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How is GERD Related to Esophageal Cancer?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated as GERD, is a common condition that involves stomach acid frequently flowing up into the esophagus. GERD can also cause other related conditions, such as Barrett’s esophagus, which is a condition that results in healthy esophageal tissue to become damaged to the point where it more closely resembles tissue of the intestine.


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Is A Mammogram Painful?

Talk to twenty women who have had more than one mammogram in their life, and you will get several different answers to the question: “Is a mammogram painful?”

Uncomfortable and scary may be a common answer. A few might say painful, but it only lasted a few seconds. Others may say it was no big deal.

Anxiety about the test, your personal pain threshold, and the technician all play a huge part in a woman’s perspective relative to their mammogram

Let’s discover a few tips to reduce any discomfort during a mammogram, and review why a mammogram should be an essential part of a woman’s health plan.


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What’s The Difference Between Prostate And Testicular Cancer?

Prostate and testicular cancers occur in different parts of the body, and they commonly affect men at different stages of their life. These two basic differences between prostate and testicular cancer are significant for all men to understand, so they can take appropriate precautions to detect tumors early.


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Designed for Success – A research-based approach to meet OCM requirements

Last year, Northwest Medical Specialties, PLLC, received an ACCC Innovator Award from the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) for your forward-thinking initiative, Designed for Success: A Research-Based Approach to Meet OCM Requirement. This month, ACCC featured Northwest Medical Specialties, PLLC, in our peer-reviewed May/June Oncology Issues journal.

ACCC worked closely with Jessa Dunivan, Patient Services Manager, and Sibel Blau, MD, Medical Oncologist, to publish an article detailing your program’s proactive approach to the oncology care model. This involved the development of a new patient-centered oncology care model that focused on providing high-quality care while driving down costs. Click here to read the article.

NWMS and the Cancer Support Community

In January, with the generous financial support of the Barbara Bradley Baekgaard Family Foundation, Northwest Medical Specialties became a CSC health care partner. With six locations in Washington State, Northwest Medical Specialties is committed to providing world-class, holistic care to everyone who walks through their doors.

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NWMS Wins Blue Distinction Award for Quality Healthcare

Northwest Medical Specialties is proud to announce that we have received a Blue Distinction® Centers designation in the area of Cancer Care. Blue Distinction Centers for Cancer Care is a new national designation program that recognizes physicians, physician practices, cancer centers, and hospitals for their efforts in coordinating all types of cancer care. This program incorporates patient-centered and data-driven practices, to coordinate care better and to improve quality of care and safety, as well as affordability.

To learn more about this program, visit https://www.bcbs.com/about-us/capabilities-initiatives/blue-distinction 

Protect Yourself From Skin Cancer And Melanoma

We have come a long way from the days when using baby oil to acquire a beautiful tan was all the rage. Even though most people are aware just how dangerous the sun is, there are still sun worshipers who think they are invulnerable, and only a couple of hours in the sun won’t hurt.

We beg to differ.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with more cases than any other cancer combined. No matter your age, your nationality, or especially if you are a parent, be aware of the dangers of skin cancer and melanoma.


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Be Proactive During National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

I am really looking forward to my colonoscopy,” said no one ever.

Let’s face it; a colonoscopy ranks right up there with a root canal for least favorite necessary evil. The good news is that some of the prep has improved in the last few years, and there are new less invasive screenings available. If caught early enough, colorectal cancer can be treated and cured.


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