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Breast Cancer

Walk to Wellness: Importance of Breast Health [Video]

Dr. April Duckworth, breast surgeon at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, joins us for Breast Cancer Awareness Month to discuss the importance of breast self-exams and mammograms, identifying normal versus abnormal breast changes, and the risk factors and role of genetics in breast cancer. “Walk to Wellness” is a Hartford HealthCare monthly community education series presented in partnership with Westfarms Mall. If you are interested in attending a future in-person Walk to Wellness talk, please visit hartfordhealthcare.org/events and search for “Walk to Wellness.”

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Surgical options for breast cancer treatment [Video]

Most people diagnosed with breast cancer undergo surgery to remove their cancer from the breast as well as have lymph nodes removed as part of their treatment. "Surgical resection of the tumor from the breast and also evaluation of the lymph nodes are used for the vast majority of patients with breast cancer, in particular, those patients where the disease is limited to the breast," says Dr. Judy C. Boughey, a surgical oncologist at Mayo Clinic. "One of the areas where often breast surgery does not have a role is if the breast cancer has spread or metastasized to other areas of the body. So for patients with stage 4 breast cancer, surgery has a much more questionable role." Surgery is used to treat most stages of breast cancer, but it is rarely used to treat metastatic breast cancer — breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. Breast cancer surgery may be used alone or in combination with other treatments, such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy and radiation therapy. Breast cancer surgery includes different procedures, such as: Surgery to remove the entire breast (mastectomy) Surgery to remove a portion of the breast tissue (lumpectomy) Surgery to remove nearby lymph nodes Surgery to reconstruct a breast after mastectomy Which breast cancer operation is best for an individual depends on the size and stage of the cancer, other treatment options available, and the goals and preferences of each patient. For people with a very high risk of breast cancer, a preventive (prophylactic) mastectomy may be an option to reduce the risk of future breast cancer. With so many options and decisions to be made, preparing for breast cancer surgery can be a challenge. It's important to be comfortable with your surgeon and to have the support of family and loved ones. "Starting on the breast cancer journey is always a very challenging time," says Dr. Boughey. "Lean on your closest loved ones that you let into your inner circle and talk to them about your diagnosis, your treatment and your journey." Dr. Boughey also encourages people to remember that everyone's journey is unique and to rely on your care team for trusted information. "I think one thing to be very aware of with breast cancer is it is a very common disease, and every one of us knows someone or someone's relative that has been affected by this disease," explains Dr. Boughey. "Truthfully, breast cancer really is not one disease. And so I would just caution against hearing about your friends and their experience because it may have been a different size tumor and may have been treated a different way. And most importantly, it was likely a different tumor biology. And so you don't necessarily always have to listen to everybody's story and experience because that doesn't mean that yours will be the same. Share with your doctors some of the concerns that you've heard from your friends, from your colleagues, what you may have read on the internet, so that if they're not true, your team can dispel those myths for you and make you feel more comfortable." On this Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Boughey discusses how surgery is used in the treatment of breast cancer. ________________________________________________________________ For the safety of its patients, staff and visitors, Mayo Clinic has strict masking policies in place. Anyone shown without a mask was recorded prior to COVID-19 or recorded in an area not designated for patient care, where social distancing and other safety protocols were followed. FOR THE PUBLIC: More health and medical news on the Mayo Clinic News Network. https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/ FOR THE MEDIA ONLY: Register at https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/re… to access clean and nat sound versions of this video on the Mayo Clinic News Network. https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/

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Breast cancer treatment advancements and innovations [Video]

Innovations in breast cancer treatment have increased five-year survival to 91% for patients diagnosed with breast cancer. James W. Jakub, M.D., surgical oncologist at Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center in Jacksonville, Florida, discusses advancements in breast cancer treatment including robotic surgery, nipple sparing mastectomy, neoadjuvant therapy, and
 other treatments that enhance survival and quality of life.
 
 Learn more about the Breast Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Florida: https://www.mayoclinic.org/departments-centers/breast-clinic/sections/overview/ovc-20459469 Dr. Jakub also discusses the future of breast cancer care, including clinical trials that help us to offer tomorrow's treatments today.
 
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Dr. Benjamin Pettus discusses the importance of screening mammograms [Video]

Annual screening mammograms are finding breast cancer smaller and earlier than ever before, when there are no signs or symptoms. Dr. Benjamin Pettus, radiologist and fellowship trained mammographer, discusses the value of screening mammograms and encourages this breast cancer screening to begin at age 40, or earlier for those at higher risk due to personal or family history. To schedule your mammogram visit riversideonline.com/mammogram. For more information about the Riverside Cancer Care Network visit riversideonline.com/cancercare. – Follow us – Website: http://www.riversideonline.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/riversidehealth ​Instagram: @RiversideHealth Twitter @RiversideHealth

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You need a positive mindset to deal with cancer. [Video]

Sonya was shocked to learn she had breast cancer. "I literally fell to the floor,” she says. Sonya was instructed to get a third mammogram after finding a lump during a self-exam. Her fears were confirmed when she received a phone call explaining that she did in fact have breast cancer. Sonya, who works as a journalist, began researching all she could once the shock of her diagnosis subsided. She looked for trial drugs and innovative treatments which led her to Mayo Clinic. Through her journey, Sonya shares that she's stronger than she thinks. "Cancer is so incredibly scary, but it doesn't have to be if you find the right resources. You need a positive mindset to deal with cancer." Visit https://mayoclinic.org for more. To learn more about Sonya and her journey, go to: https://mayocl.in/3zAOO5x For more information or to make an appointment, go to: https://mayocl.in/3NS10mK Like Mayo Clinic on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/MayoClinic Follow Mayo Clinic on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/mayoclinic/ Follow Mayo Clinic on Twitter:https://twitter.com/MayoClinic