Health Care As It Should Be November 2011

Upcoming Events

  • CancerCare® Live, Interactive Teleconferences LC
    10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    TU, Nov 15: Nutrition, Physical Activity and You  Read More
    TU, Dec 6: Side Effects of Metastatic Prostate Cancer Treatments  Read More
    TH, Dec 8: Managing the Costs of Living with Cancer  Read More
    760-834-3798

    Stress — Portrait of a Killer PS
    Palm Springs Lecture Series
    TU, Nov 15
    , 6 to 7 p.m.
    Bruce Bornfleth, MD, Internal Medicine
    760-969-7770, ext. 7560  Read More

    My Aching Knees — Living Healthy with Arthritis AC 
    TH, Nov 17
    , 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    Jason Weisstein, MD, Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery
    760-568-1234  Read More

    Seniors and Depression MZ
    Palm Springs Lecture Series
    TH, Dec 1
    , 6 to 7 p.m.
    Sheda Heidarian, MD, Internal Medicine*/Geriatric Medicine*
    760-969-7770, extension 7560  Read More

    Nutrition for Active Adults MZ
    Palm Springs Lecture Series
    TU, Dec 6
    , 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
    Bruce Bornfleth, MD, Internal Medicine
    760-969-7770, extension 7560  Read More

     

  • For a complete Calendar of Events and Lectures, click here.

    AC - Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower Medical Center
    LC - Lucy Curi Cancer Center at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage
    LQ - Eisenhower George and Julia Argyros Health Center in La Quinta

    Most classes and lectures are free and require pre-registration. Early registration is recommended. For a full listing of lectures, events, programs and support groups, visit our Calendar. Online registration is available for most events.

 

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Boning Up on Metastatic Disease

New Musculoskeletal Oncology Services Benefit Breast Cancer Patients

X-ray image of a tumor prosthesis used to replace the hip and part of the upper thigh bone for an aggressive breast cancer in this part of the body.
X-ray image of a tumor prosthesis used to replace the hip and part of the upper thigh bone for an aggressive breast cancer in this part of the body.
Breast cancer is the most common site of origin for metastatic disease, or the spread of the disease to the skeleton — most commonly to the spine, pelvis or long bones. Moreover, bone is the most common site of recurrence for breast cancer. With the addition of musculoskeletal oncologist Jason Weisstein, MD, MPH, FACS to the staff of Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center, these patients can now receive their entire treatment at Eisenhower Medical Center.

“It is a very positive thing for patients to be treated within one health system. Studies have shown that optimal treatment of patients happens better in a multidisciplinary setting, and we can now offer the radiation care, the medical oncology care, and the surgical oncology care for patients who have musculoskeletal complications of cancer,” says Dr. Weisstein.

Formerly co-director of the bone and soft tissue tumor service at the University of Washington, Dr. Weisstein specializes in the surgical care of patients with benign and malignant bone and soft tissue tumors. He is the only orthopedic oncology subspecialist in the Valley. “The most common type of patient I see is one whose cancer has spread from a primary site and then affects the skeleton. Many of my patients are young women with aggressive breast cancer who present with an ache in a bone or a fracture.”

“Cells can travel through the body causing new tumors in individuals with advanced breast cancer. This process is called metastatic disease and commonly results in a compromised bone.”

According to Dr. Weisstein, cells can travel through the body causing new tumors in individuals with advanced breast cancer. This process is called metastatic disease and commonly results in a compromised bone. “The cancer then nibbles at the walls of the bone, weakening its structure,” says Dr. Weisstein.

While this condition is serious, Dr. Weisstein notes there are many treatments available to women. “The situation may warrant further chemotherapy or a clinical trial. Treatment options are based on a patient’s age, their cancer subtype, whether their hormone receptor is positive or negative, and if they are positive for the BRCA [breast cancer susceptibility] gene — all of these are important factors for determining appropriate treatment and a prognosis.”

A patient who is symptomatic is often treated with radiation therapy, chemotherapy, surgery or any combination of the three. Surgery involves reconstruction with metal rods, plates or artificial joints. “We are always prepared for the worst case scenario. We have plan A, B and C ready — everything from plates, rods and screws, to bone transplants, to replacement of the bone with metal constructs, artificial hips, and artificial femurs.”

A native Southern Californian, Dr. Weisstein is grateful for the opportunity to merge both of his passions — limb salvage and joint reconstruction. “It is wonderful to work at Eisenhower, which has such an outstanding reputation for orthopedics, and to work in an environment that has state-of-the-art radiation oncology treatments and diagnostic imaging in the form of the most advanced CT, MRI and PET scanners, all of which make the diagnosis and treatment of these patients much easier.”