• Moving Through Cancer Treatment

    / Breast Cancer Awareness

    Caitlin Sweeney, PT, DPT, OCS, CLT is a physical therapist at Inova Physical Therapy Centers and Life With Cancer, a program of Inova Schar Cancer Institutethat enhances the quality of life for those with cancer by providing education, information and support free of charge. She specializes in oncology rehabilitation and treatment of lymphedema.


    When you receive a breast cancer diagnosis, exercise probably isn’t top of mind. Between doctors’ appointments, treatments, your career and family responsibilities, who has the time? Yet, research suggests exercise plays an important role in helping you maintain your functional abilities and can actually create ... Read More

  • Personalizing Cancer Care

    / Breast Cancer Awareness

    Kirsten Edmiston, M.D., is a breast surgical oncologist atInova Schar Cancer Institute.


    You may already know about genetic testing for ancestry and inherited diseases, but an advancement in genetic testing goes one step further, giving usable information about which medication options are best for you.


    A Targeted Approach

    At Inova Schar Cancer Institute, patients who undergo mastectomy or chemotherapy are eligible for a genetic testing pilot called MediMap. The test analyzes 25 different genes to gain insight about how your body processes up to 145 different medications across 14 categories, including:

    • Anti-nausea
    • Anesthesia
    • Pain control
    • Antidepressants
    • Anti-estrogen


    So ... Read More

  • Getting the Best Breast Care

    / Breast Cancer Awareness

    Sara Bruce, M.D., is a breast surgeon atInova Schar Cancer Institute.


    A quarterback can’t make a touchdown without his teammates. In order to score on the field, you need a quarterback to throw the ball, a receiver to catch it and a defensive team to make sure the receiver reaches the end zone.


    Cancer is no different. You can’t tackle the disease effectively without a number of medical specialists working together. From the surgeon to the radiation oncologist to the genetics counselor and supportive care professionals, the only way to effectively keep cancer at bay is ... Read More

  • Recap: 2018 WOW Think Pink tailgate

    / Breast Cancer Awareness

    On October 14 WOW hosted our Think Pink Tailgate prior to the game against the Panthers! Think Pink has been a staple of Redskins football every October for the last 20 years.

    Special guest Mrs. Tanya Snyder, a breast cancer survivor herself, came to visit those in the tent. Guests of the event included the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation’s All Star survivors, Inova Breast Cancer Survivors and WOW members.

    While in the specially decorated pink tent,the guests received complimentary brunch with specialty pink mimosas. In addition to this, they were also able to get ready for gametime with ... Read More

  • 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

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