Dr. Anne-Corinne Beaver, Cancer Survivor & Surgeon
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
Imminent bone marrow ablation chemotherapy
Previously received, scheduled, or imminent skull irradiation
Severe liver or renal disease
Small cell carcinoma of the lung
Solid tumors that have a high likelihood for metastasis in transit
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.”
Practicing 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 email@example.com (828) 262-4158
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?
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
Avery County Cancer Resource Alliance
436 Hospital Drive, Suite 115
Linville, NC 28646
Programs & Services offered through CRA:
Face and Skin Care Classes
Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Day
Lighting of the Tree Ceremony
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.