Health Care As It Should Be September 2014

Upcoming Events

  • Surgical Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer LC
    TH, Sep 18, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    Peter Ilbeigi, DO, Urology
    Light dinner, register by Sep 17. Read More

    Radiation Treatment  for Prostate Cancer LC
    M, Sep 22, noon to 1:30 p.m.
    Robert Johnson, MD, Radiation Oncology
    Light lunch, register by Sep 19. Read More

    The Jump!: Helping Seniors Achieve Their Dreams AC
    TU, Sep 23, 11 a.m. to noon
    Webb Weiman, founder of Jump! Jump!
    Call 855-687-5867 for information. Read More

    Three Alternatives to Rid Stubborn Fat AC
    TU, Sep 23, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    Timothy Jochen, MD, Dermotology
    Read More

    Intimacy, Sex and Prostate Cancer: Treatment, Coping and Communicating LC
    TH, Sep 25, 4 to 7 p.m.
    John Faulkner, MD, Urology
    Desert Center for Sexuality Awareness staff
    Light dinner, register by Sep 24. Read More

    New Techniques for Detection of Prostate Cancer LC
    M, Sep 29, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    Lance Walsh, MD, PhD, Urology
    Light dinner, register by Sep 26. Read More

    Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy: Making an Informed Decision LC
    TH, Oct 2, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    Frederick Eko, MD, Plastic Surgery
    Light dinner, register by Oct 1. Read More

    The Benefits of Yoga for Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors LC
    M, Oct 6, 2 to 3 p.m.
    Jayne Robertson, Mind-Body Program Manager, Eisenhower Wellness Institute
    Read More

    Understanding Osteoporosis AC
    National Osteoporosis Foundation Support Group
    M, Oct 6, 11 a.m. to noon
    Shanna Hirschi, Pacific Region Program Director, Arthritis Foundation
    760-423-4855 Read More

    The Treatment of Advanced Stage Breast Cancer LC
    TU, Oct 14, noon to 1:30 p.m.
    Amy Law, MD, Medical Oncology
    Light lunch, register by Oct 13. Read More

    Hot Topics in Total Hip Replacement Surgery AC
    Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center Lecture Series
    TU, Oct 14, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    Jason Weisstein, MD, MPH, FACS, Orthopedic Surgery
    Erik Schnaser, MD, Orthopedic Surgery
    760-423-4855 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
    MZ Mizell Senior Center, Palm Springs

    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.



  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Even though our calendars tell us it is fall, our thermometers say otherwise. Eisenhower’s fall calendar of events and lectures is filling up.  October marks "Breast Cancer Awareness Month" and Eisenhower offers numerous lectures on various topics related to breast cancer (see pink calendar items to the left) as well as the article above on the topic.
  • Save the Date!

    Each year, the Eisenhower Medical Center Auxiliary presents the Eisenhower Five Star Gala -- this year on December 6 at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa in Indian Wells. Please join our Benefactors and Host Committee members as we celebrate Eisenhower Medical Center’s continuing commitment to the community to obtain and offer emerging, cutting-edge technology.

    Proceeds from the Gala will be directed toward development of advanced programs and acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment to further facilitate excellence in patient care. Click here for more information and to make a reservation.

  • Eisehower Lucy Curci Cancer Center

    A healing place like no other.
    These words accurately reflect what Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center offers to people with cancer and their families. The nationally accredited Cancer Center combines today’s most advanced diagnostic tools, cutting-edge treatments, access to clinical trials, an exceptional team of cancer specialists and extensive support services — all housed in a beautifully appointed facility designed to enhance healing. 

    “There’s no reason to leave the desert for cancer treatment,” says the Cancer Center’s Chief Administrative Officer Lilli Mandelik. “The treatment you receive here is on par with any big metropolitan cancer center, but we’re right here in your own backyard.” click for more

  • When Breast Cancer Returns

    “I’m 61, I have metastatic breast cancer, and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.”

    You don’t expect to hear those words from someone in Diana Mehrens’ situation. But they illustrate the equanimity and grace with which she is facing her disease — and her mortality. They also underscore the confidence she has in the care she’s receiving at Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center.

    Mehrens’ cancer journey began in 2002 when, at age 49, she was diagnosed with stage 3 ductal carcinoma of the breast.

    “I found the lump during breast self-examination,” she says. “It was a small but very aggressive tumor that had already spread to my lymph nodes. First I had surgery, then entered a clinical trial where I had aggressive chemotherapy, then radiation therapy.”

    In addition, because her tumor was estrogen receptor-positive, she started taking an oral medication called an aromatase inhibitor to lower estrogen levels in her body, removing the “fuel” that this type of breast cancer needs to grow.

    In January 2003, Mehrens returned to work as a licensed marriage and family therapist at the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center at Eisenhower, transitioning into private practice in Yucca Valley and doing humanitarian work. click for more

  • Exercise For Cancer Patients and Survivors

    Physical exercise has been shown to be an important part of the recipe for preventing cancer, along with making healthy choices such as quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy body weight, decreasing stress and eating a healthy, balanced diet. But what is the ideal formula which will provide the most benefit after cancer treatment and help the transition into survivorship? The recommendations are not very different from recommendations to anyone interested in improving their health. 
    Maintain a Healthy Weight
    Undergoing cancer treatment may cause a weight loss or gain. Speak to your physician about what a healthy weight is for you, and methods to achieve your weight goal. Control caloric intake and expenditure by choosing the right source of calories and the right amount and type of exercise. click for more
  • Eisenhower Physician Pens New Book

    What does four decades as a family doctor look like? In his new book, 40 Years in Family Medicine, Dr. Joseph Scherger, Vice President, Primary Care and Academic Affairs, Eisenhower Medical Center, explores the ever-changing role of the family physician since he first embarked in the specialty in the early 1970s.

    Recently published and available on, 40 Years in Family Medicine, highlights the changes in Family Medicine throughout Dr. Scherger’s 40-year career through a comprehensive collection of his published articles and early presentations. From his early years as a medical student to the rise of the information age, Dr. Scherger hopes his compilation of articles is useful not only from a historical perspective but also as a guide to the future of family medicine.

     40 Years in Medicine is available on Kindle and in paperback.