Health Care As It Should Be November 2012

Upcoming Events

  • Great Living Starts Here Series TC
    TH, 1 to 2 p.m.
    Dec 6: Savvy Grocery Shopping Tips: Butter or Margarine? Read More
    Dec 13:  Light Holiday Eating  Read More
    Barbra Sassower, MPH, RD, CDE, Clinical Dietitian
    760-969-7770, extension 7560

    Great Living Starts Here Series LQ
    W, 1 to 2 p.m.
    Nov 21:  Power Snacking — Is It Worth the Effort? Read More
    Nov 28: The Facts About Functional Foods Read More
    Dec 5: Dangers of Low Vitamin D Levels in Older Adults Read More
    Dec 12:  Diet and Stress Management Read More
    Eisenhower Medical Center registered dietitian

    Talking About Death Won’t Kill You AC
    TH, Nov 29, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    Gina Mohr, MD, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Loma Linda University Medical Center
    760-568-1234; register by Nov 27. Read More

    Food Allergy 101 AC
    M, Dec 3, 1 to 2 p.m.
    Rosalind Elemy, MA, RD, Clinical Dietitian
    760-568-1234; register by Nov 30. Read More

    Anticoagulation Management Instruction RW
    TH, Dec 6, 11 a.m. to Noon
    Eisenhower pharmacist, dietitian and nurse co-instructor
    760-610-7205 Read More

    What’s Up with Well-Controlled Sugar? LQ
    Argyros Health and Wellness Series
    TU, Dec 11, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    K. Douglas Thrasher, DO, Family Medicine*
    760-610-7205; register by Dec 10. Read More

    ED — Male Incontinence AC
    TH, Dec 13, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    Peter Ilbeigi, DO, Urology*
    760-568-1234; register by Dec 11. Read More

    Tales from Baseball's Hall of Famer Johnny Bench AC
    Sponsored by The Mended Hearts, Inc.
    TH, Dec 13, 6 to 8 p.m.
    Johnny Bench, former Cincinnati Reds baseball catcher and member, National Baseball Hall of Fame
    Includes holiday celebration potluck.
    Reservations by Dec 10, and holiday potluck dish required evening of event; call 760-409-8538 or 760-772-1461. Read More




Eisenhower Recognizes Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is recognized nationally as Lung Cancer Awareness Month — 30 days to focus on raising awareness and providing education about lung cancer prevention and treatment.
Although lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death for both men and women, there is hope on the horizon, according to Eisenhower medical oncologist Davood Vafai, MD. Although the disease is rare among people under the age of 45, more people die from lung cancer than from colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. These numbers include both smokers and non-smokers; however, the risks are much greater for smokers.
Despite the grim statistics, Dr. Vafai points out several recent developments that give him hope for the future.
One treatment option under study includes pills that can block cancer cells from forming, called genetic alteration, which identifies the gene that makes normal cells become cancerous. "If we block the pathway, the cancer cells die," he said. "As time goes by, with more research, we can find more genetic pathways that can target different cancer cells."
On another research front, "We are finding new therapies to boost your own immune system to fight cancer, which may not cure cancer but will buy time," he said.
"The best chance to cure cancer is early detection," says Dr. Vafai. "The use of Computerized Tomography, or CT scans, is the new standard for detecting cancer while still in its early stages. The CT scan is a vast improvement over chest X-rays, which have been used for years. With the CT scan, which can detect cancer cells in smaller, early states, we have seen historic progress in the cancer field — a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer deaths," according to Dr. Vafai.  

Are You At Risk?
According to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, common risk factors include:
— Tobacco smoking
— Contact with radon, a gas without odor, taste or color
— Contact with asbestos
— Having had other cancers
— Family history of lung cancer
— Having had other lung diseases
— Contact with second-hand smoke
Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center is offering Smoking Cessation classes at the Cancer Center and at The LGBT Community Center of the Desert, Palm Springs at $100 for the six-week series. For reservations or information, call 760-834-3798 or visit
Note:  Quotations by Dr. Vafai from The Desert Sun, 11/8/12, Section D1