Health Blog

Radiation for Skin Cancer

Posted on: March 8, 2018

Mr. S is a 70 year old man who noticed a lump on the left side of his nose several months ago. The lump quickly grew, and a biopsy showed squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), a type of skin cancer. He was treated for a squamous cell carcinoma on his arm several years ago with Mohs… read more

Non-invasive Testing to Diagnose Skin Cancer

Posted on: January 24, 2018

Mr. R is a 58 year old man with a history of recurrent basal cell carcinoma; in 2013 a dermatologist treated skin cancer on the right side of his nose by shaving off layers of skin in what is called Mohs surgery. Three years later, in 2016, Mr. R developed a basal cell carcinoma on… read more

November is Family Caregivers Month

Posted on: November 1, 2017

In November we recognize family caregivers across the country and honor their dedication. Family caretakers care for loved ones with a chronic condition, disability, disease or old age. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP data from 2015, approximately 43.5 million caregivers have provided unpaid care to an adult or child within the… read more

Comfort Cub Helps Patients Relax and Feel Comfortable

Posted on: October 6, 2017

    Photo credit: Tina Case   Article by Nancy Lucas, Breast Cancer Survivor   Sometimes there are no words when faced with a difficult diagnosis. Every journey is unique yet one thing most of us have in common is the initial struggle to get a handle on our fear of the unknown which when left… read more

Immunotherapy and Ovarian Cancer

Posted on: August 11, 2017

In 2017, and estimated 22,440 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer, and about 14,080 women will die from ovarian cancer. A woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 is 75. The treatment of ovarian cancer often includes a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. It is common for… read more

Five Feet of Hair Donated

Posted on: July 11, 2017

Five staff members of Diablo Valley Oncology recently donated their hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Leanne, who has been with DVO for 13 years, was preparing to donate her locks for the fourth time. When co-workers began to show an interest also, she decided to organize a salon day! Avital Beauty Lounge in Walnut Creek volunteered to give… read more