Virtual Events: Comprehensive Cancer Centers
For the team at Comprehensive Cancer Centers, innovation is something that happens every day in every aspect within the oncology care practice. Whether its participating in groundbreaking clinical research or using radiation treatment technology like CyberKnife® Radiosurgery, progress is relentlessly focused on patient care.
During times like these, when it’s not always easy to connect with the community, Comprehensive is continuing to innovate by participating in various virtual events. These events bring together the practice’s oncologists, physicians in the community as well as patients and their caregivers.
Virtual Series at Comprehensive
Comprehensive Cancer launched the first of its virtual series in April with a Facebook LIVE discussion on the topic of COVID-19 and Cancer. Dr. Rupesh Parikh, medical oncologist and practice president, spoke about why it’s important to continue cancer care during a pandemic and answered questions from those watching. During the next Facebook LIVE discussion in May, Dr. Parikh covered the topic of What a Doctor Visit Will Look Like During Phase I Of The COVID-19 Recovery. Then in June, Dr. Parikh spoke on Facebook LIVE about Diet and Cancer.
The virtual events continued in August with a physician-focused talk hosted by breast surgeon, Rachel Shirley, DO. She spoke to referring physicians in the community on breast cancer and breast care. During the event, Dr. Shirley stressed how important it is for the provider community to stay connected and informed on the latest issues and treatments for our patients, in particular those with breast cancer. Dr. Shirley presented the event virtually via WebEx.
Agenda items for Dr. Shirley’s Virtual Talk included the following:
- OB/GYN breast issues
- Abnormal mammogram
- High-risk screening and cancer genetics
- Breast cyst and abscess management
- Discussion on breast cancer management
“While we can’t yet get together in person and discuss advancements in care and new ways to practice medicine during these times, we can and will use every resource we have to continue moving forward for our patients,” said Dr. Shirley. “We look forward to more of these virtual events, with colleagues at Comprehensive covering other important topics in cancer and patient care.”
The virtual event included the opportunity for questions and answers from those participating.
“We were thrilled with the participation and interaction by everyone who took time to be on the video call,” said Dr. Shirley. “The quality of questions and the camaraderie among the providers was inspiring to me, and hopefully to everyone involved.”
The next physician-focused virtual talk was hosted by Dr. Henry Igid, medical oncologist and hematologist, on Anemia and Multiple Settings. His agenda included the following topics:
- Treating cancer-associated anemia
- Treating anemia related to kidney disease
- Treating anemia in heart failure
- Treating anemia in the peri-surgical setting
- Opportunity for discussion, questions and answers
Virtual/Socially Distanced Events
This year, due to COVID-19, various events have been altered or gone virtual or to maintain proper social distancing. In September, Comprehensive Cancer Centers participated in the Susan G. Komen MORE THAN PINK WALK, which took place virtually. The practice was the Research Mission Pillar Sponsor raising awareness about the benefits of clinical research. Dr. Stephani Christensen, medical oncologist, was interviewed about our research efforts in the community. Additionally, four providers spoke on various topics related to breast cancer during the day.
Throughout the month of October, Comprehensive will also participate in the following events:
Caravan for Mammogram, Las Vegas Black Image Caravan
Saturday, October 3 starting at 8am
Join the caravan for mammogram to raise awareness and support patients in our community. Enjoy fun, fellowship and information. Decorating begins at 8am and the caravan will start at 10am from Dr. Anette Meyes’ office at 700 Shadow Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89106.
Paint Nevada Pink, Nevada Cancer Coalition
Friday, October 2 through Saturday, October 31
Join us as we raise our voices for breast cancer screening across this beautiful place we call Nevada! We want women to know why #MammogramsSaveLives and help them pledge to make a breast cancer screening appointment within the next 12 months.
National Mammography Day
Friday, October 16
The third Friday in October each year is National Mammography Day, first proclaimed by President Clinton in 1993. On this day, or throughout the month, women are encouraged to make a mammography appointment.
Making Strides of Las Vegas, American Cancer Society
Sunday, October 18 at 9am-12pm
Red Rock Resort and Casino
Be part of the Inaugural Strides Ride! For the safety of our participants, survivors, volunteers, and staff, we’ve re-imagined our Traditional Making Strides Walk to a fun, socially distanced, drive thru Strides experience!
Telemedicine at Comprehensive
Comprehensive’s commitment to providing high quality cancer care includes other efforts to adapt and innovate in the current challenging environment. This includes establishing telemedicine capabilities so new and existing patients can have access to physicians for virtual visits from their home.
For clinically appropriate appointments, such as some new patients, post-treatment follow-up visits, and managing cancer treatment side effects, telemedicine offers convenience and safety, as well as the opportunity to initiate and continue effective care.
Comprehensive‘s patient philosophy is to provide excellence in cancer care using the highest standards, newest technologies available and access to the latest clinical research. The practice believes that some of the most important treatments are preventative. Through early detection and regular prevention screenings, our goal is to stop cancer before it strikes. But in cases where cancer treatment is necessary, our practice offers a multidisciplinary approach, creating individualized treatment plans where the patient’s personal needs come first.
Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Help
Physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers provide a variety of treatment options for cancer including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and world-class clinical research and immunotherapy. To schedule an appointment with the team at Comprehensive, please call 702-952-3350.
The content in this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.