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Posted on: 1/15/2016

How to Find Clinical Trials for Your Cancer Treatment

If you are undergoing cancer care, clinical trials may play a role in your treatment. Clinical trials give you access to treatments that are not yet widely available and allow you to play a role in the development of treatments for future cancer patients. Although clinical trials are not right for everyone, they can be extremely beneficial for some patients. To discover if clinical trials should be part of your cancer care plan and to find appropriate trials for you, follow these steps.

Talk to Your Oncology Team

The first step in finding clinical trials for cancer care is to let your oncology team know that you are interested. Your doctor may be aware of ongoing trials and also help you understand if you are likely to benefit from taking part. Although your doctor does not have the final say on whether or not you can take part in a trial if the research team accepts you, his or her input can be invaluable in incorporating a clinical trial into your broader care plan.

Use the Cancer Details Checklist

The Cancer Details Checklist was created by the National Cancer Institute and is available on their website. It asks questions about your cancer, including the full medical name of your disease and your current lab results, which are used to determine your eligibility for clinical trials. Your oncologist can help you complete the form, if necessary.

Do Your Research

You can find information about ongoing clinical trials from the National Cancer Institute, cancer advocacy groups, online clearinghouse lists of clinical trials, drug company websites, and the National Library of Medicine website. For each relevant trial, review the eligibility criteria and contact the research team for any trial you are interested in for which you may be a good candidate. The final step is an appointment with the research team, who will determine how to proceed.

Tulane Medical Center’s offers cutting-edge cancer care in New Orleans using the very latest advances in treatment. Our full service hospital also provides heart care, behavioral health, a senior-friendly ER, and much more. Please call (504) 988-5263 for a referral to one of our physicians.

Posted on: 12/30/2015

Taking Control of Your Cholesterol

High cholesterol is a leading contributor to the No. 1 cause of death for men and women in the U.S.: heart disease. By taking control of your cholesterol, you can reduce your chances of needing heart care in the ER or of becoming one of the 2,100 Americans that die each day from heart disease. Cut your risk of heart disease and lower your cholesterol with these steps.

Commit to Lifestyle Changes

One of the most important parts of heart care is living a heart-healthy lifestyle. Protect your heart by choosing foods that support healthy cholesterol, like lean proteins, whole grains, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Choose heart-healthy oils rather than trans and saturated fats. Get 30 minutes of exercise at least five days a week to boost your cardiovascular health. Smoking is one of the most disastrous things you can do to your heart, so don’t start—and if you do smoke, quit. Your doctor has tools that can make giving up cigarettes easier.

Consider Medications

For some people, lifestyle changes are not enough to keep cholesterol under control. In these cases, medications that lower cholesterol can be useful. There are several different types of cholesterol medicines, and your doctor will choose the right one for you based on several different factors. If you are prescribed medication, take it as directed for the best results.

Manage Other Medical Conditions

In some cases, other chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, can exacerbate high cholesterol. If you have another such condition, be sure to follow your treatment plan closely to reduce the risk of complications. Controlling your overall health is an important part of heart care.

The cardiology unit at Tulane Medical Center offers sophisticated diagnostics and treatments, including robotic surgery and cardiac transplants, as well as responsive ER services for chest pain. If you need cardiac care or more information about our hospital services, please call (504) 988-5263.

Posted on: 12/15/2015

Exploring the Basics of Pediatric Emergency Care

Going to the emergency room can be a scary experience for children and parents alike, but with dedicated pediatric ER facilities, kids can get the care they need without undue stress and anxiety. When your child needs emergency care, it is important to know where to turn for medical attention and what to expect when you get to the ER. This article will take a closer look at pediatric emergency care services to help you stay prepared for moments when your child’s medical care cannot wait.

What is a pediatric emergency center?

In a pediatric-friendly emergency department, staff members and physicians are specially trained in caring for children and communicating effectively with this special group of patients. There is also specialized imaging and treatment equipment calibrated just for kids to ensure the highest level of care for any given situation.

Which conditions are often treated in the pediatric ER?

There are a few different reasons children tend to need a visit to the ER. Injuries, including burns, broken bones, and lacerations are relatively common, since kids’ growing bodies are more susceptible to injuries from falls or other accidents. Skin rashes, respiratory illnesses, digestive disorders, and poisoning are also leading causes of hospital visits among kids.

How can I make emergency care less stressful for my child?

Aside from choosing a pediatric emergency center for your child’s care, you can do a few things to make the experience of going to the hospital less stressful. First, you should remain calm yourself, since children take cues from their parents when it comes to anxiety and stress. You’ll also want to remain prepared for emergencies by keeping an up-to-date list of your child’s health information, including current weight, medications, and known allergies.

At Tulane Medical Center, our ER is ready to treat patients of all ages with a dedicated pediatric staff available around-the-clock. To learn more about our emergency care or get tips to help you manage your family’s health, visit us online or call (504) 988-5263 for our patient referral line.
Posted on: 12/1/2015

Reasons to Become an Organ Donor

Organ transplantation is a lifesaving branch of medicine, which would not be possible without the generosity of individuals who choose to become organ donors. As an organ donor, you are volunteering vital organs and tissues for transplantation to individuals who have suffered organ failure in the event of your death. That means that you will have the potential to save lives after you are gone, leaving a lasting legacy that can impact the lives of many organ and tissue donation recipients and their families. Read on for more great reasons to register as an organ donor today.

Organ donors save lives.

Nearly 120,000 Americans are on waiting lists for life-saving organ transplants, yet only about 30,000 transplants are made each year. While this is a significant number of lives saved by organ donors, there are more people waiting for vital organs, and about 22 will die each day because of a chronic shortage of donors. Plus, there are thousands more individuals who may benefit from tissue transplant procedures that might restore eyesight or mobility.

Organ donor status does not influence your healthcare.

Some people think that being an organ donor may mean receiving a lower standard of care while being hospitalized for a traumatic injury or other life-threatening condition. However, hospital staff is unaware of an individual’s donor status until after death, so being a donor will have no effect on the care you receive.

Becoming an organ donor is free and easy.

To become an organ donor, you can simply register online with the state donor registry. There is no cost to donors or their families, so there are few reasons not to sign up. Individuals of all backgrounds, health statuses, and ages over 18 may become organ donors.

At Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, we have been on the forefront of organ transplantation surgeries, as we were the site of the first living donor kidney transplant in the city. To learn more about our Transplant Institute and other hospital services, call us at (504) 988-5263.

Posted on: 11/10/2015

Understanding the Impact of Stress on Your Heart

Although you may envision stress as a mental response, stress can also lead to physical changes in the body as well. Over time, stress reactions can affect your heart health, leading to other health concerns that can raise your risk for cardiovascular disease and its associated complications. Managing stress is thus an important part of a healthy heart care program, regardless of your age or lifestyle.

High Blood Pressure

One of the most significant health effects of stress is high blood pressure. When you feel stressed, your body releases stress hormones: cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones are meant to have only short-term effects, but when you are stressed for days, weeks, or months on end, they remain at high levels in the body throughout this time. Adrenaline in particular raises your heart rate and your blood pressure in preparation for a “fight or flight” situation. High blood pressure can cause damage to the arteries that carry blood through the body as well as to the heart itself, particularly when it goes unmanaged for long periods of time.

Weight Gain

Another common side effect of chronic stress is difficulty managing your weight. This is because stress can cause several responses that make weight gain more likely, from changes in sleeping patterns and appetite to a decrease in energy levels that reduce your motivation to exercise regularly. Weight is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease; thus, poorly managed weight associated with constant stress can affect your heart health through increased cardiovascular stress, greater levels of cholesterol, and a larger overall risk for a heart attack.

At Tulane Medical Center , we offer complete heart care near New Orleans to help you manage your risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Our hospital and ER offers diagnosis and treatment for chest pain, heart disease, stroke, and more—you can check us out on the web or call our patient referral line for more health tips and information at (504) 988-5263.
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