March 30th is National Doctors’ Day, which reminds me how grateful I am to one special doctor who helped me become the surgeon I am today. V. Suzanne Klimberg, M.D. was my mentor while I was in training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) from 2004 to 2006.Read More
Real Men Wear Pink.
Pink is a color of health, as in “pink cheeks.” Pink is also a fighting color, as in a softer form of the warlike red. Real Men Wear Pink is a group of men uniting together to eradicate breast cancer and restore the health of millions of women.Read More
Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) is the next frontier in the march towards finding a cure for breast cancer. Most breast cancers we can treat, because most breast cancers have a target we can exploit: the estrogen receptor, the progesterone receptor or the Her2 receptor. In these breast cancers, we can shut down the receptors with targeted therapies, such as tamoxifen or Herceptin (trastuzumab), stop growth and kill the cancer. Triple Negative Breast Cancers do not express these receptors and therefore, early detection and surgery become the mainstays of therapy for Triple Negative Breast Cancer.Read More Breast cancer, Breast Cancer Treatment, Chemotheraphy
Chemotherapy prior to surgery can tell us whether your tumor responded to chemotherapy. If your tumor is gone after chemotherapy, then we can feel good that any tumor cells hiding elsewhere in your body were killed.Read More Breast cancer, Breast Cancer Treatment, Chemotheraphy
Breast cancer belongs in the garbage can. Period.
Breast cancer needs to be cut out and thrown away. Done. The end.
If only it were that simple. Many surgeons will tell you that it is that simple. Just cut out the tumor and be done with it. But breast cancer is a very complex disease that requires a mosaic of treatments from a multidisciplinary team dedicated to the destruction of breast cancer.Read More Awareness, Breast cancer, Chemotherapy, mets, Surgery
You survived breast cancer and now you want to get pregnant. Is it safe? Will the cancer come back? Will my baby be healthy?
First, let’s review what you went through to survive breast cancer. You had a mammogram, which radiates your breasts. You had surgery and a Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, which puts radiation into your breast and lymph nodes. You may have had Whole Breast Radiation Therapy, which put lots of radiation into your breast. You probably had chemotherapy. And you are currently taking tamoxifen, an anti-estrogen pill.Read More Breast cancer, cancer survival, Pregnancy, pregnancy after cancer, Tamoxifen
Dense breasts make the detection of small breast cancers on mammography a challenge. Breast tissue is white on a mammogram and fatty tissue is black on a mammogram. The density of a mammogram is based on the amount of black vs. white tissue and is described as fatty replaced, having scattered fibroglandular densities, heterogeneously dense, or extremely dense.Read More 3D mammogram, Breast cancer, breast density, breast tomography, dense breasts, digital breast tomosynthesis, Mammogram
The community of scientists and physicians has made great strides against breast cancer over the past ten years. It has always been my commitment to ensure that every woman with breast cancer benefits from these advances in the fight against breast cancer. Here are four of the eight most recent advances that have had some of the biggest impacts in the fight against breast cancer. We will be discussing the remaining 4 in two weeks.Read More Awareness, Breast, Breast cancer, Cancer, Radiation therapy, Sentinel lymph node, Silver Bullet, Surgery
Fighting breast cancer was hard. It was also unfair. Linda was only 53, she ran marathons, ate lean meats, enjoyed her vegetables and took a walk every night with her husband. So it was profoundly unfair when a spot was found on her annual screening mammogram. She had a core needle biopsy, which demonstrated a breast cancer. Although the tumor was small, it was high grade. Linda chose to remove her breast and have a mastectomy. And then she took chemotherapy.Read More Breast cancer, Breast Cancer Treatment, Cancer, Chemotherapy, Conditions and Diseases, Knoxville Tennessee, Mammography, Treatment, Tumor