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Dr. Brian Lawenda and Male Breast Cancer Patient Discuss Treatment on KLAS-TV

Male breast cancer is an uncommon disease, but men deserve the same heightened awareness that women receive during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In the video below, Dr. Brian Lawenda and his patient discuss the challenges and treatment options for male breast cancer with 8 News Now reporter Paula Francis.

 

 

Dr. Brian Lawenda Discusses Diet, Exercise with The Las Vegas Review-Journal

Dr. Brian Lawenda, board certified radiation oncologist and integrative oncologist, discusses the importance of exercising and eating healthy while undergoing cancer treatment.

Diet, exercise can increase odds of beating cancer

It may seem to be cliche, but that apple does apparently keep the doctor away, particularly if you are eating that apple while taking a brisk walk.

Diet and exercise before and after a cancer diagnosis can significantly increase your odds of beating the disease, said Michael Anderson, a board-certified radiologist with Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada.

“Diet and exercise is a very important part to cancer treatment for a lot of reasons,” he said. “You can recover faster from the side effects of radiation for one, and some recent studies have linked cancer to obesity and poor diet as a reason for the recurrence rate of breast cancer.”

Being in good physical and mental shape is better for a patient’s overall well-being and their ability to handle treatments.

“We feel it will be better to tolerate the treatment if they exercise,” he said. “A lot of women who do yoga will do better with radiation both physically and mentally than those who do something else, such as aerobics or nothing at all.”

The U.S. National Cancer Institute, American Institute of Cancer Research and the American Cancer Society each recommend that cancer patients and survivors get a good amount of exercise while maintaining a healthy diet of natural, not processed, foods.

“Exercise helps cope with stress, fatigue and numerous other side effects and symptoms commonly experienced by our patients during and after cancer treatment,” said Brian Lawenda, a radiation oncologist with 21st Century Oncology.

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Dr. Constantine Mantz Featured in the News-Press

Dr. Constantine Mantz, board certified radiation oncologist and chief medical officer with 21st Century Oncology, was featured in the Fort Myers News-Press discussing how patients on tamoxifen can stay comfortable dealing with the heat.

In the story below, he explains ways to cope.

Helping breast cancer patients cope

By: Theresa George

For women who have undergone breast cancer treatment coping with the Florida heat can be a challenge.

According to Dr. Constantine Mantz, a radiation oncologist for 21st Century Oncology, this can be due to the medication Tamoxifen that blocks estrogen from binding to breast cancer cells and stops the growth of breast tumors.

“Tamoxifen is prescribed for women with breast cancers that have been tested positive for sensitivity to estrogen and is used to help prevent recurrence for curative cases and to slow down progression of breast cancer that has already spread,” Mantz said.

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Dr. Janette Gaw, Colorectal Surgeon, Featured in the News-Press

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.

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Dr. Brian Lawenda Featured in the Las Vegas-Review Journal for New Brain Tumor Treatment

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

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.”

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21st Century Oncology Featured in the Naples Daily News for Genetic Testing

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.

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Dr. David Rock with Regional Breast Care Featured in the News-Press

Dr. David Rock, Board Certified General Surgeon with Regional Breast Care, was featured in the Fort Myers News-Press during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In the article below, he details 5 things women should know about breast cancer.

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Cancer Treatment Centers in Central California Recognized By The Central Valley Business Journal

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.

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