Epic Care Nurse Practitioners Take the Plunge for The Women’s Cancer Resource Center!

Our Nurse Practitioners, Donna Saba, Stacey Teicher, Christine Eicher-Raymond and Sierra Velasquez have joined the Women’s Cancer Resource Center’s (WCRC) 19th Annual Swim A Mile for Women with Cancer fundraising event. They have each pledged to swim a mile to help make a difference in the lives of thousands of women and their loved ones.

Since 1986, WCRC has provided programs and a network of support and essential resources for women with cancer in the Bay Area free of charge. The annual Swim A Mile is WCRC’s major fundraising event, raising nearly one-third of their annual budget.

Please join us in helping out WCRC by going to the Epic NP Nightingales team website and making a donation  http://www.wcrc.org/swim/profiles/team/id/1383

All donations are 100% tax deductible, and make a world of difference.

The 19th annual Swim A Mile for Women with Cancer will be held on October 4th and 5th, 2014 at Mills College located at 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94613. The event will be held from 9 am to 3 pm.

For more information on the Swim A Mile event, visit www.wcrc.org/swim/

For additional information on WCRC, visit www.wcrc.org

In the News – Pink Ribbon California License Plates

Back in October 2012, we helped our patient, Heather Solari tell her story of how she battled breast cancer and about her dream of spreading breast cancer awareness one pink license plate at a time.

For the past two years Heather, who is part of the Survivor Sisters, a group of breast cancer survivors has worked towards the goal of bringing pink ribbon license plates to the state of California. So it is with great pleasure to able to announce that they have reached their goal. On September 17th Governor Brown signed the AB 49 Bill, which authorizes the creation of a Pink Ribbon breast cancer awareness specialty license plate.

Now that the bill has been signed, the California Department of Health Care Services will work with the Department of Motor Vehicles to develop the pink ribbon plate.  DMV must have at least 7,500 commitments to purchase the plate. The funds generated from the sales of the pink plate will go to the Every Woman Counts (EWC) program, which provides free clinical breast exams and mammograms to California’s women in need.

For more information on the pink ribbon plate and how to purchase yours visit the California Pink Plate Campaign website, https://pinkplate.org

To learn more about the Every Woman Counts (EWC) program click on the link below: http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/Cancer/ewc/Pages/default.aspx

Read more about this story and the AB 49 Bill by clicking on the link below: http://eastcountytoday.net/governor-brown-signs-pink-ribbon-plate-bill/

Epic Care Welcomes New Medical Oncologist

We are pleased to announce the addition of Wilson Tong, MD to our practice.

Dr. Tong is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona and fellowship at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Tong will be practicing out of our Antioch office.

Epic Care Welcomes New Medical Oncologist

We are pleased to announce the addition of Ramandeep K. Bambrah, MD to our practice.

Dr. Bambrah received her M.D. from Ross University School of Medicine. She completed her internship, residency and fellowship at The University of Florida, College of Medicine.

Dr. Bambrah will be practicing out of our Pleasant Hill office.

Epic Care Welcomes New Medical Oncologist

We are pleased to announce the addition of Michael Min Yan, MD to our practice.

Dr. Yan received his M.D. from Perking Union Medical College and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University for his research in molecular cancer genetics. He completed his residency at Albert Einstein University Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York City and fellowship at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Yan will be practicing out of our Oakland office.

Meet Our Inspirational Patient!

Mrs. Caroline Kenyon is 90 years old and currently being treated for esophageal cancer.

Mrs. Kenyon is originally from New York, New York and moved to the Bay Area last year to live with her brother.  When she began having issues with GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), her primary care physician sent her for testing, which led to her being diagnosed with esophageal cancer in June of 2013.

“Dr. Patel is a genius and Dr. Prasad is amazing.  When I started treatment last July, I really wanted it aggressively treated, and I definitely feel as though the doctors respect my wishes,” she says.

“The most important thing with this is a positive attitude – you need to be prepared to fight for it. A lot of people think they can just relax and let the doctors do all the work but you have to regard this process as teamwork. The doctors here will do everything in their power, but just as important is the patient’s participation and outlook.”

We thank Mrs. Kenyon for her kind words and for reminding us all about the importance of teamwork and keeping a positive outlook when fighting cancer.

Epic Care Welcomes New Medical Oncologist

We are pleased to announce the addition of Natalie A. Marshall, MD to our practice.

Dr. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas and completed her internship and residency at the University of New Mexico Hospital and VA Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and fellowship at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Dr. Marshall will be practicing out of our Oakland, Berkeley and Pleasant Hill offices.

Look Good…Feel Better Program – June 23rd

Date: Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Time: 10 AM to 12 PM

Location: Epic Care • 4721 Dallas Ranch Road • Antioch, CA 94531

Look Good…Feel Better is a free program that teaches beauty techniques to women in active cancer treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of treatment.

For more information or to register for this session please call the American Cancer Society 1-800-277-2345

Click here to visit the Look Good…Feel Better website

Additional Dublin Patient & Family Support Group Added

The Dublin Patient & Family Support Group will now meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of Every Month

Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30PM

Location: Epic Care • 6380 Clark Ave., • Dublin, CA 94568

Led by: Susan Bucker, LCSW Oncology Specialist

This group will empower you to take care of yourself. You come first! Bring your significant others or come alone if you’d like. Prepare to laugh…cry…make great connections…feel better by developing a plan!

Patients, families, caregivers, significant others are welcome! Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP by calling (925) 875-1677 by the 1st Friday of each month & let us know approximately how many people you will be bringing. Drop-ins are still welcome.

Bay Area Doctors Partner with National Group Fighting Deadly Esophageal Cancer to Take Steps to Save Lives, Apr. 11-12

Events in Diablo and Castro Valley to include educational seminar & 5K

WALNUT CREEK, CA – Six Bay Area medical practices will team with ECAN, the Esophageal Cancer Action Network, to raise awareness about one of the nation’s fastest increasing and deadliest cancer diagnoses.

One American dies of esophageal cancer every 36 minutes and diagnosis of the disease is up more than 400 percent in the past 20 years. The type of esophageal cancer increasing so rapidly in the United States is usually caused by reflux disease, often thought of as heartburn.

With this in mind, the following physicians groups have taken the lead in organizing the Taking Steps to Save Lives (www.takingstepstosavelives.org) weekend, occurring Friday, Apr. 11, and Saturday, Apr. 12:

▪ Epic Care – Partners in Cancer Cancer – Pleasant Hill,

▪ Bay Area Surgical Specialists, Inc. – Walnut Creek,

▪ Mt. Diablo Solano Oncology Group Medical Associates – Walnut Creek,

▪ Diablo Valley Oncology/Hematology Medical Group - Pleasant Hill,

John Muir Radiology and Oncology – Concord, and

▪ David T. Wong, PHD Medical Associates – San Ramon.

“Unfortunately, many are unaware about the direct association of GERD (reflux disease) in the development of esophageal cancer, and in a sense, many of these patients are victims of unawareness,” said Wilson Tsai, MD of Bay Area Surgical Specialists.

“As a thoracic oncologist, I take a personal responsibility in bringing this knowledge to the community that I serve,” he added. “I hope that in educating our patients and our physicians, we can prevent this devastating cancer in many patients that suffer from GERD.”

Occurring during Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, Taking Steps to Save Lives is designed to bring to light the critical link between GERD, Barrett’s Esophagus and esophageal cancer, and the urgent need to provide appropriate screening for those at risk.

“The work of these doctors to share our life-saving message is so important,” said ECAN President and CEO Mindy Mintz Mordecai, who founded the non-profit after losing her husband and the father of their two young daughters to the disease in 2008.

“It’s rare – and wonderful – to see doctors who have so little time outside of their practices get out front on public awareness; they’ve rolled up their sleeves and done the work to make this weekend possible,” she added. “We are thrilled!”

Friday Seminar

Taking Steps to Save Lives will kick off Friday night with an educational seminar, discussion and reception at the Diablo Country Club (1700 Clubhouse Rd., Diablo, Ca. 94528), from  6:30 to 9 p.m.

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The following distinguished physicians will participate in a panel discussion answering audience questions about warning signs, latest medical treatments, early detection options for esophageal cancer and what you need to stay healthy:

  • Dr. John Ganey – Epic Care – Partners in Cancer Care
  • Dr. Wilson Tsai – Bay Area Surgical Specialists, Inc.
  • Dr. Lesley Martin – Mount Diablo Solano Oncology Group Medical Associates
  • Dr. David Wong, PhD
  • Dr. Daniel Chinn -John Muir Cancer Institute Radiation Oncology
  • Dr. Jewel Johl- Diablo Valley Oncology/Hematology Medical Group

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required by Apr. 4. To register, visit www.takingstepsfriday.org.

Saturday 5K
Tauscher also will kick off festivities Saturday morning with words of inspiration to participants who are Taking Steps to Save Lives during the 5K Esophageal Cancer Awareness Run/Walk. The event runs from

8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Lake Chabot Park Regional Park (17600 Lake Chabot Rd., Castro Valley, Ca. 94546).

The 5K running race starts at 9 a.m., followed by the 5K walk at 9:15. Top runners in various race classes will win prizes.

Throughout the event, participants can interact with healthcare providers, enjoy healthy snacks and beverages, and witness balloon sculpting by Sharon Palermo. A $35 entry fee includes Tech T-shirt and Race Bag. To register, visit www.takingstepstosavelives.org.

About ECAN

ECAN’s mission is to save lives by increasing awareness about the link between heartburn and cancer, promoting early detection and supporting medical innovation to prevent, detect, treat and cure Esophageal Cancer. The Baltimore-based national non-profit organization is led by a board of directors of top physicians, business leaders and families that have been touched by esophageal cancer.

Through ECAN’s efforts, April has been formally designated as Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month across the United States. ECAN also published an innovative Guide for Patients with input from leading doctors across the nation (available as a free download), and it successfully advocated with the National Cancer Institute to include Esophageal Cancer in its groundbreaking genome mapping project known as The Cancer Genome Atlas. For more information, visit www.ecan.org.