Surgical procedures to remove breast cancer certainly have come a long way over the years, and dedicated physicians and scientists continue to identify more advanced ways to make breast cancer surgery both more effective and less traumatic. Easier post-op care, less visible scarring, and nipple-sparing procedures are making breast cancer surgery more bearable while also ensuring that the outcomes are more cosmetically pleasing for women.Read More
Jennifer had had some time to digest the breast cancer diagnosis she never wanted to hear but also wasn’t 100% surprised by when it was delivered. Her family had a history of breast cancer, and a favorite aunt of hers had a terrible time recovering from surgery and treatment many years ago. She told us that for months post surgery and treatment, her aunt was barely able to use her arm due to symptoms like pain, heavy swelling, or numbness.Read More Lymph node, Lymphedema
If you’re facing a mastectomy, no doubt you have many questions about your options and how to achieve the best possible outcome from your breast cancer surgery. We know these considerations can be overwhelming, but know that you’re not alone at any point before, during, or after the surgery. We’re here to help you process your options and make the decisions that best serve you. The following four key questions offer a solid start to deciding which path is right for you.Read More Hidden Scar surgery, The Nipple Sparing Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction
Hidden Scar surgery is an advanced approach to removing breast cancer that greatly minimizes the visibility of the scar. While our goal with breast cancer surgery is to remove all of the cancer, we also care about how the cosmetic outcome affects you. Some women view their scars as symbols of their strength and bravery through their journey with cancer, but many others see their scars as reminders of a scary and difficult time.Read More breast cancer oncologist, lumpectomy, Mastectomy
When women are diagnosed with breast cancer, they face new questions they never thought they’d need to answer. One of the first questions they need to answer together with their oncologist is which type of surgery would best suit their situation and whether it’s optimal to keep or remove the breast.Read More Hidden Scar surgery, lumpectomy, Mastectomy
Surgery is usually the first step in treating breast cancer in order to remove the tumor and any surrounding tissue that may be cancerous. Understandably, it’s a daunting situation for any woman to have to face, and one that brings up a lot of questions even after your care team has determined the kind of surgery that’s most appropriate for you based on the stage and type of cancer. The most important thing to know is that you’re not alone—we’re here to answer all your questions and make sure you feel fully informed of your options and expected outcomes.Read More Breast Cancer Treatment, lumpectomy, Mastectomy
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
My breast is red and hot. OMG! Dr. Google says I have Inflammatory Breast Cancer. Do I?
Dr. Google may be brilliant, but Dr. Google never graduated from medical school, where a student learns the fine art of the physical examination. Dr. Google never learned how to perform a physical examination and has never actually examined anyone. Dr. Google doesn’t always know what he’s talking about.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
An MRI of the breast is perhaps the best method we have to evaluate your breasts for the presence of a cancer. However, breast MRIs are also the most expensive method to evaluate the breast. And therefore they are not used as a screening tool. Breast MRIs are used to either add additional information to mammography when a mammogram is unclear. A mammogram may be unclear if the mammogram is dense, that is if the report of your mammogram describes heterogeneously dense breast or extremely dense breast. Likewise, if there is an abnormality on the mammogram it may need further evaluation with a breast MRI.Read More Breast MRI, cancer recurrence, Mammogram, Mammography