The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) blog is on the move today, live-blogging from the Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference in Seattle, #NWMetsConf. Dr. Julie Gralow, director of breast medical oncology at SCCA, spoke about exercise's role in breast cancer recurrence. The TL; DR upshot? Get moving! A recent study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that physical activity can reduce death from breast cancer by about 40 percent. As Dr.
Lynda Weatherby and Teri Pollastro don’t think pink.
That color has served its purpose, they believe. Good job, pink ribbons, pink KitchenAid mixers, pink football helmets. Everyone now knows that pink is synonymous with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, held each year in October, a time to boost public consciousness about the importance of getting screened for breast cancer.
The death last week of Paul Allen just two weeks after announcing that his non-Hodgkin lymphoma had returned took many by surprise. The Microsoft co-founder and Seattle impresario had sounded optimistic about beating his third cancer diagnosis, which came more than 35 years after he first was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.
There’s nothing subtle about the bright yellow 42-foot vehicle, affectionately known as the MammoVan, taking up a row of parking spaces outside a Neighborcare Health clinic in West Seattle. That’s by design. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s mobile Mammogram Van plies the roads of King County, offering mammograms to walk-ins and appointments alike, with the same quality of care offered at SCCA’s main clinic in South Lake Union. “In this day and age, it’s got to be quick and convenient,” says Jovanna McKinney, manager of the mobile mammogram program, which screens 5,000 women annually.
Amber Hahto was in the middle of treatment for breast cancer in 2010 when well-intentioned friends started sending her articles about scalp cooling. It sounded like science fiction, the notion that you could wear an icy cap during chemotherapy and avoid perhaps the most dreaded side effect of treatment: going bald.