New service may help cancer patients keep their hair

New service may help cancer patients keep their hair

Inner cooling cap (right) and outer cap cover (left).

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is proud to announce the newest addition to Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center, the Paxman Scalp Cooling System. Available to patients receiving chemotherapy treatments for solid tumor cancer, our goal is to help our patients look and feel their best while fighting a difficult battle.

What is Paxman Scalp Cooling?

Chemotherapy drugs used to treat solid tumor cancer work by targeting all of the body’s rapidly dividing cells. Since hair is the second fastest dividing cell in the body, hair-loss is an inevitable side effect of chemotherapy. Paxman Scalp Cooling is a procedure that works to prevent hair-loss caused by certain chemotherapy drugs.

 

How does it work?

Administered through an inner and outer scalp cap during each chemotherapy treatment, Paxman technology lowers the temperature of the scalp by a few degrees before, during, and after treatment. As a result, the three-stage cooling process reduces the blood flow to the hair follicles, minimizing hair loss.

Three-stage scalp cooling process

Is scalp cooling right for me?

When considering a new treatment, patients should evaluate the risks and benefits with their doctor. Paxman Scalp Cooling is not recommended for patients with: 

  • An existing history or presence of scalp metastasis 
  • Cancers of the head and neck
  • CNS malignancies 
  • Cold sensitivity 
  • Hematological malignancies 
  • Imminent bone marrow ablation chemotherapy 
  • Previously received, scheduled, or imminent skull irradiation 
  • Severe liver or renal disease 
  • Skin cancers
  • Small cell carcinoma of the lung 
  • Solid tumors that have a high likelihood for metastasis in transit 
  • Squamous cell carcinoma of the lung

 

How do I get started?

If you have questions or would like to learn more about Paxman Scalp Cooling treatments, call Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center at (828) 262-4332 or visit paxmanusa.com.

 

 

Hidden Scar® Breast Cancer Surgery

Hidden Scar® Breast Cancer Surgery

HIdden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery

No visible reminder of your surgery, cancer or risk of cancer

If surgery is recommended to remove breast cancer, patients can take comfort in the fact that Watauga Medical Center is one of only a few hospitals in North Carolina to offer Hidden Scar® Breast Cancer Surgery. Both Dr. Anne-Corinne Beaver and Dr. Paul Dagher of Watauga Surgical Group have been recognized as Hidden Scar® Trained Surgeons for Hidden Scar® Breast Cancer Surgery.

Breast cancer can be surgically removed with a mastectomy procedure (your surgeon will remove all of your breast tissue) or a lumpectomy procedure (your surgeon will remove only part of your breast tissue). With a Hidden Scar procedure, your surgeon will place the incision in a location that is hard to see, so that the scar is not visible when your incision heals. As a result, you have little to no visible reminder of the surgery or your cancer.

Patients who undergo this approach experience optimal clinical and cosmetic outcomes, and are at no higher risk of recurrence than patients who undergo any other surgical technique.1 You may qualify for Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery based on the size and location of your tumor, your breast shape, and your breast size. Ask us if you are a candidate for a Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery by calling Watauga Surgical Group at(828) 264-2340 to schedule a consultation. Want more information on Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery? Visit breastcancersurgery.com to learn more.

“Survivors tend to worry about how their body will look [post-surgery] and how that might affect their confidence moving forward,” said Dr. Beaver. “Fortunately, thanks to this advanced surgical technique, we are able in most cases to hide the scar and with it remove the reminder of breast cancer for our patients.”

Dining with the Dietitian for Cancer Care

Dining with the Dietitian for Cancer Care

dining with the dietitianPracticing healthy eating habits throughout cancer treatment is essential. Staying hydrated and maintaining muscle tissue with adequate fluids, calories and nutrients can reduce treatment delays, improve immune system and help minimize side effects. Research shows that plant-based foods are also a vital component to overall health during and after cancer treatment.

The American Cancer Society published their recommendations that cancer survivors should eat “plant-based foods that are high in fruits, vegetables and unrefined grains while at the same time being low in red and processed meats, refined grains, and sugars.”

Dining with the Dietitian is a new service offered by our registered dietitian, Laura Shroyer, RDN, LDN to ensure patients are aware of these recommendations. The dietitian will offer healthy, nutritious snacks on a monthly basis and provide education on the benefits of each recipe.

Recipes are also provided and available by clicking the links below.

For more information please contact:
Laura Shroyer, RDN, LDN
lshroyer@apprhs.org
828-262-4158

RISE UP: Your path as a survivor

RISE UP: Your path as a survivor

Who is a Cancer Survivor?

An individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of cancer diagnosis through the balance of his or her life,” according to the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and the NCI Office of Cancer Survivorship. The number of cancer survivors in the United States has more than tripled to almost 15.5 million over the past 40 years thanks to advances in detection and treatment.

What does the RISE UP program offer to a survivor?

  • Initial and subsequent treatment related teaching
  • Classes for cancer survivors
  • Review of treatment side effects
  • Assessment of financial needs
  • Assessment of social needs, such as transportation, home support, caregiver support
  • Stress management before, during, and after treatment
  • Incorporation of alternative therapies, such as yoga, relaxation, meditation
  • Spiritual needs addressed
  • Nutritional teaching, physical strength/weakness assessment
  • A “whole person” approach to a survivor’s care
  • Communication with your other providers to keep them “in the loop”

How does a survivor become part of RISE UP?

  • Before the first treatment, the provider will refer patients to RISE UP for an initial visit.
  • After treatment is complete, the provider will refer patients back to RISE UP if warranted or you request it.

Classes for Cancer Survivors

As a part of RISE UP, Seby B. Jones Cancer Center offers FREE classes for cancer survivors currently undergoing treatment or post-treatment, as well as family and community members. Click to here for a list of classes and registration instructions.

Resources for Cancer Survivors

The following resource links are provided for your convenience as you explore topics related to your cancer treatment and survivorship. Be sure to consult a physician before making any major changes in diet and exercise.

Casting for Recovery Fly Fishing Retreats
The mission of Casting for Recovery® (CfR) is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique retreat program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The program offers opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. CfR serves women of all ages, in all stages of breast cancer treatment and recovery, at no cost to participants.

Learn more

General Resources for Survivorship

Nutrition Resources

Exercise

Integrative Health 

Emotional Health

 Fear of Recurrence

Long Term Side Effects

Quitting Smoking

Legal and Employment Concerns

Fertility

Palliative Care and Hospice

Support for Cancer Survivors

Support for Cancer Survivors

The Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center offers FREE classes for cancer survivors currently undergoing treatment or post-treatment, as well as family and community members. We are thankful for our teachers who donate their time to serve! Each class is listed below. Pay close attention to the attendee qualifications when registering for classes. Seating is limited.

Support Groups

Join our cancer survivor support group on FacebookJoin our cancer caregiver support group on Facebook

Facilitated by Cancer Center staff, these support groups provides a safe and comfortable space for all patients, survivors and caregivers to meet regularly and share honestly about their cancer experience with others who “know what it’s like.”

Date and time for in-person groups to be determined based on interest. Located in Cancer Center Break Room

Contact us to express interest in the support group: 

Angie Del Nero, MSW
Click to email
828-262-9170

Relax and Feel Radiant

Day and Time: TBD

Attendee Qualifications: Cancer survivors in treatment

Location: Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center, Break Room

Description: Cancer treatments aren’t always prescribed by doctors. Learn about skin therapy, receive makeup and wig tips, and make your own turban. Let licensed estheticians and cosmetologists help you address the cosmetic side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Most makeup products will be available, however participants are encouraged to bring their own, especially if you have allergies or reactions to cosmetics. Bring an old t-shirt and we will show you how to make your own turban.

Contact: 

Angie Del Nero, MSW
Click to email
828-262-9170

Cancer Expressions Open Studio

Day and Time: TBD

Attendee Qualifications: Cancer survivors in treatment or post-treatment and caregivers

Location: Seby B. Jones Cancer Center Break Room

Description: Bring your own artistic project if you have one, or try out projects in the studio. No prior art experience necessary. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or bring an apron.

Contact: 

Melanie Childers, Director of Pastoral Care
click to email
828-266-1178

Cancer Resource Alliance

Cancer Resource Alliance

The Cancer Resource Alliance (CRA) is a comprehensive team of healthcare professionals, business partners, cancer caregivers and cancer survivor volunteers. The Alliance was established in 2006 as an outreach arm of Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center in Watauga County, the American Cancer Society and the Rural Healthcare Initiative of Avery County. The CRA presence in Watauga and Avery counties is further committed to helping Cancer Center cancer patients who qualify for assistance and their families with support services and programs.

Watauga County Cancer Resource Alliance
338 Deerfield Road
Boone, NC 28607
(828) 262-4332

Avery County Cancer Resource Alliance
436 Hospital Drive, Suite 115
Linville, NC 28646
(828) 737-7477

 

Programs & Services offered through CRA:

  • Art Cart
  • Caregiver Support
  • Face and Skin Care Classes
  • Lymphedema Education
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Day
  • Lighting of the Tree Ceremony
  • Massage Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Open Studio Art Classes
  • Thrive Oncology Wellness Program
  • Wigs & Prosthetics

 

You Can Help

The CRA is supported completely by donations. To make a tax-deductible donation to the CRA Fund, contact Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation at (828) 262-4391 or visit www.foundation.apprhs.org

For more information about CRA programs or to volunteer, contact the Director of Oncology Services at (828) 262-4332.