What You Need to Know About Lymphedema: Causes & Myths

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By, Stephanie Graff, MD Director, Breast Program at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health Biopsy. Surgery. Chemotherapy. Radiation. Second opinions. Clinical trials. Pills. Insurance. MRI. Cancer. Cancer. Cancer. These are the words swirling around a person’s mind when they are diagnosed with breast cancer. As a breast medical oncologist, these words frame most … Continued

What You Need to Know About Fertility Preservation

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If you are diagnosed with cancer, you may need to make decisions about your fertility sooner than you had planned. Cancer and some types of treatment can damage sperm in men and eggs in women, and sometimes, the reproductive system. It is important to know your options to preserve your fertility before you begin treatment. … Continued

Mammograms 101

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Today is National Mammography Day, an important day to learn about the benefits of regular mammograms, and also understand the difference between mammograms and other types of diagnostic tests such as an MRI. “Over the past 10 years, there have been dramatic improvements in breast imaging and in the accuracy of breast cancer diagnosis. This … Continued

How Much Do Genetics Impact the Risk for Breast Cancer?

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What causes breast cancer? How much do genetics impact the risk for developing breast cancer? Given that 1 in 8 women will develop the disease, these are common questions many women and their families ask. Stephanie Graff, MD, medical oncologist at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health in Kansas City, answers common questions. … Continued

What You Need to Know about Breast Cancer Surgical Choices

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When diagnosed with breast cancer, one of the first topics you, your family and your care team will discuss is your treatment options. For many patients, surgery is the first treatment, followed by chemotherapy or radiation to remove what surgery could not remove. The main goals of surgery for breast cancer patients are: to remove as much … Continued