Asking the right question: East TN woman glad she opted for tomosynthesis

From Parkwest Medical Center “Health & Lifestyles” Patricia Buttram sat quietly and very still in a room at Parkwest Comprehensive Breast Center in June of 2013. 3-D mammography had revealed cancer in her left breast, and she was stunned. Buttram had no family history of breast cancer, and she’d had no sign anything was wrong […]

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Personal Preference is Key when Debating Partial vs. Full Mastectomy

Approximately 75 % of women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer are candidates for either mastectomy or breast-conserving surgery (also called a partial mastectomy.)   Mastectomy is the removal of the entire breast, while breast-conserving surgery removes the cancerous tumor and part of the surrounding breast tissue. Breast-conserving surgery is usually followed by radiation therapy.

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Under 40 with Early-stage Breast Cancer? You Have Options.

Until recently, conventional wisdom has held that a woman under age 40 diagnosed with breast cancer needs a mastectomy. Recent studies and my personal experience suggest we need to revisit that belief.

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Early Detection Key to Breast Cancer Survival

From Knoxville News Sentinel By Mitch Moore If anyone doubts the role that early detection plays in fighting breast cancer, examining the correlation between tumor size and survival rates may help drive home the importance of regular screenings. According to Dr. Sandra Hesser, of Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, noninvasive Stage 0 and Stage […]

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