• Know the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer

    Ovarian cancer is notoriously difficult to diagnose in early stages because the symptoms it causes are nonspecific and may be very mild. It is important to listen to your body and to see a physician if you experience persistent symptoms that do not respond to any efforts to manage them. Be alert to these common signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

    Abdominal bloating is very common with ovarian cancer. You may notice that your clothing doesn’t fit as comfortably, despite maintaining your normal weight. You may also notice that your abdomen appears fuller and rounder than before.

    Although many different things can cause abdominal bloating, including indigestion and water weight gain, bloating that is persistent or that gets worse should be evaluated by a physician to determine the cause.

    Changes in appetite
    In the early stages of ovarian cancer, many patients find that they lose their appetites and become full very quickly while eating. Some people struggle to eat at all. Everyone’s appetite fluctuates from time to time, but having trouble eating for an extended period of time could indicate ovarian cancer.

    Talk to your physician if you have a persistent loss of appetite. Additionally, consider seeing your physician if you experience unexpected weight loss. This could indicate that you have been eating less, even if you aren’t aware of the changes in your appetite.

    Pelvic pain
    If a tumor is growing on your ovaries, it could put pressure on other parts of your abdominal cavity. As a result, you may feel pain and pressure in your pelvic region. You may also experience pain elsewhere in your abdomen.

    Pain associated with ovarian cancer may ache like menstrual cramps, or it may be sharp. This pain and pressure may also extend to your lower back.

    Keep in mind that Pap smears do not test for ovarian cancer, so being knowledgeable about your symptoms is your best level of defense. MountainView Hospital is pleased to offer comprehensive cancer diagnosis and care at our oncology unit in Las Vegas. For a referral to a women’s services specialist or more information about our cancer treatment program, call us at (702) 962-5021.

  • Prepare your home for your baby room by room

    When you bring your baby home from the hospital, it will be a relief to know that your house is safe. Make prepping each room of your home for your baby’s safety part of your to-do list during pregnancy . Here are some easy things you can do in each room of your home to prepare to welcome your new arrival.

    The nursery will be the center of your baby’s life, so it’s especially important to make sure this room is safe. Try these tips for improving safety in the nursery:

    • Put a no-skid running under your changing mat if you plan to use it on top of furniture.
    • Keep the baby monitor at least three feet from the crib.
    • Make sure your crib sheet is fitted and wraps securely around the mattress corners.

    Kitchen safety will become a bigger issue when your child becomes independently mobile, however, there are still things to consider when your baby is an infant, such as:

    • Don’t place portable chairs on glass table tops, loose tabletops, or on a placemat.
    • Always secure hooks from hook-on tables securely.
    • If you use a microwave to heat bottles or food, test the temperature, and keep hot items out of your baby’s reach.
    • Don’t place hook-on chairs or high chairs where your baby can reach the wall and push off of it.

    When your child is small, the bathroom can be a dangerous place. Prep your bathroom for your child’s safety with these tips:

    • Equip your toilet seats with locks.
    • Add a non-stick lining to your tub, if you don’t already have one.
    • Only use bath chairs in the bath that were specifically designed for that surface.

    At MountainView Hospital, our labor and delivery team is dedicated to making your birthing experience as comfortable and joyful as possible. Our Mommy Concierge services help you celebrate your new arrival and give you access to all of the support you need as you prepare to bring your baby home. To learn more about giving birth at our Las Vegas Hospital, please call (702) 962-5021.

  • Does your lifestyle increase your risk of prostate cancer?

    Prostate cancer has many risk factors that you can’t change. It is most common in men over 50 and men of African-American and Afro-Caribbean men. Despite these risk factors that you can’t affect, there are lifestyle factors that you can control that could also increase your chances of getting prostate cancer . Reduce your chances of being diagnosed with prostate cancer by considering how these lifestyle choices could impact your risk.

    Although doctors are not sure exactly how diet impacts prostate cancer risk , cases are more prevalent in men who make specific food choices, including:

    • Large amounts of red meat
    • High-fat dairy products
    • Low amounts of fruits and vegetables

    There may also be a potential link between calcium and prostate cancer. Men who get excessive amounts of calcium, including through dairy foods and supplements, seem to get prostate cancer more often than those who don’t. Studies that have looked into the link between calcium and prostate cancer have not found that getting an average amount of calcium increases the risk.

    Chemical Exposure
    Men who are exposed to certain chemicals may experience an increased risk of prostate cancer. The chemicals that are most likely to boost your chances of getting prostate cancer are:

    • Chemicals used by firefighters
    • Agent Orange, a chemical used during the Vietnam War

    These may not be the only chemicals that influence your prostate cancer risk. If you are exposed to chemicals on a regular basis at your job, be sure to let your physician know, so he or she can determine if you should have more frequent screenings.

    Prostatitis refers to inflammation of the prostate. Physicians suspect that this kind of inflammation can increase your cancer risk, but studies have delivered conflicting results. This inflammation can be caused by:

    • Nerve damage
    • Injury
    • Sexually transmitted diseases

    For patients who are diagnosed with prostate cancer, MountainView Hospital offers world-class cancer care in Las Vegas, from diagnosis to remission. For a referral to an oncology specialist or more information about our cancer team, please call (702) 962-5021.

  • Get to know the hospital care team: Hospitalists

    When you are in the hospital, many healthcare providers will be involved in your care. One team member you may encounter is a hospitalist . What exactly is a hospitalist, and what role will they play in your patient care? Here is what you need to know.

    What do hospitalists do?
    A hospitalist is a physician that strictly works on inpatient care. Unlike the physicians who provide outpatient care when you attend appointments, hospitalists only treat you when you have been admitted to the hospital. They may consult with your other physicians, however, about a long-term care plan and about the treatments they provide for you in the hospital.

    Is a hospitalist a specialist?
    As explained in the video, hospitalists are typically specialists in specific fields of medicine. For instance, if you enter the hospital because of heart disease, a cardiology hospitalist may be involved with your care. Depending on the nature of your condition, the person coordinating your hospital care may involve multiple hospitalists across different specialties to ensure that you get the right kind of treatment for each medical issue that is affecting you.

    When should I expect to see a hospitalist?
    A hospitalist can get involved in your care at any point in your hospital stay, from the emergency room to the ICU. When you begin to see a hospitalist depends on the nature of your condition and the other providers who are involved in your care. The benefit of having a hospitalist involved in your care is not only that you get his or her expertise, but you also get his or her full attention, since your hospitalist doesn’t have an outpatient clinic to manage.

    If you are admitted to MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, you will have a multidisciplinary team of providers to ensure you get the very best care possible. To find out more about our comprehensive hospital services , from our emergency care to our robotic surgery procedures, please call (702) 962-5021.