Monday, October 29, 2012
When it comes to mammograms, some medical centers are turning this uncomfortable medical test into an excuse to throw a party.
It's no secret why women dread mammograms: the paper gown, the technician grabbing your "girls" to fit them onto the cold, metal X-ray plate, and then of course, there is the squishing of the breasts while you hold your breath. It may be a life-saving screening process, but not the most fun you can have in an hour. But lately, some health professionals have come up with some ways to make the process less heinous. It all starts with some wine and cheese... Breast cancer survivor and Patch editor Ronni Newton of Connecticut went to her first mammogram party two years ago at an imaging center in her town of West Hartford. The party was the brainchild of two women, one of whom worked for the center and had been procrastinating her own exam …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Derek Johnson, a senior research associate and lab manager a the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, has focused his life's work on pairing science, traditional medicine and naturopathic nutritional supplements.
Caledonia resident Derek Johnson was a science nerd while growing up in Nebraska, especially since his mother is a professor of nursing. So making his life's work researching naturopathic nutritional supplements, and studying their ability to prevent and help cure cancer, seemed, well, a natural fit. Johnson manages the research lab for Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and is the senior research associate in their Zion Illinois facility. He takes care of the day-to-day research in the lab and finds new directions to go with their research. The lab studies the functional aspect of cancer cells, the genetic and genomic aspect of cancer cells, and the relationship between the tumor cell and the immune cell. “We’re trying to find agents …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Resources for women fighting breast cancer that your doctor doesn't offer.
By the nature of its side effects, cancer treatment can make a private battle a very public affair. For a woman with cancer, having a bald head, pale skin or a missing breast can make her feel like she's being targeted by a bright spotlight and a banner that says, "Cancer patient." But now more than ever, there are resources for women that will put the spotlight back on their work, their accomplishments and their life—and change that banner to simply read, "Woman." The American Cancer Society's Look Good Feel Better program provides many tools for survivors of breast cancer. Their website has how-to techniques and guides, plus information on where to get additional help. The following healthcare facilities are part of that program in …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Join Grapes 2 Glass at the Sturtevant SportsPlex on Oct. 19 for a grape fundraiser for breast cancer. Go ahead and indulge by having some tasty cheese with a variety of wines and beers.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The former Packers' safety will sign autographs to help raise money for breast cancer awareness.
Packer great LeRoy Butler will be signing autographs at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital later today to raise money for breast cancer awareness. Butler will be in the lobby of the hospital, 10101 S. 27th St., from noon to 2 p.m. signing photos, footballs, plaques, jerseys, personal items and books. For more information, call (414) 325-3888. Butler was a key cog on the Packers' 1997 Super Bowl championship team and invented the famous Lambeau Leap.
Monday, October 15, 2012
"Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors" shares the wisdom of breast cancer survivors with the newly diagnosed. What's your story?
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One of the greatest challenges for those who have been newly diagnosed is finding sources of support. Patients are eager for information on everything from enduring surgery and chemotherapy to how to deal with hair loss. Support groups are valuable resources for that, but there is sometimes a need for—and comfort in—something that can be carried with you anywhere and accessed at any time. Best selling author and breast cancer survivor Barbara Delinsky has gathered the wisdom of hundreds of breast cancer survivors who are eager to inspire those who are new to the “breast cancer sisterhood.” She shares all of the stories and tidbits she found in her book "Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Early detection of breast cancer through routine exams saves thousands of lives every year.
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Thursday, October 11, 2012
Studies have shown that early detection of breast cancer improves the chances of a cure. That in itself is the most important reason to make an appointment today for a breast exam or mammogram. For women who are low income or have no insurance, the Wisconsin Well Woman Program is an excellent resource offered by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Visit their website at http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/womenshealth/WWWP/index.htm. They will work with the patient to find the best location for a screening. Contact the Milwaukee County coordinator, Kim Melcher, at 414-328-7407. Going for an exam can be nerve-wracking. To better understand the importance of exams, here's helpful information that explains the process, when you should go …
Stay strong in your fight, lean on family members and friends when you need to, and know that my hope for you is a clean bill of health someday soon.
The state partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address once a week. Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed on http://www.wi-broadcasters.org and http://walker.wi.gov/Weekly-Radio-Addresses. To download an mp3 file, you can right click the radio address link and click “save link as.” This week, Wisconsin’s First Lady Tonette Walker delivered the following radio address titled Combating Breast Cancer. Hi, I am Tonette Walker. My heart goes out to each and every person who has ever had to hear those dreadful words — you have cancer. Suddenly, the only thing that matters is getting well for yourself and your family. It’s a journey full of hope, prayer…
Monday, October 8, 2012
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means a variety of pink products will be hitting the shelves. But, do your pink purchases always go towards the cause?
A wave of pink is flooding stores everywhere, as retailers participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For the savvy shopper, it's an opportunity to donate to a good cause while snagging unique, pink-hued items. But before you plunk down your green for some pink, the nonprofits behind Breast Cancer Awareness Month want you to check the label. Jenna Glazer, director of development for Young Survival Coalition (YSC), a global organization dedicated to helping young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer, said that buyers should be on the lookout for a label or tag that tells where the money from the purchase goes. "If you walk into Bed Bath & Beyond and see something with a pink ribbon and no information about where the money is going…
Sunday, October 7, 2012
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here's a list of local breast cancer support groups.
One in 8 American women and 1 in 1,000 American men will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. It’s estimated that more than 2 million people are diagnosed with breast cancer and fight for their lives each year. Breast cancer is difficult to face alone—for both patients and their loved ones. To help in the battle, there are a number of local resources and support groups. “Support groups are really beneficial,” says Debra Somerrs Copit, MD, Director of Breast Imaging at Albert Einstein Medical Center, and a member of the medical advisory board for Living Beyond Breast Cancer. “When patients are told they’re sick, it can be an out of body experience and they aren’t taking in everything the doctor is saying. It can be helpful to…