Supporting women cancer patients in the community

Cancer: A diagnosis that has likely touched the life of someone you know, whether it’s a family member, friend, neighbor or even yourself. It can be devastating for the patient and his or her loved ones.

To support women battling cancer, Durham Regional has partnered with the American Cancer Society to offer “Look Good…Feel Better.” “Look Good…Feel Better” is a free, monthly program that teaches women beauty techniques while they undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Participants receive a free cosmetics kit and instruction by volunteer beauty professionals about makeup, skin care, nail care and ways to deal with hair loss such as with wigs, turbans and scarves.

Durham Regional partners with the American Cancer Society to offer "Look Good...Feel Better" for women cancer patients. (Pictured: Durham Regional employees, beauty professionals and a representative from the American Cancer Society -- all of whom help organize these events.

Durham Regional partners with the American Cancer Society to offer “Look Good…Feel Better” for women cancer patients. (Pictured: Durham Regional employees, beauty professionals and a representative from the American Cancer Society — all of whom help organize these events.)

Durham Regional is pleased to offer this program and support women cancer patients in our community. If you or a loved one would like to attend “Look Good…Feel Better,” visit and register online, or call 919-470-7168.

Kidneys: Your body’s amazing filter

Ted Shaikewitz, MD
Partner at Durham Nephrology Associates and head of nephrology at Durham Regional Hospital

The human body has a natural filter known as the kidney, which filters blood for toxins and extra fluids; those toxins and fluids then leave the body through urine. It’s a very efficient process, and kidneys can typically support a person’s needs just fine, even when only a little function is left. When kidneys are not working well, the team at Durham Regional works together to preserve kidney function and minimize complications.

DSC_5627Kidney specialists called nephrologists partner with nurses, pharmacists and other physicians and healthcare professionals at Durham Regional to prevent serious damage to the kidneys. For example, precautions are built into our computer systems to help identify and prevent many situations where kidney-related harm could occur, allowing our team to better individualize treatment.

If the kidneys do stop working, then Durham Regional is well equipped to start replacement therapy. Kidney replacement therapies are, in general, referred to as dialysis. We have access to all the standard forms of kidney replacement treatment, and are among the only hospitals in the area that can start longer term peritoneal dialysis acutely.

Whether a patient needs long- or short-term treatments, Durham Regional has access to educational resources that can help our patients and their loved ones make decisions when they are dealing with these difficult problems.

Durham Regional was recognized by U.S. News & World Report in 2012-13 for nephrology care. To learn more about our kidney services, visit

Living Our Values: Excellence

Durham Regional Hospital recently interviewed our staff, physicians and volunteers to learn their thoughts on our five values. In this video, members of the Durham Regional team describe what excellence is and how they dedicate themselves to practice excellence with our patients, their loved ones and each other.

February is American Heart Month

Did you know February is American Heart Month?

Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, killing an estimated 630,000 people each year. This month, learn more about heart disease and how you can live a heart-healthy life.

Heart disease affects many kinds of people, but men age 45 or older, women age 55 or older and people with a family history of heart disease are at greatest risk.

CardiologyThe good news is a heart-healthy lifestyle can help prevent or reduce your risk of heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is especially important for people who already have heart disease.

Follow these tips to keep your heart healthy!

  • Watch your weight.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get active.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Talk to your doctor about taking aspirin daily.
  • Manage stress.

Consult your physician before changing your lifestyle. To learn about heart services at Durham Regional or find a physician who’s right for you,

Durham Regional celebrates Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is not just any other day. It is a special occasion for many people, including our team at Durham Regional!

ValentineTreatsTo help make this day special for our patients who are not able to be at home with their loved ones, Food and Nutrition Services staff planned a menu of delicious treats. Patients could choose from a variety of speciality coffees and bite-sized desserts made by in-house staff.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Durham Regional!

Visit the Giftique to make Valentine’s Day special

Giftique3With a wide array of gift items—including balloons, candy, fresh flowers and plants, jewelry and stuffed animals—the Giftique at Durham Regional has all you need for Valentine’s Day.

Surprise your loved one with flowers! Call the Giftique at 919-470-4149 to purchase a flower arrangement that will be personally delivered to the patient’s room.

And remember: Seniors receive 10 percent off each Wednesday!

Giftique1The Giftique, Durham Regional’s gift shop, is located just inside the main entrance of the hospital on the third floor, and is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. The shop is staffed and managed by the Durham Regional Hospital Auxiliary. Proceeds fund special projects that benefit our patients.