Physical Therapy for Cancer Patients and Survivors

Bridget Koontz, MD

Bridget Koontz, MD

Bridget Koontz, MD
Medical Director, Radiation Oncology Services

Cancer and its treatment can cause many physical problems, ranging from hand and foot numbness, incontinence, balance issues, decreased movement of the neck, arms or legs, or even swelling and fluid retention. These problems can interfere with work and daily life during and after treatment, and increase the impact cancer has on a person. Physical therapy is thought of commonly for its use in managing musculoskeletal complaints, but in fact can be very effective at reducing the burden of these cancer side effects.

Duke Regional has sought to improve access to physical therapy specifically for men and women who are currently under cancer treatment or have had cancer in the past, with the goal of preventing and treating these side effects and improving the quality of life after cancer. We are very proud to work with Lisa Massa, PT, WCS, CLT, who brings specialized training and extensive experience in cancer-related side effects to improve the lives of our patients. This new service meets our goal of providing exceptional care in a convenient and reassuring community setting. Patients can be new to our clinic or even Duke Regional, but must have a referral from a physician.

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Go Pink Wednesdays

pink ribbonOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Duke Regional Hospital is taking to Social Media to encourage women to get their mammograms. Each Wednesday, Your Health Connection will go pink with tips and answers to commonly asked questions about mammograms from our Mammography Team. This team of six skilled and compassionate registered technologists has 146 years of combined experience in giving mammograms

Get a Mammogram TODAY!

That’s right; same-day mammogram scheduling is now available at Duke Regional. No more waiting weeks for an appointment, and no doctor’s order is needed. All we need is the name of your physician for follow up.

“Many women understand the important of an annual screening mammogram, but put it off for a variety of reasons,” says Judy Coman, RT (R)(M), mammography manager at Duke Regional Hospital.  “That is why we make the mammography experience as easy, convenient and pleasant as possible. “

Appointments are available from 7:30 am to 6 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 7:30 am to 7:30 pm Wednesday. The last appointment is scheduled one hour before closing each day.  To schedule your mammogram, call 919-470-5272.

Check in next Wednesday afternoon for our first Pink Tip.

Durham Regional earns ACR accreditation for MRI

Durham Regional Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Radiology at Durham Regional Hospital“Being accredited by the ACR is something our department and staff are very proud of,” says Paula Whitfield, MRI supervisor at Durham Regional. “ACR accreditation is recognized as the gold standard in medical imaging. When you see the ACR gold seal, you know the facility has undergone a rigorous review process, staff are well qualified to perform your procedure and the equipment takes optimal images.” 

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, staff qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed.

MRI is a noninvasive medical test that uses magnetic fields to create images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Durham Regional has two MRI scanners and offers MRI of the head, spine and body, as well as musculoskeletal MRI and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA).

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive healthcare services.

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Photos of our new Outpatient Services and Preoperative Clinic

Durham Regional’s new Outpatient Services entrance and Preoperative Clinic features dedicated parking, registration and waiting areas for patients and their loved ones.

Check out the photos below for a peek at this new area, then visit to learn more.

New Outpatient Services and Preoperative Clinic opens Oct. 1

Durham Regional’s new Outpatient Services and Preoperative Clinic opens Monday, October 1. Located on the south side of the hospital, this area features dedicated parking, registration and waiting areas in a single location.

Our outpatient services include mammography, MRI and X-ray; stress testing and neurosensory diagnostic testing; laboratory services and preoperative procedures.

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Patients who have outpatient appointments on or after October 1 should go to the new facility. Check out the map below as you plan your visit to Durham Regional.

New entrance, fresh perspective, amazing care

Going to the hospital can be stressful for patients and their loved ones. At Durham Regional, we’re committed to giving you peace of mind, so we’ve centered our new Outpatient Services and Preoperative Clinic around you.

If you’ve visited Durham Regional, you probably know the way to the main entrance: park in the visitor’s lot, enter the main lobby and ask the person at the information desk how to find your destination. The process is used by most medical facilities nationwide, but we thought it could be improved for people coming for outpatient and preoperative services, and we found a way to do it.

“Before, whether you were coming in for a mammogram, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or preoperative screening, you would enter the hospital on the third floor, be directed to the second floor, wait in one waiting area to register, then follow someone to another waiting area to be checked in,” explains Brian Williams, MHA, director of business and operational planning at Durham Regional. “We wanted to develop a process where patients could check in quickly and get the services they came for.”

Find the complete article in Your Health. Published three times a year, Your Health provides health and wellness information and features interviews with Durham Regional Hospital physicians and other medical professionals on a variety of health topics, as well as helpful tips and recipes.

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