Breakthroughs Winter 2017

February 13, 2017

Most of us start each new year with the best intentions to be­come healthier—whether that means dropping a few pounds, exercising more or seeing a doctor for that long-postponed checkup. Some of us (including me) don’t get moving on those goals the minute the clock strikes midnight on January 1. We may need a little prodding to make lifestyle changes. In this issue of Breakthroughs, we have informa­tion and motivation to help you take steps now to achieve your health goals.

The story beginning on page 13 outlines some basic measures that can make a profound difference in your well-being. Several Saint John’s Health Center physicians offer their best tips for getting back on track to meet your health goals. A good place to start is to make an appointment with a primary care doctor who can give you the advice and support you need. At Saint John’s, we have many wonderful physicians who are eager to meet with you. If you need a primary care doctor, call 888-HEALING (432-5464).

Also in this issue, you can learn about the latest treatments for spine problems (page 18). Back pain is a common malady and has many causes. Our back and spine surgeons are among the finest and offer a broad range of treatments, including many newer interventions you may not have heard of.

When it comes to cancer care, we’re quite proud of the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. At the Institute, our researchers are continually working on advances that will cure more people of cancer. The story on page 26 describes our growing program of cancer clinical trials. These trials often offer patients the latest and most promising approaches to the disease. The cancer clinical trials program is an outgrowth and legacy of the Institute’s co-founder, the late Donald L. Morton, MD. His pioneering research made a difference in the lives of many people, and his can-do spirit lives on in everyone at the Institute.

I hope you enjoy our latest Breakthroughs. Happy reading!

With utmost respect,
Marcel Loh

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