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    Getting Through the Holidays during Cancer Treatment

    Last updated 7 hours 35 minutes ago

    At times, going through cancer treatment may feel like a full-time job. In addition to visiting the nearby hospital for treatments and support groups, you’ll need extra time to rest and cope with your side effects. During holidays, it can be particularly stressful for cancer patients to juggle their hospital appointments with holiday traditions, on top of handling the emotional aspects of having cancer. If you find yourself becoming overwhelmed this holiday season, consider talking to a physician at your local hospital or reaching out to others in your support group for help.

    Be Mindful of Food Safety

    Since cancer treatments such as chemotherapy weakens your immune system and makes it difficult to fight off infections, it’s particularly important to be mindful of food safety. Unfortunately, this is often difficult during the holidays, as food can remain on buffet tables for hours. It’s advisable to avoid foods that perish quickly, such as those made with eggs, mayonnaise, and meats. It’s a good idea to eat a snack before going to a holiday get-together or to bring some safe foods with you.

    Navigate the Buffet Table

    Being careful with food safety is just one of the hurdles cancer patients face when navigating the buffet table. Many patients experience side effects such as nausea, vomiting, constipation, and sensory changes. Eating before you leave the house is helpful if you cannot tolerate any of the foods that are offered at the get-together. Remember to take your time with your meal and to choose small, manageable portions.

    Modify Your Traditions

    Fatigue is a common side effect of cancer treatment. Don’t hesitate to modify your holiday traditions to suit your needs. After all, your health should come first. Ask someone else to host the family holiday party this year, skip going to the office party, or limit the amount of time you spend at each event.

    At the hospitals within the HCA Far West Division, our healthcare providers understand the strain of going through cancer treatment and coping with the diagnosis. California and Nevada residents are welcome to explore our cancer support groups at our community hospitals. You can also read more about coping with cancer on our website or contact our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (855) 422-9378 to learn more about the other healthcare services available at our hospitals, including urgent care and stroke care.

    Tips for Success in This Year's Great American Smokeout

    Last updated 2 days 7 hours ago

    Each year, the American Cancer Society designates the third Thursday of November as the day for the Great American Smokeout. The Great American Smokeout encourages people to set a date to quit smoking or to try to quit smoking even just for one day. In doing so, you’re taking an important step toward reducing your risk of various cancers, heart disease, and a slew of other serious health problems. Quitting smoking is difficult; consider visiting a physician at your local hospital to discuss the matter. Your community hospital may offer smoking cessation support services and you can also explore the use of medications or nicotine replacement products.

    Make a Plan

    Quitting smoking successfully often begins with a plan. Some people like to set a quit date and quit cold turkey, while others prefer to cut down on cigarettes over time. Some smoking cessation methods that may help you include using prescription medications, nicotine replacement products, and psychological counseling. If one plan doesn’t work for you, try another. Many people successfully quit after having tried multiple times.

    Identify Craving Triggers

    With the help of a physician or counselor at your community hospital, you can learn to identify the situations that can trigger a nicotine craving. For many people, these include certain places that they associate with smoking or certain times, such as after a meal or upon waking.

    Use Alternative Habits

    After identifying your triggers, develop a list of alternative habits. For example, instead of going for a smoke break at work, take a walk around the block. Instead of smoking after lunch, brush your teeth right away.

    Reward Yourself

    Establish a system to reward yourself for each week that you go without smoking. Save the money you ordinarily would have spent on cigarettes and instead do something you enjoy, such as going to the spa for a facial or signing up for an exercise class.

    When you’re ready to reclaim your health and quit smoking, the physicians of the hospitals within the HCA Far West Division are here to help you. You can visit a hospital in California or Nevada for smoking cessation resources, including patient education and medications. Call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (855) 422-9378 to speak with a registered nurse or visit our website to explore our specialty areas, including urgent care and stroke care.

    Transitioning Back Home after a Stroke

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Before you leave the hospital after suffering a stroke, you’ll work closely with your care team on discharge planning. The discharge planner at the hospital will help determine whether your home environment is safe for you, whether you have the proper assistance and equipment at home, and whether you have regained sufficient independence to return home. Despite all this preparation, returning home can still require an adjustment. You’ll need to work with your occupational therapist to learn how to adapt your movements and skills to your home environment.

    You can watch this video to hear more about transitioning out of the hospital following a stroke. You’ll learn why it’s important to do functional activities to rebuild your strength, such as rising out of a chair repeatedly.

    Many of the community hospitals within the HCA Far West Division are certified stroke centers that provide exceptional treatment and rehabilitative services to stroke patients throughout Nevada and California. To speak with a registered nurse, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (855) 422-9378.

    What Everyone Should Know about Alzheimer's Related Dementia

    Last updated 6 days ago

    There are many forms of dementia, which is a broad term that refers to the decline of cognitive ability. The symptoms of dementia vary, but are generally severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common type of dementia, is a devastating condition that eventually leads to death. Although the prognosis is grim, there are treatments available at your local hospital to manage symptoms and delay the worsening of symptoms. If you’ve been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or you’re a family caregiver, you can turn to a physician at your community hospital for assistance.

    Risk Factors

    The most significant risk factor of Alzheimer’s disease is age. People who are 65 years of age or older have a higher risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. However, it is possible to be diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. Other risk factors include having a family history of the disease and having other medical conditions such as diabetes, depression, Down syndrome, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

    Warning Signs

    Alzheimer’s is a disease that progresses gradually. At first, the symptoms may be relatively mild. If you notice any of the warning signs of Alzheimer’s, it’s a good idea to consult a doctor at a nearby hospital. Some of these symptoms can include frequently misplacing things, forgetting the names of loved ones, having trouble finding the right word, and having trouble with daily tasks such as balancing a budget.

    Treatment Options

    Although researchers haven’t yet found a cure for Alzheimer’s, there are treatment options available that can improve quality of life and ameliorate symptoms. For example, some medications may help with memory loss while other treatments may help with behavioral changes.

    The hospitals that comprise the HCA Far West Division provide a continuum of care for families throughout California and Nevada, including urgent care, stroke care, and Alzheimer’s care. The healthcare providers at our community hospitals are dedicated to maintaining the utmost standards of patient safety. If you or a loved one is facing Alzheimer’s disease, you can read more about the condition on our website or speak with a registered nurse by calling (855) 422-9378.

    Where to Go for Exceptional Pediatric Care in Las Vegas

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital of the HCA Far West Division is the most comprehensive children’s hospital in the Las Vegas area. Families can turn to Sunrise Children’s Hospital for specialized pediatric emergency care, pediatric cardiology, child-friendly imaging services, and so much more. The physicians and other staff members at this children’s hospital are dedicated to improving the wellness of children while helping them to feel at ease within the hospital setting. Expectant moms will also find specialized services at this children’s hospital, including fetal assessment and breastfeeding support.

    You can hear more about Sunrise Children’s Hospital of Las Vegas by watching this video. You’ll learn how to find the average emergency room wait time for this hospital and how the facility serves local families with comprehensive services.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital is just one of the many exceptional community hospitals within the HCA Far West Division. You can find a hospital near you by browsing our website or calling (855) 422-9378.

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