New Choice for Breast Reconstruction Following Cancer Surgery

“In terms of recovery time, breast implant-based reconstruction is often the easiest to physically recover from.” —Jason Marengo, M.D. A diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming. Not only do you have decisions to make for treatment, you also have choices when it comes to breast reconstruction. Until now, cancer surgery came first, and plans…
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News Briefs

Girls Rock: Elizabeth Fry, a Vacaville breast cancer survivor who is the co-founder of the Midnight Sun Foundation, was honored with the second annual Christine Franklin award during the NorthBay Spirit of Women Girls’ Night Out, Nov. 9, at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre. Applauding is Jane Prather, service line director for women’s health services…
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Coping with Cancer

Dr. Jonathan López examines patient Bereniece Wilson. Cancer patients may experience pain, but what causes it can depend on the kind of cancer, how advanced the cancer may be, its location and even its treatment, according to Jonathan López, M.D., hematologist/oncologist with the NorthBay Cancer Center. Either way, cancer patients should rest assured that there…
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Another Pitch to Strike Out Cancer

Genentech-Vacaville and the Sacramento River Cats are teaming up again to help raise funds for the NorthBay Cancer Center. Genentech-Vacaville’s Strike Out Cancer event is a collaboration with the River Cats—the Triple A baseball affiliate of the Oakland A’s—to raise funds for the NorthBay Cancer Center. When the two organizations teamed up in 2011, it…
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A Second Opinion Leads to Second Chance at Life

Antoinette Montojo is happy to be back at work following a cancer diagnosis Life was hanging in the balance just over a year ago for Antoinette Montojo. At summer’s start she was an active, tennis-playing, working mother of three. By Labor Day, she was so sick she was nearly on her death bed. Looking back,…
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Chemo Kid’s Dream Comes True

Giovanni “Gino” Goodman (center) pauses to pose with his father, Guglielmo, and his best friend, Mario Cortez, before boarding a plane to Oregon. Editor’s Note: Giovanni “Gino” Goodman passed away on Dec. 30, 2010, at his home. Here is the story of the fulfillment of his dream, just weeks before his death. On Dec. 4,…
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Couple Faces Pancreatic Cancer

Strong Marriage, Solid Resources Keep Them Focused Cancer Center Nurse Louise Henry, R.N., gives Madeleiene a drink while her son, Julian Falley, looks on. In May 2009, Madeleiene Burroughs of Fairfield had a monthlong stomach ache. That summer, thanks to the insistence of her husband, George Falley, she sought medical help and was diagnosed with…
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Genetics Key in Battle Against Cancer

It may sound like something from a sci-fi thriller, but don’t be fooled: Gene profiling is real, and could be a powerful weapon in the war against cancer. “There have been many significant advances in recent years in the area of cancer genetics,” says Brian Vikstrom, M.D., an oncologist/hematologist with NorthBay Cancer Center. “We have…
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Clinical Trials Allow Patients Access to New Treatments

Sometimes there are silver linings in stormy clouds. In early 2007, Etsuko Bennett was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer—a gastrointestinal stromal tumor, or GIST—that caused a tumor to grow in her small intestine. “GIST doesn’t normally respond to traditional treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation,” explains her husband, George. And, even if a…
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What’s Cooking?

Cancer Center Hopes Book Will Raise Funds for Patient Care Not all insurance is created equal, Janet Black, clinical coordinator for NorthBay Cancer Center, has learned. One patient capped out of insurance after only one chemotherapy treatment. “What good is that?” asks Black, shaking her head. There are some funds available to help NorthBay patients,…
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