Ask Dr. Pat: Is Endometrial Cancer Common?

July 21, 2014 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Endometrial cancer is the most common invasive gynecologic cancer in U.S. women, with an estimated 52,630 new cases expected to occur in 2014 and an estimated 8,590 women expected to die of the disease.

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Advances in Breast Cancer Treatment, 2013

October 28, 2013 by Alexander J. Swistel, M.D., FACS

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Alexander J. Swistel, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, gives us some positive news about breast-cancer treatment.

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Breast Cancer: A Roundup of Counsel from WVFC’s Experts

October 28, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Accordingly, we have gathered together our most recent posts on breast cancer. Members of WVFC’s Medical Advisory board—physicians who are specialists in their fields—write all of these articles. They highlight the latest research on the full range of patient concerns.

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Breast-Reconstruction Surgery: ‘I’m Happy with My Choice’

July 11, 2013 by Judith A. Ross

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By Judith A. Ross

Since my surgery, I’ve had several telephone conversations with women in my situation. Doctors can outline the breast-reconstruction process, but they often leave out details that take patients by surprise. By sharing my own knowledge and feelings with these women, I help alleviate their anxiety.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: Double Mastectomy and the Shame Factor

May 30, 2013 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“Most women feel as you do when faced with the loss of a body part that is tied so inextricably to your sense of yourself as a woman,” Dr. Ford writes to Katie, who carries the BRCA1 gene. “Your mother clearly never recovered her sense of herself as a beautiful, sexual woman after her surgery.”

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Dr. Pat Consults: “I Tried That Dreadful Bowel Prep, but It Didn’t Work!”

March 25, 2013 by Patricia Allen

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If you ask patients who have been through a colonoscopy, the vast majority will tell you that the preparation is the worst part of the experience. The procedure itself should be a comfortable and, believe it or not, pleasant experience, with the benefit of the excellent sedation medications available to us.

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Dr. Pat Consults: “Given My Family History, I Expect Cancer to Strike Every Day”

February 11, 2013 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

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Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen likes to work as a collaborative physician. This week, she calls on the expertise of a gynecologic oncologist to address the anxieties of a 49-year-old woman with “a terrible family history of cancer.”

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Dr. Pat Consults: Pap Smears—Only Once Every Three Years?

January 7, 2013 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

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“Recently my gynecologist told me that I needed a Pap smear every three years, based on new recommendations. This makes me very anxious. What do you think of these new recommendations for a woman like me?”

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Dr. Pat Consults: Which Treatment Should Be Chosen for Cervical Dysplasia?

November 5, 2012 by Patricia Allen

To evaluate the potential treatments for cervical dysplasia, grade 3, Dr. Pat Allen calls on the expertise of three physicians who specialize in gynecologic oncology.

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The Dense-Breast Controversy: A Woman’s Right to be Educated

October 29, 2012 by Thomas Kolb, M.D.

When describing a mammogram result to a patient as “normal,” the radiologist may be only 40 percent accurate in his or her diagnosis. Yet the patient is never informed of her mammogram’s degree of accuracy, nor have patients been educated that breast density in itself is a significant risk factor for developing breast cancer.

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Women’s Voices on Breast Cancer

October 16, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

Last week’s article “From the WVFC Archives” gathered together our recent research-driven, physician-written articles on breast cancer. Naturally, Women’s Voices for Change has also given voices to patients. These are their stories.

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Diagnosing Breast Cancer: The Quest for a “Single Bullet”

October 15, 2012 by Dr. Elisa Rush Port

Since the 1970s and ’80s we have seen significant progress toward the goal in cancer treatment—development of a sniper’s rifle with a laser scope and a single bullet that zeroes in precisely on the enemy cells.

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From the WVFC Archives: Counsel on Breast Cancer, from A (Anesthesia) to S (Surgery)

October 11, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Accordingly, we have gathered together our most recent posts on breast cancer. Members of WVFC’s Medical Advisory board—physicians who are specialists in their fields—write all of these articles. They highlight the latest research on the full range of patient concerns: anesthesia, alcohol and breast cancer, breast density, breast reconstruction, hormone therapy, implants, radiation, screening, and surgery.

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Ovarian Cancer Screening: No Good News, No New News

September 24, 2012 by Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

We now know that the yearly screening test employing an absolute “positive” or “negative” CA-125 value and ultrasound is not effective in detecting the disease at its earliest stage, when it is most curable.

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On Mammograms and Their Value: A Breast Surgeon Weighs In

September 10, 2012 by Dr. Elisa Rush Port

When it comes to recommending yearly mammograms and affirming that mammograms save lives, let’s stop getting hung up on technicalities. Let’s stop re-crunching the numbers until they give us a different answer, and accept what the data demonstrates: From age 40—not age 50—yearly mammograms save lives.

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