Find the Right Breast Cancer Treatment Program - New Methods of the Treating the Deadly Disease are Making an Impact
By David Volz / October 1, 2015
[David Volz' wife, Nancy, recently completed treatment for invasive ductal carcinoma, stage two, triple negative breast cancer. Her treatment included a bilateral mastectomy followed by twenty weeks of chemotherapy. Through it all, Nancy remained extremely optimistic. She gives credit to good friends and family who have supported her through her life-threatening ordeal. "I had a positive attitude and knew I was going to get through this," Nancy explained. "I would say keep your chin up and know that as bad as it can be, one day it will be better."]
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, focusing attention on the terrible illness and one that claims too many lives. Men and women wear pink in support of those who are fighting breast cancer. This year alone, an estimated 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women. More than 40,000 will die from the nasty disease. Breast cancer is the most common killer among American women, with the exception of skin cancers. Nearly one in eight women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetimes.
Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. This is believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment. At this time, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the US, according to the American Cancer Society. To fight the deadly disease, the American Cancer Society is helping women get tested and funding research to treat breast cancer.
Some people are likely to develop the disease, either because of an inherited abnormal gene or a combination of genetic and environmental factors specific to family. Genetic testing is available at Memorial Cancer Institute at Memorial Healthcare System, where new and innovative treatments are being offered.
SAVI Scout is a guidance system that uses radar technology to guide surgeons precisely to cancerous cells and tumors. It seeks out a reflecting device that was placed inside the women's breast tissue up to a week prior. This means decreased wait times between radiology and surgery and more confidence that all cancerous cells are removed during surgery, according to Dr. Erica Bloomquist, M.D. a breast surgical oncologist and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Other new treatment techniques include CView which compliments traditional 3-D mammography by providing results in less time and increased patient comfort. This assists breast cancer detection, decreased recall rate for non-cancer cases, along with improved lesion margin visibility and precise localization of tumors.
People battling cancer can turn to Cleveland Clinic Florida. All the cancer care specialists are based at the Weston campus so patients have diagnostic services, surgery and treatment in one location. The team includes fellowship trained breast surgeons, oncologists, plastic surgeons, radiologists, and pathologists as well as nurses, a social worker and administrative staff who work collaboratively to treat patients with breast cancer.
Cleveland Clinic Florida offers a holistic approach to treatment that addresses the whole person. Services include art therapy, Reiki, craniosacral therapy, reflexology, gentle therapeutic massage, and palliative care. According to Arlene Allen-Mitchell, spokesperson for Cleveland Clinic, their goal is to make patients' lives less stressful by relieving physical pain, while meeting emotional, spiritual, and practical needs.
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