For years, Bill Wadding had a persistent dry cough. Each year at Bill’s routine physical exam, the cough was attributed to reasons like post-nasal drip and a side effect of his heart medicine.
“In 2013, my wife threatened me,” Bill recalled. “She said if I didn’t pursue the cause, she would come with me to see the doctor.” So Bill discussed the cough again with his doctor, who agreed to order...
November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, so now’s the perfect time to make sure you’re up to speed on the symptoms, risk factors, treatment and research efforts to take on this challenging disease.
First, The Stats
Pancreatic cancer is projected to be the country’s third leading cause of cancer-related death, overtaking breast cancer. This is largely due to the fact that patients...
Lung cancer does not discriminate
You may have thought that lung cancer only afflicts those with a pack-a-day habit or those who have worked in a coal mine all their life. But the fact is, one in five people who die from lung cancer never smoked or used any form of tobacco.
Lung cancer afflicts men and women, smokers and non-smokers, and all ethnicities. In Nevada, lung cancer is the second most...
Every year, on the third Thursday of November, the American Cancer Society hosts the Great American Smokeout, encouraging smokers to quit. This year, the event falls on Thursday, November 17th, and Sierra Nevada Cancer Center would like to challenge all Nevada smokers to take this opportunity to kick the habit—for good.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and...
Paula Steinmetz, a healthcare educator, has led a very healthy life. In fact, a burst appendix as a child and childbirth were her only reasons for being in the hospital until last year. “I’m a busy person and I am almost never sick,” said the 63 year old. “But then, last year I got a virus that took a long time to get over. Even when I finally did, I still didn’t feel like myself,” Paula...
In May of 1961, President John F. Kennedy challenged the nation to reach for the moon — literally. His call to put Americans in space before the end of the decade resulted in an ambitious and unprecedented space program that led to American astronauts landing on the moon in July of 1969.
Once again, U.S. leaders are invoking the “moonshot” — challenging Americans to achieve the seemingly...
As each month of the year brings another cancer awareness event—October being one of the biggest with Breast Cancer Awareness—it begs the question: Why? What is the point of reminding everyone that people are getting ill and often dying of cancer?
The point is: We won’t find a cure unless we keep cancer and its devastation top-of-mind.
Research into treatments and a cure take time and money—lots...
Trisha Bergman, a physically active, bike-to-work bookkeeper from South Lake Tahoe, has been a patient of Sierra Nevada Cancer Center since 2010. The fact that she wound up under the care of Dr. Perez came as a complete surprise to her. “I don’t usually get sick,” said the 52 year old. “Before this, I had never had a doctor other than my general practitioner.”
But in 2010, Trisha developed a...
When Gene Wilder passed away this August, remembrances of him inevitably turned to his late wife Gilda Radner, her battle with ovarian cancer and the work he did to promote ovarian cancer detection and awareness in her honor. Unfortunately, Radner’s losing battle is all too familiar with this particular cancer, which is hard to detect and challenging to treat. September is National Ovarian Cancer...
Cancer patients living in Stateline, Nevada and South Lake Tahoe now have another option when it comes to cancer care. Sierra Nevada Cancer Center (SNCC) has opened an office at 290 Kingsbury Grade, Suite 32.
Jorge Perez MD, PhD, MRCP, MRCPath, splits his time between SNCC offices in Carson City, Fallon, Gardnerville, and now Stateline. By operating multiple offices in smaller communities, Dr....