Cancer Care and Prevention

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Cancer Care and Prevention

Michelle Rudd’s son McKay never said too much about his mom’s illness. But his greatest wish was to see her well. It was a wish gratefully granted.

At 32, Michelle began her journey through breast cancer. And she still feels blessed today to have received her care right here at home at Dixie Regional’s Cancer Center. Her “patient navigator”—the medical professional who guided her through the complexities of her treatments—was a godsend. Because of such comprehensive, patient-centered care, she was able to maintain a normal life with her son—her greatest wish. Eager to “give back” for the care she had received, Michelle lent her support

Ask those who’ve done so and they’ll say dealing with a life-threatening illness often means dealing with myriad and seemingly overwhelming challenges. And life today is already robust with challenges— such as those brought about by our turbulent economic times. Your generosity and compassion— especially in times like these—mean so much more.

We at the Foundation of Dixie Regional want you to know how thankful we are for you. Your past and present gifts to Dixie Regional to advance cancer care and prevention touch many lives. Your generosity helps so many through the maze of serious illness––back to health and hope for tomorrow.

Because of your generosity and support, we were able to accomplish great things at Dixie Regional's Cancer Center:

Trilogy. This state-of-the-art, multi-functional linear accelerator treats cancer patients with radiation therapy and handles multiple cancers—from simple cases to some of the most complex stereotactic treatments. The only one of its kind in Utah, it accelerates treatment of certain types of cancer, decreasing treatment time from 20 to 30 minutes to less than 10.

Digital Mammography. A top priority for philanthropic support––ensuring all mammography machines throughout southern Utah are digital—first and foremost, because they provide the best image quality and resolution possible—significantly better than those provided by analog film. Likewise, review and detailed comparison with past mammography results are also greatly enhanced.

Storage and retrieval of films benefit, too. No more lost films, transporting them back and forth from radiology, to a physician, and back again. All digital mammograms are accessible on our radiology computer system. Third is speed. The technologist is able to position the patient, take the mammogram, review it for clarity, send it to the radiologist and send the patient home. Analog films require the patient to wait until the technologist had run to the dark room to process the film cassette to ensure a quality film for the radiologist. Digital mammography allows the patient to come in and get out sooner with their screening mammogram.

Patient Navigation. Known as “the glue” for a patient traveling among several different providers, this process helps the patient navigate a relatively unknown system. Working with the treating physicians and their staff, the patient navigator offers individual and support group classes— including emotional, clinical and psychosocial—to both patients and their support networks.

Biopsy Locator. Located in the operating room, this device allows the surgeon to take an x-ray of the specimen removed and send it expeditiously to the radiologist for review. Without this device, the tissue is carried/ run to another part of the hospital, placed on a mammography machine, and then the image is sent to the radiologist. Significant time is reduced, resulting in the surgeon hearing back from the radiologist sooner and completing the surgery more quickly.

Thanks to so many…the inaugural Rulan D. Woodbury Jubilee Classic scored success… netting $125,000 to advance cancer care and prevention—and the lifesaving saving service of rotary wing air ambulance—at Dixie Regional.

Thank you for furthering Dixie Regional as a nationally acclaimed comprehensive and multidisciplinary care program… and keeping Dixie Regional among Utah’s leaders in cancer care…for all of us in southern Utah.

 

After cancer, my life’s back in full swing…thanks to care, right here at home at Dixie Regional.

As a golfer living in this beautiful area, it’s a thrill to know that on most any day, I can answer “the call of the course.” But that came to an abrupt halt when I was diagnosed with cancer. I knew fighting cancer would take me off course for a while. Thankfully, though—because of the level of care offered at Intermountain Dixie Regional Cancer Center—I stayed close to home during my journey through this awful disease, accelerating my healing and well-being.

How am I today? Healthy and back on course. Incredibly thankful to the team of doctors, nurses, technicians—and the state-of-the-art technology they worked with—to give me a second chance at life. Golf may be my game, but gratitude’s my name.

~ Lonnie Thompson

 Lynne Stedman cancer surviver

Lynne Stedman wasn’t the only one surprised by her diagnosis. Her doctors were as well. In 2004, and still living in California, Lynne remembers her journey through breast cancer there as a “medical shuttle.” Seeing one specialist after another, Lynne learned she was one of about 5% of all women whose specific breast cancer diagnosis was very difficult to ascertain. Even though she’d recently had a mammogram, when Lynne felt a definitive—and large—lump, she was clearly concerned. A tissue aspiration, then breast MRI, followed by an ultrasound and then another mammogram were all necessary to arrive at the final diagnosis. And by the time her diagnosis was definitive, cancer had spread to her lymph nodes. Grateful nonetheless, Lynne underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy followed by prescription medications as treatment.

Today, five years later and cancer-free, Lynne reflects her journey through this illness and what she’s learned. “Mammograms are so important—but they’re not foolproof. They’re part of the top three early detection steps. Self-exam and regular vigilance play such important roles, too.”