• Getting to Know Light the Night

    Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is pleased to take part in the Light the Night Walk in Las Vegas to raise money for research into blood cancer treatments. This national program brings together those touched by blood cancers and their supporters in over 200 communities in hopes of funding life-saving research initiatives. Here is a look at the program and how you can get involved.

    What Is Light the Night?

    Light the Night is an annual fundraising walk organized by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The length of the walk course varies from location to location but is suitable for all fitness levels and is held at a leisurely pace. To take part in the walk, participants sign up for a team and raised funds individually. Everyone who raises $100 or more becomes a Champion for the Cure and receives a Light the Night t-shirt, a wristband for food, and an illuminated lantern to carry for the walk. People who raise more than $1,000 become members of the Bright Lights Club.

    How Are the Funds Used?

    The proceeds from Light the Night support efforts to cure blood cancers, including leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma. The money pays for research projects, government advocacy initiatives, community outreach and education efforts, and patient assistance programs. Light the Night is also a tremendous opportunity to stand in solidarity with patients who are currently fighting blood cancers and in remembrance of those who have been lost.

    How Can I Take Part?

    You can visit the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center Light the Night page to join one of our teams or make a donation. Once you are on a team, you can come out and join us on the Las Vegas Walk on November 7. You can also help by spreading the word about our fundraising efforts.

    At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, your health comes first. We provide a comprehensive range of medical services, including an ER when you need urgent care, plus a heart hospital, stroke care, oncology, and more. For more information or a physical referral , please call (702) 233-5300.

  • Spotlight on The Breast Center at Sunrise

    Breast cancer is one of the most significant health risks for women. One in eight women will develop it in their lifetime, and over 40,000 women die of the disease each year. The good news is that there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Live a healthy lifestyle, and talk to your doctor about your risk factors to determine if medications could reduce your risk. Go to the hospital for regular mammograms so that if breast cancer does occur, it can be diagnosed in its early stages. At Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas, The Breast Center at Sunrise offers breast cancer support from screening to recovery. Our hospital’s nationally accredited program boasts 3D digital mammogram machines with computer-aided detection for the most accurate screenings possible. Please share the important facts in this infographic from our Las Vegas hospital to help women everywhere understand how to take control of their breast health.

  • Why Are Mammograms So Important for Women?

    Mammograms are an essential part of preventative care for women . These imaging tests are usually completed in 30 minutes or less but can be life-saving. If you’re one of the many women who is postponing your mammogram after receiving a physician referral for one, here are some of the reasons you should consider setting up your appointment.

    Diagnose Breast Cancer In Early Stages

    Mammograms allow your doctor to see changes in your breast tissue before other symptoms develop. That means that you could be diagnosed with breast cancer and start receiving treatment when the cancer is in very early stages, before it has spread out of the breast. With early diagnosis, treatment is often less invasive and more effective. Keep in mind that while monthly self-exams are also important, a mammogram can show a change in your breast that you can’t detect through a manual exam until it grows larger.

    Prevent Breast Cancer

    In some cases, a mammogram may not only diagnose existing breast cancer but could actually prevent it. During a screening, your doctor may detect a pre-cancerous growth that would eventually become cancer. By removing the pre-cancerous area, your doctor will prevent you from developing breast cancer and being forced to undergo more difficult treatments.

    Set a Baseline

    If you’ve never had a mammogram before, the importance of your first one isn’t just the screening itself but also the baseline image of your breast tissue it creates. If there is a change in your breast tissue in the future, it can be easily identified by comparing the new image to your baseline mammogram.

    The Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center makes breast health easy for women with a multidisciplinary team of medical experts and $75 mammograms in October. You can find out more about the mammogram services at our Las Vegas hospital, request a physician referral, and get information about all of our departments, including emergency care and stroke care, by calling (702) 233-5300.

  • Taking a Look at Some Common Myths About Emergency Care

    When you go to the hospital for emergency care , the only thing on your mind is getting the urgent care that you need. Unfortunately, several myths about what really happens in the ER can leave patients and their families feeling frustrated. Are myths about the emergency room interfering with your care experience? These facts may help you see emergency care in a new light.

    Myth: Patients Are Seen In the Order They Check In

    When you are waiting in the ER, it can be confusing to see patients who arrived after you get called back before you do. However, emergency rooms treat patients on the urgency of their needs instead of the order in which they arrived. The very first part of checking into an ER is triage —this allows the staff to decide how quickly you need attention versus other patients who are waiting. Under this system, patients with potentially life-threatening emergencies who need time-sensitive care are treated before patients with less urgent needs. This practice allows emergency room doctors to give every patient the best possible outcome.

    Myth: Every ER Visit Will Take Hours

    The average length of time a person spends in an ER in the US is around five hours, but experiences can vary dramatically. A number of different factors can influence how long you spend in the ER, from the nature of your problem to how many other patients are being seen. The one thing that is always true is that the medical staff providing emergency care works to get patients diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible.

    Myth: You Shouldn’t Go to the ER If You Aren’t Sure You Have an Emergency

    If you think you could be experiencing a medical emergency, go to the ER. The staff won’t be upset with you if, for instance, you end up having indigestion instead of a heart attack. Delaying life-saving care is a risk that no medical provider wants you to take.

    When you need emergency care, choose Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas . We are here 24 hours a day to meet the urgent medical needs of your family. For more information, please call (702) 233-5300.

  • Maintaining Wellness During Breast Cancer Treatment

    When you’re undergoing breast cancer treatment, it is natural to be extremely focused on beating your disease, but it’s equally important to maintain your overall health in the meantime. The side effects of treatment may interfere with your usual eating and exercise habits, but with your doctor, you can find ways to feel as healthy and strong as possible without putting your cancer care in jeopardy. At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, our oncology department not only helps patients get the treatments they need but also assists patients with feeling as well as possible while under care. If you are receiving breast cancer treatment, here are some of the strategies you can use to feel your best.

    Focus on Nutrition

    Breast cancer treatment can interfere with your appetite and cause you to feel so nauseated that you don’t want to eat. However, it’s important to get good nutrition during treatment to support your healing. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. If you are struggling with appetite or finding the energy to eat, ask your doctor for suggestion for meal replacement drinks and other alternatives that may be easier to have than larger meals.

    Exercise Regularly

    You don’t have to stop exercising because you are receiving cancer care. Talk to your doctor about what is safe for you and be active as often as you can. Exercising will help keep your weight in a healthy range and battle the depression that can often be associated with cancer care.

    Ask for Help

    Don’t neglect your emotional wellness while facing cancer. Anxiety, depression, and anger are common, but help is available. Talk to your oncology team about your options, from support groups to medication. Feeling strong emotionally will improve your ability to fight your disease.

    You don’t have to face cancer alone. Trust the multidisciplinary oncology team and Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center for cutting-edge, compassionate care. Get a physician referral to a cancer specialist at our Las Vegas hospital or more information about our other services, from our heart hospital to stroke care, by calling (702) 233-5300.