Weekly Cancer Support Group
We invite cancer patients, families, and caregivers a place to gather for comfort, sharing and learning from each other. Facilitated by Mindy Naylor, MSW
Date: Every Tuesday, Starting Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Epic Care • 4721 Dallas Ranch Road • Antioch, CA 94531 (Please enter through the Health & Healing Center entrance located to the left of the main entrance.
For more information, please call
(925) 956-8149 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the News- Dr. Gautam Prasad Talks to KTVU on California’s recently passed Breast Density Law.
Gautam Prasad, M.D., PhD was interviewed on California’s recently passed Breast Density Law by KTVU Mornings on 2. This new piece of legislation requires that women with dense breasts be notified of other imaging tests besides a mammogram.
To see the interview click on the link below
Volunteer today for a cancer-free tomorrow. CANCER PREVENTION STUDY-3 – April 24th, 2013
Date: Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
Time: 4 pm – 8 pm
Location: 4721 Dallas Ranch Road • Antioch, CA 94531
To register for an appointment, visit: www.cps3contracosta.org
What if you could prevent even one family from hearing the words “you have cancer”?
What if you could help save lives from cancer and give people more of their most precious resource: time? More time with family and friends, to help create a world with more memories, more celebrations … and more birthdays.
This year, you can join the movement to help create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by enrolling in the American Cancer Society’s research study called Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).
Join the movement for less cancer and more birthdays. Volunteer for CPS-3.
Who can join the study?
The study is open to anyone in the United States and Puerto Rico who is willing to commit to the study long-term which means completing periodic follow up surveys at home for the next 20-30 years, is between 30 and 65 years old, and has never been diagnosed with cancer (not including basal or squamous cell skin cancer)
How can you participate?
The enrollment process involves two steps. One step takes place at a local enrollment event, where you will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form, complete a brief written survey, provide a waist circumference measurement and a small blood sample (similar to a doctor’s visit – 7 teaspoons total). The blood sample will be taken by a certified, trained phlebotomist. THERE IS NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STUDY
The other step takes place at home, where you will complete a more detailed survey. This survey will ask information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to your health.
Periodically, you will receive a survey at home to update that information.
Lunch With The Doctor- Understanding Chemotherapy and Side Effects with Dr. Shoba Kankipati
Date: Monday, April 22nd, 2013
Time: 12 noon to 1 pm
Location: Epic Care • 400 Taylor Boulevard, 3rd floor conference room• Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
The Event is Free and Open to the Public
Guests attending this lunch must RSVP by calling (925) 240-3277 no later than Thursday, April 18th
Chemotherapy is one of the most effective treatments for a diagnosis of cancer. As with most drugs, it does have side effects. Dr. Shoba Kankipati will explain how patients can better manage the side effects of chemotherapy so they can still achieve a certain quality of life while undergoing treatment.
Lunch With The Doctor – Nutrition & Cancer Care with Dr. Nicola Ally- March 18th
Date: Monday, March 18th, 2013
Time: 12 noon to 1 pm
Location: Epic Care • 400 Taylor Boulevard 3rd floor conference room• Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
The Event is Free and Open to the Public
Guests attending this lunch must RSVP by calling (925) 240-3277 no later than Thursday, March 14th
Nutrition is a vital part of human health. Improving nutrition can reduce the risk of developing cancer and can promote better healing with surgical, chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer. Dr. Ally will provide insight into the basics of nutrition and how optimizing nutrition can improve the ability of a patient to tolerate cancer therapy and have a better outcome with treatment.
Cancer Prevention Study-3 Kick Off Event- Feb 26th
CANCER PREVENTION STUDY-3
Research today for a cancer-free tomorrow.
YOU ARE INVITED
Have you been impacted by cancer, whether it be yourself or a loved one?
Are you passionate about helping to discover better ways to prevent, treat, and hopefully cure cancer?
The American Cancer Society’s Contra Costa office is currently recruiting volunteers who are willing to serve as a Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) Community Champion.
Whether you are a Survivor, Caregiver to a cancer patient, or are interested in honoring a friend or loved one who has battled cancer, you are invited to serve as a CPS-3 Champion. As a volunteer champion, you will be making a difference by supporting this once-in-a-generation, historic research study.
Please join us for a kick off event!
Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 2013
Epic Care – Partners in Cancer Care • 4721 Dallas Ranch Rd • Antioch, CA 94531
Registration will begin at 12 pm. The one hour program will begin at 12:30 pm. At this event, you will be presented with all the information you need to help educate the community about CPS-3.
RSVP by Monday, Feb. 25th at 925.927.5010 or Stellie.Kim@cancer.org.
For information about CPS-3, visit www.cancer.org/cps3 or call toll free, 1.888.604.5888.
Or to register for an appointment to take part in the Cancer Prevention Study-3, visit: www.cps3contracosta.org
CPS-3 Host Organizations:
Wed., 4/24, 4pm – 8pm, at Epic Care – Partners in Cancer Care at 4721 Dallas Ranch Rd. Large Conference Room Antioch, CA. 94531
Sat., 4/27, 9am – 1pm at Davis Chapel/St. Peter CME at 5324 Cypress Ave. Fellowship Hall, El Cerrito, CA. 94530
Thurs., 5/2, 12pm-4pm at ValleyCare Health Systems at 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd. 2nd floor, Conference Room 2 (next to library), Pleasanton, CA. 94588
Sat., 5/4, 9am -1pm at 24Hr HomeCare at 1399 Ygnacio Valley Rd. Suite 35. Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
This World Cancer Day, Epic Care Recognizes the Importance of Good Health
Kicking off February as National Cancer Prevention Month, World Cancer Day is observed on Feb. 4, 2013 as a global effort to raise awareness and dispel common myths about cancer. The World Health Organization estimates that eight million of the 84 million expected global cancer deaths in the next decade will be due to avoidable causes. The organization has designed a cancer control plan that will seek to reduce chronic disease death rates by two percent a year up to 2015, and will target the main causes of cancer in low to middle-income countries, where more than 70 percent of cancer deaths occur.
The plan includes programs for prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment. In observance, the physicians of Epic Care, Partners in Cancer Care share cancer prevention tips that can also help avoid other chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease.
Among the most important modifiable risk factors for cancer are:
- Eliminate tobacco use
- Limit alcohol use to one/day for women and two/day for men
- Increase fruit and vegetable intake to 8-10 servings/day
- Exercise 3-6 hours/week by walking at least 3 miles per hour, or equivalent in other sport
- Reduce to, or maintain, optimal body weight
- Limit sun exposure and medical X-rays as much as possible
- Avoid asbestos
- Practice safe sex always to prevent HPV, HIV, and hepatitis viral infections
In addition, the World Health Organization estimates that one third of cancers worldwide are potentially preventable through screening (e.g. mammograms, Pap smears, colonoscopy) and vaccines.
Epic Care, Partners in Cancer Care supports the universal theme that early detection and proper cancer treatment are key to helping world citizens diagnosed with cancer.
“A diagnosis of cancer does not necessarily mean a death sentence for any patient in 2013. Today’s advances in treatments allow many diagnosed with cancer to receive effective treatments and to be cured or better manage the disease,” says Michael Forrest, M.D., Board Certified Radiation Oncologist at Epic Care.
The variety and effectiveness of available therapies have significantly improved. Epic Care’s team of Medical Oncologists, Hematologists, and Radiation Oncologists are on the forefront of treating cancer, offering the most advanced and up-to-date care in chemotherapy and radiation therapy. We believe in a multi-disciplinary partnership approach, by assembling the best specialists available.
Epic Care promotes efforts to ensure every citizen has equal access to cancer screenings and vaccines and believes that anyone diagnosed with cancer should have access to the latest treatment advances.
“Cancer touches just about everyone’s life at some point. It is important to encourage ourselves, family members, and friends in the fight against cancer,” says Dr. Forrest. “Cancer Prevention observances can be a great reminder of important lifestyle changes we can all make for a healthier future.”
For more information on World Cancer Day, visit www.worldcancerday.org or www.who.int/mediacentre/events/annual/world_cancer_day/en/index.html.
Look Good…Feel Better Program – February 25th
Date: Monday, February 25th, 2013
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
Lunch With The Doctor – Understanding Your Pathology with Dr. Kasra Karamlou- February 1st
Date: Friday, February 1st, 2013
Time: 12 noon to 1 PM
Location: Epic Care • 400 Taylor Boulevard 3rd floor conference room • Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
The Event is Free and Open to the Public
Guests attending this lunch must RSVP by calling (925) 240-3277 no later than Wednesday, January 30
The entire East Bay Area Community is invited to“Decoding Complex Health Terms: Understanding Your Pathology”courtesy of Epic Care, Partners in Cancer Care
Cancer diagnosis starts with a pathology report. The medical language in this report can be difficult to understand and overwhelming to many patients and their loved ones. Dr. Kasra Karamlou will provide insights to patients, their caregivers, friends and family to help them better understand the cancer pathology.
We Wish You & Your Family a Beautiful Holiday Season & a Happy New Year!