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Seven Years After Being Diagnosed With Colon Cancer, Elsie Garcia is in Full Remission and Thriving

Posted by in Compassion, Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 12. Mar, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sixty seven-year-old Elsie Garcia has always taken cancer prevention seriously. Each year when Kaiser Permanente mailed her an at-home colon cancer screening test, she completed it immediately and looked forward to clear results. In 2007, Elsie’s results came back positive. The at-home screening, called a fecal immunochemical test (FIT), uses a stool sample to detect a wide array of colon … more

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Joanne Schottinger,MD Discusses Colon Cancer Prevention

Posted by in Excellent Care, Get To Know Us, Prevention on 12. Mar, 2014 | 2 Comments

Colon cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer … more

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Southern California Flu Coordinators: Keeping Members Safe

Posted by in Excellent Care, Get To Know Us, Prevention on 12. Mar, 2014 | 0 Comments

The importance of the flu vaccine cannot be underestimated, and preparing for flu season is a year-round job for Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California flu coordinators. Being a flu coordinator is a big job, but each year these staff members take on additional responsibilities to keep Kaiser Permanente members safe from the influenza virus. In addition to their normal daytime responsibilities … more

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Home Screening Test Saves Al Prado’s Life

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 10. Mar, 2014 | 0 Comments

Colorado native Al Prado admits he has a stubborn side. But during a routine physical, his Kaiser Permanente physician Sue Williams, MD, convinced him to mail in his at-home Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) to screen for colon cancer. Al kept his commitment—and just in time. When the FIT results came back positive, Al agreed to a follow-up colonoscopy. During the … more

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At-Home Screening Test Allowed Sherry Jansma’s Doctors to Find Colon Cancer Before it Spread

Posted by in Ease and Convenience, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 05. Mar, 2014 | 0 Comments

At first, San Diego native Sherry Jansma paid no mind to the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) that Kaiser Permanente mailed to her house to screen for colon cancer. After all, her previous screening tests had come back clear, and she had no family history of cancer. After a few days, Sherry reminded herself that Kaiser Permanente recommends adults age 50 … more

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Yong Shin, MD, Shares Healthy Heart Tips

Posted by in Excellent Care, Get To Know Us, Prevention on 05. Feb, 2014 | 0 Comments

Laughter, exercise and eating right are good for your heart … more

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With Heredity Pointing to Heart Disease, Jorge Hernandez Changes His Lifestyle

Posted by in Featured, Prevention on 20. Jan, 2014 | 1 Comment

Jorge Hernandez of San Leandro, California had an epiphany when in late 2007 his grandfather died of heart failure. He saw five of his uncles at the funeral, most of who were suffering from diabetes or a heart condition. At 5’10” and 270 pounds, Jorge recognized that he shared their genetic predisposition. “That hit me hard,” said Hernandez. “I didn’t … more

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Friends, Family and Kaiser Permanente Help Sandra Mendez Take Control of Her Health

Posted by in Excellent Care, Prevention on 13. Jan, 2014 | 1 Comment

In 2010, Sandra Mendez of La Mirada, California was feeling very sick and sought help from Kaiser Permanente’s La Palma Medical Office where Diane Pham, MD, found she was pre-diabetic and therefore at increased risk for heart attack and stroke. With an elevated blood sugar level, high-blood pressure and a family history of diabetes, Sandra knew her situation was serious. … more

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Kaiser Permanente RN Decides to Get Healthy, Beats Diabetes

Posted by in Featured, Prevention on 06. Jan, 2014 | 2 Comments

After a lifetime of struggling with her weight, Kaiser Permanente employee and member Ravida Benjamin, RN, made the decision to get healthy. Ravida was diabetic and insulin dependent for most of her life. “I didn’t want to take shots anymore,” said Ravida. “I thought, ‘For my family, I’d like to get healthy.’” As a nurse, Ravida witnessed first-hand the complications … more

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Ellen Credits Proactive Care Team for Her Recovery from Cancer

Posted by in Compassion, Excellent Care, Featured, Prevention on 02. Dec, 2013 | 2 Comments

Eight years ago, Ellen Kuykendall of Walnut Creek, Calif. received a diagnosis of stage 3 ovarian cancer. The news was devastating for Ellen and her family, but she had become all too familiar with the subject after watching her mother receive the same diagnosis years before. Initially Ellen was hesitant about undergoing chemotherapy to treat her cancer. “I did not … more