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Dispelling myths about cancer

Part of the reason why there are so many misconceptions about cancer is perhaps that the disease is so intensely feared. It’s understandable for a person to resort to non-evidence-based options when his or her life is on the line. But unfortunately, believing in cancer-related myths can cause far more harm than good.

A cancer patient’s best source of reliable, evidence-based medical information is the oncology team. Regional Medical Center of San Jose brings together highly skilled cancer care professionals who work together for the best possible outcome for our patients.

Myth: Starving cancer can kill it
When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear a doctor at Regional Medical Center of San Jose discuss a couple of the cancer-related myths she encounters. One of the most harmful is the myth that starving oneself can weaken and kill cancer cells.

This simply doesn’t work. It only weakens the patient, and makes him or her less capable of tolerating cancer treatments like chemotherapy.

Myth: Staying positive will improve the odds of surviving cancer
Cancer patients often hear well-intentioned individuals instructing them to stay positive because it improves the chances of beating the disease. There is no clinical evidence that suggests this could be true.

That being said, other benefits can be derived from embracing a positive attitude. Cancer patients who actively cultivate positivity may be more resilient to the emotional consequences of their diagnosis. A positive attitude can also encourage cancer patients to make healthy decisions regarding their diet, activity level and treatment compliance.

Myth: Undergoing a biopsy can cause cancer to spread
A biopsy is a minimally invasive procedure in which a very small sample of cells is extracted for examination in a lab. Some people think that undergoing a biopsy or an interventional surgery for cancer might cause the abnormal cells to spread. This is extremely unlikely.

Doctors who must perform biopsies or surgeries on more than one area of the body use different medical instruments for each site. This eliminates the possibility that cancerous cells could hitch a ride on a surgical tool and be deposited in another part of the body.

Cancer Care at Regional Medical Center of San Jose is a carefully designed program that provides positive, encouraging support to patients and their families. We believe that our neighbors in San Jose deserve superior, personalized care when it’s necessary to fight cancer. You can request a referral to our Cancer Care team by calling (888) 762-8881.


Adjusting to your Holter monitor

Patients who see heart care specialists often undergo EKGs, which is a noninvasive test that records the heart’s electrical activity. The primary limitation of this test is that it only measures the heart’s activity during that specific time, according to the cardiologist featured in the accompanying video. This is why you may be asked to wear a Holter monitor. The cardiologists at Regional Medical Center of San Jose will provide the personalized guidance you need to adjust seamlessly to your monitoring device.

Wearing the Holter monitor
Holter monitors aren’t heavy. Once the technician attaches the electrodes to your chest, he or she will help you find the most comfortable way for you to carry it. You may decide to:

  • Attach it to your waist
  • Carry it in a pocket or pouch
  • Wear it like a cross-body purse

When you go to bed, you can set the device on a nearby nightstand.

Recording your symptoms and activities
Since the device monitors your heart’s electrical activity, your heart doctor will need to know what you were doing when your symptoms developed. You’ll be asked to keep a detailed record of your symptoms, which might include the following:

  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea

For each symptom, record the date and time it occurs. Write down what you were doing when your symptoms developed. Even if you were doing nothing at all, write down whether you were lying down, sitting or standing.

Your doctor may also ask you to keep a log of all of your daily activities, regardless of whether you experienced symptoms during them. These activities may include:

  • Exercising
  • Taking medications
  • Eating
  • Engaging in sexual activity

Avoiding activities that can affect the Holter monitor
The technician will give you detailed instructions on taking proper care of the Holter monitor. You’ll need to avoid the following:

  • Bathing, showering and swimming
  • Getting x-rays
  • Going near high-voltage areas
  • Using electric blankets
  • Going near metal detectors or magnets

Should you have any difficulties while receiving heart care from Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our cardiology team will work one-on-one with you. We continually strive for healthcare excellence because we firmly believe our patients deserve superior care for the best possible outcome. Call (888) 762-8881 to request a referral to a physician in San Jose.


Treating dehydration in your child

Dehydration can happen for many different reasons in kids. By recognizing the signs and taking steps to treat it early, you could help prevent the need for emergency care. If your child has a dry mouth, is urinating less than normal or has few or no tears when crying, consider trying these treatments for dehydration.

Try oral rehydration solution

Although your first instinct may be to reach for water, an even better answer could be oral rehydration solution, or ORS. This is especially true if your child has been vomiting or has had diarrhea, as he or she could have lost a lot of electrolytes. ORS contains a blend of salts and sugars that can rehydrate your child rapidly.

ORS is available in many grocery stores and drug stores, and no prescription is required. Generally, you can start rehydrating your child with as little as a teaspoon every few minutes. If your child is not vomiting, he or she may be able to tolerate larger sips.

Serve up popsicles

Popsicles are also helpful when kids are dehydrated, because of the mix of water and sugar they contain. In many cases, kids can tolerate popsicles even if they have diarrhea or are vomiting.

If your child has gastrointestinal upset, you can start with just a portion of a popsicle and then build up little by little to increase his or her fluid intake.

Get emergency care when necessary

If your child is significantly dehydrated and doesn’t show signs of improvement, get emergency care. He or she may require IV fluids to recover. Keep your eye out for signs like increased irritability, drowsiness and dizziness that can indicate serious dehydration.

When your child needs care, you can count on Regional Medical Center of San Jose. From pediatrics specialists to emergency care, we can help your family members of all ages get the comprehensive healthcare they need in San Jose. Do you need more information about our children’s health services or a referral to a physician? Please call (888) 762-8881.


Recognizing the signs of skin cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer for both men and women in the US. Fortunately, it is also treatable in the vast majority of cases, as long as it is diagnosed early. By being vigilant about recognizing the signs of skin cancer and reporting them to your physician when you see them, you can increase the chances of getting an early diagnosis and treatment if the disease happens to you. If you notice any of these signs of skin cancer, consider making an appointment with your physician.

A mole that suddenly looks different

Changes in moles can indicate skin cancer. If you have one or more moles, keep an eye out for these potential skin cancer symptoms:

  • Change in color
  • Change in shape or border
  • Change in size

Although these changes are the most common that occur with moles, you should have any changes in a mole evaluated by a physician. He or she may decide to take a biopsy of the mole to see if any cancerous or precancerous cells are present.

A red or pale patch of skin

Skin cancer can cause red or pale patches of skin that can be scaly and rough or flat and smooth. In some cases, these patches may have raised edges, black spots or pearl-like bumps. Frequently, these patches look like scars.

In some cases, these patches are pale and raised, which gives them a wart-like appearance.

A sore that won’t heal

Skin cancer can also appear as an open sore that won’t heal. The sore may go away and come back, or it may just remain open. In some cases, the sore may also ooze pus or have a crusty surface.

In some cases, these open wounds are confused with shaving cuts, so be mindful of perceived cuts that don’t heal. These could indicate skin cancer.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose is pleased to offer a renowned cancer care program in San Jose. Our experienced team of multidisciplinary specialists provides comprehensive care for patients and their families using the latest technological advances. For more information, please call (888) 762-8881.


Know when your health can't wait

One question people often struggle with when faced with an illness or injury is whether to seek emergency care or to call their primary care physicians. As a general guideline, any time you are concerned that your symptoms could indicate a serious issue, go to the ER. It is preferable to seek emergency care for a problem that ends up being less urgent than to delay care in an emergency situation. If you experience any of these potentially serious problems, go to the ER for diagnosis and treatment.

Chest pain

Although chest pain does not always mean you are having a heart attack, it should always be evaluated in the ER. If you are having a heart attack, every second counts. The sooner you receive treatment, the more heart tissue the physicians will be able to save.

Chest pain is especially worrying when it is accompanied by dizziness, shortness of breath and pain in the left arm, upper back and neck.

Sudden speech problems

When someone begins slurring his or her words suddenly, a stroke could be to blame. Like heart attacks, fast treatment is essential during a stroke, so never avoid immediate care whenever this symptom appears.

Strokes can also cause drooping on one side of the body, vision problems and a sudden headache. Never risk waiting out these symptoms.

Severe bleeding

After an injury, severe bleeding can quickly lead to a medical emergency when it is not stopped. Getting emergency care can stop the bleeding before it leads to further complications.

Injuries that cause serious bleeding could also cause internal bleeding that you can’t see but that can be just as dangerous. Any time you experience a traumatic injury, get emergency care to ensure proper healing.

At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we provide emergency care in San Jose as well as a trauma center that are each staffed with specialists around the clock. Get answers to your questions about all of our hospital services by calling (888) 762-8881.


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