When a cancer diagnosis is handed down, many people assume that the patient will be undergoing chemotherapy treatment. The fact is, chemotherapy is just one tool in a whole arsenal that physician Dr. Jorge Perez MD, PhD, MRCP, MRCPath, and his team at Sierra Nevada Cancer Center have for treating cancer.
Depending on the type of cancer, chemotherapy is one of the many treatments available for...
John Douglas finds comfort and healing at Sierra Nevada Cancer Center
During a routine annual physical exam in 2007, law enforcement veteran John Douglas was told that he had a spot on his lung. After following up with a pulmonary specialist and getting his biopsy results back, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. “That is not something you’re prepared for,” said John, a non-smoker. “The days from...
Contrary to some media accounts, Jimmy Carter was not “cured” of his cancer by a new wonder drug. The former president’s metastatic melanoma, diagnosed in the summer of 2015, is in remission after a multi-treatment approach. The medical community does not consider him “cured” and believes use of the word regarding his status is misleading.
Dr. Jorge Perez of Sierra Nevada Cancer Center points...
Robert Leedom liked Dr. Perez from the very first time they met in 2007—even though it was the very same meeting that Dr. Perez gave him a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. “We first met about a month after my colon resection surgery. He was very positive and also straightforward, which I love,” the 63 year old recalled. “He had the caliber of education and experience I was looking for, so I had complete...
“I have good news and bad news,” recalls Bob McMillan of the words a Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center doctor told him when he visited for a pain in his abdomen.
The pain had only begun a few weeks prior for the 87-year-old man, oscillating from one side of his abdomen to the other until eventually, the entire area hurt. McMillan believed he had a hernia.
“You don’t have a hernia,” the doctor...
Recent studies show definitive link between meat consumption and cancer risk.
Let's face it, most of us know bacon is not the healthiest food. The same goes for jerky or bologna, for that matter. But to date, most reports link meat consumption and health risk have been softened with some element of doubt and recommendations to “consume in moderation.”
What has changed in recent months is the...
Spending time in the waiting room at Sierra Nevada Cancer Center is a bit rare. For Elaine Martin, a patient who’s now in remission from her bout with lymphoma, it was also fate. Had she not been in the waiting room prior to her maintenance regimen, she never would have known that the photo she submitted to the Lilly Oncology On Canvas art gallery in 2014 was accepted and published.
Chemotherapy is the most effective tool we have in stopping, slowing and curing cancer, but it's no walk in the park for those who receive it. The good news is, after more than 60 years of use, we've learned to better manage chemotherapy's side effects. The following tips were collected from the insight and experience of the tens of thousands of cancer patients who have been through it and seen...
Immunotherapy's evolving role in cancer treatment
What is immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy is treatment that uses parts of a person's immune system to fight diseases such as cancer. Also called biologic therapy or biotherapy, this form of cancer treatment works by stimulating a person's own immune system to work harder or smarter to attack cancer cells or by supplementing the immune system with man-...
The St. Teresa of Avila community in Carson City provided Sierra Nevada Cancer Center patients with a gift of handmade blankets. The youth group at the church made the blankets and the group's director, Joe Koreski, delivered the colorful, warm, loved-filled fleece gifts.