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Holy Name is the first hospital in North Jersey to complete a rigorous, deep cleaning of our 450,000 square feet of clinical and non-clinical space. We started with manual disinfection, then applied electrostatic sanitizing mist, and finally, blasted UV-C light to kill more than 30 types of pathogens — including Covid-19.

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Joanne Brooks - From Housebound to Italy

There was a time when Joanne Brooks' life was reduced to quick trips to her daughters' houses, with stops at local libraries along the way to use the restroom. She didn't dare go out of her house for any other excursion and she was rather depressed.

Joanne has carcinoid syndrome, which means she has a rare cancerous tumor in her body that secretes chemicals into her bloodstream. These chemicals trigger a number of symptoms, among the worse is frequent diarrhea.

"It was a horror," Joanne said. "I lost 18 lbs. and was in a lot of pain."

She searched for doctors before finding Dr. Guiseppe Condemi, an oncologist who specializes in carcinoid cancer, at Holy Name Medical Center.

"He is remarkable," said Joanne, from Orange County, N.Y. "He is so knowledgeable about this disease, he lectures on it and knows all about the medicines to treat it."

Carcinoid tumors are slow growing and develop in various parts of the body, most commonly in the digestive tract – the stomach, appendix, small intestine, colon or rectum – or the lungs. What makes them so different from other types of cancer is that they are hard to detect and often take years to find.

By the time Joanne found Dr. Condemi in November 2017, she had been on some medications but she wasn't eating much and she wondered if she "would ever get better." Her life consisted of making sure she knew where public bathrooms were before going anywhere and then she just became housebound.

"I'm 70 but I'm a young 70, in the way I live and the way I look," Joanne said. "Then I got sick and everything changed. One doctor said he couldn't help me anymore.

"But when I found Dr. Condemi, he told me he'd have me eating more by Christmas Eve. I told him how much I enjoy that night, when my family celebrates with all kinds of fish, especially fried fish. And I was eating much more by then, though he warned me away from the fried foods," she said with a laugh.

At her first appointment, Dr. Condemi joked with her when she called him Dracula for ordering so much blood work. She said this is typical of his bedside manner – "he puts you completely at ease. His staff does also – they make you feel so comfortable.

"What's best of all is they take care of all of me, not just the disease," Joanne said. "He knows when I need an infusion of iron and he notices little things. Once he told me he knew I was feeling better because my shoes matched my shirt that day."

Once Joanne's health was stabilized, she wondered if she should still go on a long-planned vacation to Italy with her husband. With Dr. Condemi's blessing, she made the trip in September 2019 for 15 days.

"It was the trip of a lifetime – I went to see my grandmother's village," Joanne said. "If it wasn't for Dr. Condemi, I would have never been able to make that trip."

While Joanne's tumor has still not been located, she has joined a support group through Holy Name's Cancer Support Community (CSC) to help deal with her disease. In addition to support groups, CSC offers free healthy lifestyle classes, educational workshops and social events to anyone who has been impacted by cancer, including patients, survivors, caregivers, friends and family.

"I read about a man who has been living with this for 18 years," Joanne said. "I know it's slow-growing so I can live like this for many years. And I'm back to living a normal life – I go shopping, do all the things I used to do. I have a bad day now and again but for the most part, my energy is good and I'm so much better."