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Published on December 21, 2017

Randy Bernard

It’s the Most Compassionate Time of the Year

Randy BernardNo one wants to hear that the diagnosis that is cancer. But if you do, you want a medical team and a hospital where you’ll receive the best possible care.

Randy Bernard, a 77-year-old local resident, has faced that diagnosis not once, but twice. The first time was in 2012 when cancer was found in the left lobe of his liver. At that time, Yong Park MD, an interventional radiologist at PIH Health, put the latest innovations in cancer treatments to work to save Randy’s life.

Dr. Park used a technique called radio frequency ablation, where an ultrasound or CT scan is used to insert a needle-like probe that delivers high-energy radio waves directly into the tumor. That treatment worked, and the cancer was successfully destroyed. Randy was cancer free! Until 2016.

This time, approximately 20 cancerous tumors were found in the right lobe of Randy’s liver. Once again, Dr. Park utilized the latest advancements in cancer treatment, particularly for liver cancer (which is unresponsive to chemotherapy).

Dr. Park recommended radioembolization. This new, minimally-invasive treatment is only found at a few elite hospitals and cancer centers. Fortunately, PIH Health Whittier Hospital is one of those hospitals.

This technique uses radiation therapy alongside embolization, a treatment that prevents blood flow to cancerous cells. The resulting high dosage of ionizing radiation kills cancer cells without damaging the surrounding tissue.

“This treatment only targets those cells that are cancerous. It’s been found to be highly effective for liver cancer,” Dr. Park said. “In Randy’s case, we treated his entire right lobe and completely eliminated his tumor spots. They are totally gone.”

PIH Health is able to provide things like state-of-the-art cancer treatments, life-saving emergency care and so much more because of a giving community that supports our mission of Patients First.

We simply could not do this without the incredible generosity of people like you.

Because of you, Randy has resumed normal activities and fills his days with what he loves most—spending time with his family.

“Randy is a shining example of how his entire medical team at PIH Health put their heads together—including his oncologist, his interventional radiologist and his primary care physician—to provide excellent, academic center-level care that holds up to any medical standard in the U.S. and the world,” Dr. Park said. “We’re very proud of our ability to offer this level of service here at PIH Health.

Your past support has made this possible, and your continued support will help ensure it’s possible for the next generation. Please consider making an end-of-year gift to support advanced medical care close to home at PIH Health.

Don’t wait. Make a tax-deductible donation to support leading-edge medical care at PIH Health today.

No one wants to hear the diagnosis that it’s cancer. But if you do, know that you’ve done everything you can to make sure your outcome is as happy as Randy’s.

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