Health Blog

A Vaccine for Cancer is Here

Posted on: February 1, 2017

This year the California Department of Public Health is holding a preteen vaccine week February 12th through 18th. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that 11 and 12 year olds have the Tdap (required), Meningococcal, Influenza, Chickenpox and HPV vaccines before entering into 7th grade. As a medical oncologist I encourage all parents to… read more


Practice Changing Hematology Updates

Posted on: January 4, 2017

This year’s meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH),  held this year in San Diego, CA, was less noticeable for blockbuster announcements than many potentially practice changing presentations. For patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), the use of Obinatuzumab (Gazyva), in combination with standard chemotherapy, was superior to the use of the standard therapy… read more


A Gift to Our Community – the Cancer Support Community

Posted on: December 5, 2016

As a medical oncologist, I see patients who are enduring physical and emotional stress caused by cancer and while working to eradicate the cancer, I always take into account the condition of the body and mind. From the time of diagnosis to after completion of treatment, psychosocial support is always recommended for the patient, their… read more


The Key to Prostate Cancer Survival

Posted on: September 1, 2016

By Dr. Stephen Taylor, Urologist at Pacific Urology Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis and the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States for men.   One of the most effective methods for getting the upper hand on prostate cancer is early detection. When and how often you should get… read more


Chemo Care Packages for Breast Cancer Patients

Posted on: August 15, 2016

Dr. Svahn’s breast cancer patients have been given a wonderful gift thanks to the generosity and thoughtfulness of two sisters, Whitney and Zoe Ramia. Both sister’s have attended Northgate High School in Walnut Creek where the senior project inspired an opportunity to give a little comfort to individuals beginning breast cancer treatment. In 2010 their mother… read more


Drinking Tea to Fight Cancer

Posted on: August 1, 2016

Starting primarily in China and Japan, over 5,000 years ago, royalty started drinking tea and this fine drink is now consumed by many all over the globe. There are a variety of important nutrients and natural polyphenols found in tea, an important one being Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). EGCG is the most active and abundant type of… read more