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Shawn Hotard, a wife and mother in her mid-forties, faces a diagnosis no woman wants to hear – breast cancer. Shawn is also an EJGH team member and radiology tech who understands the clinical benefits of catching cancer early. That is why she followed her physician's advice to have frequent mammogram screenings due to her dense breast tissue, even though she had no family history of the disease. And, that decision may have saved her life.
Conventional mammograms may have missed her cancer because it does not always offer a clear enough image through dense breast tissue. Now, with the use of 3D mammography technology, EJGH radiologists can detect cancers and better differentiate between cancers and normal breast cysts.
Shawn is now undergoing chemotherapy and will have radiation therapy as part of her future regimens of treatment.
Shawn is currently four weeks into a 12-week treatment plan, receiving infusion treatments of the drug Taxol through a subcutaneous port located on her chest.
"It doesn't hurt," she explains. "It's only when I'm sleeping and I happen to roll over on it. I'm suddenly made aware again that it is there. That is an odd feeling." The port acts as a symbol, a constant reminder of the cancer.
Through this entire process, she has been extremely positive. She attributes her strength to her family and large support system of friends and colleagues.
Shawn is sharing her story with NOLA.com in an eight part series from diagnosis to survivorship. Click here to follow Shawn's journey on NOLA.com.
During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, EJGH is helping fight this disease with specials to make mammography more available than ever.
Throughout October both the EJGH Breast Care Center and the Imaging Center at EJGH Lakeview will be offering $99 screening mammograms with or without a doctor's order. Call for an appointment:
EJGH Breast Care Center
4200 Houma Blvd., second floor
EJGH Lakeview Imaging Center
7030 Canal Blvd.
East Jefferson General Hospital has entered into an agreement with Tulane University Medical Group to provide neurosurgical services, including enhanced cranial and spinal care at its Metairie campus.
The practice includes the following physicians:
This new relationship gives all EJGH patients access to the highest standard of care in neurosurgery," notes Mark J. Peters, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of the community hospital. "This group of physicians brings with them the clinical expertise required for complex endovascular care, aneurysm treatments, and embolization procedures. Previously, these cutting edge skill sets were not available at East Jefferson. It's a great day for neurosurgical care – new treatments and procedures will be available to all of our patients."
The neurosurgery group has a clinic on the East Jefferson campus, located at 4224 Houma Boulevard, Suite 550. The practice accepts all major insurance plans, as well as Medicare and Medicaid. For an appointment, call the practice at 504-503-7001 or call HealthFinder at 504-456-5000.
for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
East Jefferson General Hospital is proud to introduce Stretta Treatment, a breakthrough technology for the treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Stretta Treatment uses radiofrequency energy administered through a small catheter to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter, allowing for the reduction or elimination of gastrointestinal reflux. It is particularly effective for those whose GERD is uncontrolled by medication.
“Stretta Treatment is an endoscopic procedure we can now use for patients who are not getting the results they need from medication, who no longer want to take medications and may not be candidates for nor desire to have an invasive surgical procedure,” says Dr. Mark Marino, EJGH Gastroenterologist. “Stretta is effective because it is a minimally invasive option done in an outpatient setting with less recovery time.”
GERD is a chronic GI condition which results from gastric contents, most notably acid, being refluxed into the esophagus. Symptoms such as severe heartburn, chest pain, dry cough and regurgitation of food are common complaints of GERD. Often times, lifestyle and diet management or medications can manage the symptoms, but for some, a minimally invasive technique such as Stretta Treatment or even surgery may be an option.
For more information or to find a physician who specializes in the Stretta Treatment, call HealthFinder at 456-5000.
East Jefferson General Hospital and Wound Care Specialists are proud to announce the opening of the new East Jefferson Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy will operate in conjunction with East Jefferson’s existing wound care center which already provides outpatient services to people with chronic or difficult to heal wounds. Hyperbaric medicine, also known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), is the medical use of concentrated oxygen at levels higher than atmospheric pressure. HBOT has numerous indications some of which include the treatment of certain diabetic wounds of the lower extremities, necrotizing soft tissue infections, chronic refractory osteomyelitis, radiation necrosis, and failed skin grafts.
The goal of the East Jefferson Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine Center is to significantly increase patients’ wound healing rates and improve patients’ quality of life.