Immunotherapy: Harnessing the immune system to fight cancer

Immunotherapy: Harnessing the immune system to fight cancer

Has the key to ending cancer been within our bodies all along? One of the hottest topics right now in oncology treatment is immunotherapy, a new way of treating cancer that harnesses an individual’s own immune system to recognize, control and potentially cure cancers. Immunotherapy is a different approach from conventional treatments such as chemotherapy […]

Prematurity Awareness: Reducing the Risks of Premature Birth


Anna Catherine Thibodeaux, a two-year old patient at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, has survived more medical complications in her first two years than most adults will have in a lifetime. Born on Feb. 1, 2014 after only 24 weeks of a 40-week term, Anna Catherine was beset by a myriad of complications […]

What Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital Is Thankful For


Thanksgiving comes as a wonderful reminder each year to reflect on the blessings in our lives. There is no doubt that 2016 has been a challenging year for most of us, but it has been filled with some amazing moments, both big and small. I was so fortunate to celebrate with Sister Barbara at the […]

3 Rules to Ensure a Safe and Healthy Thanksgiving Meal


Thanksgiving is a time of year to reflect on life’s many blessings and is traditionally spent at the table sharing a delicious feast with family and friends. To make this day one to remember, follow these three simple rules to ensure a safe and healthy Thanksgiving meal. 1. Prep your turkey properly Turkeys can be […]

About Kathryn Fakier

Kathryn Fakier is a registered and licensed dietitian and manager of Clinical Nutrition at Our Lady of the Lake. She is also a Board Certified specialist in oncology nutrition.

What Happens When You Quit Smoking


Did you know that when you quit smoking your body immediately begins to repair the damage caused by tobacco products? As a matter of fact, the body begins to experience health benefits within just 15-20 minutes. Within the first 15-20 minutes of quitting, your heart rate will drop to a normal level. After only 12 […]