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    • October 16, 2012
    • Breast Cancer Risk: Do Fruits & Veggies Matter?

    • Your mom was always right - we should be eating all of those fruits and vegetables! A recent comprehensive review of research from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) found eating low-fat, and increasing fruits and vegetables does in fact decrease the risk of breast cancer but what veggies and fruit you eat and how they are prepared matters too!  The recent AICR study asked people about their eating habits and then followed them to see if health problems can be linked back to their... MORE →
    • October 11, 2012
    • Cordillera Event Raises $45,000 for Shaw Cancer Center

    • For the ladies of Cordillera, rallying for breast cancer isn't a new thing. They have been putting on Cordillera's Pad the Bra for nine years now. Pad the Bra, held at the home of Craig Foley this year, auctioned off home rentals, a ski day with an Olympian, a week in Bali, golf lessons, a zipline party and more, raising $45,000 for Shaw Regional Cancer Center.“We have all been touched by family and friends with breast cancer and we continue the fight in their honor,” said Pad the Bra co-founder... MORE →
    • October 9, 2012
    • Pretty Up for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and pink is popping up all over. Our local firefighters are pink, our local beer (Crazy Mountain Brewery) is pink and our local salons and spas are really pink. Throughout the month of October, Shaw Regional Cancer Center is putting on ‘Pretty in Pink,’ a partnership between Shaw and local salons, spas and other businesses to raise awareness about breast cancer and raise funds to help local women in need with breast cancer diagnosis. Throughout October, t... MORE →
    • September 10, 2012
    • VVMC Earns Nuclear Medicine Accreditation

    • VVMC has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, ingested by the patient, to diagnose and treat a variety of disease, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body. The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality ... MORE →
    • September 5, 2012
    • How to Stay Healthy at Altitude

    • Moving on up isn't always so comfortable. High-altitude living can bring about physical stresses, and it's important to assist your body in adjusting to mountain elevations. Pam Westfall is a registered nurse at Vail Valley Medical Center. As an employee health nurse for the center, she offers new hires at VVMC resources for making the altitude adjustment. "Some who have lived at lower elevations may experience a period of physical adjustment to the higher elevation," said Westfall. Here are... MORE →
    • August 27, 2012
    • The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group Donates $50,000 for Diagnostic Tests

    • The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group (VBCAG) is pleased to announce the creation of the GAP Fund - $50,000 has been donated to the Sonnenalp Breast Diagnostic Imaging Center at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center for those who need additional diagnostic tests. "Unlike donations that we have previously made that are spread over several years - we want the money to be used in one year," says Kristin Kenney Williams, president of the VBCAG. Williams continued: "We were shocked to learn that many wo... MORE →
    • August 14, 2012
    • A Small Town With Big City Care

    • When Dr. Scott Schneider, a radiation oncologist in Vancouver, Washington, was faced with a complicated breast cancer case last year, he presented the case to a specialist on the other side of the country - without ever leaving his office. That meeting with Dr. Jay Harris, a radiation oncologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, took place via Chartrounds, a new online network linking radiation oncologists in small practices with disease-site specialists from around the country. One su... MORE →
    • August 13, 2012
    • On To The Next Chapter

    • Dear Editor: I am weathering bittersweet waves of memories of a place I must leave now. For the past seven months, I have been in a place that feels like heaven. The vistas from my windows have sometimes been majestic mountains covered in fresh-fallen snow. Sometimes they are lush landscapes of streams trailing down green velvet meadows. I have hiked up winding paths beside rushing rivers surrounded by aspen trees under beautiful blue skies. I have known angels disguised as doctors and nurs... MORE →
    • August 2, 2012
    • Building a Better Kind of Care

    • For some people, having surgery in a place other than a hospital might sound like a strange idea. But that's the intention behind Ambulatory Surgery Centers. Owned by the Vail Valley Medical Center and local surgeons, Vail Valley Surgery Center is an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) which opened in Vail in 2002. VVMC recently built a second ASC facility at their Edward's campus, which opened on June 11th.   Cutting costs and increasing efficiency An ASC is designed for outpatient surgeri... MORE →
    • July 12, 2012
    • Jack’s Place: Celebrating Five Years at Shaw Regional Cancer Center

    • Dr. Patricia Hardenbergh, a prominent radiation oncologist from Duke University, was recruited over ten years ago to join our mountain community and treat patients at Shaw Regional Cancer Center. It wasn't long after she started that a small group of community members took interest and began to meet regularly with Dr. Hardenbergh. They wanted to learn how the community could partner with Shaw and spread the word to other communities of the excellent facilities and treatment options available he... MORE →