• How can parents help stop bullying?

    Bullying is an issue that most parents have to face with their kids at some point. Whether your child is the one being bullied or is doing the bullying, it is important for parents to take a proactive role in addressing and correcting the behavior when they see it. Getting a healthcare provider involved can be helpful in addressing bullying with your kids. These steps can also help parents put an end to bullying.

    Correct aggressive behavior when you see it
    It is normal for young children to be aggressive in dealing with other. They are still learning how to interact socially, and being too aggressive is one mistake that kids frequently make at this stage.

    Although it’s normal for kids to be aggressive sometimes when they are young, parents must step in and address the behavior when it occurs. If you don’t let your child know that their aggressive behavior is not ok and instead encourage them to show kindness and compassion, they will likely continue to be aggressive and may end up bullying other children.

    Demonstrate kindness with your own behavior
    Children look to their parents to see what kind of behavior is normal, so maintain an atmosphere of kindness and compassion in your home and with the people you encounter outside of the home.

    If children see you treating other people with respect, they will be more likely to do so themselves. Similarly, they will also recognize what kind of behavior is not acceptable, so that they will be more likely to speak up of they are the victims of bullying.

    Talk about bullying
    One of the most helpful things that parents can do is talk about bullying with their kids. Hearing you talk about it will let your kids know that you’re open to hearing about their experiences and are here to help. It also lets them know your expectations for their behavior and that you won’t tolerate them engaging in bullying.

    If you’re concerned about how bullying is affecting your child, make an appointment with a physician at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. Contact us today at (888) 724-2362 for more information about our hospital or for a referral to one of our physicians.

  • Should you be screened for depression?

    Depression is a serious health condition that can be managed with therapy and medications. If you suspect you could be suffering from depression, don’t stay silent. Your physician can help you determine if depression is to blame for your symptoms, so you can get the relief you need. He or she can also refer you to a behavioral health specialist who can work with you to determine the best treatment plan for your needs. If you recognize any of these symptoms, consider talking to your physician about having a depression screening.

You’re experiencing sleep difficulties
Changes in sleeping habits can often indicate a problem with depression. Sometimes, people with depression find it difficult to fall asleep or to stay asleep. In other instances, people who are suffering from depression may sleep much more than normal and struggle to stay awake.

There are many different causes for changes in your sleeping habits, so your physician will consider all of your symptoms before deciding if depression is to blame.

You no longer find pleasure in doing things you love
A common symptom of depression is a loss of interest in activities. When you’re depressed, things that you used to enjoy, such as going for a walk or listening to music, may no longer have any joy.

Coupled with a lack of interest in doing their favorite things, many people with depression also have difficulties concentrating on the things that they need to do at work or may begin to shirk their responsibilities.

You notice changes in your weight or eating habits
For some people, depression is an appetite killer. They may begin to eat less than normal and may begin to lose weight rapidly.

On the other hand, for some people, depression triggers overeating. This is common in people who turn to food for comfort or who have an emotional attachment to eating.

Depression screens are noninvasive and fast, and they allow your physician to get you the help you need to feel better and get back to enjoying life. At Good Samaritan Hospital, our behavioral health team offers both inpatient and outpatient services for patients dealing with a range of behavioral health issues. For a referral to a behavioral health specialist in San Jose, call (888) 724-2362.

  • Understanding breast cancer treatment at Stage IV

    Stage IV breast cancer is also known as advanced breast cancer or metastatic breast cancer. Instead of treating breast cancer at the source of the tumor, physicians take a systemic approach to care for patients at stage IV of the disease. Here is what you need to know about stage IV breast cancer and how it is treated.

    What are the characteristics of stage IV breast cancer?
    At stage IV, breast cancer has metastasized beyond the breast tissue and the lymph nodes near the breast to other parts of the body. Some of the organs that are often involved when breast cancer spreads are:

    • Bones
    • Liver
    • Lungs
    • Brain

    Because the cancer is now in more than one part of the body at stage IV, your cancer care team will need to treat the disease in all of the parts of the body that are affected.

    What is systemic care?
    Systemic care for cancer means that the treatments are targeted at the body as a whole, instead of being focused on the localized site of the cancer. For stage IV breast cancer, this means not only treating cancer at the site of the tumor in the breast but instead taking a broader approach to care.

    Some of the systemic treatments used for stage IV breast cancer are:

    • Hormone therapy
    • Chemotherapy
    • Targeted drug therapy

    Often, women receive a combination of these systemic treatments. Although stage IV breast cancer is usually not considered to be curable, these treatments can stop the progression of the disease and help women live longer.

    Are localized treatments still used?
    In some instances, localized treatments can be combined with systemic care to achieve the best results. For example, your physician may recommend surgery to remove a tumor or radiation of a specific affected location in order to boost the effectiveness of systemic care.

    Good Samaritan Hospital provides comprehensive cancer care in San Jose, combining the very latest discoveries in medical advances with compassionate support from a multidisciplinary team of specialists. Contact us today at (888) 724-2362 for more information about our cancer care program and to get a referral to one of our cancer specialists.

  • What to expect at your first mammogram

    Mammograms are a key part of preventive care for women. Starting at an age that is recommended by your physician based on your personal needs, you should have regular mammograms so that your breast tissues can be examined for abnormalities that could indicate breast cancer. If you have never had a mammogram, it’s normal to be a little nervous about what to expect. Here is what you need to know.

    Arriving at the screening facility
    When you arrive for your mammogram, you will be checked in for your appointment. The technician who will be performing your mammogram will ask you some questions about your health to ensure that it’s safe for you to have a mammogram. It’s important to let the technician know if you could be pregnant.

    You will be given a smock that ties in the front to wear. Many women prefer to wear pants or a skirt on the day of their mammogram so that they can easily remove their tops while leaving their bottoms on.

    Getting your mammogram
    When you enter the room in which your mammogram will be taken, your technician will place one of your breasts on a flat plate and position it so that a clear picture can be taken. Another plate will be lowered from above to compress the breast. Some women experience mild discomfort at this point, but as the video explains, the process is over quickly.

    You need to stand every still and hold your breath for a few seconds while the image is taken. Then, the plate will lift, allowing your technician to place your breast in a different position for another photo. This process will be completed on both breasts until the technician has all of the necessary pictures.

    Getting your results
    Your technician will tell you when you can expect to get the results. They will be provided to your physician. You may also get a letter in the mail.

    Your results may say that your breasts are all clear, or they may advise you to have a follow-up mammogram or biopsy to explore a suspected issue further.

    The Breast Care Center at Good Samaritan Hospital provides comprehensive breast health care, including mammograms, ultrasounds, and biopsy procedures. For a referral to our breast health team in San Jose, call (888) 724-2362.