Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center
Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life. We strive to deliver high quality, cost effective healthcare in the communities we serve.

Are there different types of breast cancer?

Although breast cancer is often discussed as though it is one condition there are multiple forms of the disease, each of which requires a unique treatment approach. If you are diagnosed with breast cancer your physician will explain the type of the disease you have and what kind of care to expect. Here’s a glimpse at the most common forms of breast cancer:

In situ breast cancer
In situ breast cancers are forms of the disease that have not spread into surrounding breast tissue from the site of the malignancy. Cancers that are diagnosed in this stage are usually very responsive to treatment.

Ductal carcinoma in situ is one form of in situ cancer. Sometimes, it is also referred to as intraductal carcinoma or stage 0 breast cancer. With this form of the disease, cancer appears in the cells that line the ducts of the breast, but the malignancy has not breached the walls of the duct to impact other parts of the breast.

Invasive breast cancer
Invasive—or infiltrating—breast cancer occurs when cancer cells spread beyond their initial location into other parts of the breast. This kind of breast cancer can sometimes spread outside of the breast as well, through the blood and lymphatic systems.

There are multiple types of invasive breast cancer, including:

  • Invasive lobular carcinoma
  • Invasive ductal carcinoma
  • Mixed carcinoma
  • Medullary carcinoma

Inflammatory breast cancer
Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare and serious form of the disease. Most other types of breast cancer are indicated by lumps but may otherwise cause no symptoms at all, inflammatory breast cancer can cause redness, thickening of the skin, and itching in the affected breast.

Another danger inflammatory breast cancer poses is its ability to spread rapidly. By the time it is diagnosed, it may have spread to the lymph nodes, which further complicates treatment. If you have the symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer, consider seeing a healthcare provider as soon as possible.

The Cancer Center at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center provides comprehensive cancer care in Thousand Oaks from diagnosis to recovery. A number of different specialists work together in this multidisciplinary department to ensure patients have access to every kind of care that can help them beat their diagnosis. Get more information about our cancer treatment program or get a referral to a specialist by calling (877) 888-5746.

Establishing a safe start for your baby

All parents want to give their babies the best possible start in life. No matter which turns your child’s life eventually takes, he or she will benefit from the health and safety decisions made during infancy. At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, our obstetricians, nurses and lactation nurses understand the unique blend of joy and confusion associated with becoming a parent. We’re here for you. Never hesitate to ask a question or share a concern with our compassionate hospital staff.

Protect your baby from sun damage
It’s exciting to see a baby take pleasure in experiencing nature, but be mindful of the lifetime risk of skin cancer. A person’s skin is especially sensitive during the first six months of life. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends keeping babies out of the sun during this time, rather than relying on sunscreen.

Keep the sun shield on the stroller down while walking with your baby, and try to stick to the shady side of the street. Dress your baby in lightweight, comfortable clothing that covers the legs and arms. Add a hat and special sunglasses made for infants that filter out UV rays.

Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Functional smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are essential for every home. Smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly for anyone, but young children are especially susceptible to the harmful effects.

Distribute the detectors in multiple areas on every floor of your home, including all sleeping areas. Test them once per month, and change the batteries every six months—even if they’re still working.

Practice safe medication management
Always talk to your child’s pediatrician or an ER doctor before giving your infant medications. Many of them aren’t safe for babies or toddlers—some medicines like aspirin aren’t even recommended for teenagers.

If the doctor does recommend a medication, follow the written dosage and administration instructions precisely. Monitor your baby for signs of worrisome side effects, and call the doctor if you have any questions or concerns. Remember to securely lock up all medications as soon as you’re done using them.

Since 1968, families in Thousand Oaks have been placing their trust in the maternity specialists at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center. Our Birthing Center brings you the best in comfort, convenience and privacy, with a focus on state-of-the-art NICU equipment and highly trained healthcare providers. Call a registered nurse at (877) 888-5746 or visit our website to find out about upcoming maternity classes.

Reduce the threat of falls at home

In the U.S., millions of people fall each year, and hundreds of thousands of those falls cause serious injuries that require an emergency room visit. Here at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, the health and safety of seniors in our community are very important to us. Our doctors and nurses are always available to discuss personalized solutions that can help you stay safer in your home.

Know your risk factors of falling
A fall can happen to anyone. Knowing what might increase your risk of a fall can help you prevent it. Your risk tends to increase with age due to the following factors:

  • Reduced physical strength, balance and coordination
  • Reduced vision
  • Chronic medical conditions
  • Medication side effects

Improve your physical capacity
Your physical capacity to resist falls includes your balance and muscle strength. If you’ve already fallen once, you might be less active than you once were, for fear of falling again. Consequently, being less active contributes to decreased physical capacity.

Instead, consider asking your doctor to evaluate your balance, coordination and muscle strength. He or she might refer you to a physical therapist, or suggest safe activities you can do at home to improve your physical conditioning.

Your vision also plays a critical role in fall prevention. Visit an eye doctor regularly for comprehensive eye exams.

Even if you don’t think your vision prescription has changed, your eye doctor can detect early signs of eye diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration. Keeping your eyes as healthy as possible will help you spot potential tripping and slipping hazards before they cause you to fall.

Make your home safer
Home modifications, both major and minor, can prevent falls. Your doctor may refer you to an occupational therapist to learn about modifying your home in a way that meets your unique needs and preferences. The following are some common modifications seniors make:

  • Installing handrails along exterior walkways
  • Installing better interior and exterior lighting
  • Installing handrails in the bathtub and next to the toilet
  • Using a non-slip bathtub mat and shower chair
  • Removing area rugs and clutter from the floor
  • Rearranging furniture to widen walking areas
  • Removing elevated thresholds from doorways

Patients of all ages will find the superior, patient-centered care they deserve at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. Our senior care services include inpatient and outpatient programs for physical rehabilitation. You can request a referral by calling a friendly nurse at our hospital at (877) 888-5746.

When do you need to go to the ER for food poisoning?

Viruses and bacteria commonly cause food poisoning, but these illnesses can also be caused by parasites or toxins produced by bacteria. In the U.S., more people go to the Emergency Room because of salmonella, E. coli, listeria, norovirus, Campylobacter and Clostridium perfringens than any other type of foodborne illness. The symptoms aren’t pleasant, but most people can recover well with supportive care at home. If you do need emergency care in Thousand Oaks, the doctors and nurses at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center can help you feel better quickly.

When you’re pregnant
Expecting mothers need to exercise a greater degree of caution when they become ill, as illnesses during pregnancy could harm the growing baby. Listeriosis, for example, can cause the following pregnancy-related complications:

  • Preterm labor/premature birth
  • Miscarriage
  • Stillbirth
  • Low birthweight
  • Life-threatening infections of the newborn

Call your healthcare provider if you experience any possible symptoms of foodborne illness during pregnancy. If you develop severe symptoms or you can’t reach your doctor, go to the Emergency Room—just in case.

When you might be dehydrated
Food poisoning is known for causing gastrointestinal symptoms, such as diarrhea and vomiting. Both of these issues increase the risk of dehydration, which can become serious.

Try to sip water and rehydration beverages with electrolytes frequently while you’re ill. If you can’t keep fluids down or you develop signs of dehydration, it’s time to go to the Emergency Room. Dehydration can cause these symptoms:

  • Little to no urine output
  • Darkly colored urine
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Lethargy
  • Rapid heartbeat

When your symptoms are severe
An ER physician should evaluate you if you experience severe food poisoning symptoms. These include the following:

  • Trouble swallowing
  • Pounding heartbeat
  • Double vision
  • Problems moving some body parts
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Problems breathing
  • Bloody vomit
  • Bloody or black stool

When you ate shellfish or mushrooms
Food poisoning symptoms after consuming shellfish or mushrooms should always be considered a medical emergency. Contaminated fish and poisonous mushrooms can cause severe complications, including temporary paralysis and death.

Your health and safety are our highest priorities here at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center. When you arrive at our Emergency Room in Thousand Oaks, a triage nurse will quickly evaluate your food poisoning symptoms, and alert a physician if you need treatment right away. Call 911 for true medical emergencies, or call a registered nurse at (877) 888-5746 for general information.

How does your care experience differ in a regional hospital?

Conventional wisdom would have you believe that bigger is always better when it comes to choosing a hospital. The reasoning is that a higher volume of patients equals better medical expertise. In other words, practice makes perfect. But this doesn’t necessarily translate to the medical field. When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear a heart surgeon explain why patients can expect exceptional care at smaller, regional hospitals like Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center.

The quality of medical care
During this featured surgeon’s interview, he explains that he had worked at very large medical centers throughout most of his career. When he joined the Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center family, he discovered that a smaller, regional hospital can provide a comparable level of resources and specialties, and a quality of care that is at least equal to, if not better than, larger hospitals.

Regional hospitals are attuned to the concerns of the communities they serve. Smaller hospitals understand the unique needs of families in the community, and they have the flexibility necessary to evolve in order to meet those needs.

The doctor/patient relationship
Smaller hospitals tend to invest in quality healthcare providers who genuinely connect with their patients. The importance of strong doctor/patient relationships shouldn’t be underestimated, as they contribute to:

  • Better communication
  • Enhanced understanding of diagnoses and treatments
  • Willingness of the patient to discuss “embarrassing” symptoms
  • Ongoing knowledge of the patient’s unique health risks and needs

The past and future of care at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center
As a regional hospital, Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center has stayed true to our roots during our years of service to the Thousand Oaks community. We’re committed to offering the compassionate care our patients deserve, and we continually grow to meet your needs.

Over the years, we’ve built additions, like our 200,000 square foot patient wing. We’ve enhanced our current services and added new healthcare specialties and departments. Today, our hospital is home to leading specialists in cardiology, women’s health, neuroscience, orthopedics and emergency medicine.

The physicians and nurses at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center live and work in the same community as our patients. We’re committed to providing superior care to families in Thousand Oaks because you’re our neighbors, and we believe you deserve the best possible healthcare experience. Call a friendly member of our nursing staff at (877) 888-5746.

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