Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center
Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital are committed to providing a healthier environment for members of our community, employees, physicians, patients, families, and visitors.

What happens if you are diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant?

Cancer is a diagnosis that is always life-changing, although some patients can experience more difficult complications than others. If you’re an expecting mother who has been diagnosed with a breast cancer tumor, you may feel overwhelmed when trying to make treatment decisions. At MountainView Hospital, we provide the advanced cancer treatments you need and the patient-centered, compassionate guidance you deserve.

Undergoing cancer surgery during pregnancy
Surgery is often part of a cancer treatment plan and generally safe for the fetus. It is possible for anesthesia drugs to cross the placenta but doesn’t appear to cause birth defects or pregnancy complications.

Another concern about having surgery during pregnancy is the post-surgical pain management plan. The surgeon and obstetrician can coordinate the treatment plan to minimize the risk to your baby.

The type of surgery must also be carefully considered. Mastectomies are generally recommended instead of lumpectomies when the cancer is diagnosed in the first trimester. This is because lumpectomies are usually followed by radiation therapy, which needs to be administered after the baby is born.

Women in their second and third trimesters may still be good candidates for a lumpectomy, as they can delay radiation therapy.

Cancer treatments to avoid during pregnancy
It is possible to safely treat breast cancer during pregnancy, but certain treatments need to be avoided until after the baby is born. These include radiation therapy, hormone therapy and targeted therapy.

In the event that an expecting mother needs aggressive treatment for advanced cancer or inflammatory breast cancer, pregnancy termination can be discussed with a psychologist or other mental health counselor in addition to her oncologist.

Receiving chemotherapy during pregnancy
The American Cancer Society advises against having chemotherapy during the first trimester, as this isn’t safe for the baby. It’s thought that chemotherapy is safer later on in the pregnancy.

When chemo is given during pregnancy, it’s discontinued three weeks prior to the anticipated due date. This gives women some time to recover their strength before labor and delivery.

At MountainView Hospital, you’ll find sensitive, personalized medical guidance delivered by specialists who genuinely care about you and your baby. Our cancer care experts work tirelessly to give our patients the best possible outcome. Expecting mothers in the Las Vegas area can speak with a registered nurse at (702) 962-5021.

How should you prepare for a visit to physical therapy?

Physical therapists work with patients with a wide spectrum of health concerns—from rheumatoid arthritis to sports injuries to stroke. When you meet your physical therapist, you can expect a thorough evaluation of your health and rehabilitation goals. At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, our physical rehab team focuses on patient-centered care that takes a collaborative approach to recovery.

Gather important medical information and documents
In order to develop the most effective treatment plan for your needs, your physical therapist needs some information from you. Prepare for your visit by writing down all of your symptoms and physical limitations. Consider whether any of these issues are:

  • Worse or better at certain times
  • Worse or better during rest
  • Affected by certain activities or positions

Your physical therapist will also need your full medical history, even if some information seems unrelated to your current rehab goals. Call the office ahead of time to ensure they’ve received any imaging scans, medical reports or lab test results you may have had. You should also bring the contact information of your treating physicians and specialists.

Lastly, bring your day planner. You can expect to schedule additional physical therapy appointments before you leave.

Bring assistive devices, if needed
If you currently use any assistive devices, you should bring them to your appointment. These may include:

  • Walker
  • Crutches
  • Cane
  • Braces
  • Knee walker

Wear comfortable clothes
You might get started on some stretches and exercises during your first visit. It’s advisable to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Wear athletic shoes with non-skid soles.

Know how to get the most out of physical therapy
A successful course of physical therapy depends on the effort of the patient. To get the most out of your treatment, you should carefully follow your schedule of at-home exercises and stretches, and attend each physical therapy appointment. Be sure to give your physical therapist plenty of feedback about your symptoms and challenges, as he or she can adjust your treatment plan as needed.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center features a fully equipped, accredited Rehabilitation Unit for inpatients. Our physical rehab specialists are committed to providing the superior level of care that our patients deserve. Families in Las Vegas can request a referral by calling (702) 233-5300.

How does childhood obesity affect future heart disease risk?

As a leading cause of death in the United States, heart disease has the potential to directly or indirectly affect your family. Assessing the risk of heart disease in your family can help influence healthy lifestyle changes. It’s well-established that older adults have a higher likelihood of developing heart disease. But increasingly, heart care specialists are finding evidence to suggest that childhood obesity increases the risk of heart disease later in life. At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, the health of the next generation is of the highest importance to us. Our Heart Center provides cutting-edge treatments, but we emphasize the value of preventive medicine.

The impact of childhood habits
It’s always possible for a person to change his or her lifestyle habits. However, the longer a person sticks to a habit, the harder it is to break.

Children with poor dietary habits are more likely to become obese, and they may continue this harmful pattern of eating into adulthood. Coupled with physical inactivity and obesity, the lack of proper nutrition throughout life can raise the risk of heart trouble.

The risks of high blood pressure
Research indicates that, as childhood obesity rates rise, so too do rates of high blood pressure in younger people. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is known as the “silent killer.”

It doesn’t cause symptoms, and problems from hypertension can take years to develop, but the complications can prove fatal later in life. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases the likelihood of life-threatening problems like heart attack, heart failure and aneurysms.

The development of insulin resistance
Children who are obese may be more likely to develop insulin resistance over time. Eventually, this may develop into type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is known to be a significant risk factor for heart disease.

As a leader in family-centered healthcare in Las Vegas, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center attracts top doctors and specialists who genuinely care about our patients. Heart care and surgical weight loss are just two of the specialized services you’ll find here. Call a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300 to request a referral to a physician.

Taking stock of your food safety habits

The food supply in the U.S. is far safer than in most countries, but millions of Americans still develop foodborne illnesses each year. Thousands require emergency care and hospitalization for severe cases of food poisoning, and some cases prove fatal. Foodborne illnesses can certainly be serious, but the good news is that they are often preventable. Here at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, we understand how uncomfortable food poisoning can be. Our emergency care team is committed to giving you the superior care you need to feel well again.

Start with clean hands
Handwashing is a simple, yet effective way to curb cases of foodborne illnesses. Slapping on some soap and rinsing off quickly, however, won’t remove germs well. Instead, use these hand-washing tips:

  • Use running water and plenty of soap
  • Scrub your hands well for at least 20 seconds
  • Scrub under the fingernails, between the fingers and up to the wrists
  • Dry your hands with a clean towel

Wash your hands before preparing meals and eating, and immediately after handling any raw meat, poultry or seafood.

Keep raw and cooked foods separate
Raw food like chicken and beef can easily contaminate cooked dishes and raw produce. Keep foods separate to prevent cross-contamination, and use separate kitchen utensils for these items.

For example, do not use the same cutting board for vegetables that you use for meat. Place cooked food on a clean platter, instead of using the same platter that held raw food.

Use a meat thermometer
Cooking foods to the proper internal temperature is essential for killing off micro-organisms inside the food. Print out a chart of safe internal food temperatures, and keep it posted on your fridge for easy reference. A meat thermometer is the only effective way to determine whether food is fully cooked and safe to eat.

The Emergency Room at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is open 24/7, 365 days per year to save the lives of our neighbors throughout the Las Vegas community. True medical emergencies should be directed to a 911 dispatcher, but you can speak with a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300 if you have general questions. Our free nurse line can also connect you with a physician referral.

Early signs of prostate cancer to know

Prostate cancer is among the most common types of cancer diagnosed in men, second only to skin cancer. A diagnosis of any type of cancer is emotionally devastating, but it may comfort you to know that the prognosis for men with prostate cancer is generally favorable. In most cases, the cancer grows very slowly. Early detection of prostate cancer is still crucial, however, as some types do grow more aggressively. For all of your questions and concerns about prostate cancer, you can rely on the Cancer Care team at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.

Prostate cancer symptoms
Every man should be alert to unusual changes in health, as they can sometimes indicate an underlying problem that needs treatment. Prostate cancer often doesn’t result in noticeable symptoms in its early stages. Consider talking to your primary care physician about whether you should have health screenings, which check for potential problems in the absence of symptoms.

Urinary changes
The primary indicators of prostate cancer are urinary changes. Men may notice any of the following:

  • Pain or burning sensations during urination
  • Frequent urges to urinate, especially at night
  • Decreased urinary flow or velocity
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Problems starting and maintaining the urinary flow
  • Blood in the urine
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Feeling unable to completely empty the bladder

Sexual health issues
Some men with prostate cancer may experience sexual health problems. These can include bloody semen and pain while ejaculating. Erectile dysfunction can also occur, which refers to problems getting or maintaining an erection.

It’s important to note that erectile dysfunction, and other possible symptoms of prostate cancer, can also have many other potential causes. Your doctor can perform a full evaluation and recommend medical tests as needed to determine what the source of these problems are.

Cancer Care at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of genuinely compassionate specialists who care about our patients’ quality of life. If you’re receiving treatment from Cancer Care in Las Vegas, you’ll have access to the latest, state-of-the-art therapies, our Patient Navigator, and exceptional patient amenities in our dedicated oncology unit. Request a physician referral by calling (702) 233-5300.

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