The cost of rural living
Many Nevadans choose to live in the wide open spaces and serenity of rural towns and communities over urban cities. But that choice can come at a price, namely, giving up easy access to many of life’s conveniences – like the library and jumbo box stores – and its necessities – like quality healthcare.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has noted a significant disparity...
As of January 2014, more than 108,000 Nevadans fought the good fight, stayed strong, and kicked cancer’s butt. To say that’s a huge accomplishment is a gross understatement.
But now what?
Many cancer survivors struggle to get back to life before cancer, or seek a new normal. As National Cancer Survivors Day approaches (June 5), Dr. Perez has some tips for cancer survivors to help live healthier,...
Donna White, a pastor’s widow from Austin, Nevada, had been extremely fatigued and not feeling well in the early months of 2015. Previously, she had been low on blood, so her primary care doctor sent her to the ER for a pint of blood. After many tests, she was referred to Dr. Perez, a Board certified hematologist.
Though feeling unsettled, Donna was ready to face her health issues head on. “My...
Did you know that Nevada is the state with the most sunshine on average per year? It’s good to know, especially since approximately 90 percent of skin cancers develop due to sun exposure over time.
Given that May is National Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, and May 27 is Don’t Fry Day, now is the perfect time to discuss prevention and detection tips. And of course, share a fun video...
Discovering Breast Cancer
Two years went by between the time Denise Wilson’s husband noticed her breasts were not the same, and the time she went to see a doctor. Difficult times, including the loss of her husband and her oldest son within an eight-month period, kept her focus on others.
It wasn’t until she started having problems breathing in 2006 that her health became a priority. “I finally...
We asked our team for the most frequent patient questions they hear. We're sharing those questions and our answers here to give our patients and their caregivers as much information as possible about the cancer treatment process. Unfortunately, there are not always quick and easy answers when it comes to cancer, and please also remember that every case is different and should be treated as such...
According the American Cancer Society, one man in seven will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime. In 2011, the cancer incidence rate in the United States was reported to be 128.3 men per 100,000, while the rate in Nevada was 126.6 per 100,000. Because 60 percent of cases are diagnosed in men who are 65-years-of-age or older, younger men have the luxury of time to lower their risk of...
Jim Reinhardt wanted to share his story about how he came to be under the care of Sierra Nevada Cancer Center for one reason: “Dr. Perez is one of my very favorite people. I want this to be more about Dr. Perez than me,” Jim said.
The two first met in the hospital after Jim was transported to the ER with shortness of breath in 2013. Following a battery of tests and the removal of a liter of...
April 7 is World Health Day, honoring the foundation of the World Health Organization on the same day in 1948. Every year, WHO selects a health topic that affects people in all corners of the world, and brings light to the issues at hand. This year’s focus is on diabetes.
According the WHO, 350 million people have diabetes worldwide. In Nevada, it is estimated that 258,472 people have the...
Cancer can be a very controlling disease. Between dealing with symptoms, tests and treatments, cancer can dictate where we go, what we do, who we can be around — even what we eat. So any time we can be in control when dealing with a cancer diagnosis, we should consider it a victory.
As an independent cancer treatment center, Sierra Nevada Cancer Center offers patients this freedom of choice....