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Cancer and Fertility

Dr. Laurence Altshuler explained the new Oncofertility Preservation Program at CTCA in Tulsa.

CTCA hosts 10th annual Chefs for the Cure

CTCA Executive Chef Kenny Wagoner promoted the 10th annual Chefs for the Cure event which benefits Susan G. Komen Tulsa. Chef Kenny also demonstrated a recipe for Blackened Salmon “Scallop” with Smoked Corn Maque Choux.

Healthy eating can help cancer patients during and after treatment

Dr. Simeon Jaggernauth, a medical oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, said people being treated for cancer need to eat well because their bodies need good building blocks for repair after radiation, chemotherapy or surgery. CTCA patient Todd Gillett and Executive Chef Kenny Wagoner are also quoted.

Wonderful dishes all for a good cause

CTCA Executive Chef Kenny Wagoner demonstrates a recipe that he plans to serve at the upcoming Chefs for the Cure event which will benefit Susan G. Komen Tulsa.

Three Steps to Good Nutrition

This article about maintaining good nutrition during cancer treatment was reprinted from Cancer Fighters Thrive magazine. Kalli Castille, director of nutritional support and culinary, is quoted. See pages 11 – 14.

7 Gastroenterologists on Benchmarking & Colonoscopy Quality

Pankaj Vashi, MD, Lead National Medical Director, National Clinical Director of Gastroenterology/Nutrition, Metabolic Support and Gastroenterology, Midwestern Regional Medical Center, Zion, Ill.: Benchmarking as a means to improve colonoscopy quality plays a vital role in being able to deliver the most current and reliable information and modes of care to all of the key audiences, including patients, accrediting organizations and licensing bodies.

The best benchmarks for colonoscopy quality are adenoma detection rate and cecal intubation rate. ADR is defined as the average percent of patients with polyps who have been screened through colonoscopy over the age of 50. The rate has to be greater than 25 percent in males and greater than 15 percent for females. The other quality measured is the cecal intubation rate. This is the time the colonoscope is withdrawn back through the colon, carefully examining the lining from cecum to rectum. The current benchmark for this is a minimum of six minutes. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America®, we use cecal intubation rate as a quality measure. We benchmark this by documenting the number of patients in whom cecum was reached during colonoscopy.

The future of medicine will continue to challenge us to document quality of care so that all parties that use this information are kept well informed. But most important of all is the benefit it will have for the patients that we serve.

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