October’s colors warm the heart like no other. As the greens of summer fade to reds and yellows, the air becomes crisp, heralding the coming months of reflection and renewal. October puts to rest the hard work of summer and initiates the inward searching of winter. We clean our lawns, wipe down our decks and gather wood for the fire. We are preparing to say thanks for the past year and to appreciate the many blessings in our lives.Read More
Geraldine got her mammogram every year. Her first grandchild was born six years ago she wasn’t going to miss a second of her grandbaby’s life, although, the baby’s mom, Laura, had something to say about that. Geraldine just knew that her grandbaby was God’s gift to her or raising Laura, her daughter, right. And Geraldine wanted to be there for her daughter and to play with her grandbaby. So she got her mammogram every year.Read More Breast, Breast cancer, Breast cancer screening, Genetics, Mammography, Real Men Wear Pink
Jane is a 36-year-old mother of three just trying to make it through the day. She has children in three different schools, and the constant driving was taking a toll on her. One day, while putting on her seat belt, her left breast hurt. She thought nothing of it as she drove around town from school to ballet to soccer and to the grocery store. Then, one morning, in the shower, she noticed a lump in her breast. No one in her family, not her mother, not her sisters, not her aunts, had breast cancer. Still, she was scared. She called her physician who recommended a mammogram and ultrasound. Jane had breast cancer.Read More American Cancer Society, Angelina Jolie, Awareness, Breast Cancer Treatment, cancer recurrence, Chemotherapy, Ovarian cancer, Surgery
Judy was nearing her 35th birthday. She was excited. Her husband was going to take her to Colorado for an exciting week of rock climbing, river rafting, and fishing. Then, she was sad. She wanted romantic walks in the foothills, expensive dinners with champagne and a night in the honeymoon suite. Men will just never learn.Read More American Cancer Society, Breast cancer, Breast cancer screening, cancer recurrence, emotional recovery, Health, Mammography
Betsy was happy with her body. She was fashionable is a summer dress. She was relaxed in a bathing suit. She was confident in her fall sweater. She was happy, until last week. She got the phone call. Yes, that phone call, the one where the radiologist calls and tells you that you have breast cancer. Betsy was afraid. She was scared.Read More cancer recurrence, emotional recovery, total mastectomy, total skin saving mastectomy
A Presentation to the East Tennessee Association of Advanced Nurse Practitioners
Joanne was watching Jurassic Park with her son, Tommy. It was his birthday and he wanted to watch an old movie?! Good grief! Joanne watched the screen as Mr. DNA described how the scientists at Jurassic Park had recreated dinosaurs. Then Joanne wondered if Mr. DNA could recreate dinosaurs, could Mr. DNA cure cancer?Read More BRCA gene, DNA, her2-positive breast cancer, oncotypeDX, Ovarian cancer
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By competing in Knoxville’s Real Men Wear Pink 2015 campaign, I’m doing my best to make sure some amazing ladies are around for a long time to come.Read More American Cancer Society, Real Men Wear Pink, WVLT Local 8 News
Thank you can be the hardest words to say.
Thank you may be the most wonderful words you ever whisper.
I wish I could say thank you more often. I should thank my wife, my nurse, and my God everyday. God restores my soul to me each morning, for which I am grateful. I should thank Him. My wife loves me and marries me anew each and every day. I should thank her with more than just a wink and a smile. My nurse takes care of you, my patients, and ensures that your pain is controlled, that your wounds heal, and that your spirits remain high. I should thank her more often.Read More
Breast cancer is an umbrella term we use to describe hundreds of different types of localized cancers. While there are five broad categories of breast cancer, each cancer is unique and requires its own, specialized treatment plan. Some cancers are more aggressive than others, which means your treatment plan may not require surgery as the first step.Read More breast cancer oncologist, general surgeon, health insurance, Her2-positive, Perjeta, tumor board
The Mission: Cure Breast Cancer
We have come so far and we are so close to the dream of a breast cancer free world. We discovered the estrogen receptor and created tamoxifen to shut it down. We discovered the Her2 receptor (the most deadly of breast cancers) and created Herceptin to shut it down. We can now kill most breast cancers and stop many of them in their tracks. The vast majority of breast cancers can now be fended off for a long time, giving women the opportunities to experience life with their families. Mothers now have the chance to watch their daughters grow up and become mothers themselves.