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Health Matters: Providence St. Joseph Hospital | 11 even tighter spaces with less post-op scarring and further improve clinical outcomes." For the patient, this technology reduces trauma and discomfort and allows for quicker recovery and a better clinical outcome. Providence St. Joseph purchased the Single-Port robot with philanthropic support from St. Joseph Hospital Foundation. EASIER RECOVERY Dr. Gregory says that one of the most profound differences in using robotic technology is that nearly 100 percent of patients don't need narcotic medicines for pain after the first 24 hours. "That's dramatically different from the days of open or even laparoscopic surgery, where patients woke up and were immediately put on patient- controlled narcotics," she says. The Providence St. Joseph Hospital Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment's robust cancer program includes cancer nurse navigators, who meet—along with the patient's entire team, including surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, dietitians, geneticists and rehab specialists— to discuss all aspects of a patient's cancer care. "People get a very comprehensive and supportive approach," Dr. Gregory says. SCREENING IS IMPORTANT Dr. Gregory stresses that when it comes to cancer prevention, recommended screenings are the best way to prevent the need for surgery. In fact, emerging research is showing that many people are delaying key screenings and other health care needs because of the pandemic, and that may lead to more cancer diagnoses at later stages in the future. Now is not the time to put off preventive health screenings, because early detection is key. According to Dr. Gregory, "If you look at the population in the U.S. over the age of 50 who should be having a colonoscopy, it's still barely 60% who actually have the recommended screening exams for colon cancer." She warns that in California, there's been an increase in younger people with colorectal cancer. Adding to that, the American Cancer Society has changed its recommendations for colorectal cancer screening and now advises that it begin at age 45 in the general population. For colon cancer, Dr. Gregory stresses, colonoscopy is considered the gold standard in screening. Community Events Don't put off important cancer screenings. Contact our Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment to learn more about important screenings you may need by calling 714-734-6200. Getting Back on Track in 2021: Cancer Screenings for Cancer Prevention Moderated by Tanya Nino, MD Featuring the following expert presenters: • Michele Carpenter, MD, Breast Cancer • Anita Gregory, MD, Colorectal Cancer • Jill Tseng, MD, Gynecologic Oncology • Hari Sawkar, MD, Urologic Oncology (Prostate) You may have put a lot of things on hold in 2020, perhaps even your health care. Hear from our expert panel about why you shouldn't delay preventive care any longer and why it's more important than ever to get the cancer screenings you need. Wednesday, February 24, 2021 RSVP for details at Healthy Lifestyle Series Enjoy private consultations with a wellness coordinator who will customize an exercise and nutrition plan especially for you to reach your optimal health— all for a very low cost. HMR: Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program uses a nutritionally complete plan that includes ready-to-eat meals and shakes plus unlimited fruits and vegetables. You'll learn simple, sustainable lifestyle skills to maintain your weight loss long after the diet is over. HMR includes educational classes, coaching, medical supervision, complete meal replacements, weight management classes and workout routines. Call 714-744-8523 or email sjo.wellness@ for details JOIN US FOR A VIRTUAL CANCER PREVENTION SYMPOSIUM! MAKE 2021 THE YEAR TO COMMIT TO A HEALTHIER YOU!

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