Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

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Hair Donation for Cancer Survivors Day 2013

Feb 01, 2013

by Lynn Wang

Memories of middle and high school are usually associated with awkward years of raging hormones and horrible fashion sense.  During these formative years, identity and the desire for acceptance are extremely important.  Who wouldn't sacrifice everything for a miracle acne cure or spend all their savings on the latest fad? 

For teens and children fighting cancer, the gift of normalcy is all they hope for.  A decent wig to cover the effects of chemotherapy can be the difference between a self-conscious and a confident teen. 

When Emmanuel Lopez, a radiation therapist at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara, met a pediatric cancer patient who, in preparation for chemotherapy, had donated her own hair to create wigs for kids, he was inspired to follow in her footsteps. Three years and eight inches of hair later, Lopez is ready to cut it all off.  “I went from one bottle of shampoo a year, to one bottle a month. I’m ready to donate!”

Lopez’s co-worker Aracelli Manzo, a radiation oncology medical assistant, also plans to donate her beautiful long hair. “As we know, a lot of patients going through cancer lose their hair at one point of their treatment, so I’m growing my hair to reach the length needed for donation and share it with them. I hope with my donation someone has more happiness and confidence while having their treatments.”

Lopez and Manzo will be donating their hair on June 23, 2013, at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara and San Jose’s fourth annual Cancer Survivors Day—a fun and educational event dedicated to cancer survivors and their families.  For the first time, Cancer Survivors Day will include a booth with hairstylists ready to cut and style, specifically for hair donations to Wigs for Kids.  What one person may take for granted may be a treasured gift for another.

Looking for more information? Here are links to get you started:

Destination health: Stopping cancer before it starts

Focus on cancer prevention, screening, treatment, and research

2019 "Eat Well, Heal Well Live Well" Resources and Educational Session Links

Resources and educational links for our 2019 Seeds of Hope.

2018 Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Resources and Educational Session Links

Resources and educational links for our 2018 Seeds of Hope.

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