2018-10-11 / News

McLaren Lapeer, Karmanos to host free ‘Empowered You’ event

By Alex Petrie
810-452-2657 • apetrie@mihomepaper.com


The staff at McLaren Lapeer Region and the Karmanos Cancer Institute are proud to promote women’s health throughout October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The team will host Empowered You, an evening devoted to women’s heath, which will be held at the Karmanos Cancer Institute this evening from 4-7 p.m. 
Photo by Alex Petrie The staff at McLaren Lapeer Region and the Karmanos Cancer Institute are proud to promote women’s health throughout October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The team will host Empowered You, an evening devoted to women’s heath, which will be held at the Karmanos Cancer Institute this evening from 4-7 p.m. Photo by Alex Petrie LAPEER — Any time a doctor utters the word ‘cancer,’ the mind has a tendency to blur. Fortunately for women in Lapeer County, however, McLaren and the Karmanos Cancer Institute are here to help make your journey as smooth as humanly possible. In order to let the community know about everything they do to support women’s health, McLaren Lapeer Region will host Empowered You, an evening devoted to helping women learn and laugh, this evening (Oct. 11) at the Karmanos Cancer Institute from 4-7 p.m.

McLaren Lapeer Region wants to help women take control of their health, hosting Empowered You and offering free health screenings, the opportunity to speak with numerous women’s health providers, personal pampering, community vendors, giveaways, food and more.

And, along with Empowered You, McLaren offers a number of resources and opportunities for women to stay healthy and informed.

“We have an initiative at McLaren that we do every October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but we want to help the whole woman from head to toe, not just breast cancer,” said Shana Rowser, marketing and public relations manager for McLaren Lapeer Region. “We’ll have most of our service lines at the event on October 11, and we want to help impact women. It’s open to the public and it’s free. It’s, I think, far and above what many others are doing or offering. This is a group of people that will take the patient from diagnosis to treatment.”

“I work at various hospitals and I know how hard it is to get several people in one room at one time to see a patient,” said Dr. Kristin Booth. “It usually doesn’t work like that. And a lot of a patient’s anxiety is all about setting up the appointments and worrying about when and where they’re going to meet the doctor, who’s calling them back, that kind of thing. This eliminates all of that. We have a breast navigator that handles all of it. I just have to tell her the diagnosis and then she’ll set everything up for you.”

Every Friday, physicians, oncologists, radiologists and several others meet with patients to discuss their treatment options, giving them answers, solutions and, perhaps most importantly, peace of mind.

“Our goal is just to streamline what can be a very harrowing experience,” said Dr. Marites Cumba. “Instead of going to different providers or offices on different dates and keeping that all organized, we’ve made it so they can meet their care team on the same day and in the same place. We come to them. They never even have to leave the room.”

“These are all things we’re approaching on a multi-disciplinary approach in order to give the patient the best possible care they can get,” said Dr. Omar Gayar. “And we’re all able to be in agreement so there’s never any confusion between specialists. It’s a clear-cut picture for each patient and helps them feel a lot more comfortable with the overall big picture.”

In order to find out more information about the offerings available for women’s health at McLaren Lapeer Region and Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Lapeer Region, call 810- 667-5501 or visit www.mclaren.org/ lapeerregion/lapeerregion.aspx.

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