Posts Tagged ‘blood disorders’

New Provider Joins St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

7/20/12

St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is pleased to announce a new addition to its team. Gregory S. Emmons, DO will join hematologists and oncologists Mahesh Pandey, MD and Yelena Patsiornik, MD. Dr. Emmons earned his medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine. He completed residency in Internal Medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland and a dual fellowship in hematology and oncology at Baystate Medical Center, the western campus of Tufts University School of Medicine located in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Dr. Emmons, a native of Richmond, Maine, has recently returned to the area with his wife and young son. His experience and knowledge will advance the quality cancer care in the community.

To learn more about St. Mary’s center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, please visit us on the web or call (207) 777-4420.

St. Mary’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders is Proud to be the Relay for Life Survivorship Sponsor

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Our Focus is on Living

HOPE

Up-to-date information to improve your quality of life.

CARE

First rate, accredited team including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionist, pastoral care providers, and exercise physiologists caring for people living with cancer.

SUPPORT

Informing and educating our patients on treatment and into survivorship through the help of the Oncology Nurse Navigator, Oncology Social Worker, Nutritional Consults and many other supportive programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun: How much is too much” presentation by Dr. Mahesh Pandey of St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Many thanks to go out to the large crowd of participants who attended the “Sun: How much is too much” presentation by Dr. Mahesh Pandey of St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Community members enjoyed learning how different types of skin cancers are caused, and the preventative measures available to decrease their risk. Everyone also had the opportunity to have a free sun damage screening – the line was almost out the door!

May is skin cancer awareness month

Friday, April 27th, 2012

As summer approaches there are several reminders to protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen, shade, hats, and long sleeves. What does not get mentioned as often is indoor tanning.

Indoor tanning has become very popular among young adult women and teenage girls. Many teens and their parents think getting a tan indoors is safer than tanning in the sun. But the truth is that tanning booths, lamps, or sunbeds emit ultraviolet (UV) radiation, just as the sun does. And any exposure to UV radiation can raise your risk of skin cancer.

UV radiation also causes premature wrinkles, freckles, leathery texture, and loss of elasticity.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and this year alone there will be more then 2 million people diagnosed with squamous cell and basal cell cancers and 70,230 cases of melanoma.

The St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders will be promoting skin cancer awareness on May 23, by wearing hats and sunglasses to work.

Radon and Lung Cancer: Get the Facts

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2/03/12

You think you’ve done all the right things to prevent lung cancer: you don’t smoke, you eat well, and you exercise regularly, but have you ever checked your home for radon? Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that the EPA estimates is responsible for 20,000 cases of lung cancer in the US each year. In fact, radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer overall and the leading cause of lung cancer among individuals whom have never smoked. Find out more about this household danger and how to protect yourself and your family during a presentation by Dr. Yelena Patsiornik, a hematologist and oncologist at St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Dr. Patsiornik will also discuss how to get your home tested. The presentation will be held Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 5:30PM at the Lepage Large Conference Room at 99 Campus Avenue in Lewiston. Registration is required. If you’re interested in attending, please call 777-8458

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Grillin’ for Good: A Benefit for St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Uncle Andy’s Digest is hosting a benefit BBQ for St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders!

When: Saturday, August 27, 2011
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Club Texas, 150 Center St. in Auburn.
Cost: $10 – 100% of proceeds to benefit patients at St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Your $10 admission includes:

BBQ
Live entertainment
50/50
Prizes and giveaways
Free sun damage screening
Mechanical bull
and more……

For more information or to make a donation, please call Travis at Uncle Andy’s Digest at 783-7039 or email travis@uncleandys.com.

Celebrate Health Breast Cancer Prevention, Breakthroughs, and Treatments

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

                                                                         

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4.12.11

Join expert Mahesh Pandey, MD from the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center for a presentation about breast cancer. Dr. Pandey will talk about cancer prevention as well as the latest breakthroughs in research and treatments. A question and answer session will follow his presentation. 

Dr. Pandey completed a hematology/oncology fellowship at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, New York. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the same location. He is board certified in internal medicine, hematology, and oncology through the American Board of Internal Medicine.

His presentation will take place on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 starting at 6 pm at Lepage Large Conference Center, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston. Light refreshments will be served. Please call 753-5467 to reserve your seat, today!

Living with Cancer: What is Survivorship? Part of St. Mary’s Surviving Cancer Programs

Monday, March 7th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2/28/11

You’ve got cancer, now what?  A cancer diagnosis can be devastating.  At St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, we’ll help you cope with the issues that arise with your disease.

This March, the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders will kick off our new Surviving Cancer programs.  This series is focused on the needs of cancer survivors and their loved ones. During the first workshop, “Living with Cancer: What is Survivorship?” we’ll define what it is to be a survivor, provide education on many of the core issues of survivorship, and look at issues of emotional and spiritual well-being.  The program will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 from 2 pm to 3 pm in the Lepage Small Conference Room at 99 Campus Avenue in Lewiston. It is open to anyone affected by cancer.

RSVP is requested but not required.  For more information or to register, please call Maura Clark, LCSW, at 777-4446. For more information about other cancer survivorship workshops or the St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, please visit us on the web.

St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Lewiston is one of the premier cancer care facilities in central Maine. Our cancer program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. We recognize that every person has special needs and we strive to provide individualized state-of-the-art cancer care for our patients and their family members.

St. Mary’s Surviving Cancer Programs

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2/17/11
 

The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston is pleased to announce a series of programs focused on the needs of cancer survivors. Who is a cancer survivor? Anyone living with a cancer diagnosis! People are survivors from the day they learn they have the disease. The series will provide education on many of the core issues of survivorship – from defining the term “survivorship” to looking at issues of emotional well being, sexuality, nutrition and physical activity. 

Living with Cancer: What is Survivorship?
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Lepage Small Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston 

Living Beyond Cancer: Sexuality and Intimate Relationships
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Lepage Small Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston 

Eat Well: Nutrition and Cancer Survivorship
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Potvin Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston 

Move Well: Physical Activity and Cancer Survivorship
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Potvin Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston 

You are invited to attend the entire series for free or one or two particular workshops based on your personal needs. Each program is approximately one hour in length and is open to cancer survivors, loved ones, family, friends, caregivers and anyone interested in cancer survivorship. RSVP is requested but not required. For more information or to register, please call Maura Clark, LCSW, at 777-4446. 

St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Earns a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Staff at St. Mary's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Front Row: L to R, Mahesh Pandey, MD, Yelena Patsiornik, MD, Evie Taylor, RN OCN, Oncology Supervisor, Joline Betsch, Director, St. Mary's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Standing: Lori Wilbur-Dunham, CTR, Melanie Whited, RN , Jen Hazen, RN OCN , Kim Thistlewaite, RN, Maura Clark, LCSW, Lori Dyer, RN, Linda Merchant, RN OCN, Chris Gervais, RN OCN, Melissa Dube, Shannon Lessard.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
11.12.10

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. 

A facility receives a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a Commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer programs (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement). In addition, a facility receives a compliance rating for all other standards. 

 Established in 1922 buy the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care.  Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

 The core functions of the CoC include setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care; surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with the 36 CoC standards; collecting standardized and quality data from accredited facilities; and using the data to develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer care outcomes at the national, state, and local level.

 The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that more than 1.5 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2010.   There are currently more than 1,400 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the US and Puerto Rico, representing close to 25 percent of all hospitals.  This 25 percent of hospitals diagnose and/or treat 71 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.  In addition, a national network of more than 1,600 volunteer Cancer Liason Physicians provides leadership and support for the CoC Accreditation Program and other CoC activities at these local facilities. 

The Accreditation Program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards

for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they perform to those standards.  Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily commotted to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous process and review of their performance.  To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.

Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to: 

  • Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment  
  • A multispecialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options 
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options 
  • Access to cancer-related information, education, and support 
  • A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up 
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care  
  • Most importantly, quality care, close to home

Cancer patient data are reported by each CoC-accredited cancer program to the CoC’s National Cancer data Base (NCDB), a joint CoC/American Cancer Society program.  The NCDB currently contains patient demographics, tumor characteristics, and treatment outcomes information for more than 18 million cancer patients diagnosed and treated at hospital cancer programs in the US between 1985 and 2004.  These data account for approximately two-thirds of newly diagnosed cancer cases in the US each year. 

NCDB data is regularly used to monitor and improve the quality of patient care delivered in CoC-accredited cancer programs.  The CoC requires programs to implement quality improvement initiatives that promote the delivery of quality, multidisciplinary cancer care and lead to ongoing educational interventions with local providers in the CoC-accredited cancer programs.

Through an exclusive partnership with the American Cancer Society, the CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program.  This information is shared with the public on the American Cancer Society’s web site at www.cancer.org and through the American Cancer Society’s National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345. 

For more information about the Commission on Cancer, visit www.facs.org/cancer/index.html.  For more information about St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders visit www.stmarysmaine.com.