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DELAND, Fla., June 6, 2018 – On May 31, Florida Hospital DeLand hosted a free community luncheon at the Victoria Gardens Clubhouse to address the latest trends in radiation oncology and genetic counseling for cancer risk.
More than 70 community members joined Florida Hospital DeLand for this informative event featuring radiation oncologist Dr. Margarita Racsa and Cindy Trawick, board certified advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) and Florida Hospital’s specially trained genetic counselor.
“Radiation is a treatment modality that uses high energy beams - or x-rays - to target and kill cancer cells,” Racsa said during the event. “Using a machine called a linear accelerator, radiation therapy fights cancer by damaging the DNA of cancer cells while sparing as much of the healthy cells as possible.”
Although it depends on the patient’s individual needs, radiation therapy is typically delivered five days a week over the course of several weeks.
During the event, Florida Hospital’s genetic counselor, Trawick, explained that approximately 5-10 percent of people have hereditary cancer. This is a risk of developing cancer that is passed down through generations by inheriting genes with mutations.
“Overall, inherited mutations are thought to play a role in about 5 to 10 percent of all cancers. Because the risk of developing cancer is much higher in families with hereditary cancer than the general population, determining which family members have an inherited gene mutation is very important,” Trawick explained. “Genetic counseling can help estimate your chance of developing cancer by searching for specific changes – or mutations – in your genes. Genetic testing is the only way to identify gene mutations which could impact your medical management.”
In 2017, the Florida Hospital Cancer Institutes in Volusia and Flagler counties began offering genetic counseling. This comprehensive, customized program supports those who have, or may be at risk for, hereditary cancer conditions. Visit www.FloridaHospitalCancer.org/genetic-counseling-and-screening to learn more.
About Florida Hospital DeLand
Florida Hospital DeLand is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 46 hospital campuses in nine states, serving more than 5 million patients annually. With a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ, Florida Hospital DeLand has 164-beds and is one of the seven Florida Hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties that composes the Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region. As the largest hospital system in the area, the Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region has 1,226 beds and more than 7,800 employees. For more information about Florida Hospital DeLand, visit www.fhdeland.org.
Radiation oncologist Dr. Margarita Racsa addresses the latest trends in radiation oncology for a crowd of more than 70 community members during Florida Hospital DeLand’s free community luncheon at the Victoria Gardens Clubhouse on May 31.