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    Exploring Good Samaritan Hospital's Expanding Cancer Care

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Diagnosing and treating cancer is a unique facet of medical care, because a cancer diagnosis can be such a devastating experience for patients and their families. The right care involves emotional and family support in addition to the most sophisticated technologies available in a clinical cancer care setting. Good Samaritan Hospital has a long history of providing exceptional oncological care in San Jose, and we continue to expand our services to better meet the needs of the community. Here is a look at our cancer care services and some of the latest additions to our oncology unit to help San Jose patients prevent and fight cancer for a brighter, healthier future.

    Dedicated Oncology Unit

    Through a dedicated 18-bed oncology unit, Good Samaritan provides evidence-based cancer care from a team of oncologists, physicians, and nurses. This unit has been nationally recognized and is part of the Association of Community Cancer Centers, a group that defines quality care for patients facing cancer diagnoses. As the needs of the community continue to grow, the oncology unit continues to expand and offer new services.

    Early Lung Cancer Screening

    Lung cancer is among the deadliest cancers, because it is often diagnosed in late stages when symptoms develop. To help reduce the number of lung cancer deaths, Good Samaritan has implemented an early lung cancer screening program with low-dose CT scans for high-risk patients.

    Innovative Cancer Treatment Options

    As a pioneer of innovative cancer treatments, Good Samaritan has begun offering clinical trial treatments with whole body hyperthermia, which heats cancer cells to temperatures they cannot survive. Cancer cells are mutated cells that do not heal well, so the process of heating a patient’s blood only damages those harmful cells.

    For more news and information on Good Samaritan Hospital’s oncology unit, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 724-2362. We are proud to be a regional leader in cancer care, serving the greater San Jose community. 

    Should You Become an Organ Donor?

    Last updated 12 days ago

    As an organ donor, you have the chance to make a significant contribution after you have passed away by offering the gift of vital organs with no financial burden to you or your family. During National Donate Life Month this April, you might consider putting your name on the donor list so that you have the potential to save lives in the future. Here is a closer look at organ donation to help you decide if you should become a donor.

    Organ Donor Qualifications

    Nearly any adult can be an organ donor, regardless of age. There are, however, some conditions that may prevent an individual from becoming a donor. These include actively spreading cancers and HIV. Individuals who are not eligible to become donors may still contribute to advances in medicine by donating their bodies to science through the appropriate facilities.

    The Need for Donors

    There are currently more than 105,000 people waiting for solid organ transplants, though one donor can save up to eight lives. Even still, about 18 people die each day because they have not received organ or tissue donations. Organs that may be transplanted include the heart, liver, lungs, pancreas, and intestines, and many of these donations will save someone’s life.

    Organ Donation Process

    Organs are donated based on need determined by the national transplant waiting list. When an organ becomes available, patients are compared to the donor in terms of blood and tissue type, organ size, and urgency of illnesses. The best match will receive the organ in a specialized hospital affiliated with the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.

    To explore more facts about organ donation and discover innovative treatments in clinical trials in San Jose, call Good Samaritan Hospital at (888) 724-2362 to speak with one of our registered nurses. For everyday health tips and wellness solutions, enroll in our H2U program

    Making a Healthier Meal for Dinner at Home

    Last updated 24 days ago

    If you’re following a diabetes diet plan or you’re simply trying to lose weight, preparing healthy meals at home is a good alternative to eating out. Watch this video to see a demonstration by a chef who has written a cookbook specifically for diabetics. She showcases one of her favorite recipes, baked fish with lemon panko breadcrumbs.

    As you’ll see in this video, all you need to do is bake fish fillets for about 10 minutes. In the meantime, heat some oil in a skillet and add panko breadcrumbs. Cook until the breadcrumbs are golden brown, and then add some lemon zest, Parmesan, and fresh herbs. After removing the fish from the oven, squeeze fresh lemon juice over the fillets for added flavor, and then top them with the breadcrumbs.

    Residents of the San Jose area can consider Good Samaritan Hospital to be their partner in promoting better wellness choices. Call our hospital at (888) 724-2362 or explore our service areas online, including emergency care.

    Understanding Your Child's Nutritional Needs

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Your child’s nutritional needs will change as he or she grows older. It’s a good idea to consult a pediatrician at your nearby hospital to learn about your child’s current nutritional needs. This is particularly important if your child has been diagnosed with a medical condition. In general; however, children between the ages of two and three need about 1,000 to 1,400 calories per day. Caloric requirements gradually increase with age, depending on activity level and gender.

    To get the most out of your child’s daily calorie intake, aim for well-balanced meals containing plenty of vegetables. Children between two and four should eat about one to one and a half cups of vegetables per day. Kids also need lean proteins, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. Fruit makes an ideal snack for youngsters. If your child is averse to eating fruits and vegetables, try to make the meal look more fun. For example, create a funny face on a plate with an apple slice for the mouth, grapes for the eyes and nose, and carrot sticks for the hair.

    Good Samaritan Hospital is a leading maternity hospital, and labor and delivery center. Families in San Jose and beyond can reach a registered nurse at our hospital by calling (888) 724-2362.

    Helping Your Child Manage Asthma Symptoms

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Managing your child’s asthma symptoms begins with a visit to a nearby hospital. A physician at your community hospital will evaluate your child and recommend an appropriate treatment plan, which may include medications such as bronchodilators or corticosteroids. Inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta agonists are long-term control medications that can help relax your child’s airways. If your child’s asthma symptoms are triggered by allergies, immunotherapy may help. Additionally, the physician will develop an asthma action plan. You and your child will follow the steps in the asthma action plan in the event of an asthma attack. This may involve taking medications, calling the doctor, or rushing to the hospital.

    There are some lifestyle changes you can make to help your child manage his or her symptoms. Your child should avoid outdoor activities on days when there are high levels of pollen, mold spores, or air pollution. You might also consider investing in a portable HEPA unit air cleaner and a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.

    For exceptional primary and emergency care, parents in San Jose can turn to Good Samaritan Hospital. Call (888) 724-2362 if you would like to speak with a registered nurse at our community hospital.

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