Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center Hosting Annual Fashion Show

August 29, 2012

The Cancer Care Center at Bronson Battle Creek (BBC) is hosting its Third Annual Cancer Survivors Fashion Show on Tuesday, September 25, from 5-8 p.m. in the First Congregational Church, 145 Capital Avenue NE.  Cost is $25 per person.  

“We are bringing back this fashion show to honor those who are cancer survivors,” said Taffie Majdeski, RN, MBA/HCN, manager of patient care services and operations in the cancer center. “Having said that, those who attend certainly don’t have to have had cancer.  This is an opportunity for all of us to enjoy new friends and to be supportive of those who are fighting cancer.”

“We are extremely fortunate to have people among us who have the beauty, strength, and courage to be part of a cancer networking opportunity like this style show to help others face this often-deadly disease,” added Sue DeRuiter, RN, BS, CBPN-C, nurse navigator at The Cancer Care Center. “These fashions are being selected to accentuate the grace that we all can have if we maintain a positive outlook and hope toward the future.”

Cancer survivors and BBC cancer healthcare providers will model a number of stunning fall and winter outfits from My Style . . . Your Style of Battle Creek. This one-hour fashion show, featuring local models, is being coordinated and presented by My Style . . .  Your Style.  It begins with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction, followed by the first half of the fashion show.  After an intermission, the fashion show continues.

All proceeds from this show will go toward the hospital’s Cancer Center Medication Fund, Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment survivor program, and The Cancer Care Center Image Room.

Programs and services at The Cancer Care Center include support groups, private counseling, a peer support network, mind/body wellness activities, a patient assistance fund, a resource library, and more.

If you are interested in supporting this program, tickets are available at The Cancer Care Center and at My Style . . . Your Style at 2545 Capital Avenue SW.  Or you can call (877) 462-2247 to reserve your tickets for pick up when you arrive for the event.  (Cash or check only).

Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms.  It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI.  Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include the county’s largest accredited sleep center and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

About The Cancer Care Center
The Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center offers comprehensive, state-of-the-art services based upon the latest cancer research, sophisticated diagnostic equipment, a multi-specialty team including board certified surgeons who discuss and coordinate treatment plans, and life-long patient follow-up through cancer registry.

The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes Bronson Battle Creek as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program. This approval is the highest awarded to hospitals nationwide.  BBC is the only hospital in Michigan to have received this honor three times in a row.  

Battle Creek has a long history of 'firsts' in cancer programs from the nation's first patient registry and cancer detection center to the early use of the 'Pap' smear and an aboveground linear accelerator.  

BBC was the first hospital in southwest Michigan to provide a positron emission tomography (PET) imaging system.  PET is a non-invasive, diagnostic procedure that provides unique information about the function of body organs and exact locations of disease—information not available through traditional diagnostic techniques.  PET provides more accurate tumor detection and staging information to aid oncologists and surgeons in defining the most appropriate treatment and management options.

The Cancer Care Center was also the first to offer intensity modulated radiation therapy 
(IMRT), the world’s most advanced radiation therapy that conforms to the shape of the tumor.  The system is equipped with special software for planning and delivering ultra-precise tightly focused radiation beams to cancerous tumors, significantly reducing the amount of radiation to surrounding healthy tissues.  These include three dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT) and image guided radiation therapy (IGRT). 
The Cancer Care Center also offers an accelerated radiation treatment for certain types of breast cancers that can be completed in only five days. This cancer treatment, sometimes referred to as ‘brachytherapy,’ is delivered from inside the body and limits exposure of normal, healthy tissue to radiation.  The fact that the five-day precise radiation treatment is minimally invasive, coupled with the shorter treatment time, makes it easier for more women to consider the choice of a lumpectomy versus a full mastectomy.

Bronson Battle Creek is an active participant in the Grand Rapids Clinical Oncology Program (GRCOP), which is funded by the National Cancer Institute and a consortium of hospitals.  Through clinical trials, BBC cancer patients can participate in cutting-edge treatment research in the quest to cure cancer.

Cancer clinical trials develop better ways of detecting, treating, and eventually preventing cancer.  The trials test many types of treatment such as new drugs, new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy, new combinations of treatments, or new methods such as gene therapy.  By taking part in a clinical trial, participants are among the first to receive new research treatments before they are widely available.  

The Cancer Care Center also participates in the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), a national clinical cooperative funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to increase the survival and improve the quality of life of patients diagnosed with cancer.

Recognizing that traveling to and from treatments can be a major challenge for cancer patients, The Cancer Care Center began a partnership more than three years ago with the American Cancer Society (ACS) to make transportation more accessible for BBC patients.  It is called Road to Recovery.  The ACS’s ‘Cancer Resource Center’ is also located in the lobby of The Cancer Care Center.  This service empowers cancer patients through up-to-date, valuable information to help them make decisions that will impact their cancer experience.