Article by Marion Stone
The Mediscope Program was live once again at Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem for the first time after the Corona pandemic.
After the usual greetings, the lectures were as follows:
- Dr. Tamar Perri, Director of a new Gyno-Oncology Department spoke about this new, integrated department where all services, such as testing, consultations, social workers, and treatments are all in one place and the patient does not have to run around to different departments at different times for whatever they need.
She spoke about the importance of BRCA and PAP tests that are available to everyone through their family doctor.
She also spoke of a new strategy of immunotherapy that is an attempt to prevent cancer from developing.
- Dr. Rivka Brooks is the Director of Pediatrics at Mount Scopus. She had been asked to join the Hadassah mission at a transit centre at the Ukrainian border and described the experience of being there to help so many people suffering, and traumatized by the war. She told us that the Hadassah mission was unique in many ways because of the various services and amenities that were brought to the patients. This included trained staff, doctors, and psychologists who could speak their language, necessary medications where supplies had stopped, and they took with them a medical clown who was able to lift moods and depression without using words.
They also ‘reached out’ and traveled to isolated villages to visit sick people who couldn’t get to their centre. Throughout the whole time, thanks to modern technology, they had constant, instant back-up from the experts and specialists back home at Hadassah.
- Dr. Shani Paluch-Shimon, director of the Breast Oncology Department, spoke in general about the risk factors that lead to breast cancer, the screening system, and the need to promote testing and screening so that everyone, wherever they live, has the same, best access to these services.
She also described the importance of women’s empowerment and how they help women to regain their confidence after their cancer is treated.
- After the lunch break, Dr. Joel Reiter, a pediatric pulmonologist and Director of the Sleep Clinic at Hadassah gave an overview of what prevents sleep in some people, what helps induce sleep, and how the problems can be solved. Some problems are temporary, and some are chronic, based on various physical or mental disorders. He gave recommendations for a satisfactory sleeping process.
- Finally, Dr. Gurion Rivkin told us about the reasons for replacements and the latest developments in Joint Replacement.
He spoke about pain and the various threasholds of pain,, loss of mobility, overweight, walking aids, and then went on to explain about the different types of robotics being used during replacement operations.
All in all, it was an interesting and informative day. Thank you, Hadassah-Israel!
|Members enjoying Mediscope