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  • What Comes Next? Surviving & Thriving After Breast Cancer

    / Breast Cancer Awareness

    Alexandra Russo, MSW, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and oncology therapist at Life With Cancer, a program of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute that aims to enhance the quality of life for those with cancer by providing education, information and support.

     

    Reaching the end of breast cancer treatment is a major milestone. While there are plenty of reasons to celebrate, many women are surprised to experience a mix of emotions when treatment ends.

     

    That’s totally normal.

     

    Here’s what you can expect as you approach the finish line – and what you can do to move into your ... Read More

  • Banish Stress: 7 Ways to Stay Calm During Cancer Treatment

    / Breast Cancer Awareness

    Sermsak (Sam) Lolak, MD, is board-certified in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. He is an oncologic psychiatrist at Inova Life With Cancer, where he specializes in helping patients manage depression, stress and anxiety in the context of cancer diagnosis and treatment.

     

    Having breast cancer is an incredibly stressful experience. Besides messing with your mood, stress negatively affects physical health and the ability to remember, focus and think clearly.  

     

    But you can take control of your stress, even when your illness and treatment leaves you feeling your worst. Add these 7 strategies into your routine to help keep tension at bay.

     

    1 ... Read More

  • Research Breakthroughs: Advances in Breast Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment

    / Breast Cancer Awareness

    Mary J. Wilkinson, MD, is a medical oncologist at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute. She is board- certified in medical oncology, internal medicine and hematology and has a special interest in breast cancer.

     

    A breast cancer diagnosis is always unwelcome news, but new advances in detection and treatment are leading to improvements in cancer care and quality of life. Here are three areas to watch.

     

    Targeted Therapy

    Breast cancer comes in 4 different types, each with its own unique subtypes. So why treat them all with the same medications?

     

    Thanks to advances in genetic testing, we can now identify many ... Read More

  • Healing in a Hurry: Enhancing Recovery After Breast Cancer Surgery

    / Breast Cancer Awareness

    Kirsten K. Edmiston, MD, is a board-certified surgeon specializing in breast cancer and breast surgery. She is a member of the Inova Breast Cancer Program.

    Whether breast cancer surgery involves removing all or part of the breast, with or without reconstruction, the operation can be hard on the body.

    Yet there are steps you – and your surgical team – can take to help you recover faster.

    The best place for patients to start: Read More

    • Quit smoking. This is the most important thing you can do before surgery. The sooner the better, but even quitting a couple of days beforehand can speed recovery ...
  • Life After Breast Cancer: 7 Ways to Move Forward and Live Well

    10.31.2016 / Blog Posts Breast Cancer Awareness Health and Wellness

    Sage Bolte, PhD, LCSW, OSW-C, CST, is a licensed clinical social worker and executive director of Life with Cancer, which provides support and education to anyone affected by cancer. Life With Cancer is a program of the Inova Health System, the official breast cancer awareness partner of the Washington Redskins. In addition to her role as director, Bolte provides individual, couples and family counseling and facilitates several support groups and programs for people with cancer. Read Dr. Bolte’s profile.

     

    After being diagnosed with breast cancer, it’s an amazing feeling to finally get the “all-clear” diagnosis. But moving on ... Read More

  • Take control: Breast Cancer Prevention and Screening Are in Your Hands

    / Blog Posts Breast Cancer Awareness Health and Wellness

    Kirsten K. Edmiston, MD, is board certified in surgery, specializing in breast cancer and breast surgery. She is a member of the Inova Breast Care Center. Read Dr. Edmiston’s profile.

     

    What does October mean to you? To me, Breast Cancer Awareness Month offers an extra reason to tune into your health and spend some time focusing on body awareness. That awareness can help you live a longer, healthier life.

    How to Be Body-Aware

    It's important to know what your breasts feel like, so you can be on the lookout for any changes. Talk to your doctor if you ... Read More

  • Genetic Testing For Breast Cancer: 7 Common Questions Answered

    / Blog Posts Breast Cancer Awareness Health and Wellness

    Sarah Ruppert, MS, CGC, is a certified genetic counselor and co-manager of the cancer genetics program at the Inova Translational Medicine InstituteInova is the official breast cancer awareness partner of the Washington Redskins. Read Sarah Ruppert’s profile.

     

    Genetic testing has become an important part of medicine, and new tests for cancer-related genes are developed every year. If you’re wondering whether you should get tested, the answers to these common questions might help.

    1. What can a genetic test tell me?

    Genetic testing isn’t a crystal ball. It can’t tell you if or when you’ll ... Read More

  • Breast Cancer Treatment Gets Personal: How Doctors Are Saving More Lives Than Ever Before

    / Blog Posts Breast Cancer Awareness Health and Wellness

    Robert A. Cohen, MD, is board certified in surgery and fellowship trained in surgical oncology. He specializes in breast surgery and is a member of the Inova Medical Group’s Breast Cancer Program, the official breast cancer awareness partner of the Washington Redskins. Read Dr. Cohen’s profile.

     

    Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis can be frightening. However, as I tell my patients, most women live long, healthy lives in spite of their cancer. In fact, 89.7 percent of women with breast cancer survive five years or more after their diagnosis, according to the latest data from the National Cancer ... Read More

  • All-Star Survivors Series: Joyce Astwood

    10.31.2015 / Blog Posts Breast Cancer Awareness

    Throughout the month of October, WOW will be sharing stories from 31 All-Star Survivors, currently battling Breast Cancer. This group of women, selected by American Cancer Society, was honored during the October 4th Redskins Think Pink! game and at a special event hosted at Redskins Park on October 5, 2015. 

     Today we honor and celebrate Joyce Astwood! 

    What do you appreciate most as an “All-Star Survivor”?

    I'm alive and can help and encourage others with Breast Cancer.

     

    What motivated you during your treatment?

    God is in charge and there is more for me to accomplish.

     

    What is one thing ... Read More

  • All-Star Survivors Series: Cynthia Bethea

    10.28.2015 / Blog Posts Breast Cancer Awareness

    Throughout the month of October, WOW will be sharing stories from 31 All-Star Survivors, currently battling Breast Cancer. This group of women, selected by American Cancer Society, was honored during the October 4th Redskins Think Pink! game and at a special event hosted at Redskins Park on October 5, 2015. 

    Today we honor and celebrate Cynthia Bethea! 

    What motivated you during your treatment?

    The support of my husband. The kindness and compassion of the team at Southern Maryland Hospital. 

     

    What is one thing you learned about yourself while battling Breast Cancer?

    That I can be vulnerable, it's ok to ... Read More

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