Health Blog

Protect Your Identity and Shred-it (for Cancer)

Posted on: June 28, 2017

We all understand the importance of saving important records like tax returns, bank statements credit card statements, medical records, warranty cards, receipts, service records, etc. But how long do we need to save these records and which need to be shredded? The Department of Consumer Protection suggests saving every tax-related document (including relevant receipts and… read more

COLA Certification!

Posted on: June 5, 2017

DIABLO VALLEY ONCOLOGY AND HEMATOLOGY IS RECOGNIZED FOR QUALITY LABORATORY SERVICES DVOHMG has met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization. Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on-site… read more

Is Expensive Sunscreen Worth It?

Posted on: May 4, 2017

  Ms. Y is a 75 year old woman who noticed a dry lump on her left forearm several months ago. The lump quickly grew, and a biopsy showed squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), a type of skin cancer. She was treated with Mohs surgery, a procedure in which a dermatologist shaves off layers of skin… read more

We are QOPI Certified, Again!

Posted on: April 7, 2017

Our practice has met the Certification requirements for QOPI® Certification. This status demonstrates a commitment to excellence and ongoing quality improvement in our practice. QOPI Certification must be renewed every three years. QOPI certification reflects a commitment to quality of care that leads to fundamental changes in the clinical practice of oncology. We have achieved… read more

Understanding Anemia

Posted on: April 1, 2017

Anemia in the older adult can be a challenging diagnosis to treat, as up to 20-30% of patients may have unexplained anemia even after a thorough workup, and a good proportion of patients have multiple causes for their anemia.  It’s important to address the cause of the anemia, and in many cases also important to… read more

Add a Little Spice to Your Life

Posted on: March 1, 2017

    Curcumin is an active ingredient of turmeric, a spice widely used in curries. In many Southeast Asian countries it has been consumed in the diet on a daily basis for centuries. This daily consumption not only speaks for its safety but has been said to be responsible for the low incidence of colorectal… read more