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
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
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.
After a simple Google search, Evelyn was petrified. She had just read an article that claimed breast cancer was contagious. It was also caused by wearing deodorant and underwire bras multiplied breast cancer cells. The electrical wires carrying Internet to her house also caused breast cancer! So did eating sugar and drinking soda!Read More breast cancer myths, breast cancer prevention, breast compression, contagious, deodorant, obesity, radiation, sugar intake
When we have faith and hope, we rise upon wings like eagles. We soar among the clouds, reaching for the best in ourselves. I have landed in Powell, TN.
An extension to my practice in West Knoxville, I have just opened a new location in Powell, TN just off of Emory Road, near the I-75 exit.Read More North Knoxville Medical Center, Powell, Turkey Creek Medical Center
Shortly after they celebrated their third year anniversary, Mary Jane and her husband, Alan, made plans to start a family. After a year of trying to conceive, Mary Jane made an appointment with her gynecologist to make sure everything was in working order before she and her husband tried again the next month. During her examination, Mary Jane’s doctor noticed a mass in her breast and scheduled an ultrasound directed biopsy. The lab results revealed cancer. Mary Jane, only 34 years old, was shocked. How could this happen to her at such a young age? What would her husband think? Would they even be able to have children now? Mary Jane was heartbroken.
Joanne reached for the cilantro; it was taco night and her boys were hungry! She gasped as a sharp pain radiated from her nipple, through her breast, and straight into her armpit. Taken aback, she caught her breath, and regained her bearings. Her boys always looked forward to Taco Tuesday and she wouldn’t let the pain ruin their night. She continued to cook her extraordinary tacos with such flavor that would make your tongue jump with joy, leaving you seeing sparkles in the sky. Her boys devoured the tacos like two Tyrannosaurus Rex dining on Triceratops.Read More Breast cancer
Today, I have hung my own shingle. I have opened a solo practice in Breast Surgical Oncology and General Surgery. I have chosen to buck the trends of joining either a large group practice or an employed position with a hospital. I am now an independent practitioner, someone who can give my patients the personal care they deserve and all the time and attention they need.Read More