ACR). St. Teresa Comprehensive Cancer Center in Stockton was accredited in June. Dr. Peter K. Sien’s Modesto facility was accredited in March. Both are part of 21st Century Oncology.
To be accredited, facilities undergo peer-review evaluations to determine if they meet the specific guidelines and technical standards developed by ACR.
“Nearly 30 years ago radiologists wanted to ensure quality treatment was available no matter where a patient was located,” said ACR’s Director of Public Affairs Shawn Farley. “They’re a conscientious group, and their goal was to ensure excellent treatment across the nation. So, a national standard was established to ensure care would be the same in New York City and Modesto.”
The Radiation Oncology Practice Accreditation Program gives radiation oncologists third-party, impartial peer review and evaluation. Its findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Radiation Oncology Accreditation.
Medical professionals at 21st Century Oncology in Las Vegas helped a 17-year-old boy and his family during tough times dealing with brain cancer. Through Full Circle PR, the Las Vegas Review-Journal learned about their outstanding efforts to help this family. Read the story below.
By Michael Lyle
Las Vegas Review-Journal
At times, Marcia Duncan struggles to fight back tears inside 21st Century Oncology, where her son, 17-year-old Basil Dallas, receives radiation treatments for a tumor discovered this summer.
The past few months, Duncan has been without work and, until recently, the family was homeless while Dallas dealt with the unexpected diagnosis.
“I try not to cry because I don’t want to stress my kids out,” she says, referring to Dallas and his 15-year-old brother.
But right beside her isn’t just Dallas’ nurse but someone who has turned into a true support system for the family — office nurse Cynthia Robinson.
“We will figure it out,” Robinson says while she takes Duncan’s hand.
It was Robinson who rallied the doctors and staff to make sure the family had a place to stay while Dallas continued his treatments.
“Full Circle PR has been an asset for the communications and marketing department of our organization and never fails in contributing to other sectors as requested, such as training, sales, internal communications, and more – across our locations and integrated specialties. The creative team at Full Circle PR has become a seamlessly unified part of 21st Century Oncology’s marketing and growth efforts.”