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Posted on: 10/19/2012

An Overview of Treatments Used for Breast Cancer Care

After being diagnosed with breast cancer, you may have many questions about what will come next. The answers to these concerns will depend on the location and stage of the cancer as well as your medical eligibility for certain treatments. There are several different therapies used in breast cancer treatment, and a few are discussed in more detail below to help you understand how they might be incorporated in your treatment plan.

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Surgery: Surgery for breast cancer can be as simple as the removal of the cancerous tissue in a lumpectomy, but it may require the more extensive excavation of most or all of the breast tissue in a mastectomy. The exact surgery required, if any is needed at all, will be thoroughly discussed with you by your surgical oncologist.

Radiation therapy: When surgery is not appropriate, or when follow-up care is needed after surgery, radiation is an option that can shrink remaining cancer cells. Radiation therapy may take place through internal methods in which a radiation emitting device is temporarily implanted into the breast, or external radiation can take place through targeted therapy sourced from outside of the body.

Hormonal therapy: In many cases, breast cancer is estrogen sensitive, so hormonal therapies can be used to hinder the growth of the cancer cells that bind to estrogen in the body. This therapy utilizes estrogen-blocking drugs that prevent the spread of cancerous cells that rely on their bond to the hormone to grow.

Chemotherapy: If cancer has spread to the lymph nodes or other areas of the body, chemotherapy may be recommended to fight the cancer cells. Chemotherapy drugs, which are administered intravenously or orally, kill rapidly-growing cells in the body including cancer cells.

To find more information about each of these treatment options, visit Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. Contact us on our website or call (504) 988-5263 to connect with our advanced Breast Health Center featuring several medical specialists who offer personalized care for all types of breast cancer cases.

Posted on: 10/11/2012

Why Mammograms Matter

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you may be inspired to schedule an appointment for a mammogram to screen for breast cancer. This decision is a wise one to make, because mammography is a critical component of early cancer detection, and early detection will improve the chances for successful treatment.

In this video, you can hear the voices of several women who have had experiences with breast cancer in their own history or in their family medical history. These women choose to get mammograms annually, and they emphasize how it is worth the minor discomfort of the procedure.

To make an appointment for your first mammogram, contact Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans at (504) 988-5263. We are the only area hospital offering 3D mammography, which is the most accurate and detailed exam available for breast cancer screening.

Posted on: 10/4/2012

What You Need to Know About Mammograms for Breast Cancer Screening

Breast cancer care has a much higher chance for success when cancerous cells are detected early in their development, which is well before the condition will show physical symptoms. In order to achieve a diagnosis at this stage of the disease, breast cancer screening using mammography is necessary. Mammograms are a specific type of X-ray that shows the internal breast tissue. Any tissue abnormalities will be further imaged and biopsied when they are identified.

  • When should patients have mammograms? Most patients should begin getting annual mammograms at the age of 40. Earlier screening may be recommended if patients have a higher risk for breast cancer due to family history or other medical conditions. Most health insurance providers will cover breast cancer screening with mammograms at yearly intervals.

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  • What does a mammogram feel like? The mammogram procedure is completely non-invasive, but it can be somewhat uncomfortable for the patient. Because the breast will need to be compressed for the X-ray image to be rendered, there will be a sensation of pressure in the breasts. This will pose some discomfort for most patients, but it should not be painful. If pain does occur, the radiologist should be notified so that the compression can be reduced.
  • What types of mammograms are available? Mammography has evolved to produce clearer, more detailed images that lead to a more accurate diagnosis. The highest standard of modern mammography is 3D mammography, which produces a series of cross-sectional images of the breast tissue. This view of the breast gives the doctor a better chance of identifying abnormal cells at the earliest possible time.

In the New Orleans area, Tulane Medical Center is the only hospital offering the advanced technology of 3D mammograms in addition to comprehensive breast health services to help you stay well through all stages of life. Schedule your next mammogram during Breast Cancer Awareness Month on our website or call us at (504) 988-5263.

Posted on: 9/18/2012

Want to Know More About Your Healthcare? Then Visit These Sites

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By looking through these helpful resources, you can learn more about bariatric surgery, sports medicine, and the other topics discussed in our recent blogs.  If you have any further questions, contact the staff of Tulane Medical Center at (504) 988-5263.

  • Bariatric surgery can provide patients with a variety of benefits. This article from the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery provides more information about these health benefits.
     
  • Gastric bypass is one of the most commonly performed bariatric surgical procedures.  Check out this article from WebMD.com to get more information about this weight loss solution.
     
  • You can read more about the Lap-Band adjustable gastric banding surgery on LapBand.com.
     
  • Sprained ankles are common in athletes and non-athletes alike.  Visit the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons to find out more about how these injuries happen.

Posted on: 9/11/2012

Take A Look At These Links For Information About Common Health Issues

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Would you like to learn more about some of the most common health issues affecting American men and women?  Check out these helpful resources or contact Tulane Medical Center at (504) 988-5263.

  • Sleep apnea is a common disease that can interfere with a person’s sleeping habits.  Visit the American Sleep Apnea Association to learn more about this condition.
  • Are you suffering from the symptoms of sleep apnea?  Find out more about the signs of sleep apnea from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website.
  • Treatment from an experienced medical professional can help to alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea.  Check out this article from WebMD.com to learn more about sleep apnea treatment options.
  • Hysterectomy is a procedure that can be performed to resolve fibroids, endometriosis, and other medical conditions.  Get more information about this procedure from WomensHealth.gov.
  • You can also learn more about hysterectomy using the da Vinci robotic surgical system on the da Vinci website.

 

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