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                                        Relay for Life

Women Physicians’ Team Was a Great Success!


Women Physicians participated in an enjoyable and successful 24 hours beginning June 2nd at Cuesta Park hosting a team for the Mountain View Relay for Life.  Relay for Life is an event sponsored by the American Cancer Society to raise money and awareness for cancer.   Individual communities host Relay events throughout the world.  Each Relay event lasts for a total of 24 hours reflecting the fact that cancer never sleeps.  Each team agrees to have a walker or runner on the track for the whole 24 hours—day-in and day-out.  The teams and team members get pledges from friends and family to donate to the cancer cause.  For this event, 96% of the donations received go directly to cancer causes, and 50% go directly to cancer causes within the immediate community.


As part of our service to the community and to our many patients and loved ones whom we have helped through a diagnosis of cancer, Women  Physicians wanted to form a team this year.  We recruited our patients, family, staff and doctors to participate and had a fantastic response.  So many of us have been touched by cancer!!!


We had a walker or runner for the full 24 hours and sometimes as many as 8 walkers on the track at one time.  No kidding!!  The majority of the time, all 4 docs were present to cheer our team on.  And a great time was had by all, young and old, survivors and supporters, families and friends.  It’s a real win-win to get exercise, enjoy a day (and night) at the park, and contribute to a great cause like cancer funding and awareness.



                        What Were the Highlights?

The entire day and night was so rewarding that it is hard to pick out specifics. The whole day was delightful as adults and children listened to the bands, played volleyball, walked their dogs, and had plenty of snacks and water.  Some teams set up tents and others had booths.  Cuesta Park with its shade trees, grassy knolls and meandering path is a very pleasant venue for this type of event.  The ACS provided Togo sandwiches for lunch and a barbecue for dinner.

Certainly, the survivors lap at 10:00 am was a time for grateful reflection.   Many survivors were on our team including but not limited to Dr. Sutherland, John Sanguinetti, Kurt Mangold, Darci Hill, Adelaide Nye, and Judy Scott.

In the evening, the lighting of the luminaria was a moving event.         Hundreds of decorated bags with candles inside were lighted along the path.  Each was in support of a survivor or in honor of a cancer victim. 

The  lighting was followed by a photo slide show of the events of the day and personal statements by some of the participants.  Walking in the wee hours of the night to the light of the luminarias was a very peaceful experience. 

Our team had a special evening treat as we celebrated a birthday with cake and candles for one of our survivors.

The final lap was Sunday morning.  Many participants returned to wrap up the 24 hour event.    

                            Who Were the Walkers?

Special thanks goes to Darci Hill who walked a total of 7 hours!  Darci is a healthy and grateful survivor of ovarian cancer which was discovered by Dr. Litwin in 2004.  She was joined in many laps by her husband and 2 children, now 8 and 10 years old.  Darci was also our number one internet fund raiser.

Other walkers, in alphabetical order, included Pat Bernal, Dione, Arun and Mira Chen, Barbara Core, Barbara and Giancarlo Dehn, Briana and Brittany Fedkiw, Bobbie Gentry, Rhiannon Gulden, Neil Hendin, Liz, Scott, and Sarah Lowrie, Terri and Kurt Mangold, Deirdre Murtagh, Adelaide Nye, Thom Riley, Judy and Barry Scott, Jayna Sutherland, IdaRose Sylvester, Hildy Taylor, Dominique and Walter VanHooff, and Natalie and Beverly Wilson. 


                         How about the Fundraising?

We are proud to say that we met our goals.  Our goal was $5,000.  Thanks to the committed fund-raising of our participants as well as generous donations from many of our patients, we raised a total of $8,430.00.   We were the top fundraising team for the Mountain View Relay.  Go team!

This money will be used by the ACS for research, education, advocacy and service.  Throughout the country, Relay events such as this now bring in approximately $400 million per year.   

                How About Mountain View as a Community?

Our local Relay for Life is still finding its wings after only 4 years of participation.  This is only the second year of using Cuesta Park as the venue.  There were a total of 15 teams and a total of over $42,000 raised.  Great job, but there is still lots of room for a greater participation of the community next year. 

At Women Physicians, we plan to sponsor another team next year.  We are happy to have participants join our team even if they are not our patients or employees.  We encourage community members, businesses, and organizations to consider forming their own teams.  The more participation we have, the more fun it is for all of us and the more profitable for the ACS.




ImplanonTM — A New Contraceptive Option

Are you starting to hear about ImplanonTM, the new progestin-only contraceptive rod approved by the FDA? We, at Women Physicians Ob-Gyn Medical Group, have recently been trained in the insertion of ImplanonTM, and would be pleased to help you understand more about this unique contraceptive form.

What is it?
ImplanonTM is a single 4 cm rod no bigger than a matchstick containing etonogestrel, a progestin. It is implanted in the upper arm using local anesthesia. This only takes 10 minutes and causes minimal discomfort. Insertion and removal with Implanon™ are much easier than with the previous implant, NorplantTM .

How effective is it?
ImplanonTM is highly effective with a pregnancy rate of no more than 3/10,000, less than that of tubal ligation. It is good for 3 years. Fertility returns very quickly after removal.

What about side effects?
Implanon™ may cause bleeding irregularities. Bleeding can be light or heavy, and of variable length. On average, in a 3-month interval, there were 10 days of spotting and 7 days of bleeding. About 22% of users experience amenorrhea in a 3-month interval. In the clinical studies, mean weight gain in US Implanon™ users was 3.7 lbs after two years. Bone loss was not observed. Implanon™ does not contain latex.

What are contraindications?
As with all hormonal contraceptives, Implanon™ is contraindicated in patients with known or suspected pregnancy, current or past history of thrombotic disease, hepatic tumors or active liver disease, undiagnosed abnormal genital bleeding, known, suspected or history of breast cancer and hypersensitivity to any of the components of Implanon™. The effectiveness of Implanon™ in overweight women with BMI > 28 was not studied.

Who are good candidates?
Anyone who needs highly effective, long-term contraception and has difficulty remembering to take a pill may be a good candidate. One example might be teens. Other good candidates would be anyone for whom estrogen is contraindicated such as breastfeeding mothers or patients at risk of DVT.

In summary…
Implanon™ is highly effective, easy to insert and remove, and with proven safety after 2.5 million insertions in 30 countries. If you have any questions about Implanon, or if you are interested in using Implanon™, we will be happy to help at (650) 988-7550. There is also information on our website at www.elcaminoobgyn.com
We also have brochures on request.

El Camino Women's Medical Group provides comprehensive Obstetric & Gynecologic care for patients throughout the Bay Area. Minimally invasive surgery, infertility, women's mental health, and the MonaLisa Touch are just a few of the specialized services we offer.
The MonaLisa Touch treatment is available at El Camino Women's Medical Group. Call the office (650-396-8110) or email Shar (Shar@ElCaminoWomen.com) for more information.
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