Evergreen Park Police Officer is Thankful for Little Company of Mary’s Expert Medical Team.
For more than 20 years, Mike Orelove’s wife begged Mike to get a health check up. Finally after 20 years, Mike listened to his wife and called Little Company of Mary’s Health Education Department for information on screenings. “It was like an angel answered the phone, “said Mike Orelove. Nurse Elise Farrell explained all the screenings available at Little Company of Mary Hospital.
Elise recommended Mike come in and get some blood work done. The results revealed that Mike’s sugar and cholesterol levels were high. The Health Education Dept at Little Company of Mary Hospital referred Mike to Family Physician; Dr. Catherine Anichini for a medical follow-up appointment and to attend the Diabetes Tool Kit classes given by Little Company of Mary Dietitians, Kristen Bulkley, RD, LDN, CDE and Debbie Murray, RN, MSN, CDE.
“I can’t believe that Little Company of Mary offers so many great services. I attended the diabetes nutrition classes and it changed my life. The class informs you on how putting the wrong foods in your body can damage your health. Today, my eating habits are not the same as they were a year ago. I make healthy choices and my sugar levels are normal,” said Orelove.
Mike also raves about Dr. Anichini. “She is truly a wonderful doctor. Dr. Anichini stops to listen to me. I’ve never felt rushed with her, as I have with past physicians, said Orelove.
Dr. Anichini ordered more lab work for Mike. One of the tests indicated that Mike had elevated levels of PSA. Mike underwent a biopsy of his prostate gland, which showed that he had localized prostate cancer. Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a protein produced by cells of the prostate gland. The PSA test measures the level of PSA in the blood. Elevated PSA levels are usually indicative of prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is typically a very slow growing tumor, often causing no symptoms until it is in an advanced stage. Although the disease tends to progress slowly, it is generally fatal if it spreads beyond the prostate gland itself. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer, excluding skin cancers, in American men and one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime according to the American Cancer Society. Prostate cancer increases after the age of 40. In early stages it is a very treatable disease. This is why it is important for men over the age of 40 to have regular yearly wellness exams and to talk to their physician about PSA testing.
Mike researched his treatment options including surgery and radiation. Mike sought the opinion of radiation oncologist, Dr. Syed J. Shirazi, the Medical Director of Little Company of Mary’s Cancer Center. Dr. Shirazi discussed the options of surgery, radiation therapy, cryotherapy, and observation only treatments with Mike. Mike decided that the best treatment option for him is IMRT radiation therapy. IMRT radiation therapy allows for the radiation dose to conform more precisely to the three-dimensional (3-D) shape of the tumor by modulating—or controlling—the intensity of the radiation beam in multiple small volumes. IMRT also allows higher radiation doses to be delivered to the tumor while minimizing the dose to surrounding normal critical structures.
“IMRT radiation therapy allows delivery of higher doses of radiation that can safely be delivered to tumors with fewer side effects compared with other conventional radiotherapy techniques”, said Dr Shirazi. Mike elected to have localized IMRT radiation therapy, which he tolerated very well. Mike has had a good response to treatment and today Mike is happy to say that his PSA levels returned to normal.
Weeks after Mike’s recovery, both Dr. Shirazi and Elise Farrell were surprised to walk in the their office one morning and see a thank you note waiting for them on their desk. “I salute the highly talented doctors, nurses and technicians at Little Company of Mary Hospital. As a police officer, I serve and protect the Evergreen Park area however Little Company of Mary Hospital provided great service and protected my health. I will be forever grateful to Little Company of Mary for the gift of health empowerment and life,” said Orelove.
Our cancer experts specialize in minimally invasive techniques and bring some of the most advanced cancer treatments available right to your neighborhood. These include advanced radiation therapy, radioactive prostate implants, high dose rate prostate brachytherapy, cryotherapy, and the da Vinci® robotic surgical system.
To learn more about Little Company of Mary’s multidisciplinary team and minimally invasive approach to treating all cancers, call 1.866.540.LCMH or visit www.lcmcancercare.org.
Little Company of Mary has made it easier for patients to make appointments to be treated by the area’s expert physicians through PhysicianMatch®. Physician Match a free community physician referral service that includes many of the physicians on staff at Little Company of Mary. PhysicianMatch is a free service is available by calling 708-423-3070 and talking with one of our friendly staff members. Additionally, you can now register for our classes and programs on the website-www.lcmh.org
From Left to Right: Dr. Syed J. Shirazi, the Medical Director of Little Company of Mary’s Cancer Center, Dr. Catherine Anichini, Family Physician for Little Company of Mary, Elise Farrell, RN, Little Company of Mary’s Health Education Dept and patient, Mike Orelove.