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2013AnnualReportPatientsComeFirst OnMay172013YumaRegionalCancerCentermarkedamajormilestonebreakinggroundonournew38000squareootcancercenter.Attheocialgroundbreakingceremony75cancersurvivorsmarchedtogetherproudlycarryingblueagsohonortomarktheoccasionandstandunited.TheseagswerethenplacedontheconstructionsiteservingasavisualreminderothehopeandpromisethatournewcancercenterwillbringtotheYumacommunity.Whenthenewcancercenteropensinthesummero2014itwillusherinaneweraorcancercareinYuma.ForthersttimeinYumaRegionalMedicalCenterhistoryallcomprehensivecancerserviceswillbeconcentratedinonelocationcreatingamoreconvenientless-stressulenvironmentorcancerpatientsandtheiramilies.Currentlynearly30percentoYumacancerpatientstraveltoothercitiestoreceivecare.Theopeningothenewcancercenterprovidespatientswithworld-classcancercarewhileremainingintheirowncommunityclosetotheiramilyandriends.ThenewYumaRegionalCancerCenterwillhavethreetimestheamountospaceasourcurrentacilityenablingustoexpandpatient-careoptionsincludingmedicalandradiationoncologyclinicalresearchinusionroomsapharmacyalabandtheAmericanCancerSocietyResourceCenter.Wewillalsoexpandourteamophysiciansandprovideadditionalnursenavigatorstoassistpatientswithemotionalandlogisticalsupport.Havingalargeracilitywillallowustooferphysicaltherapyrehabilitationservicesandlymphedematreatmentsaswellasmassageandothercomplementarytherapies.FurthercomplementingthisenhancedcareisYRMCsmembershipintheMayoClinicCareNetwork.ThiscollaborativerelationshipprovidesYumaRegionalCancerCenterphysiciansdirectaccesstoMayoClinicsexpertiseandresourcestoensurethatourpatientsbenetromthemostcurrentcancerdiagnosticandtreatmenttechniquesavailable.WithanexcitingandpromisinguturealongwithadvancedtechnologyandserviceYumaRegionalCancerCentercelebratesthegitohopeandcommunity.NewCommunityCancerCenterDontgetmewrongcancerisntagift.ItjustshowedCelebratingOurGiftsAsonecancerpatientsopoignantlystatedDontgetmewrongcancerisntagit.Itjustshowedmewhatthegitsinmylieare.ThegoaloYumaRegionalCancerCenteristogivepatientsanadditionalgitthegitohopesotheycancontinuetoliveulllingmeaningullivesoraslongaspossible.AlwayskeepingourpatientsinterestsrstYumaRegionalMedicalCenterhasmadesignicantprogressinreachingourgoaltoofertheresidentsoourcommunitythemostadvancedcancercareavailablethroughastate-o-the-artcommunitycancercentercommunity-oferedcancerscreeningsadvancedclinicalresearchandanupdatedcancerregistry. PATRICIAMARTINTheLordgrantedmeasecondchanceatlieasIwasdiagnosedintheearlystageobreastcancer.IthinktheLordstillhasplansormylietoservemycommunityandtosharetheknowledgewithothers.Therearesomanygitstobeulflledandappreciatedeachandeverydayolie.mewhatthegiftsinmylifeare.-AnonymousPatientCOVERCancerSurvivorsABDULIAMEDINAMARTHAGASTELUMNELLYLARA KeepingPatientsFirstAtYumaRegionalMedicalCenterandYumaRegionalCancerCenterwebelievethatapatientismorethanjustaname.EachpatientinourcarehasauniqueandmeaningulstoryandthediagnosistreatmentandcarereceivedatYumaRegionalCancerCenterisjustonechapter.Gettingtoknowourpatientsnotonlyallowsorhigherqualityotreatmentbutitalsogivesustheopportunitytoassistwithcompassionandunderstanding.StorieslikethatoAnayeliRodriguezserveasaconstantremindertoalwaysputourpatientsrstandhelpusrememberthatcancernotonlyafectsthepatientbutalsoimpactsthelivesandstoriesothepatientsamilyandriends.AnayelismotherIrmawasdiagnosedwithbreastcancerin2012.Thiswasadevastatingblowtoaamilythatalreadystruggledtomakeendsmeet.AnayeliotenaccompaniedhermothertoYumaRegionalCancerCenterduringhertreatmentsandthisiswhereshewasencouragedbythenursenavigatortowriteherstory.ThroughthepartnershipoYumaRegionalCancerCenterandtheBridgetsGitFundtheRodriguezamilywasabletoreceivecriticalsupportandresourcesneededduringherbattlewithcancer.BysharingherstoryAnayelisdreamistoprovidehopetootheramiliesacingthisdicult.Withagoaloobtaining10000signaturesyoucanshowyoursupportbysigningherpersonalbookatwww.yumaregional.org.AsweapproachthisnewandimportantchapteratYumaRegionalCancerCenteritisourcommitmenttoyouthepatienttoalwayskeepyouyouramilyandthecommunitytopomindhelpingyouauthoryourstoryinlie.LORRAGREENEFiveyearsagoonSeptember262008marksthedayIheardthoseterriblewordsYouHaveCancer.IwasdiagnosedwithstageIIinvasivebreastcancer.AtersixmonthsoextensivechemotherapyandamodifedradicalmastectomyIcontinuetobemonitoredatYumaRegionalCancerCenter.Iamsothankulortheknowledgeableandcaringpersonnelatthecenter.Icouldnthavedoneitwithoutthem. CYNTHIABAISICancerScreeningPreventableMeasuresAtYumaRegionalMedicalCenterweunderstandthathealthscreeningsandpreventativecarecansavelives.AspartoourcommitmenttothecommunityYRMCconsistentlysponsorsandpromotescomplimentaryhealtheventseducationalseminarsandscreenings.EmphasizingtheimportanceoregularscreeningsasanessentialtoolortheearlydiagnosisandtreatmentocancerYRMCwasproudtoco-sponsortheeventMammosandManiCURESonFebruary212013.Withover200womeninattendanceMammosandManiCURESoferedauneveningomanicuresmassagesacookingdemonstrationhealthandwellnesseducationalongwiththeopportunitytoreceiveamammogram.Theeventwasco-sponsoredbyBridgetsGitaspecialundhonoringYumanativeBridgetMartinezwhowasdiagnosedwithanaggressiveormobreastcancerin2008.Herwishwastogivethegitobreastcancereducationandresourceawarenesstohercommunity.AttheeventamilyphysicianDr.KristinaDiazandYumaRegionalCancerCenteroncologistsDrs.TimothyGalangandGregYangpresentedonwomenshealthissues.Theeventencouragedroutinemammogramsandasaresultover40womenromtheeventscheduledamammogramwith16beingdoneattheevent.Noneothosescreenedhadabnormalndings.OnDecember102013YumaRegionalCancerCenterandYumaRegionalFamilyHealthCenteroferedthesecondannualskincancerscreeningattheWelcomeBackBash.Thisreeeventprovidedwintervisitorsandlocalseniorstheopportunitytohaveaqualiedphysicianchecktheirskinoranysuspiciousndingsreassurethemaboutanybenignspotsandineededreerthemorurthermedicalcare.Outo50peoplescreenedattheeventthisyear11hadsuspiciousndingsandwerereerredorurthermedicalcare.Iwas50yearsoldwhendiagnosedwithbreastcancerin2007.ByFebruary2008Iunderwentamastectomyofmyrightbreastwithreconstruction.Iamoneoftheluckyoneswhocaughtitearly.Ihavebeencancerfreefor5yearsandcantsayenoughaboutearlydetection. YumaRegionalCancerCenterCancerRegistryUnderstandingpatienthistoryandlearninghowthistranslatesintosuperiorcareandpreventativecareispartofourcommitmenttothecommunityandourpatients.YumaRegionalCancerCentermaintainsadetailedcancerregistrytodocumentimportantinformationaboutcancerpatientsinthecommunityincludingthetypesofcancertheyhavethetreatmentstheyreceivetheageatwhichtheydevelopedcancerandothercriticalfactors.Thisdataisthenusedtostudycancertrendsandtoidentifypotentialopportunitiesforearlydetectionandortreatment.Thecancerregistryalsocoordinatestheactivitiesofthetumorboardgroupsofphysicianswhomeettoreviewpatientcasestodeterminethebestcourseoftreatmentbasedontheirmedicalexpertise.DIAGNOSEDELSEWHERE128DIAGNOSEDHERE627TOTAL755TOTALDIAGNOSEDCASESBYARIZONACOUNTYOFRESIDENCEMOHAVE59941211COCONINONAVAJOAPACHEYAVAPAIMARICOPAGILAGRAHAMGREENLEECOCHISESANTACRUZPIMAPINALYUMALAPAZOUTOFSTATE144UNKNOWN3PATRICKHEALYIn2002IwasdiagnosedwithNon-HodgkinsLymphomaandtoldthatIhadtwoyearsleftbestcasescenario.IdecidedtogoforaggressivetreatmentthatincludedsurgeryR-CHOPchemotherapyandradiation.ThelasttimeIcheckedmycalendarIseeitis2013.Iamcelebratingtenyearscancer-free DIAGNOSISAGEGENDER2012NATIONALCOMPARISONOF10MOSTPREVALENTCANCERSITESYRMCdatagatheredfromCancerRegistrydatasystem.ArizonaandU.S.dataRoundedtonearest10.Excludesbasalandsquamouscellskincancersandinsitucarcinomasexcepturinarybladder.Estimateisfewerthan50cases.NoteTheseestimatesareoferedasaroughguideandshouldbeinterpretedwithcaution.StateestimatesmaynotsumtoUStotalduetoroundingandexclusionostateestimatesewerthan50cases.2012AmericanCancerSocietyInc.SurveillanceResearchYRMC6271372271721117332511819914277312366Arizona31990447014250.82700882029603397012165051390443901415205U.S.16389102268701412170.714346094713034715032261601476250570130424174015735104AGEATDIAGNOSIS0-900010-1910120-29551030-398182640-4910394950-5936488460-699111020170-7915010925980-89505410490-998513UNSPECIFIED448TOTAL363392755TOTALAllSitesFemalebreastUterineCervixColonRectumUterineCorpusLeukemiaLungBronchusMelanomaoftheSkinNon-HodgkinLymphomaProstateUrinaryBladderNUMBEROFMALECASESNUMBEROFFEMALECASESNUMBEROFTOTALCASES JOHNCOURTISClinicalResearchYumaRegionalCancerCenterreachedanothersignicantmilestonethisyearwhenwebeganparticipatinginclinicaltrials.ThenewclinicaltrialsandresearchprogramwillenableYuma-arearesidentstotakepartincutting-edgeresearchstudiesandpotentiallybenetromthelatestadvancesinmedicalscienceandtechnologywithouthavingtotraveloutsideothecommunity.AsaresultoYRMCspartnershipwiththeMayoClinicYumaRegionalCancerCenterwilloferpatientstheopportunitytoparticipateinsomeothesameclinicaltrialsthattheMayoClinicoperates.TwooncologytrialsarealreadybeingconductedintheYumacommunity.Oneisbasedonusinggeneticinormationtodeterminetreatmentoptionsoradvancedbreastcancer.Theotherisasupportivecaretrialbeingconductedtotesttheefectivenessoanewtreatmentordepressionincancerpatients.CommunityeducationisanimportantongoingcomponentoYRMCsclinicaltrialprogramaspatientsaremorelikelytoparticipatewhentheyhaveathoroughunderstandingohowatrialworksanditspotentialbenets.Currentlylessthanvepercentoadultcancerpatientsparticipateinclinicaltrialsorvariousreasonsincludinglackoawarenesslackoaccessearordistrustoresearchornancialorpersonalconcerns.InMay2013YRMChiredInstitutionResearchCoordinatorDebbiePutttodevelopandimplementtheclinicalresearchprogram.InadditiontotrainingwiththeresearchteamattheMayoClinicScottsdaleDebbiereceivedundingromtheRichardMichaelMcDanielFundGrantmakingitpossibleorherandherteamtodevelopaClinicalResearchEducationandOutreachProgram.TheprogramisdesignedtoinormmembersotheYumacommunityaboutthepotentialbenetsoclinicaltrialsandtoprovideinormationabouttrialsthatarecurrentlybeingoferedatYRMC.LookingAheadTheyear2014promisestobeanexcitingtimeorYRMConethatwillbringmanygitstotheYumacommunitythegitoanewstate-o-the-artcancercenterthegitotimeorourpatientswhowillnolongerneedtotraveloutsideotheareatoreceivetreatmentthegitocollaborationthroughourcontinuedpartnershipwiththeMayoClinicandmostimportantlythegitohopeorthepatientswetreat.Theweekendofmy50thbirthdayfoundmeattheERwithpainandbloodinmyurinekidneycancerThefastworkoftheERcrewatYRMCandDr.Woldhemichaelsavedmylife.Imcancerfreefor9yearsnowandpassionatelyadvocateforcancerresearchsurvivorsandcaregivers.