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    A Closer Look at the Different Types of Lung Cancer

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Getting a lung cancer diagnosis can be surprising, but understanding your condition can help you feel more in control and make decisions about your care. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our Pulmonology-Interventional department provides diagnosis and treatment for all types of lung cancer, and our expert staff of oncologists is always willing to answer patients’ questions. There are three types of lung cancer. Here is what you need to know about each.

    Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

    Non-small cell lung cancer accounts for about 85 percent of lung cancer cases. Subtypes of non-small cell lung cancer include adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Signs of this type of lung cancer include a persistent cough, chest pain when coughing or laughing, coughing up blood, and unexplained weight loss. If the cancer spreads, patients may also experience bone pain or neurological changes. Treatment options include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

    Small Cell Lung Cancer

    Sometimes referred to as oat cell cancer, small cell cancer makes up 10 to 15 percent of cases. The symptoms of small cell cancer are similar to those of non-small cell cancer, however, small cell cancer usually spreads very quickly and has often infected distant organs when it is diagnosed. Chemotherapy is the most common treatment for this kind of cancer. Radiation therapy may also be used, but surgery for small cell lung cancer is rare.

    Lung Carcinoid Tumors

    Lung carcinoid tumors are the most rare type of lung cancer, accounting for only five percent of cases. Your doctor may also refer to this type of cancer as lung neoendocrine tumors. This type of lung cancer grows slowly and usually doesn’t spread to other parts of the body. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Surgery and chemotherapy are common treatments.

    Lung cancer patients can find compassionate care and cutting-edge treatments at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. In addition to quality cancer care, our hospital in San Jose is home to urgent care, stroke care, and robotic surgery. Learn more about our services by calling (408) 259-4000. 

    How the Summer Heat Can Impact Your Heart Health

    Last updated 20 days ago

    Summer can bring special concerns for patients living with heart disease. Heat can be hard on your heart, and you may need to make some changes to the way you exercise and otherwise enjoy the great outdoors. Talk to your doctor at the heart hospital about any special precautions you should take. Here are some of the ways that the heat of summer can take a toll on your heart. 

    Increased Sensitivity to Heat

    Medications can impact the way you react to heat. For patients with heart disease, medications like calcium channel blockers, ace inhibitors, and beta blockers can increase your sensitivity to heat and make you more prone to heat-related illnesses. Talk to your heart doctor about your medications and find out if any of them could make you more sensitive to the heat, so you can be vigilant about symptoms and adjust your activities accordingly.

    Increased Heart Pumping

    Your heart plays a central role in your body’s temperature regulation system. When you’re hot, your body radiates heat to the air to cool you down by rerouting blood flow to your skin. To reroute this blood, your heart has to pump harder, and the hotter you are, the harder your heart pumps. In fact, your heart may pump up to four times more blood each minute than it does when temperatures are cool. If you have had a heart attack, the damage left behind may leave your heart unable to pump enough to effectively cool your body, so ask your doctor if it is safe to exercise outside. 

    Increased Mineral Loss

    The sweat that helps your body cool down also represents a loss of minerals that your cardiovascular system needs to function properly. Sweat contains potassium and sodium, which your muscles need to contract. Because your medications may also cause mineral loss, your heart doctor may want you to curb your outside activity.

    The physicians at the heart hospital of Regional Medical Center of San Jose can help stay heart healthy in the summer months and all year long. If you’re suffering from a cardiovascular problem, request a referral to one of the physicians at our San Jose heart hospital by calling (408) 259-4000. 

    Summer Is Arriving; Are You Prepared for the Heat?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    With summer arriving, you may be excited to head outdoors and enjoy some time under the sun. In order to make the most of your summer, however, you might need to brush up on some heat safety tips to keep heat illness from disrupting your seasonal fun. Keep reading for a few simple tips to remember as temperatures rise outside.

    Know the signs of heat exhaustion

    Heat exhaustion can quickly elevate to heat stroke, which is a medical emergency requiring immediate care. Therefore, you should know the signs of heat exhaustion so that you can respond with appropriate treatment to cool down. A few indicators of heat exhaustion include pale skin, headache, nausea, weakness, and heavy sweating. You should treat these symptoms by moving to a cooler area, drinking water slowly, and loosening clothing to help keep the body cool. If symptoms persist or an individual with heat exhaustion loses consciousness, head to the ER.

    Stay hydrated

    Even in more moderate heat, dehydration can be a serious threat. To make sure that you drink enough water, drink water before you become thirsty. Choose plain water over soft drinks and caffeinated beverages, and eat smaller meals throughout the day rather than one large meal.

    Adjust your exercise routine

    It is a good idea to exercise indoors where possible during the summer. When you do get physical activity outdoors, reduce the intensity of your workout to reduce the chances of heat exhaustion. You’ll also want to apply sunscreen liberally and wear protective clothing to avoid sunburns.

    When you need reliable emergency care to address heat illness, Regional Medical Center of San Jose is there for you 24/7. You can also trust us for healthcare resources available on our website or through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 762-8881. 

    Getting to Know the Trauma Care Team

    Last updated 1 month ago

    In the Trauma Center, patients with the most severe critical injuries and illnesses are treated by a diverse, specialized team with a distinct focus on surgical care. The Trauma Center at Regional Medical Center has some of the most extensive resources in trauma care and emergency transportation, and our highly experienced team of physicians, nurses, and staff members is instrumental in the successful care of our patients. Below, you will get a closer look at some of the key players in the trauma team that will provide exceptional care when it is needed most.

    Orthopedic surgeons

    The Regional Trauma Center is distinct from other trauma centers in the region because our orthopedic surgeons are specifically trained in trauma care. That means that they are ready to treat even the most complex fractures and musculoskeletal injuries that may result from auto accidents or workplace injuries.


    Brain injuries require highly complex and detailed surgical treatment with immediate attention from the surgical team. Our neurosurgeons are uniquely qualified to operate on traumatic brain injuries and spinal injuries in conjunction with other physicians in the Trauma Center.


    Trauma nurses not only spend extensive time interacting with patients, but they also work to coordinate care in the intensive and intermediate phases of treatment for the highest chances of a successful recovery.

    Intermediate care staff

    After initial intensive care in the ER, trauma patients will be admitted to the hospital for more detailed treatment to follow resuscitation. Here, our staff of respiratory therapists, physical therapists, and social workers will step in to begin the long-term recovery and rehabilitation process.

    At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our technology is also an integral part of the care team. We are able to serve communities throughout Santa Clara County with the advantage of advanced imaging directly in the operating room. To learn more about our trauma services and emergency care, visit our website or call us at (888) 762-8881.

    What Is the Link Between Heart Disease and Stroke?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Heart disease and stroke account for the majority of deaths in the United States each year, and these two conditions often go hand-in-hand, since they are affected by similar risk factors. If you have a high risk for heart disease, or you have already been diagnosed with heart disease, it is much more likely that you could suffer a stroke. The right medical care will be integral in addressing both conditions, which you can learn more about below.

    Similar risk factors

    Many of the controllable risk factors for heart disease and stroke are the same, which means that certain conditions can put you at a great risk. With the right strategies to minimize these conditions, however, you can improve both your heart and brain health simultaneously. Some of the risk factors you should be most aware of are hardened or clogged arteries (often related to high cholesterol), high blood pressure, diabetes, physical inactivity, and poor diet. Working with your primary physician or a cardiovascular specialist will help you measure your current health and design a plan for improving your numbers.

    Heart-brain connection

    It is also important to note that conditions affecting the heart can be a threat to brain health and increase the risk of stroke. Atrial fibrillation, for example, can affect blood flow to the brain, limiting the supply of oxygenated blood that it receives. Heart failure is another common condition that limits the heart’s ability to pump blood, putting the brain at risk.

    At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, you can find all the care you need for heart disease, stroke, and related conditions through our Comprehensive Stroke Center and Accredited Chest Pain Center. For physician referrals or answers to questions about your healthcare needs, give us a call at (888) 762-8881 and speak with one of our registered nurses. 

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