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.
21st Century Oncology helps local valley mother schedule and receive radiation therapy after her chemotherapy. The Las Vegas Review-Journal shared her story of how cancer actually saved her life.
Caught in time: Breast cancer diagnosis disguised blessing for valley mom
By JAN HOGAN
Cancer survivor and Henderson resident Cynthia Enerson is shown at Sunridge Park, 1010 Sandy Ridge Ave. in Henderson, May 29, 2015. Cancer survivor Cynthia Enerson, left, is shown with her daughter Noelle at Sunridge Park in Henderson May 29. Enerson was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer, which prompted a PET scan that found she actually had Stage 4 cancer in her colon and ovary. She underwent radiation treatment with Dr. Brian Lawenda, a Harvard-trained doctor who integrates other disciplines, such as acupuncture and dietary changes, treating the whole body and not just the disease.
National Cancer Survivors day reminds us of the hope that patients need to hold onto when they are undergoing treatments. 21st Century Oncology’s Dr. Ravi Sandrapaty and his lung cancer patient were featured in the Ocala Star Banner – providing the necessary care to allow patients to keep pushing forward, believing they will survive.
National Cancer Survivors Day a reminder of hope
By Fred Hiers
Dr. Ravi Sandrapaty discusses the latest treatments and trends in cancer treatment in his Ocala, Florida office.
Rachel Oullette showed no symptoms of lung cancer. No coughing, no blood-laced phlegm, no fatigue, no weight loss. Even when her nurse practitioner ordered an X-ray of Oullette’s lungs, finding cancer was not a possibility that the Ocklawaha woman, now 80, considered.
Tampa Bay ENT hosted a hearing and speech event that was picked up by the Tampa Tribune and featured in the online feed.
Hearing, speech event hosted by Tampa Bay ENT
BY BARBARA ROUTEN
May was Better Hearing and Speech Month, and so the folks at Tampa Bay ENT took the opportunity to educate the community about vocal and hearing problems, options for evaluating them and resources for solutions.
They tested 40 people May 16 at the practice’s second annual voice and hearing screening event at their Brandon office.
“It went very well. We had a full house. We took pictures of people’s vocal cords, measured their voices and tested their hearing,” said Dr. Daniel Vincent, otolaryngologist. “Many voice and hearing problems can be addressed if they are managed early.”
For good hearing health, people should be tested to know their baseline and always wear hearing protection when heading somewhere noisy — a concert, gun range, job or woodshop. Inexpensive foam earplugs can help with things like concerts and car races, reducing noise substantially by 30 to 40 decibels. Specialized hearing protection is available for occupational hazards and power tools.
For more on Tampa Bay ENT and the event, click here.
21st Century Oncology is known for their exceptional cancer care. Featured in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, they helped a mother and daughter create a dynamic duo as they both survived cancer.
History of cancer draws mother, daughter closer
By MICHAEL LYLE
Mother and daughter breast cancer survivors Ann Marie Brokl, 52, left, and Laura Lee DeFelix, 73, sit together for a photo after talking about their cancer stories, remission and Mother’s Day, Thursday, April 30, 2015, in North Las Vegas. Both women are carriers of the BRCA gene linked to breast cancer.
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