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The Good Seed: Brachytherapy, or seeding, is a way to treat cancer during a long lunch break Print E-mail
Written by Katie Kidder Crosbie   
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 10:12 AM

In 2011, options for treating cancer abound, and they are improving all the time. A proven cancer treatment that has yielded extremely positive results over the years is brachytherapy.

With brachytherapy, also called seeding or internal radiation therapy, radiation is used to eradicate tumors from the inside out instead of using external beam radiation therapy, which directs radiation from the outside in. Brachytherapy allows physicians to place radioactive material inside or near a tumor. The radioactive sources' precise locations permit physicians to use higher doses of radiation than are safe with external beam therapy and for shorter periods of time. That causes less damage to healthy tissues surrounding the diseased area.

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EJGH Holds Installation Banquet for Boards of Directors Print E-mail
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 10:34 AM

East Jefferson General Hospital and the EJGH Foundation held its 2011 Annual Installation Banquet. This annual event welcomes new and returning members to their respective boards and is a celebration to thank each member for their service.

"We are extremely proud to once again have civic-minded Board members who deeply care for our community and this hospital," says Dr. Mark Peters, EJGH President and CEO. "They volunteer their time, talent and expertise so that our physicians and staff can provide excellent medical care. I look forward to working with them this year as we continue to meet the healthcare needs of this community."

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Wellness Center Focus - Delay Physical Immobility Print E-mail
Friday, January 14, 2011 03:34 PM

It's inevitable that our bodies are going to slow us down at some point. But why not do what you can now to put that off for as long as possible? Jane Brody shares the advice of Mark Lachs, director of geriatrics at the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, in a recent New York Times article: "If you begin a daily walking program at age 45, you could delay immobility to 90 and beyond. If you become a couch potato at 45 and remain so, immobility can encroach as early as 60."

Even if you are well into your retirement, it's not too late to get started. Many studies have confirmed the positive impact of strength training exercises on seniors' balance and ability to accomplish day-to-day activities.

Two important pieces of advice include:

  1. Staying physically active and exercising regularly can help prevent or delay many diseases and disabilities, including dementia.
  2. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) report that even moderate exercise and physical activity can improve the health of seniors who are frail, or who have diseases that accompany aging.

For more information on staying healthy or any of our disease management programs, contact the Wellness Center at (504) 849-6868.

 
EJGH Wellness Center Program Spotlight Print E-mail
Monday, January 10, 2011 09:06 AM

Did you know that the EJGH Wellness Center offers an innovative Cancer Wellness Program?

Recent studies have shown that regular exercise during treatment and after remission can have a profoundly positive effect on a cancer patient's likelihood to have a recurrence. In addition, exercise has been proven to relieve stress and elevate mood, two important components of recovery. With these factors in mind, EJGH has created a three-phase approach for its Cancer Wellness Program.

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