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....
Many people who receive a cancer diagnosis report feeling very alone, especially at the beginning of their journey. While it’s a natural reaction, we at Sierra Nevada Cancer Center want to highlight the very large community of support in northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe, because with support comes strength.
Support Beyond Friends, Family & SNCC
Family, friends and your oncology team are among...
Victoria Allan of Fallon, Nevada is a medical surgical nurse who loves caring for others. But a few years ago, she wasn’t doing a very good job of taking care of #1. She knew something was wrong with her body, and she was pretty sure it was breast cancer. “I was in denial for about a year,” said the now 71 year old. “I knew what I had was serious. It was a little painful but I handle pain well...
In the early ‘90s, Richard Erickson received news no one ever expects to hear: “You have cancer.” What’s worse, his type (follicular cancer) was incurable. “I was told back then that my cancer was 100 percent fatal within 10 years,” the now 69-year-old said. “I said, ‘Is it 100 percent or 99 percent? I volunteer to be in the 1 percent.’”
That was 25 years ago.
Follicular Cancer’s Idiosyncrasy...