Thursday, November 10, 2011
Robert Rosenfeld credits a dedicated team of physicians and care givers for the early detection of his lung cancer in May 2010. From Dr. R. Patel at the DeKalb Clinic, to Dr. SW Chang, a Sycamore pulmonologist, to Dr. Sabet Siddiqui and Dr. Amit Bhate at Kishwaukee Community Hospital’s Cancer Center, and Dr. Robert B. Love at Loyola University Medical Center, Rosenfeld said everyone worked together to ensure coordinated treatment for the best possible outcome.Dr. Siddiqui, medical oncology/hematology physician at The Cancer Center at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, said that although caught early, Rosenfeld’s case was complex. As it turned out he had two types of lung cancer at the same time.
“His PET scan showed that the tumor appeared to be small, but it was in the middle of his left lung. Our partnership with Loyola turned out to be very beneficial in this case because the tumor extended closer to the bronchial tubes than the scan showed,” said Dr. Siddiqui.“Dr. Love is a specialist in heart and lung surgery. He basically did a reconstruction of his lung, almost like plastic surgery, using Mr. Rosenfeld’s pericardial vascular flap from his heart and
reconstructing the airway to allow one lobe of the lung to be preserved.“In most cases, a patient would have his entire lung removed, but Dr. Love was able to save Mr. Rosenfeld from a mega-surgery that would have meant he would have been on oxygen the rest of his life and a higher morbidity rate,” he said.
Dr. Siddiqui said the partnership between The Cancer Center at Kish and Loyola is “phenomenal, and this case is an excellent example of why.”Dr. Love agreed, explaining that Loyola is pioneering many life-saving treatment options not available elsewhere.
“We are doing minimally invasive surgeries and using robotics for lobectomies when possible. Lung cancer is a real complicated disease to treat. Where patients receive their first treatment often makes a difference in their outcome because deciding on a plan of therapy is critical,” he said.The collaboration between Loyola and The Kishwaukee Community Hospital Cancer Center allows patients the best treatment options available in both health systems, he said.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Priscilla Pisarki, Knee Replacement Patient, The Center for Joint Care at Kishwaukee Community Hospital
My name is Priscilla. I am a Kishwaukee Hospital volunteer. I have never felt so good. Having my knee replaced gave me a new lease on life. I was getting old with my knee, with the arthritis. I couldn’t do the things I wanted to do at church. I couldn’t do things with my grandkids. And I was really starting to feel all my age.
After I had my surgery with Dr. Jain he gave me a whole new life. I had my surgery on January 31st, and on May 13th I danced with my husband on our 50th wedding anniversary.
After my surgery, I became a volunteer for the Joint Care program. I love it. I go in every Monday and I talk to people who will be having surgery and I tell them what to expect before the surgery happens. I know what it feels like to have arthritis. I know what it feels like to have my knee replaced, and I also know what it feels like to walk out and know you have a brand new life starting all over again. I am active in my church. My husband says he has to take a number to see me, and that is fine with me. Life is too short. You’ve got to move. So now I move, because if I keep moving, illness can’t catch me or anything else.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Rhonda Henke, Signature™ Knee Replacement Patient, The Center for Joint Care at Kishwaukee Community Hospital
My name is Rhonda and I had a total knee replacement done here at Kishwaukee Hospital back in March. The pain that you experience when you have joint discomfort creeps into all aspects of your life. It affects how you interact with loved ones and co-workers. When I woke in the morning, the first thing I thought about was pain. I would have to lie there and talk myself into getting up and moving. People say, “I pray for a miracle. I pray to have no more pain anymore.” Dr. Jain really was a miracle worker. He not only fixed my knee, but he gave me my life back.
I wasn’t sure I was going to be a good candidate for a knee replacement. I had been told many times that I would not be because of all of the past surgeries that I had. But Dr. Jain recommended a new procedure called Signature™ Knee Replacement surgery. It’s done with a series of MRI images that creates a three-dimensional image of not just your knee but also the entire leg.
The staff at the Center for Joint Care recommended that I start my rehab even before I had surgery. Not only did they recommend rehab strength training and things of that nature, they also suggested an anti-inflammatory diet. Once my surgery was over, I was up and walking to rehab within 24 hours. They don’t focus on what you cannot do; they really focus on what you can do.
I am a night nurse at DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center, and I love that job. It is the greatest job on earth. But before I had surgery I really doubted whether or not I would be able to continue. Now that I have recovered from my surgery, not only have I been able to return to work, but I am stronger and better than ever!