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Living Well Extravaganza:
An Evening of Ideas and Activities

What: A conference sponsored by The Cape Fear Coalition for Healthy Aging with topics on: Medicare and social security,  successful caregiving, improving diet and exercise, advance care planning, and opportunities for senior activities and  community involvement. Buffet dinner included.

When: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, November 13. Event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

Where: New Hanover County Senior Center in Wilmington - 2222 S. College RdContact: For information or to make a reservation, contact Cheryl Hoffman at 910.798.6406
 NHRMC Imaging Services
Schedule your Mammogram Today

Accurate and timely diagnostic services in a friendly environment. That’s what’s most important in the detection of breast cancer or any other disease that may affect you or a loved one.

At New Hanover Regional Medical Center, we provide some of the region’s most advanced diagnostic imaging technology, including the 64-slice CT, open bore MRI and PET/CT scanner – all of which reveal the human body in never-before-seen detail, giving physicians the clearest image possible to make fast, effective diagnoses.

With four locations to serve your imaging needs, opportunities for same-day appoint- ments are available.

For a complete list of NHRMC’s imaging technologies and locations, visit:
or call 452.8777.

Think October, and for most the colors red, brown, orange and yellow come to mind. But for tens of thousands of women with breast cancer nationwide, October is all about pink. That’s because October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and since 1993 the "pink ribbon" has symbolized the fight against a disease that last year alone was expected to claim more than 40,000 lives.

Today’s Health Essentials begins Part One in a two-part series featuring four women either directly or indirectly impacted by breast cancer. Their stories are compelling, the details of their suffering – vanquished only by the will to endure and survive - unforgettable.
Most important, each of these women has found a unique way to enhance their own healing, self-care and awareness, while educating and empowering others who someday may face  similar plights in the fight against one of the most common cancersHeather Thornton affecting American women today. 

Breast Cancer Blog
To hear 36-year-old Heather Thornton mention the phrase "using technology to leverage communication" in the context of New Hanover Regional Medical Center probably wouldn’t surprise. After all, as a manager in NHRMC’s Information Services, Thornton is the go-to girl for a wide range of  complex technology issues.
However, to hear the young wife and mother of two use the same phrase in the context of breast cancer while sipping coffee outside a local coffee shop – a brightly colored scarf wrapped tight around her head – not only surprises but also sobers.
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NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center

In addition to boasting a comprehensive array of modern cancer therapies and being designated a Teaching Hospital Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, the NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center is home to a team of highly skilled cancer physicians, including:
  • Kenneth Fink, MD, Medical Oncologist
  • Walter Gajewski, MD, Gynecological Oncologist
  • Cyrus Kotwall, MD, Surgical Oncologist
  • John Powell, MD, Gynecological Oncologist
  • Peter Ungaro, MD, Medical Oncologist

For more information about the NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center,
Pink Ribbon Event please visit
or call 342.3000.

For a physician referral, call 815.5188. 

Photo:  From left, Frank Potter, owner of Bangz Hair Salon, Aline Lasseter, Director of NHRMC Foundation, and Sandy Spiers, Chair of the 2008 Pink Ribbon Committee, take the stage at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Pink Ribbon Event, which was held Tuesday, October 7. Proceeds from the event go to support Pink Ribbon Bags filled with comfort items for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer and to provide mammograms to women in need.
Carrie McIntyre Jacobs
The Voice of Breast Cancer

By her own admission, Carrie McIntyre Jacobs likes to work a room.

"And when I finish with the folks inside, I like to move to the folks outside," she says, standing next to her big black Mercedes sedan on the edge of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center campus.

At six feet tall with hazel-brown eyes and impeccably dressed – "the brighter, the better," she says – Jacobs, 55, oozes strength, faith and confidence, all characteristics that - along with expert help from NHRMC’s Zimmer Cancer Center – have no doubt played a part in her breast cancer recovery. 
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