A new treatment that effectively targets cancer cells is offering pain relief, improved quality-of-life and extended survival time for men with late-stage prostate cancer that has spread to the bones.
Mills-Peninsula’s Dorothy E. Schneider Cancer Center has introduced this new cancer treatment, Xofigo (Radium-223 dichloride), for patients with advanced-stage prostate cancer that has metastasized to the bones, but not other organs. Xofigo was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May 2013 for treatment of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. Mills-Peninsula’s cancer center is among the first in the Bay Area to offer this new treatment.
“This drug has very low toxicity and has the potential to create comfort in men who are suffering, and it may even prolong their lives,” says Stephen Weller, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula radiation oncologist. “It is an important drug — similar to other types of radiation treatment but more effective.”
Beginning Oct. 1, legal residents of California who do not have health insurance from their job or from another government program will be able to buy insurance through the state’s new “exchange” called Covered California. On Jan. 1, 2014, most people will be required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act) to have health insurance.
All health plans purchased through Covered California must cover certain services called essential health benefits. These include doctor visits, hospital stays, emergency care, maternity care, children’s care, prescriptions, medical tests and mental health care. They also must cover preventive care services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies.
In conjunction with National Grandparents’ Day on Sept. 8, acclaimed photojournalist and author Paola Gianturco will speak and sign copies of her book, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, on Sept. 7, at Mills Health Center in San Mateo.
Organized by the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) USA and the African American Community Health Advisory Committee and sponsored by Mills-Peninsula Health Services, the event is a benefit for the AWDF’s Mother Africa campaign, which helps African grandmothers who are supporting children orphaned by AIDS.
The Consul-General of the Republic of Korea, Han Dong-man, visited Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, to thank the hospital staff for the care and compassion they provided to victims of the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport.
Mills-Peninsula’s Charles and Ann Johnson Foundation Emergency Department cared for 22 injured passengers on the day of the airplane crash, and doctors examined several more in subsequent days. In total, the hospital treated 38 passengers with injuries that included fractures, contusions and abrasions.
During his visit, Consul-General Dong-man met with CEO Bob Merwin; COO Dolores Gomez; Lorraine Massa, M.D., chief of staff; and Allan Brody, M.D., vice chief of staff and medical director of the Emergency Department.
UPDATED July 15, 2013, 12:30 p.m PT – As of Monday morning, July 15, 2013, the Mills-Peninsula Emergency Department in Burlingame, CA, had assessed and cared for 38 injured passengers from the Asiana Airlines airplane crash that occurred Saturday, July 6 at San Francisco International Airport. All are in stable condition with injuries generally reported as fractures, contusions and abrasions.
Five people (all adults) were originally admitted to the hospital. One is currently still in the hospital in stable condition.
Representatives from the Korean and Chinese Consulates were on site Saturday and Sunday to offer assistance to patients and their families.
Two physicians from Beijing, China saw health care from a very different point of view while visiting the United States as part of an International Health Fellowship, sponsored by Health Bridge International, a non-profit organization based in the United States.
Yong Jiang, M.D., vice chair of the Department of Surgery, and Sheng Wu, M.D., attending physician of the Emergency Department at Peking University First Hospital, spent a month visiting Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, in Burlingame, Calif., to learn about the U.S. health care system. In December the physicians explored the outpatient setting at Palo Alto Medical Foundation. In January, they spent time at Mills-Peninsula in as many departments as possible and shadowed several physicians.
At the conclusion of their stay, they spoke at a briefing at Mills-Peninsula to share their thoughts about health care in China and what they have learned during their visit to the medical center.