Forrest General Hospital

FALL 2014

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From family members to close friends, everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer. Designing jewelry had become a way for Debbie Thomson to give back to those who had endured so much during such a vulnerable time in their lives. Thomson, who ironically created pieces of jewelry in her jewelry line, Quail Hollow Designs, to help those battling cancer, never imagined that she too would face the same fght for her life after she was diagnosed with breast cancer on August 23, 2013. "I asked why? I was so mad at God! I thought, here I've spent the past 5 years promoting cancer awareness for my best friend that was sick, and this is my thank you for doing this," said Thomson. After her diagnosis, Thomson began receiving chemotherapy at Forrest General's Cancer Center which ranks among the largest and most sophisticated regional cancer centers in South Mississippi and is the only comprehensive cancer center in the 19-county service area. The Cancer Center offers a comprehensive program encompassing continuing care, detection, diagnosis, education, prevention, psychosocial support, screening, rehabilitation services and treatment for cancer patients. The Cancer Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and participates in National Cancer Institute (NCI) approved clinical trials. The facility delivers state-of-the-art treatments and support services in comfortable surroundings utilizing an interdisciplinary approach that involves the individual, family, friends and healthcare professionals. Radiation Oncologist Mike Cheng, M.D., said, "Our goal is to provide comprehensive cancer care to patients in the 19 counties we serve. Cancer care should be provided to patients close to their home, family and friends, not at a long distance away." Jay Slaughter was diagnosed with colon cancer in April 2013. He had surgery before receiving treatment at Forrest General's Cancer Center. Slaughter said he is proud of the staff's commitment to ensuring the patient experience is a positive one. "I could not ask for a better physician or nurses. Every single one of them is very caring and compassionate. Cancer is a tough thing. This has been an incredible journey, and they have helped me tremendously," said Slaughter. Forrest General's Cancer Center offers advanced technology in the delivery of Radiation Treatment. With the recent installation of the Varian TrueBeam and Trilogy Linear Accelerators, the Cancer Center offers the most advanced image- guided radiation therapy system for conventional and stereotactic approaches to treating cancer. TrueBeam and Trilogy systems offer CT Imaging on board – this allows physicians to target smaller tumors with a greater degree of accuracy. "The Radiation Oncology Department recently completed a $6 million upgrade. Our equipment provides patients with a spectrum of state of the art treatments which will provide our patients with exceptional care," said Joe Marcello, oncology service line administrator. In 2014, Forrest General ranks in the Top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for Medical Excellence in Cancer Care, according to CareChex ® , a division of COMPARION, an independent company recognizing the nation's best performers on various measures of quality relating to process of care, outcomes, and patient satisfaction. Forrest General's Cancer Center urges everyone – cancer survivors and supporters alike – to make healthy choices like not smoking, staying at a healthy weight, eating right, keeping active, and getting recommended screening tests. Screenings for breast, prostate, lung, colon or other types of cancer increases the chances of detecting certain cancers early, when they are most likely to be curable. For more information about Forrest General's Cancer Center and the services provided, call FGH OnCall at 1-800-844-4445 or visit FORREST GENERAL'S CANCER CENTER PROMOTES AWARENESS Left to right: Dolly Mathis, RN, consults with Forrest General cancer patient Debbie Thomson 5 w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m FA L L 2 014 S P I R I T O F W O M E N

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