Diana Pratt’s breast cancer journey

Diana Pratt’s breast cancer journey

One year ago, Diana Pratt was diagnosed with inflammatory breast carcinoma (IBC), the rarest and most aggressive form of breast cancer. As a result, it easily spreads without being detected.
Needless to say, Pratt was stopped dead in her tracks by the diagnosis.
While she consulted with specialists at MD Anderson, Pratt gathered a team of local physicians including: medical oncologist, Alpana Desai, MD; Martin Health Physician Group radiation oncologist, Michael Burke, MD; and breast surgeon, James Vopal, MD.
Pratt was pleasantly surprised that her medical team in Stuart was willing to integrate MD Anderson’s protocols into her care and treatment.
“I consulted with Diana’s surgeon at MD Anderson and Dr. Burke spoke with her radiation oncologist there as well.
As Pratt’s medical oncologist, Dr. Desai helped choreograph the coordination of care her patient received.
“Diana had an amazing response and all of us, including the specialists at MD Anderson, were extremely pleased with the results.

Breast cancer awareness month calendar

Breast cancer awareness month calendar

10 a.m.-3 p.m. 540 S. Queen St., Free clinical breast exams, cancer screenings and treatment and survivorship programs .Proceeds benefit screenings and education programs available through the institute and the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.
Breast cancer survivors are invited to attend celebration sponsored by the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition,Cancer Support Community Delaware, American Cancer Society, and Nanticoke Health Services.
For more information, call (302) 934-5200.
Call (302) 212-2947 to register.
Call (888) 672-9647 for appointment.
For more information, call (302) 623-4661.
Tickets are $40 and include painting, a breast cancer awareness T-shirt and refreshments.

Breast cancer has had profound effect on Fort Myers minister

Breast cancer has had profound effect on Fort Myers minister

Two months later — Nov. 1 — doctors diagnosed Benjamin with breast cancer.
“She’s a very special person,” said Partners’ Rosemary Bulit, who has worked closely with Benjamin.
This test can help one know his or her chances of getting breast cancer and ovarian cancer. A BRCA gene test doesn’t test for cancer itself. A woman’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer is higher if she has BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene changes.
She had a feeling it was breast cancer.
On the other end of the phone was Rosemary Bulit.

Deep Run native Patsy Spear’s personal battle with cancer

Deep Run native Patsy Spear’s personal battle with cancer

For example, if breast cancer spreads to the lungs, it is still breast cancer, not lung cancer.
Chemotherapy: treatment with drugs to kill cancer cells. Chemo is used in addition to surgery or radiation to treat cancer when it has spread, when it has come back, or when there is a strong chance that it could come back.
Mammogram: and x-ray of the breast; a way to find breast cancers that cannot be felt.
Recurrence: cancer that has come back after treatment.
Moving past difficult times is just another chapter of her experience. One side of her body is nearly numb and there’s a port on the side of her chest.
The second time around they had more fun with it but the third time she didn’t let them know at all, “it was just a thing,” she said.
Her team consists of doctors, medicine, family, friends and faith.

How is breast cancer related to the axillary lymph nodes?

How is breast cancer related to the axillary lymph nodes?

A breast cancer prognosis is better when the cancer is only in the breast, and the lymph nodes are not affected.
Also, if the cancer has spread to the axillary lymph nodes, a doctor will usually recommend removing the lymph nodes during the surgery to remove the originating tumor.
Lymph nodes are responsible for draining lymph fluid, so their removal can cause some side effects after surgery.
A doctor will then test these for cancer to determine if it has spread beyond the sentinel lymph node and, if so, how far it has spread.
N0: Cancer has not spread to the lymph nodes.
A doctor will also consider the overall size of a person’s tumor, the type of cells present, and if the cancer has spread to other organs.