Pardee to offer free screenings during Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week
To help increase awareness of oral, head and neck cancer, Pardee Hospital will offer free screenings for these cancers on Wed., April 17, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Pardee Rehab & WellnessCenter, located at 212 – B Thompson St. in Hendersonville. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 1-866-790-9355.
Adults of every age should consider having an oral cancer screening. It is estimated that more than 53,000 Americans will develop cancer of the head or neck in 2013. This includes tumors that can appear in or around the throat, nose, sinuses, mouth and larynx. There has been a rise in cases of oropharyngeal (mouth and throat) cancer in young adults, and adults who use tobacco and alcohol regularly are at particular risk.
"It is very important to catch these cancers early," says W. Mark McCollough, M.D., a radiation oncologist at Pardee. "The signs and symptoms of oral cancer often go unrecognized, but early detection can facilitate less aggressive treatment and result in a higher cure rate."
The screenings at Pardee will be performed by Pardee physicians specializing in otolaryngology, including John Pickens, M.D.; Michael Neuenschwander, M.D.; and Michael Stalford, M.D. These experienced doctors will perform a brief exam of the mouth and throat to look for evidence of any abnormalities.
For more information on Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week and cancer prevention tips, visit www.headandneck.org, the official website of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance.
On Tuesday, April 9, at 10:30 a.m., Pardee Hospital's physical and speech/language therapists will explain how exercise and current therapies can keep disabling symptoms of Parkinson's disease at bay. Titled "Parkinson's Disease: Why We Need to Exercise," the program will be presented during the Brevard-Hendersonville Parkinson's Support Group meeting at the Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Main Street in Brevard, N.C. All are invited to attend.
Lucy Butler, SLP, and Chloe Roderick, PT, experienced therapists from the Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center, will explain how exercise and individually tailored speech and movement therapy can prevent newly diagnosed patients from losing basic abilities, and may help others regain some of the mobility they've lost. The presentation will cover topics such as maintaining mobility, balance and fall prevention, speech volume, stuttering and swallowing. The presentation will include a demonstration of the center's brand-new Gait Lab, used to help patients stabilize and maintain an effective walking gait.
"Parkinson's is now a disease we can do everything about," says Roderick. "Patients without treatment can lose their movement pattern; it becomes laborious to get in and out of a car, walk 50 feet and get out of bed. Exercise therapy can evoke what we call neuroplasticity, allowing us to 'remap' the brain. This can keep those skills well ingrained so that those with Parkinson's do not lose health and mental function."
"Early intervention after a Parkinson's diagnosis slows down the progression of symptoms," adds Butler. "The No. 1 way to do that is with exercise. In seven years of providing LSVT speech therapy, for example, I've found that 100 percent of our patients improve their speech effectiveness."
The Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center is the only facility in Henderson County to provide both the LSVT LOUD therapy program for speech and the LSVT BIG therapy program for mobility. Each program has been proven to have dramatic, positive effects on Parkinson's symptoms. In addition, the center's new Gait Lab includes an assessment tool that provides quantifiable feedback on posture, step length, gait quality and speed, helping the center's therapists to identify specific areas to target in therapy. "A patient with Parkinson's may say, 'I don't know why I feel like I'm going to fall,'" explains Roderick. "Using the Gait Lab, we can provide the reason and prescribe the therapy."
Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center is the largest and most comprehensive facility of its kind in Henderson County. This facility offers fully integrated physical, occupational and speech therapy services to meet individualized needs. Services are performed on an outpatient basis, and are provided by licensed physical and occupational therapists along with speech/language pathologists. The facility offers a fully equipped and professionally supervised gym, which is open to the public and therapy graduates. Pardee Rehab & Wellness is dedicated to helping patients prevent and overcome injury or disability so they can enjoy a mobile, satisfying life. The Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center is also home to Cardiac Rehab, Pulmonary Rehab and Diabetes Education.
Pardee Hospital is now accepting applications for the 2013 Junior Volunteer Summer Program. The Junior Volunteers provide an important service to the individuals they serve, and to the community as a whole.
In order to participate in the Junior Volunteer Summer Program, potential volunteers must be at least 14 years of age by June 1, 2013. Applicants are also required to write a brief essay explaining why they would like to participate in the Junior Volunteer Summer Program, as well as include their interests and future goals.
Completed applications and documents must be turned in by May 6. Orientation will begin on June 17, and Junior Volunteers will receive a Tuberculin Skin Test that is offered for free by Pardee Hospital.
Pardee Hospital's nationally recognized Comprehensive Cancer Center has opened a prevention study to those who have had recent, surgical removal of early-stage cancerous colon polyps or tumors and who are not already taking a statin, a class of drug that lowers cholesterol.
Polyps can lead to colon cancer if left untreated, and those who have been diagnosed with cancerous polyps are at high risk for recurrence of the disease. The National Cancer Institute-sponsored study will evaluate whether the cholesterol drug Rosuvastatin (Crestor) may kill remaining tumor cells after surgery, prevent polyps from forming and/or keep colon cancer from returning.
"While major advances have been made in colon cancer treatment in recent years, we would much rather not have to treat it at all," says James Radford, M.D., principal researcher for Pardee's Cancer Research Program. "To accomplish this goal, we have to learn how to prevent it, and this study is a major step in that direction."
Colon cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in the United States, with more than 100,000 new cases estimated for 2013. According to the National Cancer Institute, colon cancer is highly treatable and often curable in its early stages, with surgery resulting in a cure in 50 percent of cases. But recurrence of the disease following surgery is a major problem and is often the ultimate cause of death.
The polyp prevention study, titled "P-5: Statin Polyp Prevention Trial in Patients with Resected Colon Cancer," is being conducted by the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, a network of cancer research professionals. Along with Pardee, more than 400 medical centers in North America are enrolling patients in the study.
Those interested in participating in the polyp prevention trial can call Pardee's Cancer Research Department for more information at (828) 696-4716.
Pardee Hospital, in partnership with the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, will host Hike to Health on Saturday, Apr. 20, at 9 a.m. at Bearwallow Mountain in Henderson County.
Hike to Health focuses on community wellness by bringing people together from Henderson County and the surrounding communities by promoting healthy and active lifestyles. This will be Pardee's fifth Hike to Health outdoor community event.
Bearwallow Mountain straddles the Eastern Continental Divide and towers above the Hickory Nut Gorge, Chimney Rock and Lake Lure areas. The Bearwallow Mountain Trail is a 2-mile moderate hike with some obstacles within the trail. The summit provides extensive views of Mount Mitchell, Mount Pisgah and the Balsams.
Hikers should arrive at 8:30 a.m. to sign in; the hike will begin at 9 a.m. Hike to Health is free to the public and registration is now open. To register for Hike to Health, call 1-866-790-WELL.