News and Events
CANCER CARE NORTHWEST GETS TECH BOOST
Recently created alliance also helping new Valley clinic ramp up quickly. Read more.
DR. GROSEN AND DR. BERGMAN COMPLETE 300 DAVINCI ROBOT PROCEDURES!!
Congratulations Dr. Grosen and Dr. Bergman for completing 300 daVinci Robot Procedures!! daVinci surgery is an effective, minimally invasive alternative to both open surgery and laparoscopy. Through the use of the daVinci Surgical System, surgeons are now able to offer a minimally invasive option for complex surgical procedures. It is less invasive and provides faster recovery for the patient. To learn more about daVinci Click Here.
CANCER CARE NORTHWEST'S PET/CT CENTER EARNS ACCREDITATION BY THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RADIOLOGY
Cancer Care Northwest has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in positron emission tomography (PET) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.
NEW MODALITIES FOR CHRONIC LYMPHOCYTIC LEUKEMIA MANAGEMENT
CCNW's Dr. Njuguna was featured in a recent article of MD News magazine. In it, he discusses chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and new drugs which have been developed to combat the disease.
Read the full article from MD News.
CARE CLOSE TO HOME
Entering his fifth year of performing transplants, Dr. Kaya and one of his patients were recently interviewed about autologous stem cell transplants that are available to Spokane residents via CCNW's Inland NW Myeloma/Lymphoma and Transplant Program. Read the article featured in the Spokesman-Review.
Despite recent advances in chemotherapy, surgical resection remains the best option to treat and stage colon cancer and many other abdominal cancers. Many peritoneal (abdominal) cancers are very difficult to treat because cancer cells can spread throughout the abdominal cavity, touching other tissues and hiding in organ crevices. To effectively eradicate the cancer, the tumor and all cancer cells must be destroyed. When certain abdominal cancers are confined to the peritoneal cavity, Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) becomes an option for some patients.
Dr. Ryan Holbrook has been treating patients with advanced colon cancer, appendiceal cancer, Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP), ovarian cancer, gastric cancer, and abdominal mesothelioma using cytoreductive surgery and the HIPEC procedure since 1996. He is the only physician in several western states performing this surgery and has completed more than 150 surgeries to date.
Learn more about HIPEC: http://www.hipectreatment.com/index.php
Dr. Holbrook’s profile: http://www.cancercarenorthwest.com/doctor-profiles#ryah
AIDING WOMEN IN THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER
Cancer Care Northwest provides patients with a unique approach to breast cancer management and treatment. Recently, MD news spoke with four renowned breast cancer specialists on staff at CCNW – Joni Nichols, M.D., Medical Oncologist; Stephanie Moline, M.D., FACS, Surgical Oncologist; Maryam Parviz, M.D., Surgical Oncologist; and Saritha Thumma, M.D., Medical Oncologist – To discuss the breast care center’s multidisciplinary approach to cancer care.
Click here to read the article.
Autologous Stem Cell Transplants at Cancer Care Northwest
Autologous stem cell transplants provide a solution for patients with blood cancers, such as myeloma and lymphoma, by helping to replenish blood-forming stem cells ablated during chemotherapy. At Cancer Care Northwest, Hakan Kaya, M.D., Director of the Inland Northwest Myeloma/Lymphoma and Transplant Program, provides the only autologous stem cell transplant program in the Inland Northwest area. Click here to read more.
Cancer Care Northwest Foundation Golf Classic
CCNW presents the 8th Annual Cancer Care Northwest Foundation Golf Classic. The CCNW Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Inland Northwest Cancer Patients and their Families through education, support and financial assistance. The tournament will take place September 6, 2012 at the MeadowWood Golf Course. Click here to register or to find more information.
New to Cancer Care Northwest, but not to fighting cancer.
CCNW is pleased to welcome five new oncologists to our practice. Click here to read about the new additions to our team of talented, board cerified and fellowship-trained oncologists.
Improving Gynecologic Oncology Outcomes
Traditionally, gynecologic cancer surgical procedures have involved open surgeries with large incisions and difficult recoveries for patients. Dr. Elizabeth Grosen ellaborates on how gynecologists at Cancer Care Northwest utilize the minimally invasive da Vinci Surgical System to treat multiple types of cancer and risk reduction procedures to improved outcomes for patients. Click here to read more.
Cancer Survivor Runs for Her Life
Carol Dellinger, CCNW patient and breast cancer survior, was featured in the Spokesman-Review for her commitment to run 30 miles during Spokane's Relay for Life event. Read the full article about Carol's battle with cancer and why she still runs.
Relay for Life 2012
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a life-changing event that gives communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones and fight back against the disease. CCNW is a sponsor for the Spokane Relay for Life event which will take place on June 1st and 2nd at the Spokane Falls Community College Track. Click on the following link to find more information about Relay for Life and to register for the event. You may choose to join our CCNW team when you register.
Spokane Relay for Life 2012 - Spokane, WA
The Power of Temporary Seed Implants
Treatment outcomes for prostate cancer have improved in the past few decades, because patients have benefited from medical advances such as permanent seed brachytherapy. Dr. Wayne Lamoreaux discusses how leading-edge cancer treatment facilities are now looking to an even more advanced version of treatment. Click here to read more about the temporary high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy.
Transplanting the Gift of Health
Dr. Kaya is the program director of The Inland Northwest Myeloma/Lymphoma and Transplant Program at Cancer Care Northwest. He's performed 45+ transplants since initiating the program, and has touched many lives locally. Read more about the program.
Radiation Therapy: An Effective Weapon in the Fight Against Breast Cancer
Every breast cancer survivor has a story—one filled with fear, hope and courage. While these survivors have many things in common, from the heart-wrenching diagnoses, to receiving some combination of chemotherapy, surgery or radiation therapy – none of their stories are exactly the same. Read Holly's Story featured in NW Woman magazine...
FREE! Wireless Internet Access for Patients and Their Families Now at All Sites
Patients may now access the Internet from their personal laptops or other wireless devices by connecting to the “CCNW-Guest” Wi-Fi network. Read more...
Cancer Care Northwest Offering “Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy” and More Precise Radiation Delivery with On-Board Imaging Technology
Targeted radiation therapy is now even more precise with new radiation technology available at Cancer Care Northwest’s North office. Read more...
Reactions growing over mammogram recommendations
Reactions continue to pour in over a contentious recommendation from a government task force which recommended that women don't need to get mammograms until they're 50-years-old. Read more...
Do Clinical Pathways Improve the Value of Cancer Care?
Through its Foundations of Quality program, CCNW has undertaken many quality initiatives and received bonus payments from Premera in return. One of the initiatives is the implementation of clinical pathways for CCNW patients. Read more...
Cancer Care Northwest Expands North Office Services
Cancer Care Northwest has added doctors to its North Side clinic and has begun offering additional services there, along with completing a remodeling of the facility and purchasing new equipment, says Jean Galovin, the clinic manager.