Getting treatment for any medical condition is extremely important, but not all medical conditions are obvious like broken bones or cuts. Many types of medical conditions are invisible to the naked eye, like cancer or other internal diseases. But there are more medical conditions out there than you might think and these are invisible too, like anorexia and depression. With any of these you’ll want to get help, but sometimes getting help all by yourself just isn’t going to be enough to help you overcome what you’re going through and get better again.

What is Family Based Treatment?

Family based treatment is when your family is there with you during your treatment, or at least part of it, to help you understand what is happening to you and to help you get the support that you need. A family based treatment center St Louis MO is going to help you with this type of treatment and is going to make sure that your entire family is going to feel a whole lot more understanding of what you’re going through and what they need to do in order to help you overcome.

With the support and encouragement of your family it’s going to be a whole lot easier (though still not ‘easy’) to overcome whatever might be happening in your life. Your family wants to make sure that you are going to feel better and they want to make sure they’re doing everything possible, but usually they don’t know how to help with mental conditions. Rather than bringing you soup and helping rest your broken leg they have to try and work with your thought process to help you overcome your own mind. It’s a much more complicated process and one that most people don’t understand on their own.

Get Your Help

You want to make sure that you’re getting as much help as you can and you definitely want to make sure that you’re trying out family based treatment. Getting as many people on your side as possible is going to be important and at the very least you want your family to understand what it is that you’re experiencing and going through. They may not be able to make things right for you, but they can definitely make things easier by understanding, so make sure that you are helping them to get out there and help you andcheck out these benefits for family based treatment too.

Family Based Treatment

What are the benefits? It’s definitely important that you can get other people working with you and though it tends to be used primarily for anorexia and bulimia, family based treatment is extremely important for a variety of different mental conditions. Getting people involved, people who really understand you and really want to help you, is going to make things a whole lot easier. Managing to overcome a mental condition is difficult enough as it is, but you want to make sure you have everything you can possibly get to make things easier.

Who doesn’t love a good massage? Not only does it relax you and help melt your stress away it can also be therapeutic if you have physical aches and pains. Here are some important benefits of using massage as a type of physical therapy.

Lowered Blood Pressure

When you undergo therapeutic massage in minneapolis mn you will find that it will lower your blood pressure. If you are a woman suffering from prehypertension there is scientific proof that a Swedish massage, three times a week for 10 minutes each will lower your blood pressure following 10 sessions. Research has proven that anyone at least 35 years of age that suffers from high blood pressure will see a marked improvement after undergoing therapeutic massage.

Treats Chronic Pain in Lower Back

Back pain that lasts for three months or longer is classified as chronic. Studies of those who suffer from lower back pain have proven that 10 weeks of hour-long Swedish massages will heal the pain quicker than any medical procedure ever could. Other body pains that massage can treat include nerve and knee pain as well as fibromyalgia.

Boosts Your Immune System

The activity levels of your T cells can be increased using massage. This makes it easier for your body to fight off ailments such as tumors and viruses. Previous scientific research helped determine that women suffering from breast cancer who received a full body massage saw a boost in the efficiency of their immune system. It has also been shown to improve the health of many babies born prematurely and has attributed for much needed weight gain.

Lessens Your Depression and Anxiety

Many people suffer from anxiety and massage has been proven to lower cortisol levels by 50%. In addition, more dopamine and serotonin is produced by people who get regular massages and this helps lessen depression as well. Those who suffer from anxiety disorders can greatly benefit from massage. It has also been found to be beneficial to patients immediately before undergoing surgery. Especially in cancer patients, massage has been found to improve one’s mood. A study performed in Turkey determined that when cancer patients recieve a back massage while chemotherapy is being administered they suffer from less anxiety and fatigue than they without the massage.

Many hospitals across the country have begun to offer massage to their patients following surgery. It is said to be helpful in healing the general pains that most people feel after surgery has been performed on them. Hopsice centers are also begininng to realize the value of offering their patients massages.

Improves Your Posture

Though slouching is not good for your back, many people find themselves doing it after a long, exhausting day at work. Massage therapy can help loosen the muscles in your back so that your posture improves and you feel less discomfort at the end of a long day. The natural movements of your body can be reinforced when you use massgae therapy on a regula or semi regular basis.

Wilmot Cancer Institute to celebrate cancer survivorship at fourth annual Wilmot Warrior Walk

More than 730 people expected on Sunday, Sept. 11

Friday, September 09, 2016

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UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute will host its fourth annual Wilmot Warrior Walk to celebrate life beyond cancer on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Highland Park Bowl in Rochester. The event features a certified 5K, certified 10K and a 1-mile walk. Proceeds will support cancer research at Wilmot as well as the Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program, established in 2012 to help cancer survivors navigate life after treatment.

More than 730 people are expected to attend this year’s event, which has already raised more than $55,000 through online donations. Since the first Wilmot Warrior Walk in 2013, the walk has raised more than $140,000 to support the survivorship program. This is the first year the event also benefits cancer research.

“More advances in cancer treatment make it possible to have more cancer survivors. Today, there are over 15 million cancer survivors living in the U.S. As research continues to make improvements, more people will live longer after a cancer diagnosis, but they will face new challenges adjusting to life after treatment,” says Jonathan W. Friedberg, M.D., M.M.Sc., director of Wilmot Cancer Institute. “The Wilmot Warrior Walk is important because, beyond a fantastic celebration, it provides funding for resources survivors need and helps fund cancer research happening right in our community. We’re so grateful for the generosity Rochester continues to show in the local fight against cancer by participating in events like this.”

Following the races, a celebration of cancer survivorship will start at 10:30 a.m. Scott Spezzano from 98.9 the Buzz will serve as emcee and the No Name Band will play live music. Young participants can enjoy bounce houses, and food trucks will be on site to sell food. Community groups will have booths to share information about healthy living and cancer survivorship. Participants can also try yoga or tai chi and learn from an exercise physiologist from URMC’s PEAK Lab. Because it is the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, a moment of remembrance will take place and firefighters from Rochester Fire Department Truck 3 plan to attend with a fire truck.

During a ceremony starting at 11:45 a.m., 29 cancer survivors and caregivers will be recognized as honorees for the way they’ve approached life when dealing with a cancer diagnosis. This year’s honorees are:

  • John Aarne, rectal cancer survivor from Macedon, and Valerie Aarne, his daughter and caregiver
  • Kailee McManus, tongue cancer survivor from Avon
  • Paul Barden, rectal cancer survivor from Fairport
  • Meghan Bauer, acute lymphoblastic lymphoma survivor from Greece
  • Jason Buitrago, testicular cancer survivor from Rochester, and Christopher Buitrago, Jason’s husband and caregiver
  • Jimmy Catalano, diagnosed with bladder cancer and passed away in 2016
  • Walter Chatman, Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor from Rochester
  • Frank Colasurdo, lung cancer survivor from Newark
  • Mike Crumb, pancreatic cancer survivor from Hilton
  • Charleen Davis, breast cancer survivor from Orlando, Florida
  • Dennis DeVelder, brain cancer survivor from Gates
  • Jessica Drexler, colon cancer survivor from Gates
  • Eugene Evanitsky, brain cancer survivor from Pittsford
  • James Garrity, prostate cancer and lymphoma survivor from Irondequoit
  • Mary Georger, caregiver from West Irondequoit
  • Lorraine Griggs, caregiver from Webster
  • Matthew Hazzard, lymphoma survivor from Cooperstown
  • Paris Lanning, caregiver from Greece
  • Robert Larter, non-Hodgkins lymphoma survivor from Rochester
  • Denise Lazore, from Brockport, survivor of cervical cancer, breast cancer, multiple myeloma and lung cancer
  • Olivia Marsh, Ewing’s sarcoma survivor from Brighton
  • Steven Pelino, brain cancer survivor from Penfield
  • Kevin Rhode, esophageal cancer survivor from Penfield
  • Walt Standhart, pancreatic cancer survivor from Greece
  • Jacqueline Vaccaro, lacrimal sac (sinus) cancer survivor from Greece
  • Willard “Jim” Walker, larynx cancer survivor from Greece
  • Jim Walsh, colorectal cancer survivor from Pittsford

“These honorees personify what the Wilmot Warrior Walk is all about – celebrating the positives of life despite the tragedy and challenges that a cancer diagnosis often brings,” says Tiffany Paine-Cirrincione, associate director, Advancement and Community Events for Wilmot Cancer Institute. “We are delighted to lift up these 29 individuals and all who have been touched by cancer at the Wilmot Warrior Walk on Sunday.”

The Wilmot Warrior Walk is sponsored by Christian Flooring, Karl and Debbie Klein, Wegmans, Shadow Lake Golf Club, Texas de Brazil, Dunkin Donuts, Morgan Stanley, Richard DiMarzo, Dixon Schwabl, e-Health Technologies, Erdman Anthony and Manning & Napier.

Registration for the Wilmot Warrior Walk is $25. Participants can register online through Friday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. or they can register the day of the event, beginning at 7:30 a.m. To learn more or register, visit WarriorWalk.URMC.edu.

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UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute is the Finger Lakes region’s leader for cancer care and research. As a component of Strong Memorial Hospital, Wilmot Cancer Institute provides specialty cancer care services at the University of Rochester Medical Center and a network of locations throughout the region. The Institute also includes a team of 100 scientists who investigate many aspects of cancer, with an emphasis on how best to provide precision cancer care. To learn more, visit wilmot.urmc.edu.

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New Solid Organ Transplant Chief Joins UR Medicine’s Department of Surgery

Roberto Hernandez-Alejandro is a pioneer of innovative ALPPS procedure

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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The University of Rochester Medical Center has appointed Roberto Hernandez-Alejandro as chief of UR Medicine’s Division of Solid Organ Transplantation in the Department of Surgery.

Hernandez-Alejandro is an expert in transplantation, with a special interest in caring for patients who have been diagnosed with advanced liver cancer. He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on an innovative procedure called ALPPS, a two-step surgical technique that separates cancerous liver tissue from healthy tissue and promotes the rapid growth of the latter. The surgery is extending lives and improving quality of life, expanding the number of patients undergoing major liver resections that were not previously considered because of risk. He was the first in North America to perform the procedure and is still one of only a handful of surgeons in the world who possesses the expertise.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Hernandez-Alejandro and his family to our community,” said Department of Surgery Chair David C. Linehan, M.D., the Seymour I. Schwartz Professor in Surgeryat the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. “His unique expertise in transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery will bring added value to an already strong program. He is a gifted and innovative surgeon known nationally and internationally for his excellent results, his academic productivity and his leadership skills.”

Most recently an associate professor at Western University in Ontario, Canada, outside of Toronto, Hernandez-Alejandro served as director of Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery at London Health Sciences Centre – University Hospital.

Hernandez-Alejandro grew up in Mexico City, in a family he says stressed hard work and dedication and supported his interest in medicine at a young age. He was self-driven to understand the human body and, ultimately, to work as a surgeon to help patients survive injury and disease, first in general surgery and then following a strong calling as a transplant surgeon.

Hernandez-Alejandro graduated with honors from Universidad La Salle in Mexico City, followed by general surgery training at the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, Centro Medico Siglo XXI. He completed a fellowship in transplantation for kidney and pancreas at the University of Calgary, with a second fellowship in liver transplantation and hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) surgery at Western University in London, Ontario. He received further training in living-donor liver transplantation and HPB at the University of Toronto and Kyoto University in Japan.

“I was drawn to URMC and UR Medicine because of the culture and passion for excellent patient care, research and education,” Hernandez-Alejandro said. “I am excited to build upon such a well-known, nationally respected transplant program, to further strengthen what transplant leadership before me has worked so hard to create – a comprehensive team that is laser-focused on providing the best medical opportunities for patients from throughout Upstate New York.”

Hernandez-Alejandro’s clinical interests include liver regeneration, colorectal liver metastases, donation after cardiac death and living-donor liver transplantation. His research endeavors are primarily focused on liver regeneration and ischemia reperfusion injury.

In the last five years he has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as the International Journal of Surgery, Annals of Surgery, Surgery, and World Journal of Surgery, as well as book chapters on the subjects of liver transplant techniques and liver resections. Hernandez-Alejandro has served over the past five years as an associate and section editor for TransplantNow, the Canadian Society of Transplantation’s online journal, and has been a journal reviewer for the Annals of Surgery, Surgery, British Journal of Surgery,and HPB, the journal of the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association.

He has been honored with numerous research and teaching awards, including twice receiving the Rising Star Award from the International Liver Transplantation Society, and was named a Researcher of the Month by Canadians for Health Research.

Hernandez-Alejandro succeeds transplant surgeon Mark S. Orloff, M.D., who was appointed as vice chair for Clinical Operations and Regional Development, a position that will focus on UR Medicine’s Western New York partners and their surgical programs. Orloff continues as a member of the Solid Organ Transplant surgical team.

Hernandez-Alejandro resides in Pittsford with his wife and three children.

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UR Medicine Cardiac Surgeons Perform 200th Heart Transplant

Oswego County mechanic gets 2nd chance at life thanks to generous organ donor

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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Stephen Waite Jr. and his wife, Christine, celebrate their 25th anniversary Sept. 21 and see a bright future after he received a heart transplant.

Cardiac surgeons at UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital recently performed a 200th heart transplant surgery, providing a 48-year-old father a second chance on life.

Transplant surgeons Juan Lehoux, M.D., surgical director of the Program in Heart Failure and Transplantation, and Sunil Prasad, M.D., performed the six-hour life-saving procedure Aug. 24 and Stephen Waite Jr. of Oswego is recovering at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Reaching this milestone is a proud moment for the heart failure and transplant team, an integral part of UR Medicine Heart & Vascular, which has more than 900 people dedicated to patient care and heart research.

Juan Lehoux, M.D.

“Every transplant provides a new beginning for our patients and is an incredible achievement for the entire team of doctors, nurses and support staff,” said Prasad, chief of Cardiac Surgery.

This milestone was 15 years in the making, as the team performed its first transplant Feb. 7, 2001. Strong Memorial is the only comprehensive heart failure and transplant center in upstate New York, serving the vast majority of the state: from Northern New York to the Pennsylvania state line.

“We work closely with patients and their families every day, and when a moment like this occurs, it reminds us how many lives we’ve helped change,” said Leway Chen, M.D., M.P.H. He has been director of the Program in Heart Failure and Transplantation since its inception. “When our transplant recipients share news of family weddings and share photos of grandchildren or trips to wonderful places, it brings a sense of pride and joy to have helped make it possible.”

Sunil Prasad, M.D.

For better or for worse

“I feel like a new man today,” said Waite. He and his wife, Christine, are “so grateful, because it’s been a long and tough road getting here.”

It’s especially poignant because they will celebrate their 25th anniversary on Sept. 21, having endured sickness and health.

Leway Chen, M.D., M.P.H.

Waite was 40 when he was diagnosed with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy and he “went from having a normal life to suddenly struggling with heart failure,” said his cardiologist Michael Fischi, M.D. F.A.C.C. F.S.C.A.I., of St. Joseph’s Physicians Cardiovascular Specialists in Syracuse.

UR Medicine cardiologists collaborated with Fischi to manage Waite’s care for several years. When the Oswego man didn’t recover as well as expected after mitral valve repair, Fischi referred him “to Strong Memorial Hospital, because I’m familiar with the physicians there. It’s an excellent program. When I send patients there, I know they’ll get great care.”

UR Medicine’s Cardiac Critical Care Transport Team – a specialized team operating in a dedicated ambulance – brought Waite to Rochester and cardiac surgeons implanted a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) to stabilize his heart function. For several years, transplant cardiologist Eugene Storozynsky, M.D., Ph.D., closely monitored his health and managed difficulties with the LVAD.

Eugene Storozynsky, M.D., Ph.D.

Nearly a month ago, Waite was briefly hospitalized at Strong Memorial, never realizing that his stay would be extended because the matching donor heart finally became available.

“It was late at night when doctors told me they had a good heart for me,” said the father of two young men. “It was exciting to know I will get a second chance.”

Today, he is eager to return to his Oswego home to “sleep in my own bed and get back to normal.”

His recovery and strides toward good health are satisfying for the entire heart transplant team. “We are always pleased to see patients like Mr. Waite do well after transplantation,” said Lehoux, transplant surgeon. “We are optimistic for Mr. Waite and expect to see continued progress.”

Pass Life On

Christine Waite, a nurse, is grateful to the heart donor whose generosity helped save her husband’s life.

“I look at Stephen and know that he is well today because a stranger was kind enough to donate a heart,” she said. “What was the best day for us was a terrible day for that person’s family and we will think of them always.”

Organ transplantation surgery is not possible without the generosity of donors. The number of people who need organ transplants far exceeds the number of organs donated each year. There are nearly 10,000 people in New York who need an organ transplant, according to the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, the organ procurement organization affiliated with the University of Rochester Medical Center, in partnership with other Upstate New York hospitals. About 450 people are on Strong Memorial Hospital heart, liver, kidney or pancreas transplant program waiting lists.

New York state has a severe shortage of organ donors in its registry. Only about 27 percent of eligible people have registered to be an organ donor, which is less than half of the national average of 52 percent. In the Finger Lakes region, 34 percent of eligible adults are in the registry.

Low participation in organ donation means patients have to wait far longer for life-saving surgeries. Each day, 18 people in the United States die waiting for transplant surgery. In August, the state legislature approved lowering the age to join the registry from 18 to 16 starting in February.

There are 28 patients on the Strong Memorial heart transplant waiting list. They could wait as little as a few months to more than a year for a match.

Comprehensive care

UR Medicine teams partner with Harbor House for housing of family members of patients undergoing organ transplantation or critical care. The nearby home-away-from-home offers additional comfort and support for family members like Christine Waite, who stayed there while her husband recovered.

“It was a godsend to be so close to the hospital and have a wonderful place to stay when I needed to rest,” his wife said.

The Program in Heart Failure and Transplantation provides comprehensive care, using pharmacologic and high-tech devices to manage heart failure in addition to transplant surgery.

UR Medicine is a national leader in the use of ventricular assist devices (VAD) as a therapy for heart failure. VADs are implantable pumps that supplement or replace a patient’s heart function to keep them alive and as healthy as possible while they wait for a new heart. They also are used as long-term therapy for patients who are not eligible for transplant.

In 2012, UR Medicine cardiologists introduced the total artificial heart, a bridge-to-transplant device for patients with end-stage biventricular heart failure, a condition in which both sides of the heart become weakened and cannot pump blood adequately throughout the body.

The Heart & Vascular program also offers a Cardiac Critical Care Transport Team composed of cardiac critical care nurses, respiratory therapists, perfusionists and physicians. The team uses a vehicle equipped with leading-edge technology to assist patients being rushed from outlying areas to the Medical Center for expert care.

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