Sharing the Warmth

Epic Care is honored to be the recipient of one young girl’s goal to warm the hearts of those fighting cancer.

Mackenzie, daughter of our patient James Martin turned a school project on Lymphoma into a blanket drive. The drive collected over 50 blankets, which she donated to our Dublin Care Center. Attached to each blanket she included a handwritten tag with words of encouragement. We plan to give out the blankets to our patients who are just starting treatment.

From all of us at Epic Care we send a BIG THANK YOU to Mackenzie, for sharing the warmth with our patients. Such a beautiful and inspiring gift to give!

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.