June 27, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron
By Alexandra MacAaron
While she was working tirelessly to open a sanctuary for Congolese rape victims, Eve Ensler was diagnosed with stage 3-4 uterine cancer. Thus began a journey that included self-recrimination (Did she ignore warning signs? Did she somehow poison her body through choices she made or didn’t make?), navigation through our country’s medical machine, making peace with her own family and history, and eventually finding a new way to connect to her body and to the world.Read More »
March 14, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change
Elizabeth Garrett, who was described as a vibrant and passionate leader, lost her battle with cancer at a time when she had achieved a high point of her career and in the month when the nation is focusing on awareness of colorectal cancer.Read More »
February 22, 2016 by Patricia Allen
By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
There’s good news: New studies indicate that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy may provide drug-free management of the distressing hot flashes and night sweats that often occur after breast cancer treatment and during the menopausal transition.Read More »
February 1, 2016 by Dr. Elisa Rush Port
Prevention and early detection are important weapons in the fight against breast cancer. In October 2015, Dr. Elisa Rush Port wrote about the importance of mammograms. Today, she addresses the challenges of prevention.Read More »
September 15, 2014 by Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.
By Anetta Reszko, M.D.
Because laser light penetrates to only a certain depth within the skin, laser surgery kills only tumor cells on the surface of the skin. As a result, the laser treatment should be considered for biopsy proven superficial low-risk tumors when other techniques were unsuccessful or are poor surgical candidates.Read More »
July 21, 2014 by Patricia Allen
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.Read More »
October 28, 2013 by Alexander J. Swistel, M.D., FACS
Alexander J. Swistel, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, gives us some positive news about breast-cancer treatment.Read More »
October 28, 2013 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.Read More »
July 11, 2013 by Judith A. Ross
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.Read More »
May 30, 2013 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
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.”Read More »
March 25, 2013 by Patricia Allen
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.Read More »
February 11, 2013 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.
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.”Read More »
January 7, 2013 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.
“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?”Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »