November 20, 2020 In The News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Sue Root
Director of Quality of Life
Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute
810.762.8226
sroot@ghci.org

November 20, 2020

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) The women of Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club – in the midst of the COVID pandemic – once again broke records in fundraising efforts to help local breast cancer patients. This year the organization raised $171,000!

Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute (GHCI) patients are one recipient of these funds. This year, GHCI will receive $44,000.

“We are so grateful to the women of Warwick Hills who selflessly work throughout the year to help our cancer patients during a most vulnerable time in their lives,” announces Sue Root, director of Quality of Life services at GHCI.

The Pink Par-Tee 501c3 fund, created in 2010, provides financial support to breast cancer patients in active treatment who need help with basic needs such as rent, groceries and utility bills.

“These funds help relieve stress and worry so our patients can focus on healing,” Root finds.

According to Nancy Gignac, chairperson of Pink Par-Tee, “we were able to surpass all fundraising expectations this year because we kept our eyes on the goal, no matter how many obstacles we encountered this year.

“Our motto – ‘Together, we can make a difference,’ truly spoke volumes this year,” she adds. “The passion to help local women undergoing cancer treatment was overwhelming.”

Last year, the Pink Par-Tee group raised nearly $97,000. A portion of this money was donated to GHCI to support its mammogram clinic that is offered free to the community. Funds also went to the Pink Fund, a non-profit breast cancer organization that provides 90-day non-medical cost-of-living expenses to breast cancer patients in Genesee County who are in active treatment.

“In previous years, Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute, thanks to Pink Par-Tee funds, received more than 300 breast cancer care gift bags for our breast cancer patients undergoing treatment,” Root says. Chemotherapy bags as well as radiation therapy bags were distributed to our patients. Each contained needed more than $100 in products to help in the healing process – physically and emotionally, Root points out.

“We are so ecstatic to announce that – over the past several years – the Pink Par-Tee organization has provided more than $110,000 in financial support to patients of Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute,” Root adds. “We’ve been able to help countless women and ease their financial burdens.”

Pink Par-Tee began with two young mothers who were members of Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club to honor a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since its beginnings in 2010, the organization has raised close to $1 million – all to help in the fight against breast cancer.

“We conducted a survey of 587 breast cancer survivors who benefitted from Pink Par-Tee funds to see if the money we were raising was making a difference in their lives,” Gignac says. “We learned that about 1/3 of the recipients were more scared about how their treatment would affect their finances rather than their outcome.”

The survey also revealed that 64 percent of breast cancer patients were paying up to $5,000 in out of pocket medical related expenses, 21 percent were paying between $5,000 and $10,000, and 16 percent were hit with more than $20,000 in out of pocket costs.

In addition, 41 percent of the survey respondents said they skipped treatment or medication to save money. Forty percent are still in debt after treatment.

“A diagnosis of breast cancer is devastating for a woman as well as her loved ones,” Gignac notes. “It can drain a family emotionally, physically and financially. Our hope through Pink Par-Tee is to relieve some of this burden.

“We especially want to extend a huge thank you to our donors who helped us realize such a successful fundraising year in a time of such uncertainty.”

Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute provides the newest treatments and technology in a warm,   welcoming, home-like setting – right here where you need us. Visit ghci.org for more information.

 

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November 19, 2020 In The News

At the time of her diagnosis, Micaela Trevino stated she had no time to deal with a diagnosis of breast cancer. She worked full-time as a third shift sleep center technician, she was a full-time college student studying to become a registered nurse, and she was a single parent raising a 10-year-old son.

Even though her plate had been overflowing for many years, Micaela always managed to schedule an annual mammogram, and perform breast self-exams faithfully every month.

In December 2018, her self-exam looked good, she reports, however, in less than one month, that all changed, and Micaela’s life rapidly turned upside down. During her breast self-exam, she felt a “rock-hard lump the size of a ping pong ball,” she describes.

Around the same time, she fell on the ice outside her car and injured her arm. She was focused on healing from her fall and neglected to schedule an appointment right away to have her doctor check out the lump.

A couple of weeks later, when she saw her family physician (Damayanthi Pandrangi, MD), the doctor ordered a digital mammogram immediately.

As soon as the exam was completed, the radiologist wanted an ultrasound conducted. “I could see the tumor on the ultrasound and I just knew it was cancer,” Micaela reports. “The technician wanted to perform the test again, but before she could, the radiologist came in and told me I had an appointment for a biopsy the next day. They were moving so quickly; I knew it had to be bad news.”

When she met with Dr. Pandrangi after her biopsy, Micaela greeted her by saying, “It’s okay, I know what you are going to tell me. I already know.” Micaela could see the distress on her doctor’s face, knowing she had to confirm the diagnosis.

But the news was even worse. Micaela’s breast cancer was triple negative. This is a very aggressive form of cancer with a high rate of recurrence. The cancer team was assembled quickly – Rizwan Danish, MD, was her medical oncologist; Surgeon Raouf Mikhail, MD, would insert her port; Breast Surgeon Linsey Gold, DO, would conduct the surgery; and Plastic Surgeon Julie Sofer, DO, would perform the reconstructive surgery.

In less than two weeks from the time she received her diagnosis, the treatment plan not only was in place, but Micaela was undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute (GHCI).

Initially, she wondered how she was going to fit in her treatments with school, work and home responsibilities, but “I am a determined person and I would make it work,” she says with conviction.

“I lost my hair – it was almost to my waist – but I proudly wore my baldness in public,” she announces. “And I used the three to four hours of treatment time to keep up on my schoolwork! I was disappointed, though. I finished the semester with a 3.8 GPA. I was aiming for a 4.0. The chemotherapy was affecting my study skills,” she notes.

More bad news was thrown at Micaela. “I had a very severe migraine – so bad that I went to the ER on a Saturday night.” Her CT scan was clear, and when she followed up with Dr. Danish on Monday, he diagnosed her with shingles. He stopped the chemotherapy treatments and while Micaela was recovering, she contracted Bell’s Palsy.

A couple of weeks later, after she had recovered from shingles, Dr. Danish decided to move forward with Micaela’s surgery. “He was concerned that if I started my chemotherapy again, it might cause permanent facial paralysis (from Bell’s Palsy),” Micaela explains.

An MRI was conducted prior to her surgery, and Micaela faced bad news once again. The radiologist had found some lesions, suspecting the cancer had spread to her brain. Dr. Danish reassured her that it probably was Leptomeningeal disease, a rare complication of chemotherapy, but he wanted to confirm it through a spinal tap. It would take two weeks before she could see a neurologist, another week before the spinal tap could be scheduled, and one more week before she received the results.

“Now, the only thought on my mind was, ‘am I going to die?’

“I’m 43 years old, I have a 26-year old daughter and a 10-year old son; I can’t ask my daughter to take care of my son … I didn’t expect to be preparing for my death.”

Micaela cried for two weeks straight.

Finally, four long weeks later, the light at the end of the tunnel grew brighter for Micaela. The cancer had not spread. Inflammation from the shingles was causing the lesions and her severe migraines.

“I felt like the entire universe suddenly was lifted off my shoulders,” she sighs with tremendous relief.

The following day, Micaela scheduled her classes for the next semester.

On Sept. 4, Dr. Gold performed a lumpectomy, and on Sept. 5, Micaela started her first day of school. The tumor was undetectable, Dr. Gold reported. The initial chemotherapy treatments at GHCI had worked!

Micaela completed her final seven rounds of chemotherapy and went on to have 25 radiation treatments at GHCI “uneventfully,” she reports happily.

Her last treatment was in February, she is thrilled to announce. “Dr. Danish says I am cancer-free, and my prognosis looks promising. I applied to nursing school at U of M-Flint and I got in!

“Sometimes life takes you on the path you are supposed to go, even though you think you should be heading on a different one,” she reflects.

“I often think, ‘what in the world did I do to deserve this diagnosis? I have no family history of cancer on both sides of the family, I conduct breast self-exams every month and I have a mammogram every year. But I am healthy, and I am alive!

“I am so grateful I found such a great medical team to help me through my diagnosis and treatment,” she announces.

“I pray the cancer never will return, but it is so comforting to know Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute is the place for me to seek care – without question!” she reports.

“I chose to go for my treatments by myself at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute,” she wants to add. “I knew it would be hard on my family to see me receiving treatments. Besides, I had so much support from the clinicians at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute.

“Everyone was wonderful, helpful and kind. They truly are there to help make a patient’s stay as comforting as possible.”

The resources at GHCI were abundant, Micaela quickly learned. A social worker helped her with her finances, and GHCI – through its patient assistance fund – paid some of her bills.

“The enrichment classes offered for patients and their family members were a great way to meet other cancer survivors, share experiences and receive support,” Micaela finds. “It was helpful to be around others who were going through a similar experience.”

Micaela also wants to compliment Dr. Danish and his team. “The office staff was so willing to work around my schedule, they were responsive, and they were so personable and helpful.”

Micaela admits she still gets tired, and “I have ‘chemo brain.’ It takes me longer to study than it used to, but when I set a goal for myself, I will achieve it. Nothing will stand in the way, not even cancer!”



October 8, 2020 In The News

Always looking for the next best treatment option for our patients, Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute (GHCI) follows an evolution of care approach, which produces thousands of patient success stories year after year.

The radiation oncology team at GHCI offers the most innovative treatments, technology and resources available while continually seeking even better methods to save more lives through employing the latest advancements in cancer care. 

Evolutions in breast cancer treatments is one example.

GHCI radiation oncologists use hypofractionated radiation therapy, also known as accelerated whole breast irradiation (AWBI) as the standard of care. Patients receive a larger, more precisely targeted dose of radiation for a shorter amount of time when compared to standard radiation therapy. Traditionally, radiation therapy for breast cancer consisted of five to six weeks of treatment, however, GHCI has reduced this time frame to three to four weeks for the majority of patients with early stage breast cancer, thanks to clinical trials demonstrating equal effectiveness and improvement in side effects. Patients can complete their therapy sooner, safer and more effectively with less costs than conventional treatment.  

In addition to hypofractionated radiation therapy, GHCI clinicians also offer a one-to-two-week treatment for breast cancer patients using partial breast irradiation, also known as accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI). This technique replaces whole breast irradiation. A recently reported large, randomized trial (NSABP B-39), showed a less than 5 percent rate of recurrence in the breast for whole breast irradiation and partial breast irradiation at 10 years. (Partial breast irradiation is recommended for selected low risk patients.)

GHCI also offers hypofractionated radiation therapy for prostate cancer patients. This exciting new evidence-based treatment option reduces treatment time from eight weeks to 5 ½ weeks. For select low risk patients, treatment can be as short as one week!

The American Society for Radiation Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Urological Association support hypofractionated radiation therapy as an evidence-based treatment. 

Palliative radiation for the treatment of bone metastases also has been reduced from two weeks (10 treatments) to as few as one treatment, thanks to advancements at GHCI.

Small lung tumors, which previously were treated with invasive surgery as a first-line treatment, now often can be treated with stereotactic ablative body radiation (SABR or SBRT), and in as little as three to five treatments (previously six weeks of treatments). Through SABR, extremely precise, very intense doses of radiation is delivered to cancer cells while minimizing damage to healthy tissue.

GHCI is the only center in Michigan to offer AccuBoost.

This non-invasive, innovative, evolutionary brachytherapy approach is used exclusively for the treatment of breast cancer. It provides the physician with greater control in targeting radiation by immobilizing the breast, allowing the radiation oncologist to deliver localized treatment with even greater precision to the site of the cancer. The combination of breast immobilization, mammographic imaging and radiation shielding provides highly effective results. To learn more about AccuBoost, visit: http://www.accuboost.com/accuboost-for-patients/how-accuboost-works/

GHCI offers the most advanced technology.

The Genesys Hurley Radiation Oncology department offers a full range of radiation therapy options, including external beam radiation – stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic body radiosurgery (SBRT), volumetric arc therapy (VMAT), intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and brachytherapy. To learn more about these treatment options, visit: https://ghci.org/radiation-oncology/types-of-treatment/ 

GHCI is an ACR accredited center.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) is recognized as the gold standard in medical imaging and therapeutic radiation accreditation. Accreditation means patients have the assurance we are providing the highest level of image quality and safety including staff, equipment and quality. 

GHCI meets the highest standards of clinical excellence.

GHCI participates in the Michigan Radiation Oncology Quality Consortium (MROQC). We follow a strict set of guidelines based on national guidelines establishing the standard of care for cancer treatment (National Comprehensive Cancer Network, NCCN), and we establish goals to improve quality of care, and best approaches to treatment, as a statewide cooperative network.

To further improve our quality of care, GHCI is enrolled in the Radiation Oncology Incident Learning System, a national database sponsored by the American Society for Radiation Oncology and the American of Physicists in Medicine. Its purpose is to improve patient safety and ensure radiation patients receive the highest quality of care.



October 6, 2020 In The News

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) The physicians of Genesee Hematology Oncology, PC are pleased to announce the addition of Amy Calati, DO, to their medical team.

Dr. Calati completed a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at Ascension Providence Hospital- Southfield/Michigan State University where she served as chief Hematology/Oncology fellow.

Dr. Calati earned her undergraduate degree from Wayne State University and her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Michigan State University. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Ascension Providence Hospital where she was chief resident.

She was born and raised in Bloomfield Hills and is excited that she now can serve the community she knows well.

Dr. Calati is board certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine.

She is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Internists, the American Society of Hematology, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She has served on the Michigan State University Clinical and Adjunct Faculty for the past four years.

The practice of Genesee Hematology Oncology is comprised of the following physicians:

Paul Adams, MD; Khalil Katato, MD; Christopher Szyarto, DO; and Dr. Calati.

Dr. Calati is now accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call 810.762.8200. Genesee Hematology Oncology, PC is located inside Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute at 302 Kensington Avenue, Suite 2, Flint.



August 28, 2020 In The News

Upcoming GHCI Summer Classes

Our fall classes are now online! Enjoy the benefits of yoga, art and more from the comfort and safety of your own home. All of our classes will take place in a virtual online format until further notice.

All classes are free – adults only
Registration is required – call us at (810) 762-8226.


How to use online apps to participate in GHCI programs and classes

Not sure how to use Zoom? Don’t have an account? We can help!

Classes will be set up as needed – please call (810) 762-8226 to register. GHCI has revised the way we conduct our classes, programs and support groups since the onset of COVID-19, and we want to set you up for success! We are offering one-on-one tutorials to set up your online access so that you can participate in the free courses we provide to our patients and caregivers. You will receive a free, private, 30-minute lesson where we will set up your laptop, tablet or smartphone to participate in online courses. Your session will include the following assistance:
  1. Downloading the Zoom app to participate in a course.
  2. Setting up a Zoom account.
  3. Signing into Zoom via laptop, tablet or smartphone.
  4. How to use Zoom.
Requirements: You must have a laptop, tablet or smartphone available for use, as well as an internet connection and a working email.

Living with Cancer Support Group

Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month starting Sept. 15 at 12-1pm

A cancer support group for all cancer types, is open to anyone in the community going through cancer treatment or supporting a family member or friend with cancer. The meetings provide an opportunity to share information and ask questions about cancer-related topics. The group meets monthly. Currently all meetings are held virtually online.

For more information, please call Sue at (810) 762-8022.


End-of-Life Planning

Thursdays at 1:30-2:30pm
Starting – Sept. 10

A three week class. Planning end-of-life care cannot only provide relief to you and your loved ones, but also give you a sense of personal control. Planning ahead, deciding how your assets should be handled and how you want to be taken care of will give you more time to spend on doing what you love and less time to worry about coordinating estate planning, funeral services, and other important items that could affect your family. It’s best to take the time to create an end-of-life care checklist early, so the stress can be eliminated as soon as possible for you and those close to you.


Pour Painting

Tuesdays at 1-3pm
Starting – Sept. 22

A four week class. Learn how to create beautiful paintings without the use of a paintbrush. That’s the defining characteristic of this painting technique. Acrylic Pour painting combines colors into abstract cell-like patterns on the canvas. It’s a lot of fun and exciting to see colors come together in a pattern that is as unique as you are. This class is great for beginners and anyone interested in trying a new painting technique. Supplies will be provided.


Creative Healing

Tuesdays at 4:30-6pm
Starting – Tuesday, Sept. 22

An eight week class. This class provides a chance to express & treat yourself to a relaxing and restorative activity. It will also give you an opportunity to connect with others going through cancer treatment and recovery. No experience necessary. Supplies will be provided.


Dimensional Diamond Painting (Beads)

Tuesdays at 10-11am
Starting – Oct. 6

Four week class. Join us for a fun new class. Working with beads can bring calmness and stress relief. The intention of this class is help lift your spirits, relax your mind, and create something beautiful. No experience necessary. Supplies will be provided.


The Heart of Grief 

Thursdays at 1:30-2:30pm
Starting – Oct. 1

An eight-week class. Nothing can arouse stronger feelings in any of us than being told “You have cancer.” With that diagnosis often comes fear accompanied by many layers of loss: loss of our previous identity, of certainty in our future, loss of our work, previously held roles as a parent, loss of income, loss of our strength and confidence, and loss of a loved one. Our unexpressed grief can be a big source of stress as we try to hold our life together. Join us in learning a variety of ways to jumpstart your thinking and begin to open your heart to the grief you carry. We will build a trusting and supportive community together. You may even walk away feeling less alone, and a bit lighter, clearer and happier.


Beginning Yoga

Mondays at 4:30-5:30pm
Starting – Sept. 21

An eight week class. Yoga is an ancient system that offers guidelines for physical health, breathing, mental focus, concentration and meditation.

It consists of poses that develop flexibility, strength and alignment. In addition, through the practice of breathing and relaxation techniques, mental and emotional well-being is developed. Steady practice can soothe the busy mind.


Chair Yoga

Wednesdays at 3:00-4:00pm
Starting – Sept. 23

An eight week class. Chair Yoga is suitable for individuals with limited mobility. Chair yoga is adapted so that you don’t have to get up and down off the floor, but still gives you benefits of yoga including improving strength, flexibility, posture and more.


Meditation

Mondays at  3:00-4:00pm
Starting – Sept. 21 & Oct. 19

A four week class. Meditation is the process of establishing and maintaining enlightenment. When you meditate, you give your attention to one thing and do not think of anything else, usually as a way of calming or relaxing your mind.


Lymphatic Drain Massage for Self Care

Tuesday, Sept. 29th at 12:30pm

One session class. The primary purpose is to improve the flow and drainage of lymph by stimulating the lymphatic vessels. This class will teach self-massage. Helpers are welcome to attend.


Cooking with Anne: A Healthy Eating Class

Tuesday, October 27 from 12-2pm

Food Demonstration Classes showcase a nutrition theme, followed by food demonstrations, discussion of the recipe’s nutrient content and preparations. Participants receive a hard copy of the recipes, with nutrient content per serving and other educational materials. Recipes and product demonstrations are designed to not only tie into the nutrition theme, but to taste good and be convenient and easy to prepare. Seeing the process and enjoying the food are important factors that can motivate healthy eating and cooking outside the class.


Weight Loss Opportunity for Cancer Survivors

Wednesdays at 5-6:30pm
Starting – Oct. 14

NOW RECRUITING FOR POST-TREATMENT PATIENTS INTERESTED IN UPCOMING WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAMS HERE AT GENESYS HURLEY CANCER INSTITUTE

A new weight loss program will be starting October 14th for Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute patients who are looking for a structured program to assist with weight loss. The program is centered around the successful evidence-based VA Move Weight Loss Program but modified to address the needs of cancer patients. The program is 16 weeks in duration, 1 ½ hours per week. Nutrition, behavior, and physical activity are core components to promote lifestyle change.

Attending all 16 sessions is expected; however sessions can be made up if needed.

For more information, please call Anne Cox at (810) 762-8288.


Destination Stowe, Vermont

Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 11am

Zoom meeting for GHCI Patients interested in attending the 21st annual Stowe Weekend of Hope Cancer Survivor Conference – Spring 2021 Brainstorming/Planning Meeting.



August 25, 2020 In The News
Anne is available to help patients with any questions they have regarding nutrition.

Trying to maintain a well-balanced diet is extremely important during and after your cancer treatment, however, because your body undergoes a variety of changes during this time, eating the right foods sometimes can be a challenge.

That is why Registered Oncology Dietitian Anne Cox is an integral part of your cancer team at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute (GHCI).

Patients may experience weight loss, loss of appetite, diarrhea, dehydration, swallowing problems, nausea, taste changes and many other side effects from treatment. Too much weight gain also may be an issue. Anne can help patients with any nutrition-related challenge, every step of the way during and after treatment.

Eating adequate nutrients with emphasis on protein, calories and fluid during and after your cancer treatments can help decrease your side effects, maintain a healthy body weight, keep your immune system strong and reduce your risk of cancer recurrence, Anne tells her patients.

“Studies show that adult cancer patients who eat a healthy diet have fewer breaks in treatment including hospitalizations and faster recovery times.”

“I work with patients to identify what their nutrition-related issues are, what foods they like and can tolerate and what side effects they are experiencing so we can devise a nutrition plan that will work for them,” Anne points out. “This is an ongoing process throughout their treatment,” she adds. “Appetites change and side effects change, so the nutrition plan is modified as needed throughout a patient’s care. That is why I meet with patients regularly.”

Anne also is available to help patients with any questions they have regarding nutrition and cancer information they have received or found on the internet, to help identity valid and credible information and sources. She also encourages caregivers and family members to participate in nutrition counseling sessions. “Caregiver involvement is another way to support patients, and helps reinforce the information provided, which ultimately improves compliance,” Anne finds.

Nutrition services at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute are available upon referral or patient request. They include:

  • Individualized nutrition counseling and management
  • Monitoring of nutrition-related symptoms and concerns throughout treatment
  • Nutrition recommendations and support
  • General education on nutrition and cancer for patients and families
  • Cooking demonstrations

In addition to these free-of-charge services, Anne also conducts cooking classes and a 16-week weight loss support group – also at no charge for Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute patients.

To learn more about the services of Anne Cox, MS, RD, CSO, call Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute at 810.762.8226.

Weight loss class at GHCI

Registered Oncology Dietitian Anne Cox offers a virtual 16-week class – one hour a week – for post treatment cancer patients who are looking for a structured program to assist with weight loss and behavioral change. Nutrition, behavior and physical activity are core components to promote lifestyle change. Topics covered include setting goals, healthy eating, establishing new behaviors, improving activity, menu planning, and conquering triggers and cues. Attending all 16 sessions is expected as the success of the class depends upon member interaction (class time to be determined based on participant schedules).

Weight loss support group at GHCI

Anne also offers a virtual on-going weight loss support group for Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute patients who have completed treatment. It is a perfect time to talk with others experiencing similar weight gain issues, share their stories, learn from each other and find ways to make their weight loss journey easier and successful.

To learn more about the weight loss class or support group at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute, call 810.762.8226.

Anne Cox offers a few general tips that may help cancer patients:

  • Eat foods that smell good.
  • Eat foods you enjoy so you will feel satisfied.
  • Choose foods that are high in protein.
  • Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and foods high in fiber.
  • Try new foods and recipes.
  • Eat small meals and healthy snacks throughout the day.
  • Try to stay as active as possible so you will have a good appetite.
  • Try smoothies, juices and soups if you don’t want solid foods.
  • Suck on hard candies if you have a dry mouth or a bad taste in your mouth.
  • Try not to skip any meals; eating small meals several times a day may help.

 

About Anne Cox

Anne Cox, MS, RD, CSO, joined Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute multidisciplinary team in 2009. She has been a registered dietitian for 25 years and has been board certified in oncology nutrition for 11 years. She also is an American College of Exercise (ACE) certified health coach.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to accompany our patients through their cancer treatment and offer ongoing nutrition support to help them reduce their risk of cancer recurrence. As a former hospice dietitian, I focus on quality of life as an integral part of the care I provide. Seeing patients through a holistic lens has helped me better understand their needs, which helps me develop the best possible nutritional intervention for each individual.”

 



May 12, 2020 In The News

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

  • GHCI is open for patients in treatment.
  • GHCI requires everyone to wear a mask in the facility. If you do not have a mask, we will provide you with one.
  • We are not cancelling treatments or essential appointments.
  • Effective immediately, we are allowing patients to have ONE visitor (age 16 and older) only if the patient needs assistance getting to their appointment or if the patient is a new consult.

Please call us at 810.762.8226 if you have questions.

All classes have been cancelled until further notice. In an effort to protect our patients currently in treatment, we are limiting the number of people coming into our building by cancelling non-essential programs and classes. We will re-evaluate this decision throughout the summer. Class participants will be informed of class restart dates. You also can check this webpage regularly for updates. If you have questions about the classes, please call Sue Root, director of Quality of Life programs, at 810.762.8022. 

Your health and safety is our highest priority. Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute is monitoring the coronavirus situation closely and has launched a webpage that contains current information regarding the coronavirus. As new information becomes available, we will update this page.

We will continue taking precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of our patients.

Because this is a rapidly evolving situation, our medical team and administrators closely are following the guidelines and direction of the CDC as well as local and state public health experts. Rest assured we are taking all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Information about this outbreak is changing rapidly. To obtain the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, we recommend these resources:


Frequently asked questions about the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a newly identified virus called coronavirus that first was identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. It since has spread to multiple locations worldwide. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  1. It is newly identified and health officials are still learning about it.
  2. Two other human coronaviruses – MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV – have caused severe illness.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

According to the CDC, symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. These symptoms typically appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Other symptoms may include aches and pains, nasal congestion or runny nose, sore throat, or diarrhea. Some people who are infected may not develop symptoms.

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe. Some people who are infected don’t develop any symptoms.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about one in six people with COVID-19 become seriously ill and have difficulty breathing. About 80 percent of those infected recover without special treatment.

How does the virus spread?

COVID-19 germs are spread like the common cold: from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth that may spread in the air or land on surfaces when a person coughs or sneezes. 

It also can spread by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

How long can the coronavirus linger on surfaces?

Medical experts don’t know for certain. Some studies show it lasts three hours on certain surfaces, up to 24 hours on other surfaces, and as long as nine days on another surface type.

What preventive steps can I take to reduce my risk?

  • Stay home when you are sick with a fever, cough or upper respiratory symptoms.
  • Wash your hands often, thoroughly, and frequently – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after coughing or sneezing, and after using the bathroom. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Apply the gel liberally and let it dry. It takes about 20 seconds for the sanitizer to work.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick or coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid large crowds (eg, sporting events, concerts, large community gatherings where people could be carrying the virus).  
  • Avoid shaking hands or hugging.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your arm.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (phones, keys, light switches and doorknobs are easily forgotten areas to clean). Wear gloves when you disinfect and throw them away each time.

What should I do if I think I may have the coronavirus?

  • Call your primary care physician if you have a fever and other symptoms of a respiratory illness such as a cough or shortness of breath. 
  • In addition, contact your physician if you have been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19, or if you recently traveled to an area that has an outbreak of the illness. Your physician can determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
  • Make sure you call before visiting your physician or an emergency department and alert them that you think you may have COVID-19. They will provide you with guidelines to follow and protection when you walk in the door. 
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are sick.
  • You also can call the Genesee County Health Department at 810.257.3612.

Who is at greatest risk for contracting COVID-19?

The elderly and people with chronic health conditions such as lung disease, diabetes, asthma, heart disease or a weakened immune system are at highest risk. Cancer patients undergoing treatment as well as newly diagnosed patients and those in remission also are considered a high risk for contracting COVID-19. Those most vulnerable for having serious complications from COVID-19 should make sure they have an ample supply of their needed medications.

As a cancer patient, are there special precautions I should take?

The health and safety of our patients is our number one priority. Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute is monitoring COVID-19 closely and has implemented several precautionary measures for patients to ensure you can receive your needed treatments safely.  

We are screening patients for COVID-19 symptoms and are limiting visitors. If visitors have traveled overseas – or have a household member who has traveled – we are asking these visitors to postpone their visit.

In general, cancer patients should follow the same procedures as the rest of the population such as washing hands frequently and avoiding large crowds of people. Because cancer patients are considered a high risk for contracting COVID-19, the CDC recommends avoiding non-essential travel to decrease exposure to the virus.

If you are receiving cancer treatment that suppresses the immune system and you develop a fever and respiratory symptoms, call your oncologist immediately.

Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute will continue to make changes to its current procedures as the coronavirus situation evolves. Please check this website regularly for updates.

Should I wear a mask when I come in for treatment?

The CDC does not recommend face masks for healthy people as protection from respiratory diseases including COVID-19. A mask doesn’t help with prevention. It helps if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

The CDC recommends mask use for people who are sick and show symptoms of COVID-19. 

Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute may recommend masks for patients who are sick or exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. 

Are there ways to strengthen my immune system?

  • Get plenty of sleep. Sleep deprivation is one of the biggest ways of suppressing the immune system. If you are not getting a minimum of six to eight hours of sleep a night, scientific evidence demonstrates that the immune system may be compromised.
  • Exercise. Take a walk and get some fresh air.
  • Make healthy food choices. Approximately 70 percent to 80 percent of our immune system is in the gastrointestinal tract, which directly is impacted by the food we eat.
  • Stay up to date on vaccinations, including the flu vaccine.
  • Avoid smoke or smoking.
  • Make sure any other medical conditions you have are under control.
  • Try to reduce stress, which also is bad for the immune system.

What else should I know before I arrive for treatment at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute?

You may be prescreened for COVID-10 symptoms when you first enter the building and may be asked to wear a mask that we will provide.

If you have a fever, cough, runny nose or shortness of breath, contact your oncologist before your appointment.

In addition, to reduce the spread of infection, we are limiting visitors to one adult (at least 16 or older) who does not exhibit any of the COVID-19 symptoms and who has not recently traveled to a high-risk area. No one under the age of 16 will be allowed in the building.

Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute is taking additional precautions to protect our patients, employees and visitors. These include:

  • Screening patients, visitors and employees for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Limiting patient visitors to one adult (16 and older) during each patient visit.
  • Restricting incoming business or community visitors.
  • Limiting work meetings and activities on campus.
  • Not permitting anyone age 16 or younger inside the building.
  • Working closely with public health officials to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and remain proactive in ensuring patient, visitor and employee safety and protection.


May 1, 2020 In The News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Suzy Hosler
Executive Director
Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute
810.762.8226
shosler@ghci.org 

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) The Community Foundation of Greater Flint has awarded a grant of $25,000 to Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute (GHCI). These funds will be used to support the institute’s patient support services such as nutritional care and patient transportation to and from cancer treatment appointments.

“On behalf of our patients, staff and physicians at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute, I would like to thank the Community Foundation of Greater Flint for its generous grant,” announces Suzy Hozler, executive director of Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute. “The funding will assist our patients with transportation, supplemental food support, and help with financial hardships patients may encounter, especially during these difficult times.”

Every year, thousands of Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute patients receive lifesaving care in a warm and welcoming setting. From aggressive treatments to state-of-the-art technology, Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute focuses on exceptional care, spiritual and emotional healing, and the best chance for a healthy, cancer-free tomorrow.

To learn more about the services and programs offered at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute, call 810.762.8226.

The Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGF) serves the common good in Genesee County—building a strong community by engaging people in philanthropy and developing the community’s permanent endowment—now and for generations to come. CFGF helps donors support the causes they care about, today or through their estates. Since 1988 the Community Foundation has granted more than $130 million to nonprofit organizations to build a thriving community. CFGF serves Flint and all of Genesee County including its Community Funds in Clio, Davison, Fenton, Flushing and Grand Blanc.

 


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