Ask the Expert: Dr. Hamilton Discusses New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines from American Cancer Society

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Dr. Erika Hamilton, Associate Director of the Breast Cancer and Gynecologic Cancer Research Program at Sarah Cannon Research Institute, addresses new screening guidelines for breast cancer from the American Cancer Society. The new 2015 guidelines change the recommended starting age for annual mammograms from 40 to 45 years old, and also state that women can … Continued

What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer Survivorship

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Even after treatment ends, your breast cancer journey continues. It may take you a while to readjust to life after treatment. Follow-up care after completing breast cancer treatment is very important. Sarah Cannon nurse navigators will equip you with a survivorship care plan to help you navigate life after treatment. Here are some things to … Continued

Judy’s Breast Cancer Journey

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Judy is a 56-year-old nurse practitioner and 26-year military veteran who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, entered remission for 10 years, but then had a recurrence of her breast cancer in December 2012. Judy’s cancer progressed despite hormone therapy so her medical oncologist at Tennessee Oncology, Dr. Patrick Murphy, referred her to Sarah … Continued

Lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy: What to Know

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You’ve completed a breast biopsy and have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Your surgeon has presented you with two treatment options: lumpectomy vs mastectomy. How do you know which one to choose? “Sarah Cannon physicians and navigators want you to be a key decision-maker when choosing your treatment options,” said Crystal Dugger, Assistant Vice President, … Continued

Pros and Cons of Breast Self Exams

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Should I Perform Breast Self Exams? When it comes to breast self exams (BSE), there has been some conflicting information in the news. On the one hand, research shows that breast cancer survival was not improved, whether women performed a BSE. However, many healthcare professionals emphasize that there are still reasons to do them. “Most gynecologists … Continued