Last month I featured one of my YouTube videos on the blog to answer the question, “what is breast cancer?” This month, we are going to head into more detail about invasive breast cancer and how it defines a specific cancer such as type, grade, and receptors. By the end of this short video you’ll be better informed and your questions answered.Read More
Today, we are celebrating one hundred years of the American Cancer Society, a society created for the sole purpose of bringing public awareness to the scourge of cancer. One hundred years later, the American Cancer Society has helped to save over 14,000,000 lives, has galvanized millions of Americans to fight cancer and has spent over $3.6 Billion dollars on research. 47 scientists, whose careers and research have been funded in part by the American Cancer Society have won Nobel Prizes. Many of us, myself included, are able to be here today because of the dedication and hard work by the people who make up the American Cancer Society.Read More American Cancer Society, Cancer, Cancer research, Mary Lasker, National Cancer Institute, Nobel Prize, United States, World War II
Tennova’s Health Extra For Women and The American Cancer Society invite you to a very special luncheon celebrating the lives and future birthdays of our mothers, sisters, daughters and friends diagnosed with breast cancer.Read More American Cancer Society, Breast cancer, Cancer, East Tennessee
The Silver Bullet, and not the one the Lone Ranger carried, is a drug that goes specifically and only to a breast cancer cell to kill it. We have had some not so perfect silver bullets in the past, but newer target therapies are turning out to act like silver bullets should. But first, a review.
Cancer cells exhibit uncontrolled growth in that they grow anywhere and everywhere. Imagine you are baking a cake and you pour the batter into a pan to shape the cake. After baking, you expect a cake in the shape of your pan. But now imagine that the cake grew right through the pan, that is, the cake did not respect the walls of your pan but grew right through the pan and into the walls of the oven. This is what cancer does.Read More Breast cancer, Health, Silver Bullet
Mammograms save lives. As a Breast Surgical Oncologist, together with the Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center, we strive to ensure that every woman who needs a mammogram can have access to one. We work with the county health departments, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program and charities to assist women who need mammograms. At KCBC we have partnered with the Rowden family to establish and fund the Kim Rowden Breast Cancer Memorial Fund in order to provide breast cancer screening and treatment for women without financial resources.Read More
That is some fancy word. Probably French. Webster’s defines liaison as: an illicit sexual relationship. Most definitely a French word. But liason also means, “one that establishes and maintains communication for mutual understanding and cooperation.”Read More
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Ahoy! Your ship is ready to sail. She has been outfitted with the latest technology, the latest medicines and the most experienced crew this side starboard. Arrgh, I am your Captain and Lisa is yer First Mate. Climb aboard. The seas will be rough though the sun will shine. We shall sail the seas for that distant shore where cancer is no more. A place like no other, where cancer survivors go to celebrate life before returning home to their regular life. These distant shores may be far away, but, as your Captain, my crew and I will be with you every step of the way.
A question that I am often asked is Do I Need Chemotherapy? Or why does anyone need chemotherapy? The answer is: Because chemotherapy kills cancer.
Read More Breast cancer, Cancer, Cell (biology), Chemotherapy, Nature (journal), OncoType Dx, Stem cell, Tumor
One of the great joys of medicine is the constant learning. By the time a physician retires, 80% of their practice was learned after residency. Medicine is a science that is continually evolving while the art of human compassion is always enriching.
My education continues when I attend national, regional and local medical conferences. This past May, I attended the American Society of Breast Surgeons conference in Chicago, where breast and general surgeons meet to discuss the latest scientific knowledge, learn advanced techniques, and discuss innovative ideas to improve the lives of breast cancer survivors. I return to my patients with new evidence, better skills and a deeper understanding of how best to care for them.Read More Brachytherapy, Breast cancer, Cancer, Chicago, United States
Medical school was a dream come true. I was learning all the secrets of the human body; how the brain fired neurons to make the muscles of the hand close so that I could hold my girlfriend’s hand; how my heart beat rapidly when she kissed me; how my lungs could inhale her sweet perfume; and how my brain imagined those sweet dreams of her. I studied the Krebs cycle, which turns food into energy, with oxygen playing a vital role in this dance. I read about our immune system killing infections, fighting cancer, and healing injury. I learned to cure disease.Read More Awareness, Breast, Breast cancer, California, Cancer, Conditions and Diseases, Health, Surgery