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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 This is the time the colonoscope is withdrawn back through the colon, carefully examining the lining from cecum to rectum.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.

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.

Laughter can provide some surprising benefits

Cancer Treatment Centers of America is starting to adopt laughter therapy as a tool to help cancer patients. The center’s website says that Dr. Katherine Puckett introduced laughter therapy to the Midwestern Regional Medical Center when a patient asked for it. Now laughter clubs or humor groups are led at CTCA to help patients and families heal. Laughter therapy is based on the physical exercise of laughing, so patients start by just making “ha-ha” or “he-he” sounds until they start laughing. Puckett says “it is hard for people not to join in because laughter is so contagious.” One of the things she is finding is that patients learn to laugh. Their situation is not very funny but they can still laugh and feel better. When you laugh, it’s hard to concentrate on anything negative.

Laughter can provide some surprising benefits

Cancer Treatment Centers of America is starting to adopt laughter therapy as a tool to help cancer patients. The center’s website says that Dr. Katherine Puckett introduced laughter therapy to the Midwestern Regional Medical Center when a patient asked for it. Now laughter clubs or humor groups are led at CTCA to help patients and families heal. Laughter therapy is based on the physical exercise of laughing, so patients start by just making “ha-ha” or “he-he” sounds until they start laughing. Puckett says “it is hard for people not to join in because laughter is so contagious.” One of the things she is finding is that patients learn to laugh. Their situation is not very funny but they can still laugh and feel better. When you laugh, it’s hard to concentrate on anything negative.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center Hospital Honored with National Healthgrades 2014 Outstanding Patient Experience Award

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) is proud to announce that it has achieved the 2014 Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. CTCA at Midwestern was identified as providing outstanding performance in the delivery of positive experiences for patients during their hospital stay, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

Cancer and Nutrition

Ketogenic diet and calorie restriction show promise in improving cancer outcomes but clinicians say more research is needed.

Cancer and Nutrition

Ketogenic diet and calorie restriction show promise in improving cancer outcomes but clinicians say more research is needed.

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