FIGHTING CANCER FOR A HEALTHIER IRVING

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OUR 2017 GOAL

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We are proud to celebrate our 33nd year of fighting cancer in our community by raising money for treatment and awareness of the disease among local citizens. Since 1992, Cool October has contributed more than $3 million to the Irving Healthcare Foundation in support of cancer services at Baylor Scott & White Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center – Irving, the city’s only not-for-profit hospital. Every advancement in treatment at the cancer center has been funded in part by these proceeds.

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Four Seasons Resort and Club is committed to raising funds in 2017 for the Irving Healthcare Foundation to support the following at Baylor Scott & White Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center – Irving:

 

PET Scanner

The PET Scanner is needed at the cancer center to help in early detection of head and neck cancers, which account for approximately 3 to 5 percent of all cancers in the United States.  Most head and neck cancers begin in cells in the moist tissues that line the hollow organs and cavities of the mouth and nose, including the lips, tongue, gums, sinuses, naval cavity, pharynx and larynx.  Treatment of head and neck cancers includes surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. The PET Scanner that we are requesting is dramatically improving the ways in which head and neck cancer is diagnosed and treated by providing detailed pictures of what is happening inside the body at the molecular and cellular level. Where other diagnostic imaging procedures—such as x-rays, computed tomography (CT) and ultrasound—predominantly offer anatomical pictures, molecular imaging allows physicians to see how the body is functioning and to measure its chemical and biological processes.

 

What are the advantages of PET for people with head and neck cancers?

  • PET scanning is the most significant advance in the staging of head and neck cancers in recent years
  • PET is a powerful tool for diagnosing and determining the stage of many types of head and neck cancers
  • PET and PET-CT scans prompt changes in the treatment of more than one-third of patients registered in the National Oncologic PET Registry (NOPR)
  • The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has incorporated PET-CT into the practice guidelines for most malignancies
  • By detecting whether lesions are benign or malignant, PET scans may eliminate the need for surgical biopsy or, if biopsy is necessary, identify the optimal biopsy location
  • PET scans help physicians choose the most appropriate treatment plan and assess whether chemotherapy or other treatments are working as intended
  • PET scans are currently the most effective means of detecting a recurrence of cancer.

 

At Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Irving, they will be treating patients weekly with the new scanner.  The scanner will be compatible to the equipment they currently have as well as to the linear accelerator they hope to purchase in the future.

 

 AirSeal

The doctors at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Irving performed over 400 robotic and laparoscopic surgeries last year.  With the addition of a new AirSeal, which is a continuous smoke evacuator, the robot will be able to improve patient care through the lacroscopic and robotic surgeries that remove colon and gynecological tumors.

 

What are the benefits of having an AirSeal?

  • ·Evacuation without internal pressure changes
  • ·Elimination of manual removal of air (without an AirSeal, manual removal must happen multiple times during a surgery by opening a port and manually releasing the air)
  • Reduces the time of surgery
  • Increased surgeon satisfaction
  • Potential to increase volume served – the AirSeal is not available at all hospitals

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