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    Celebrating National Doctor's Day this March

    Last updated 1 day 14 hours ago

    Most physicians decide upon a career in medicine because they want to make a difference in people’s lives. They are devoted to helping patients enjoy the highest quality of life possible through better healthcare. You can celebrate National Doctor’s Day this March to honor the physicians who have made a difference.

    Each year, National Doctor’s Day is designated as March 30th. This tradition began in 1933, when Eudora Brown Almond decided to honor physicians on this day by mailing greeting cards and placing flowers on doctors’ graves. In 1958, the awareness day was made official by a resolution from the House of Representatives. And in 1990, legislation was passed to officially declare National Doctor’s Day on March 30th.

    At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our team of talented physicians, nurses, specialists, and other healthcare providers are committed to healthcare excellence. By offering advanced robotic surgery, sophisticated stroke care, and compassionate breast care, our physicians strive toward improving quality of life for our neighbors. You can speak with a registered nurse at our community hospital by calling (408) 259-4000.

    Healthy Eating Guidelines for Cancer Patients

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Nutrition is critically important for cancer patients. Cancer treatments can adversely affect a person’s nutritional status by changing the way the body metabolizes nutrients and by giving rise to side effects that can affect eating habits. Cancer patients can work with a registered dietitian at their community hospital to develop a healthy eating plan. In general; however, it’s advisable to eat a diet that consists primarily of plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.

    Watch this video to hear an expert from the American Cancer Society discuss the nutritional needs of cancer patients. She explains how maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk of cancer recurrence and how certain nutrients can protect cells from damage.

    The Cancer Care Program at Regional Medical Center of San Jose offers advanced treatment options, clinical trials, and state-of-the-art technology to help improve outcomes for cancer patients. You can reach our hospital in San Jose by calling (408) 259-4000.

    An Overview of Colorectal Cancer

    Last updated 17 days ago

    One of the ways oncologists categorize cancer is by its point of origin. Colorectal cancer refers to cancerous cells that begin dividing in the large intestine, or colon, or the rectum. Alternatively, these may be referred to as colon cancer or rectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is among the most common causes of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. To safeguard your health, consider visiting your community hospital to discuss your risk factors of cancer with your doctor. You might also schedule colorectal screening tests at your local hospital.

    Symptoms

    In its early stages, colorectal cancer stays confined within its point of origin. During this time, many people will not experience any symptoms. As the cancer advances, symptoms may arise. These can include changes in bowel habits, such as constipation, diarrhea, or bloody stool. Abdominal discomfort may occur, including frequent cramps or flatulence. Fatigue, unexplained weakness, and the feeling that the bowel has not fully emptied are other possible signs of colorectal cancer.

    Screening

    Generally, experts recommend visiting a local hospital to begin colorectal cancer screening at the age of 50. However, if you experience possible symptoms of colorectal cancer or you’re at a high risk of developing the disease, your physician may recommend screening earlier in life. The standard test for colorectal cancer screening is a colonoscopy. However, your physician might recommend a fecal occult blood test.

    Risk Factors

    One of the most significant risk factors of colorectal cancer is having a family history of the disease. And while the disease may occur at any age, it is most commonly diagnosed in individuals over the age of 50. Additionally, certain lifestyle factors may increase your risk, including obesity, physical inactivity, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption.

    For exceptional cancer care, the San Jose community can rely on the specialists at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Our Cancer Care Program consists of much more than just our skilled specialists and advanced technology; we strive to meet our patients’ social and psychological needs while they fight cancer. If you would like to learn more about cancer care, stroke care, or robotic surgery at our community hospital, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (408) 259-4000.

    Learning to Recognize Traumatic Brain Injuries

    Last updated 26 days ago

    A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a person’s head is subject to a forceful blow. They commonly occur because of falls or contact sports. A TBI requires emergency medical attention at a nearby hospital. An individual who sustains a head injury is at risk of suffering long-term complications, including physical, cognitive, behavioral, and psychological problems. By learning to recognize the possible signs of a brain injury, you can facilitate prompt medical attention at your community hospital.

    Physical Symptoms

    The symptoms of a TBI can vary widely. Some of the physical symptoms may include headache, blurry vision, and dizziness. Nausea and vomiting can occur, along with tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. Depending on the severity of the TBI, the patient may lose consciousness. If someone suffers a blow to the head and exhibits any of these symptoms, he or she requires immediate transportation to a community hospital.

    Cognitive Symptoms

    A brain injury can affect cognitive function. The patient may display confusion or disorientation. The individual may not be able to remember how the head trauma occurred or what happened prior to suffering a TBI. In the days and weeks that follow the incident, the individual may experience difficulty remembering new information. He or she might have exhibit speech problems. Emotional issues such as mood swings and irritability can develop, along with changes in sleeping patterns.

    Symptom Onset

    An individual who suffers a mild TBI may not lose consciousness. Or, he or she may lose consciousness for less than 30 minutes. A moderate TBI results in the loss of consciousness for longer than 30 minutes and a severe TBI involves the loss of consciousness for longer than 24 hours. The symptoms of a mild TBI are often temporary; they may resolve within a matter of days, weeks, or months. The symptoms and complications of a moderate or severe TBI may persist for years.

    If you or a loved one has suffered serious brain trauma, you can find the help you need at the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Our multidisciplinary and multilingual team is committed to providing the best possible care to residents throughout the San Jose area. You can call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (408) 259-4000 to inquire about our other healthcare services, including stroke care, breast care, and robotic surgery.

    Making the Right Decisions in Your Healthcare

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Did you know that many individuals invest more time in researching the purchase of a new vehicle than they do selecting a physician at a community hospital? In honor of National Wise Healthcare Consumer Month this February, take a few minutes to consider ways that you can become more proactive about your well-being.

    Pay Attention to Your Body

    Many people ignore aches and pains, changes in bowel and urinary habits, abrupt changes in energy levels, and other common issues. While seemingly minor health concerns such as these may not always signal a problem, they can sometimes indicate an underlying condition that requires treatment. The first step in being proactive about your healthcare is to pay attention to the signals your body sends you. It’s a good idea to make a note of any unusual symptoms you’ve noticed and when they occurred.

    Schedule Wellness Exams

    Make appointments at your local hospital for check-ups according to the schedule your doctor recommends. Bring along your list of unusual symptoms you’ve experienced or other health concerns you have. By checking in with your doctor regularly, you can stay on top of your wellness.

    Consider Screening Tests

    At your wellness exam, ask your healthcare provider whether it makes sense for you to have any screening tests. Your physician can review your medical history and various risk factors, such as your age, to determine whether it’s appropriate for you to have any tests. You might benefit from a check of your blood sugar or cholesterol levels, for example, or your doctor might recommend a thyroid function test.

    Ask Plenty of Questions

    If your doctor does recommend a screening test, diagnoses you with a condition, or recommends a course of treatment, it’s always a good idea to ask any questions you may have. For instance, you might ask how you can expect your medical condition to affect you in your daily life or what side effects may occur from a particular treatment.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose is your partner in health. The healthcare providers in our robotic surgery, stroke care, and breast care units, and throughout our community hospital are dedicated to providing the information you need to make decisions for your well-being. San Jose residents can call (408) 259-4000 to speak with a registered nurse at our hospital.




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