TO BEAT CANCER, YOU NEED OFFENSE, DEFENSE AND A GREAT COACH
If you were told, “You have cancer,” wouldn’t you want the best, most complete team at your side?
Of course you would. That’s why we founded THE CANCER CARE INITIATIVE with the cancer care experts using services and facilities at Swedish Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. We believe in taking on cancer like a team of professional athletes faces and opponent – with an aggressive offense, powerful defense and a coach who keeps everyone organized and focused.
It’s simple: When the body and mind are stronger, you fight harder.
For many people, the second scariest thing to cancer is the treatment. And while radiation, chemotherapy, surgery and other approaches do take a physical and emotional toll on the body, they’re crucial to the possibility of winning the fight.
But at THE CANCER CARE INITIATIVE, we believe (in fact, we know), that by combining traditional therapies with nutrition, fitness, massage, acupuncture, pain management and other comprehensive services, patients have far less difficulty during treatment. They also feel stronger physically and mentally and actually have a better chance of making the transition from cancer patient to cancer survivor.
We want to provide this service to as many people in our community as we can, so we’ve initiated a major fund-raising campaign spearheaded by NBA 1,000 game winner, two-time cancer survivor and 2013 NBA Coach of the Year, George Karl.
GEORGE’S GOAL – AND OURS, is to make the Cancer Care Initiative’s full suite of services affordable for all. If you’d like to donate to this mission, visit www.beatitwithateam.org.
For more information or any questions please call (303) 788-9399 or print the brochure.
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EATING AND HYDRATING SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR CHEMOTHERAPY PATIENTS
By: Dr. Lillian Klancar, Hematology/Oncology, Breast Cancer Care Consultants and Jana Tompkins, Patient Navigator, Progressive Health Center
So you’ve been diagnosed with cancer and you’re facing chemotherapy. You’ve searched the web or you’ve picked up a pamphlet about eating the proper amounts of protein and carbohydrates during your rounds of chemo. All in good theory, but what if you just can’t eat or drink and feel too tired to even try?
HERE ARE SPECIFIC STRATEGIES TO HELP YOU SURVIVE CHEMOTHERAPY
There are four common side effects of chemotherapy that nearly everyone in treatment will experience – dehydration, changes in appetite, fatigue and pain. We’re going to focus, here, on dehydration and changes in appetite. In our next article we will suggest strategies for coping with fatigue and pain. Click here to read the rest of the article.
Cancer Care Initiative Executive Committee
Executive Committee Members:
Lilly Klancar, MD-Chair
Sue Goodin-Founder Progressive Health Center
Carol Mumford-Director of Oncology Services Swedish Medical Center
Jim Fenton, MD-National Jewish South Denver
Ed Arenson, MD-University Hematology-Oncology
Andy Nemechek, MD-Head and Neck Surgical Specialists
Erick Kortz, MD-SurgOne PC Surgical Oncologist
Jana Topkins-Patient Care Coordinator
Kim Van Deraa-Community Member
Don Herzog-Community Member
Rob Edmisson-Community Member