Health Care As It Should Be
June 2014

    For information call the number listed, or visit Most events require early pre-registration, unless otherwise stated.

    Quit Smoking Now! Series LC
    760-834-3798 Read More

    Advances in the Treatment of Lung Cancer LC
    TU, Jun 17, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    760-834-3798 Read More

    Summer Food Safety Tips AC
    TU, Jun 17, 11 a.m. to noon
    Rosalind Elemy, Registered Dietitian
    760-610-7205 Read More

    Chronic Pain Slowing You Down?
    TH, Jun 19 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center, 3rd Floor Learning Center
    Hazmer Cassim, DO and P. Jeffrey Smith, DO
    760- 766-1207 Read More

    Advances in the Treatment of Metastatic Prostate Cancer LC
    TU, Jun 24, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    760-834-3798 Read More

    Sex After Breast Cancer LC
    W, Jun 25, noon to 1:30 p.m.
    Nina Grace Ruedas, Desert Center for Sexuality Awareness
    760-834-3798. Complimentary light lunch; register by Jun 23. Read More

    Coping with a Loved One’s Metastatic Prostate Cancer LC
    CancerCare® Live, Interactive Teleconference
    F, Jun 27, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    760-834-3798 Read More

    Gastric Cancer: Current Perspectives and Treatment Options LC
    CancerCare® Live, Interactive Teleconference
    M, Jun 30, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    760-834-3798 Read More

    Primary Care Q&A Session with Dr. Allison Lovell MZ
    TH, Jul 10, 1 to 2 p.m.
    Allison Lovell, MD, Internal Medicine
    760-834-7956 Read More

    Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke AC
    TH, Jul 10, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    Deborah Bayer, RN, BSN, CCRN, Stroke Program Coordinator
    760-834-7956; register by Jul 9. Read More

    Bariatric Surgery Information AC
    SA, Jul 12, 10 a.m. to noon, or Read More
    W, Jul 23, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Read More
    Bobby Bhaskar-Rao, MD, General Surgery

    Eating Seasonally: Fantastic Foods of the Summer AC
    Great Living Starts Here
    TU, Jul 15, 11 a.m. to noon
    Maureen McCarthy, RD, Registered Dietitian
    760-610-7205; register by Jul 15. Read More


    AC Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower
    LC Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center
    LQ Eisenhower George and Julia Argyros Health Center, La Quinta
    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.


    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

  • Advanced Prostate Cancer: The Latest Treatments

    When prostate cancer is in its early stages, immediate treatment may not be necessary. Depending on a patient’s age and other determining factors, watchful waiting is an option — followed by radiation and surgery as the next line of defense. However, if the cancer has metastasized, spreading to other parts of the body, physicians have access to an array of systemic treatments.

    According to Eisenhower Medical Center physician Murthy Andavolu, MD, MBA, Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology, prostate cancer is the medical parallel to breast cancer in women. “Pathologically and physiologically, prostate cancer is the equivalent of female breast cancer — a hormonally dependent, hormonally driven cancer,” says Dr. Andavolu. “And, advanced prostate cancer is responsive to hormone treatments. As a result, hormone treatments are becoming more and more center stage in the treatment of prostate cancer as opposed to chemotherapy, although it is not the only mode of treatment.” read more...

  • Brain Storm

    Andy Alvillar, 43, knew he had a brain tumor for more than a decade.

    “I was in my early thirties, living in Los Angeles and just wasn’t feeling right,” he recalls. After seeing several doctors who gave him a clean bill of health, he finally saw a neurologist who agreed to order a brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

    “He found a small tumor in a delicate part of my brain and referred me to a neurosurgeon,” Alvillar says. “She felt surgery was too risky, so the neurologist sent me to another neurosurgeon at UCLA. He didn’t think the tumor was causing symptoms, but if it needed to be taken out some day, he felt he could do the procedure.”

    “At the time, I didn’t want to have anyone cut into my head,” Alvillar says. He agreed to annual checkups and “watchful waiting.” After a few years, imaging revealed that the tumor had grown, but it wasn’t impacting Alvillar from a neurological standpoint. read more...

  • Swing Dancing

    Dancing is one of the most satisfying forms of expression — a marriage of movement and music, both scripted and improvised. Young children introduced to music and rhythm are often compelled to move, simply because they are responding to how the... read more...
  • Review Your Health Record Online

    Did you know that if you have used services at Eisenhower Medical Center, you can see your personal health record online at You can find your lab results, information from hosptializations and from visits to any of the Eisenhower Health Centers, including Urgent Care.

    It’s easy! Go to and register!

  • 5 Things

    (1) Breathe, Long and Deep
    Practice long, deep breaths — at home, in your car, at work or anytime. The increased oxygen and slower pace will benefit your body and your mind.

    (2) Find a New Recipe
    Surprise your family and your taste buds — find a new healthy recipe to make for dinner

    (3) Visit Your Local Library
    Plan to spend a couple of hours exploring your favorite book aisles or consider choosing a topic you’ve never read! read more...

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