Testing Early for Lung Cancer Leads to Better Outcomes
Over 224,000 men and women will be diagnosed with lung cancer in the United States this year. In 2014, over 70 percent of the people who developed lung cancer will die from the disease. The high number of deaths is due in part to lung cancer being found after it has spread. After years of research, recent studies show the benefits of low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung scans as a screening tool for the early detection of lung cancer.
"Research has shown that screening reduces death from lung cancer among people at high risk," said Dr. Timothy Cole, chest fellowship-trained radiologist working with Bon Secours Richmond Health System. "The National Lung Screening Trial found that use of LDCT lung scans in high-risk patients reduced lung cancer mortality by 20% and all-cause mortality by 6.9%."
Low-dose CT scans use X-ray technology to take high-resolution images of the lungs from different angles, allowing physicians to gain a clearer picture of the lungs to identify potentially cancerous spots that are too small to identify with standard X-ray. The scans also use lower doses of radiation than standard CT. It's important to know that not everyone needs a scan, only people who meet certain high-risk screening guidelines recommended by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
So, who would benefit from having a LDCT lung scan? Heavy smokers at least 55 years or older who have smoked the equivalent of a pack a day for 30 years, or smokers at least 50 years old who have smoked a pack a day for 20 years and have at least one of the additional risk factors below.
Additional risk factors:
* Radon exposure
* Job-related asbestos exposure
* History of cancer
* Family history of lung cancer
* COPD (emphysema)
* Pulmonary fibrosis
During the month of November, Bon Secours is offering LDCT lung screenings for $129 (regularly $229). If you, or someone you know, would benefit from having a LDCT lung scan performed, please call 804-359-WELL (9355) or 804-627-5660 to speak with one of our scheduling representatives. The key to surviving lung cancer is early detection and treatment. LDCT lung scans are helping to make that possible.
By Dr. Timothy Cole
November: Diabetes Awareness Month
As we head into the holidays, the American Diabetes Association encourages us to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Diabetes touches many lives in the United States:
- Nearly 30 million children and adults have diabetes.
- Another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
- The total cost of diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. is $245 billion.
Making lifestyle changes can help prevent and/or control diabetes. Studies show that making these three changes will help to reduce your chances of getting diabetes:
- Losing 7% or more of your weight, if you are overweight. If you weigh 200 pounds, losing 7% of your weight means losing 14 pounds.
- Getting at least 2½ hours (150 minutes) of moderate activity a week. Moderate activity gets your heart pumping. It includes walking quickly, playing basketball, or dancing fast.
- Eating a diet low in calories and saturated fat.
If you are at risk for diabetes or need help managing your existing condition, Bon Secours Medical Group has several physicians in convenient locations who specialize in diabetes and endocrinology.
Care Diabetes and Endocrinology
Rekha Nugaram, MD, FACE, and Uma Muthyala, MD
3660 Boulevard, Suite G, Colonial Heights, VA 23824
11601 Ironbridge Road, Suite 209, Chester, VA 23831
Richmond Diabetes and Endocrinology
Douglas Johnson, MD; Gregory Cook, MD; and Robert Sealand, MD
8220 Meadowbridge Road, MOB I, Suite 313, Mechanicsville, VA 23116 804-764-7686
7001 Forest Avenue, Suite 2500, Richmond, VA 23230
Sources: The American Diabetes Association and Healthwise
Eat Mindfully, Live Healthier
Our lives are hectic and stressful. When working in human resources or the wellness industry, we often focus on caring for others, but forget to take care of ourselves.
As the upcoming holidays add even more busyness to our schedules, we need to focus on how to care for ourselves. When we eat on the run, grabbing sweet and fatty appetizers at one event and another, we often do not even realize what we ate, which can lead to overeating and weight gain. We need nutritious fuel that gets us through the season without weighing us down!
A slower, more thoughtful way of eating can improve your health and reduce your stress level. Mindful eating involves being aware of what is happening within and around you. Notice the colors, smells, flavors and textures of your food. And while you're eating, turn away from electronics, chew slowly and enjoy your food.
Experts say the following tips can help you savor every bite, make healthier choices and avoid weight gain:
Source: Harvard Health Letter
- Set a timer to 20 minutes and take that time to eat a normal-sized meal.
- Try eating with your non-dominant hand; if you're right-handed, try holding your fork in your left hand.
- Eat silently for five minutes, thinking about what it took to produce that meal, from the farmer, to the grocer, to the cook.
- Take small bites. Chew well.
- Before opening the refrigerator or cabinet, take a breath and ask, "Am I really hungry?" Do something else, like reading or taking a short walk.
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Relaxing Cool Down Stretch Workout
Robert Sealand, MD
8220 Meadowbridge Road, MOB I, Suite 313, Mechanicsville, VA 23116, 804-764-7686
7001 Forest Avenue, Suite 2500, Richmond, VA 23230, 804-287-7570
Dr. Sealand attended the University of the South for his undergraduate degree. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Sealand completed an endocrine fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.
Dr. Sealand is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American Thyroid Association.
What do you enjoy most about being an endocrinologist?
"The challenge of learning about my patients and better understanding the disease process that is affecting them. With this knowledge, I can then put a treatment plan together to help my patient and improve his or her life."
Why did you choose Bon Secours Health System?
"Bon Secours Health System has an excellent reputation, plus the physicians I work with are good men and excellent clinicians."
What do you enjoy outside of your work?
"Spending time with my family and computers."
Pumpkin Black Bean Burgers
▪ 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
▪ 1 Carmen or red bell pepper, finely chopped
▪ 1 cup pumpkin puree*
▪ 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
▪ 1 egg
▪ 2 teaspoons chili powder
▪ 1/2 teaspoon cumin
▪ 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
▪ 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, heaping
▪ 1 teaspoon salt
▪ 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
*For pumpkin puree, either use puree from a roasted pie pumpkin or use plain, canned pumpkin
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by coating with a bit of oil.
2. In a large bowl, combine red onion, pepper, pumpkin puree, black beans, and egg. Using your hands or a potato masher, mash the ingredients together until the beans are partially mashed. Leave some whole for texture.
3. Add spices and mix thoroughly to incorporate. Add rolled oats and stir until well combined. The burger mix will be slightly wet.
4. Scoop out a heaping 1/4 cup of the mix and form into patties. Place on baking sheet. You should be able to make 6 large burgers.
5. Bake for 45 minutes, flipping once after about 20 minutes.
6. Remove from oven, allow to cool for 5 minutes, and serve on whole-wheat or gluten-free buns with your favorite burger toppings.
7. If making ahead of time, store cooled burgers in an airtight container or in a plastic bag. Refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze and reheat.
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Check out these fun upcoming events!
Anthem Richmond Marathon
Saturday, November 15,
The Anthem Richmond Marathon has a scenic course that winds through the city's most beautiful and historic neighborhoods and runs over and along the James River. Race day also includes the American Family Fitness Half Marathon and HCA Virginia 8k. Run Richmond once and you will know why we're "America's Friendliest Marathon!"
Take Control: Know Your Diabetes Basics
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30-7:30 pm
Presented by Bon Secours Diabetes Treatment Center
Bon Secours Cancer Institute at St. Francis Medical Center, 14051 St. Francis Blvd., Midlothian, VA 23114
In this free class, guest speaker Andrea Van Scoik, RD, CDE, will share information on diabetes diagnosis, healthy food choices and ways to keep moving.
Surgical Weight Loss Informational Seminars
Wednesdays, November 19 and 26, 5:00-7:00 pm
St. Mary's Hospital, 5801 Bremo Rd., Room 164, Richmond, VA 23226
Join bariatric surgeons, Dr. Eliseo Bautista and Dr. Brennan Carmody, of Bon Secours General Surgery at St. Mary's to learn how they can support your weight loss journey and find out if weight loss surgery is the right option for you. There is no cost to participate and you are under no obligation to move forward with the surgery.
Community Health Harvest
Friday, November 28, 11:00 am- 2:00 pm
Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, 2401 W. Leigh St., Richmond, VA 23220
Join Bon Secours, the Washington Redskins and our partners as we give back to the greater Richmond area. Hot meals, showers, laundry services, health care sign-ups and flu shots will be provided to those in need.