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Staying Safe on the Road During the Holidays

Countless American families are planning road trips to visit their loved ones this holiday season. If your family is one of them, take a few minutes to remind yourself of simple safety guidelines that can help keep your loved ones out of the emergency room this season. And if emergency care is required in the Thousand Oaks area, the Emergency Room at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is open 24/7.

Require Seatbelt Usage
It’s essential that all drivers and passengers wear their seatbelts properly. Parents may need to check in the backseat to ensure that the kids have buckled up. The lap belt should lie across the lap, not the abdomen, and the shoulder belt should not be placed across the neck or tucked behind the arm.

Check the Car Seat
Emergency room physicians urge parents to make sure young children ride in car seats that are appropriate for their weight range. If the car is involved in an accident, the car seat should be replaced in case it has sustained damage. Parents can check with their local hospitals or police departments to find inspection services to check the installation of their car seats.

Use a Designated Driver
Any amount of alcohol can impair a person’s ability to drive safely. For the sake of everyone’s safety, it’s imperative to designate a sober driver before attending holiday parties that feature alcoholic beverages. If you plan on hosting a holiday party this year, remind your guests to choose a designated driver and offer alcohol-free beverages. Don’t hesitate to enforce your designated driver rule by having all of your guests deposit their keys into a basket when they arrive.

Avoid Distraction
Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents in the U.S. To protect your family, turn off your cell phone before you get behind the wheel. Have a passenger serve as the navigator if need be. Restless children can be a source of distraction on a long car trip. Bring a selection of quiet activities to keep them busy.

If you are involved in an accident, please call 911 immediately. The Emergency Room at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is always available to provide high-quality care and our hospital features the area’s only Level II Trauma Center. You can direct non-emergent questions about our hospital services to (877) 888-5746.


Make a Plan for Your Diabetic-Friendly Thanksgiving

The holidays can be challenging for people with special dietary needs. If you have diabetes or you’re expecting a diabetic guest, consider visiting your hospital’s nutritionist for assistance designing a healthy Thanksgiving menu. Making some subtle changes to traditional favorites can help everyone enjoy the meal without taking in excessive calories. Families in Thousand Oaks can find comprehensive hospital services at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center.

Choose a Healthy Breakfast
Nutritionists generally advise against skipping breakfast, but for diabetics this is particularly important. Keep your blood glucose levels stable by choosing a breakfast with plenty of fiber, such as a serving of steel-cut oatmeal and a hard-boiled egg for protein. Not being too hungry before the Thanksgiving feast lends itself to good portion control.

Avoid Deep-Frying the Turkey
Since turkey does not have carbohydrates, it’s a healthy choice for diabetics. However, diabetics are advised to only roast the turkey, rather than deep-frying it. Select white breast meat and remove the skin before enjoying it. One serving size of turkey is roughly the size of a person’s palm.

Prepare Healthy Side Dishes
Fattening gravy, sugary cranberry sauce, and starchy mashed potatoes are some of the side dishes that usually grace the dinner table at Thanksgiving. Keep portions small and prepare plenty of non-starchy veggies to choose from. You can also modify or substitute certain dishes, such as by preparing mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes and roasted carrots instead of sweet potato casserole.

Choose a Nutritious Dessert
If dessert is a must-have for Thanksgiving, diabetic diners may need to make some adjustments to their carbohydrate intake during dinner. They might pass on the dinner rolls and stuffing, for example, and choose a small portion of a sweet treat like roasted pears or quinoa pudding.

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is your partner in wellness. Along with providing comprehensive diabetes care, our hospital in Thousand Oaks features a state-of-the-art emergency room, cardiology services, and surgical specialties. You can call our hospital at 877-888-5746 if you would like to request a referral to a specialist.


What to Expect in Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

The pancreas is an organ located behind the stomach. It’s responsible for releasing the enzymes and hormones that play a role in digestion and metabolism regulation. It is difficult to treat pancreatic cancer, even when it’s detected in its early stages. Because of this, patients in Thousand Oaks may turn to a hospital that offers specialized oncology care. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, you can find the answers you’re looking for at the Cancer Center at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center.

Treatment Planning
Watch this featured video to hear a brief interview with the Director of Oncology Services at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center. She explains the difficult nature of treating pancreatic cancer, but emphasizes that there is always hope. After a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, patients will work closely with the oncology team at the hospital to learn more about their diagnosis and their treatment options. Each patient’s treatment plan is developed in light of the cancer stage, the patient’s overall health, and other factors.

Oncologic Treatments
Clinicians have found that surgery can be helpful for curative purposes only when it is possible to remove all of the cancer. When this isn’t possible, surgery may be performed for palliative purposes. Palliative care refers to treatments intended to alleviate symptoms. There are several surgical approaches that the hospital surgery team may consider. When the cancer has spread beyond the pancreas, the patient may be a good candidate for ablation or embolization, which can complement other cancer treatments. Ablation may involve the use of extreme heat or cold, high-energy radio waves, or microwave thermotherapy. Embolization involves attempting to block the blood supply to the tumor. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy, which are commonly used for other types of cancer, can also be used to treat pancreatic cancer.

Supportive Care
Hospitals may provide supportive care to patients along with oncologic treatments. Patients are encouraged to make use of the hospital resources available to them, such as consults with nutritionists, physical and occupational therapists, and personal care experts.

Treating pancreatic cancer is one of our specialties here at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center. Our dedicated team of oncology specialists includes pain management specialists, oncology nurses, nutritionists, and financial counselors. Residents of Thousand Oaks who have general questions about our hospital services can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (877) 888-5746.


Spotlight on Gynecological Cancers

Gynecological cancers can be particularly dangerous because they frequently don’t cause any symptoms until they are in advanced stages. By educating themselves about the risk factors and signs of these kinds of cancer, and understanding how treatment can affect fertility, as discussed in this video from Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center’s Cancer Center, women can take control of their health and take steps to protect themselves from these kinds of cancers.

What are gynecological cancers?

Gynecological cancers are cancers that affect the reproductive systems of women. There are five cancers that fall into this category: ovarian, cervical, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar. Although some forms of gynecological cancers share symptoms, each also has its own set of unique signs, risk factors, and treatments. Your gynecologist will help you understand your personal risk of developing these kinds of cancers and how and when you should be screened.

What are the symptoms?

Some general symptoms of gynecological cancers include fatigue, bloating, changes in bathroom habits, and vaginal burning or itching. Because these symptoms are associated with so many other conditions, many women do not report them to their doctors. Other symptoms are specific to certain types of gynecological cancers. For instance, vulvar cancer may cause warts or rashes to appear on the vulva, while ovarian and uterine cancers may cause pelvic pain or pressure. Any time you have persistent symptoms that you can’t explain, consider seeing your doctor to find a cause. Early diagnosis can be life-saving.

What treatments are available?

Treatment depends on a number of different factors, including the type and stage of the cancer. Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy are all options that your doctor may consider. Be sure to discuss your concerns about family planning with your doctor, as some treatments could affect your fertility.

Compassionate, comprehensive cancer care starts at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. Our full service cancer unit offers a range of treatment options and supportive services located conveniently in our hospital in Thousand Oaks for patients to receive the most appropriate care for their specific needs. Find out more about cancer care and our other services, including our emergency room and surgery center, by calling (877) 888-5746.


A Look at Habits That Can Raise Your Cancer Risk

Advances in cancer care mean that more people are surviving the disease than ever before. Alongside understanding better ways of treating cancer has come more knowledge about the habits that make developing cancer more likely. Although it is not possible to completely erase your chances of getting cancer, you can dramatically reduce your chances of facing the disease and the lengthy hospital treatments associated with it by giving up these habits.

Smoking

One of the worst things you can do for your overall health is smoke. In addition to causing heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke, smoking is also a leading risk factor for cancer. It is not just lung cancer that is associated with smoking, as many people believe. Smoking can also increase your risk of oral, esophageal, cervix, stomach, and colorectal cancers, among others. According to the National Cancer Institute, smoking is the leading cause of cancer and of cancer deaths, so if you don’t smoke, don’t start, and if you do, talk to your doctor about ways you can quit.

Sun Exposure

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, and the reason is sun exposure. The UV radiation from the sun and from tanning beds can cause cellular changes that lead to basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and the most deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma. Avoid using tanning beds, and wear SPF 15 or greater sunscreen every day. When you’re outside, reapply it every two hours or after swimming or sweating.

Diet

Eating a diet that is rich in red and processed meats is associated with a higher risk of cancer. These foods may themselves increase the chances of developing cancer, and they also contribute to obesity, which itself boosts the risk of some forms of cancer. Eating more plant-based foods and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk of cancer.

The Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center Cancer Center offers comprehensive treatment services, from diagnosis through recovery. Our hospital also provides the supportive services people undergoing cancer care need, including financial counseling and pain management specialists. If you or a loved one needs more information about cancer care at our hospital in Thousand Oaks, please call (877) 888-5746.


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