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Woman’s Remembers Katrina 10 Years Later

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Aug 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

Picture9Ten years ago today, residents of south Louisiana were boarding up their homes, stocking up on hurricane supplies and facing horrendous traffic along the interstates as Hurricane Katrina took aim.

Many people prepared for the worst, but no one could have expected what happened. As flood waters raced through the streets of New Orleans, those who couldn’t evacuate – many of whom were pregnant women or newborns requiring intensive care – were in danger and needed help.

Before and After Katrina

Posted by: Connie McLeod on Aug 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

As south Louisiana remembers the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Woman’s Hospital and its employees reflect on what they went through to help care for hundreds of evacuated women and babies from New Orleans area hospitals. This is one employee’s story.

Before and after Katrina is how we mark time down here in south Louisiana. There’s been other storms since then, but 10 years later, if someone talks about THE storm, you know they’re talking about Katrina. It’s the event that changed our lives forever. What makes my story somewhat unique is that it was during this dark, stormy time that I experienced the best of humankind.evac

 

As the storm approached the bigger event in my life was that my husband had moved out the week before. I would be weathering the storm without him with my then 15-year-old daughter. I don’t remember being worried; I’d been through hurricanes before and knew the drill. Baton Rouge is far enough inland that it’s where people evacuate. The next morning the storm had barely impacted us and I went back to work.

Dear Diary

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Aug 25, 2015 in Emotions, Support

The following post is written by Robin Maggio, oncology social worker with Woman’s Hospital.journal

Ever had a journal or diary that you would put down our day’s thoughts when you were younger? Or maybe you still have one?

For people going through cancer treatments, a journal can be a great way to cope with the stress and anxiety associated with the disease. It is a way to get thoughts and feelings ruminating in your brain out of your head and on to paper.

There is no right or wrong way to keeping a journal. Some people are very structured with it, writing on a regular basis and going back to look at it to see how they went through the process. Others may be more sporadic, writing whenever they feel like it without keeping a set schedule.

Breast Reconstruction vs. Breast Augmentation

Posted by: Dr. Andrew Freel on Aug 13, 2015 in Surgery

A cosmetic surgeon can perform both breast augmentation and breast reconstructive surgery, but aside from both procedures involving the breast, they are two completely different surgeries in both their operation and goals.

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures. Women undergo enlargement surgery to improve the appearance of their figures, and they have numerous implant choices available to help them customize the results to their body types and cosmetic desires. Implants come in various sizes, shapes and profiles.

Battling Dry Mouth During Cancer Treatment

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Aug 12, 2015 in Nutrition, Treatment

Patients undergoing cancer treatment such as chemotherapy and radiation commonly incur dry mouth symptoms. Dry mouth occurs when you have less saliva than you used to. This can make it harder to talk, chew and swallow food. Dry mouth can also change the way food tastes.

This condition occurs in cancer treatment patients because chemotherapy and radiation therapy to the head or neck area can damage the glands that make saliva. Biological therapy and some medicines can also cause dry mouth.

ASK THE DOCTOR: Breast Cancer and Family History

Posted by: Dr. Michael Hailey on Aug 10, 2015 in Surgery

Breast Cancer Specialists often hear numerous misconceptions from their patients. I will attempt to address the most often heard “myths” that I hear – some on a daily basis.

I can’t get breast cancer because I do NOT have a family history.

The association between having a family history and a person’s future risk is well documented in the medical literature. Family history (from a number of family members affected, their ages at diagnosis and the degree of separation from the patient) IS important. But family history is not everything. We still diagnosis large numbers of women with breast cancer that have NO family history. In fact, up to 80-85 percent of women diagnosed have no known family history.

Cancer Q&A: When Should a Cancer Patient Take Part in a Clinical Trial?

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jul 29, 2015 in Support, Treatment

The following information is provided by the Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge and was published by The Advocate.

Ultimately, only the individual can decide whether or not to take part in a clinical trial. That said, there are many reasons why cancer patients do decide to take part in clinical trials. For some, they feel that they have exhausted their options with standard treatments, or that there are not a lot of options available for them.

From apples to flaxseeds, certain foods work to fight cancer

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jul 23, 2015 in Nutrition

An apple a day — plus some spinach, a handful of nuts and a helping of flaxseed — may help keep cancer away.

Many foods already associated with a healthy diet could help prevent some types of cancer, says Brooke Schoonenberg, a Woman’s Hospital dietitian who teaches a class called “Cancer Fighting Foods.”

“These foods, of course they have anti-cancer benefits,” Schoonenberg says, “but they’re also heart healthy and they are great for weight management and preventing diabetes. You can’t go wrong with fruits and vegetables.”

Cancer Q&A: Why Do I Have So Many Different Doctors to Treat My Cancer?

The following information is provided by the Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge and was published by The Advocate.

It’s true that the sheer number of people on a cancer patient’s healthcare team can be overwhelming at times. However, they all play an important role.

What to Expect During a Mammogram

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jul 20, 2015 in Diagnosis

No matter how painless or quick it is, a cancer screening test is an uneasy experience. Mammograms are no different.

If you’re a woman going in for your first mammogram or if you just have questions about what a mammogram is like, check out the following video from Woman’s radiologist Dr. Marcia Gremillion.

Dr. Gremillion tells us that mammograms are quick, relatively painless procedures that are nothing to be afraid of and can help save women’s lives. Call Woman’s for more information about breast imaging and schedule your annual mammogram today.

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