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8- CAPE GATI, lr]day,&apos;Ju]y 3"- Jtly-,'it)98 Briefly Zarif publishes abstract on rare form of cancer Dr. Alae Zarif, a general sur- geon at Beebe Medical Center, coauthored an abstract published in "Connecticut Medicine," focus- ing on parathyroid carcinoma, a Very rare form of cancer. Zarif, along with co-authors Dr. Paul Pirundini and Dr. Joseph Wihbey, re- leased "A Rare Manifestation of Parathyroid Carcinoma Presenting as a Cystic Neck Mass." The ab- stract cites a ZARIF specific case study which Zarif dealt with at Waterbury Hospital in Connecticut, where he was chief resident. The patient was a woman who was experiencing un- explained weight loss and insom- nia. She also had a lump on the side of her neck. Doctors initially treated this lump as a cystic mass. They real- ized after the patient returned two or more times with the same prob- lem that the lump was not a cyst. After removal and analysis of the lump, the group of surgeons con- cluded that the woman had parathyroid carcinoma (parathy- roid cancer). Fortunately, they caught the cancer before it had spread. Early detection is as important for parathyroid cancer as it is for other forms of cancer. But, it's very difficult to detect. There are a few nonspecific symptoms that some may experience if they have this cancer. They may have depression, weight loss, fatigue, weakness, bone disease and constipation. Zarif said if parathyroid cancer is detected early enough, there is a very good chance of survival. If a person experiences any of the symptoms, they should immedi- ately notify their doctor. There is a very small chance that the person may have parathyroid cancer. Less than 1 percent of the popula- tion who has parathyroid disease will develop parathyroid cancer. "It's very rare to get a parathy- roid disease," said Zarif. "It's even more uncommon to develop parathyroid cancer." Super Sitter class set for July 15 and 16 Beebe School of Nursing is of- fering Super Sitter, a two-day course for youths 11 to 13. The course includes infant and child CPR and other useful information pertaining to baby-sitting. The class has limited enrollment. The next session is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 15, and Thursday, July 16, at the Beebe School of Nursing. Registered nurses, a police offi- cer and a firefighter teach Super Sitter participants how to be safe and effective baby sitters. Topics include the following: characteris- tics and qualities of a good sitter, child development and age-appro- priate activities, safe home prac- tices for fire and protection, first- aid practices for minor and major medical problems, infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscita- tion (CPR) and airway obstruction management. Students will have hands-on practice in first aid and CPR. Class space is limited to 12 students; registration is taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $25. To register, call 645- 3248. Advance Chiropractic Henlopen Chiropractic Center Acupuncture 467 Highway One Massage Therapy Lewes. DE 19958 Dr. Debra Hobbs * (302) 644-1420 Chemically dependent meetings scheduled A Chemically Dependent Anonymous (CDA) group meets each Monday and Friday, from 8 to 9 p.m., in Beebe Medical Cen- ter's cafeteria. For more informa- tion, call 645-3311. A CDA group also meets at Dry Dock in Angola at 8 p.m. on Fridays. Beebe hosts weekly Alateen meetings Alateen, a fellowship of young people whose lives have been af- fected by alcoholism in a family member or close friend, meets Sundays, at 8 p.m., in the Physi- cians Dining Room at Beebe Medical Center. For more infor- mation, call 645-331 !. lhc hcu'ill :lid ilh a br;lilC AA meetings available at Beebe Alcoholic Anonymous meets in Beebe Medical Center's Cafeteria at 8 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The meetings are fQr the support of those with an alcohol abuse prob- lem or for recovering alcoholics. Please call 645-331 I. Beebe lab Continued from page 47 registered nurses. One of the things our critique letter from ICAVL said was excellent is that our staff are all registered vascular technologists." The Society of Vascular Tech- nology recently joined the ICAVL in making a public response to a segment about ultrasound aired by the news magazine show "Prime Time Live" in January 1998. That episode stressed the com- plexity of both performing and in- terpreting ultrasound testing and strongly urges that the public veri- fy the credentials of attending technologists and testing laborato- ries. "Ultrasound tests are very oper- ator-dependent. Incorrectly formed, the resulting misinforma- tion can be very harmful. It is ex- tremely important that the person performing these studies has the necessary skill and knowledge. It is also important that the labo- ratory or department where the studies are done is accredited," said William A. Johnson, presi- dent of the Society of Vascular Technology. Beebe hosts morning AA meetings Alcoholics Anonymous meets in Beebe Medical Center's sec- ond-floor Education Classroom at l0 a.m., Tuesdays. Call 645-3311 Alanon meets three times weekly Alanon meets at 8 p.m. - Tues- days, Thursdays and Sundays - in Beebe Medical Center's Medical library. Alanon is a group that provides support to the alcoholic's family members. Call 645-3311 for more information. Heartbeats meets at Beebe July 14 Heartbeats, a support group for cardiac patients, their families and other interested parties, meets the second Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon in the Tun- nell Cancer Center. The next meeting is July 14. The program is sponsored by the American Heart Association and Beebe Medical Center. For more infor- mation, call 645-3514. Alzheimer's group to meet July 16 A support group for Alzheimer's disease and other mentally impairing diseases meets the third Thursday of each month, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., at Beebe Medical Center's Gull House, at 23 Terrace St. The next meeting is scheduled Thursday, July 16. For more information, call Kathy Schlitter at 226-2160. Aneurysm screenings offered in July Beebe Medical Center's vascu- lar laboratory holds free aortic ab- dominal aneurysm screenings every Wednesday and Thursday. Men wishing to be tested must be between 60 and 75, have a history of cigarette smoking, hyperten- sion, coronary artery disease and/or a family history of aortic aneurysm. Females must have a positive history of aneurysm. Screenings will be July 8, 15, 22 and 29. To schedule an appointment, call 645-3710. Hepatitis support group meets Monday, July 13 A chronic hepatitis support group will meet at 6 p.m., Mon- day, July 13, in the Beebe Medical Center classroom. 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