Health Care As It Should Be February 2014

Upcoming Events

  • Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors: Aromatherapy LC
    Lunch and Learn
    W, Feb 26, noon to 1 p.m.
    Rosemary Flaherty, RN, BSN, Breast Nurse Specialist
    Ongoing fourth W monthly series on various topics by Integrative Medicine team.
    760-834-3798. Lunch included; reservations by Feb 24. Read More

    Medication in the Aging JS
    Joslyn Senior Center Series
    F, Feb 28, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
    Anthony Bassanelli, MD, Psychiatry/Neurology
    760-834-7956 Read More

    Osteoporosis AC
    M, Mar 3, 11 a.m. to noon
    Richard Fausel, DO, Certified Clinical Densitometrist; Danielle Meglio, COTA-C, MLD/CDT, Occupational Therapist
    760-568-1234 Read More

    Have Fun in the Sun…but with Less Risk of Skin Cancer! AC
    TU, Mar 4, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    Timothy Jochen, MD, Dermatology
    760-834-7956 Read More

    Ostomy: Hope, Healing and Coping LC
    Ostomy Support Group Special Event
    F, Mar 7, 3 to 4 p.m.
    Brenda Elsagher, author, humorist and ostomate
    760-834-3798 Read More

    Health Care for Canadians: Getting the Care You Need AC
    W, Mar 12, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    G. Aubrey Serfling, President and Chief Executive Officer, Eisenhower Medical Center
    760-834-7956 Read More

    Heart-Lung Machine Demonstration AC
    The Mended Hearts, Inc.
    TH, Mar 13, 6 to 8 p.m.
    Joseph Wilson, MD, Surgery/Thoracic Surgery
    760-409-8538 Read More

    Alzheimer’s/Dementia Diagnosis and Current Research JS
    Joslyn Senior Center Series
    F, Mar 14, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
    Seymour Young, MD, Psychiatry and Neurology
    760-834-7956 Read More


    Most classes and lectures are free and early registration is recommended. For a full listing of lectures, events, programs and support groups, visit Online registration is available for most events.

    AC Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower
    LC Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center
    JS Joselyn Senior Center

    Would you like to have someone from Eisenhower Medical Center speak to your organization on a health-related topic? Please contact Vanessa Shanks at 760-834-7956 for more information




New Non-Surgical Breast Lump Treatment

Offering Women an Excellent Alternative

Right before she relocated from North Carolina to Palm Desert earlier this year, Jennifer Elliott, 47, underwent a routine mammogram that detected a mass in her breast. Her doctor was confident that it was a benign breast tumor called a fibroadenoma — the most common type of breast lump. In fact, 1.5 million women are diagnosed with breast fibroadenomas every year.

“I decided to have it taken care of after I moved,” says Elliott. “So once I got here, I scheduled an appointment with a surgeon who was going to biopsy the tumor [to confirm it was benign] and remove it. However, my appointment was cancelled because the surgeon left the practice and I was referred to the Eisenhower Schnitzer/Novack Breast Center.

“It’s amazing how things work out,” she adds, “because at the Breast Center, I learned about a procedure called cryoablation for which I might be a candidate instead of having surgery to remove the lump.”

Cryoablation is a non-surgical procedure during which the physician uses ultrasound imaging to guide a small hollow needle (also called a probe) into the fibroadenoma, under local anesthesia. Liquid nitrogen is injected through the needle, freezing the tumor to minus 160 degrees Centigrade, which destroys the tissue. The procedure — which takes just 10 to 15 minutes — is virtually painless.

“After the needle is removed, the tumor decreases in size during the next three to six months and eventually disappears as it is absorbed naturally by the body,” explains John Cutrone, MD, a Board Certified Radiologist specializing in breast imaging and Medical Director of the Eisenhower Schnitzer/Novak Breast Center. “The patient doesn’t need general anesthesia, and the scar from the needle is tiny — about one quarter of an inch — versus one-to-two inches with surgery.”

Fortunately, a needle biopsy confirmed that Elliott’s tumor was a benign fibroadenoma, and she was a candidate for cyroablation. In fact, she became the very first patient to undergo the procedure at Eisenhower, which earlier this year became the first hospital in the desert to acquire a state-of-the-art cryoablation system called IceSense3™.


To schedule a mammogram at Eisenhower Schnitzer/Novak Breast Center, call 760-773-2038.